2016.10.4 Museums & Galleries
Yongji Lake and other venues, Changwon, South Gyeongsang
To Oct. 23: The biennial art festival focused on sculptures started in 2010 in honor of the famous sculptors born in Changwon, such as Kim Chong Yung (1915-82) and Moon Shin(1923-95).
This year’s festival has the title “We Create Things, Things Create Us.”
Works by famous modern Italian sculptors including Novello Finotti, Mimmo Paladino and Michelangelo Pistoletto will be displayed at Yongji Lake, the main venue of the biennale, along with works by Korean and Chinese sculptors.
At Sungsan Arts Hall will be an exhibit featuring not only sculptures but also found objects to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Dadaist art movement.
The Moonshin Museum of Art will hold a special exhibition of works by six recipients of the Henraux International Sculpture Award including Alex Bombardieri and Mikayel Ohanjanyan.
Admission is free. Yongji Lake is a 25-minute drive from Changwon Station.
(055) 714-1971~6, www.changwonbiennale.or.kr
Horim Art Center, Gangnam District, southern Seoul
To Oct. 29: This exhibition features about 80 paintings by 38 masters of Korean traditional painting from the 20th century.
As the title implies, visitors will be able to see how Korean art, which was focused on calligraphic painting in the late Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), became more image-oriented as the country modernized and painters responded in their own ways to Western and Japanese influences.
The largest piece on display is a landscape painting by Ro Su-hyun (1899-1978), which illustrates the four seasons on a folding screen 2.3 meters (7.5 feet) in length
Admission is 8,000 won ($7.21).
The museum is closed on Sundays. Take bus No. 145 , 440 or 4212 and get off at the Horim Art Center stop.
(02) 541-3523~5, www.horimmuseum.org
THE 11TH GWANGJU BIENNALE
Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall and other venues, Gwangju, South Jeolla
To Nov. 6: The title of this year’s edition is “The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?).” According to Maria Lind, director of this year’s biennial, it is related to an alternative world or future proposed by artists with a bold imagination.
The works by 101 teams of artists from 37 countries in the 2016 Gwangju Biennale are so diverse in their mediums and themes that they are difficult to be grouped together under anything narrower than the broad theme of “What Does Art Do?”
Some, like American artist Tyler Coburn and Russian artist Arseny Zhilyaev, present bold imaginations of the future. Others, like Spanish artist Dora Garcia and Korean artist Inseon Park, deal with the sociopolitical past and present, which can affect the future.
Admission is 14,000 won ($13) for adults. Gwangju Biennale Hall is a 15-minute drive from Gwangju Station.
(062) 608-4114, www.gwangjubiennale.org
Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), Jung District, central Seoul
To Nov. 20: Under the odd title “Neriri Kiruru Harara,” the SeMA’s biennial festival focused on new media art, Media City Seoul, kicks off at the museum’s four branches. The theme of this year’s festival is the future of humans, which is “seen through the language of art and media from neither a utopian nor dystopian view,” according to Beck Jee-sook, the biennial’s curator, during an event in March.
Sixty-one teams of artists from 23 countries will participate in Media City Seoul. They include many female artists from non-Western countries including Mounira Solh of Lebanon, Cinthia Marcelle of Brazil and Cha Jae-min of Korea, as well as famous male Western artists such as Pierre Huyghe of France and Ugo Rondinone of the United States.
The museum is closed on Mondays. Go to Seoul City Hall Station, line No. 2, exit 10 and walk for five minutes.
(02) 2124-8800, sema.seoul.go.kr
AS THE MOON WAXES AND WANES
MMCA Gwacheon, Gyeonggi
To Feb. 12: The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) started to grow its collection in earnest 30 years ago at its Gwacheon branch. To celebrate the anniversary of the opening of the Gwacheon branch, the museum is holding a large-scale exhibition, which takes up the entire MMCA Gwacheon space. The exhibition features 560 pieces of artwork and documents, most of which are part of the existing collection, while others are newly commissioned.
The exhibits range from familiar works by Korea’s most admired artists such as painters Kim Whan-ki, Park Soo-keun and video art pioneer Nam June Paik, to works that have not been exhibited for decades for a variety of reasons. Works by famous foreign artists and hot Korean contemporary artists are seen in the “Interpret Par 2 - Relation” section.
Admission is free. The museum is closed on Mondays. Go to Seoul Grand Park Station, line No. 4, exit No. 4 and take the shuttle bus.
(02) 2188-6114, www.mmca.go.kr