Celebrating new boundaries in art : A look at some of the year’s most-anticipated museum exhibitions
Additionally some film directors, designers and calligraphers will be celebrated in major art museums, extending the boundaries of art further and further.
On the other hand, large-scale retrospectives of masters of modern and contemporary art such as Korean abstract painter Kim Whanki (1913-1974) and British pop artist Richard Hamilton (1922-2011) are also scheduled for this year.
Here are the timetables of some art exhibitions selected by the Korea JoongAng Daily. Most of the titles here are working titles.
Seoul Museum, Jan. 24 to June
The exhibition features works by a rare 16th-century Korean female painter and poet Sin Saimdang (1504-51) coinciding with the TV series “Saimdang, Light’s Diary,” starring Lee Young-ae which starts on Jan. 25.
SeMA, March 14 to May 14
The solo show celebrates Ahn Sang-soo, 64, dubbed the “godfather of Korean typography.” Not only his famous typeface designs but also materials from his alternative school for design “Pati” in Paju, Gyeonggi will be presented.
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, April to August
Kim Whanki has always been regarded as one of the most important Korean modern artists by art critics. But the public’s interest in him soared afresh last year, as his abstract paintings, in particular, so-called dot paintings created in his New York period (1963-74) renewed the record price of Korean artwork ever auctioned three times. Leeum plans to present the representative works that Kim created throughout his career, to help the public understand how his art evolved.
Kukje Gallery, May
The exhibition will feature new works by Park Chan-kyong, one of Korea’s major contemporary media artists.
SeMA, Sept. 3 to Nov.5
The exhibition, linked to the 27th UIA Congress Seoul, will provide the viewers a glimpse into contemporary architecture and its relations with art.
Korea’s Architecture Movements in the 1990s and after
MMCA Seoul, September to April
The exhibition is about the architectural movements between the late 1980s and the early 2000s in Korea.
The Beauty of Korean Traditional Calligraphy
Leeum, September to December
In Leeum’s first-ever exhibition concentrated on calligraphy, the museum will explore the aesthetics and philosophy carried by old ink calligraphic works and their relation with Korean ink paintings and influence on Korean modern and contemporary art.
MMCA Deoksu Palace, October to March
The exhibition features about 200 pieces of paintings, posters and photography that depict the images of Korean modern women in the early 20th century.
MMCA Seoul, November to April
The exhibition features films and video installations by Jonas Mekas, dubbed “the godfather of American avant-garde cinema.”
MMCA Gwacheon, November to January
The first-ever retrospective of the British pop artist in Asia features 80 of his most important pieces.
BY MOON SO-YOUNG [firstname.lastname@example.org]