2016.11.15 Museums & Galleries
Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), Jung District
To Sunday: 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.
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
Arario Museum in Space, Jongno District
For an indefinite period: “Really?” is the inaugural exhibition of the Arario Museum, which opened on Sept. 1, 2014 in the iconic ivy-covered brick building “Space,” designed by the legendary Korean architect Kim Swoo-geun (1931-86). Space’s intricately linked display areas and spiral staircases remain in their original state, while the artwork is cleverly installed in unexpected locations.
About 100 pieces by more than 40 artists including Korean-American video art pioneer Nam June Paik, British artists Marc Quinn and Tracey Emin, are on display. They are part of the vast collection of Ci Kim, one of Korea’s most important collectors.
Admission is 10,000 won for adults. Children under 10 are not allowed.
Go to Anguk subway station, line No. 3, exit 3, and walk for three minutes.
(02) 736-5700, www.arariomuseum.org
Songeun Art Space
To Dec. 10: The exhibition provides a glimpse into Indonesian contemporary art led by young artists through the collection of a young art lover, who shares philosophies and visions with the artists.
The 36-year-old art collector Tom Tandio presents works by nine teams of young Indonesian artists among his collection.
They are Wisnu Auri, Wimo Ambala Bayang, Duto Hardono, Jompet Kuswidananto, Aditya Novali, Eko Nugroho, Albert Yonathan Setyawan, Melati Suryodarmo and Tromarama.
Admission is free. The art space is closed on Sundays. Go to Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit 9, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 3448-0100, www.songeunartspace.org
GANA ART COLLECTION ANTHOLOGY
Seoul Museum of Art, Jung District
For an indefinite period: The exhibition celebrates the opening of a permanent exhibition room for a group of artworks donated by Gana Art, one of the nation’s leading galleries, to the municipal museum in 2001.
The donation, called the Gana Collection, consists of 200 paintings, sculptures and prints by 48 local artists related to the minjung art movement of the 1980s and early ’90s. The movement is represented by realist paintings with strong political or social messages against the Korean military regime of the ’80s.
The inaugural exhibition features 28 works by 24 famous minjung artists including Lim Ok-sang, Shin Hak-chul and Hwang Jae-hyung.
Admission is free. 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, www.sema.seoul.go.kr
Hangaram Art Museum of Seoul Arts Center, Seocho District
To March 5: The exhibition features 130 pieces of paintings and drawings loaned by the renowned Musee d’Orsay in Paris.
One of the highlights is the world-famous painting of “The Gleaners” by Jean-Francois Millet. The viewers can see not only the masterpiece, but also Millet’s rough drawings of it, which worked as stepping-stones to the final work. Other recognized pieces visiting Seoul include “The Siesta” by Vincent Van Gogh, which is paying its first visit to a non-European nation in decades, “Breton Peasant Women” by Paul Gauguin, and “Girls at the Piano” by Pierre Auguste Renoir.”
Tickets for adults are 13,000 won. The gallery closes on the Monday of the last week of each month (Nov. 28, Dec. 26, Feb. 27). Go to Nambu Bus Terminal station, line No. 3, exit No. 5 and walk 10 minutes.
(02) 325-1077, www.sac.or.kr
MMCA HYUNDAI MOTOR SERIES 2016 : KIMSOOJA - ARCHIVE OF MIND
MMCA Seoul, Jongno District
To Feb 10: Kimsooja, 59, one of the most famous Korean contemporary artists on the international scene, presents her latest works in the museum’s annual solo show of a leading artist, sponsored by the auto giant.
Of the nine pieces on display, eight - including the participatory installation work “Archive of Mind” and the sound art piece “Unfolding Sphere” - have never been shown before.
Tickets cost 4,000 won ($3.40). The museum is closed on Monday. The museum is a 10-minute walk from Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 1.
(02) 3701-9500, www.mmca.go.kr