2017.5.19 Museums & Galleries
Songeun Art Space, Gangnam District
To Saturday: The exhibition features 30 art pieces from the French Regional Collections of Contemporary Art (FRAC). The title and design of the show takes inspiration from the artwork of the same name by French artist Julien Discrit, according to the curator, Laurence Gateau, director of FRAC des Pays de la Loire. The work is the text “What is not visible is not invisible,” written in ultraviolet ink with ultraviolet light. The artwork sets the premise for this show, which explores non-material contemporary art.
The exhibits include the famous 1965 installation work by the German-born New York-based conceptual artist Hans Haacke, which featured the flow of air into art with daily objects such as an electric fan and a piece of cloth.
Admission is free. Go to Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit 9, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 3448-0100, www.songeunartspace.org
Seoul Museum, Jongno District
To June 11: The exhibition features the rare 16th-century Korean female painter and poet Saimdang (1504-51). The show features 15 paintings by the artist among the museum’s collection - 14 pieces of colorful chochungdo and one mungnando.
Chochungdo is a painting genre that depicts plants and insects elaborately in rich colors, whereas mungnando is a painting genre that depicts orchids painted with black ink in simplified forms.
Admission is 9,000 won ($8) for adults and includes admission to the other shows going on at the museum as well as to Seokpajeong, the summer residence of King Gojong’s father, behind the museum. The museum is closed on Mondays. Take bus Nos. 1020, 1711, 7016, 7018, 7022 or 7212 to the Jahamun Tunnel stop.
(02) 395-0100, www.seoulmuseum.org
Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin, Gyeonggi
To July 2 : The exhibition features 17 artists from various parts of Asia exhibiting the region’s history as perceived and interpreted by them, on the premise that there is no single authentic history.
Some artists present history of not only the past but also the future. Among them, Korean artist Kwon Ha-youn’s “489 Years” shows an 11-minute reconstruction of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in three-dimensional images. The “489 Years” refers to the estimated time required to remove all the land mines in the area in the aftermath of the 1950-53 Korean War.
Among the other participants are award-winning Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Vietnamese artist Dinh Q. Le, Japanese artist Aida Makoto and Chinese artist Song Dong.
Admission is 4,000 won. The museum is closed on Mondays. Take bus Nos. 5000 or 5005 from Seoul and get off at the Singal five-way intersection in Yongin.
(031) 201-8500, www.njpartcenter.kr
Ilmin Museum of Art, Jongno District
To July 9: This is a kind of do-it-yourself art exhibition, conceived by the famous Swiss curator Hans Ulrich Obrist. He developed the idea of a flexible and open-ended exhibition format, based on written instructions by artists, just like music performances based on scores by composers. For this 2017 Seoul version of the exhibition, which has traveled to more than 50 locations worldwide since 1993, not only established and emerging visual artists but also choreographers, a community of chefs, a sociologist and the general public have created works based on 44 of the 250 instructions accumulated through the exhibition’s travels.
In addition to the team of the people selected through the public invitation process, the exhibition is open to the wider public online (ilmin.org/do-it-2017-Seoul).
Admission is 5,000 won for adults. The museum is closed on Mondays. Go to Gwanghwamun station, line No. 5, exit 5.
(02) 2020-2050, www.ilmin.org
SAMRAMANSANG: FROM KIM WHANKI TO YANG FUDONG
MMCA Seoul, Jongno District
To Aug. 13: In this exhibition, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art shows off 121 of the 932 artworks it acquired between 2013 and 2016.
In particular, the exhibits include Korean modern art master Kim Whanki’s abstract painting “Dawn #3” (1964-5), which the museum purchased at K Auction’s sale in September 2016 for 1.3 billion won ($1.14 million), which is the most the museum has ever paid for a single piece of art.
The exhibit title, “Samramansang,” which means “all things and all phenomena in the universe,” was taken from a piece by Korean contemporary artist Kang Ikjoong, which is also among the exhibits.
Tickets cost 4,000 won. 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