2018.3.16 Museums & Galleries
Gangneung Green City Experience Center,
To March 18: As an art event linked to the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games and Paralympics, the exhibition explores realities far from the Olympic spirit such as violence, hatred and the tragedies of human history, and the sociopolitical systems and backgrounds behind them.
The exhibition, directed by Hong Kyoung-han and co-designed by three other curators - Yoo Lee, Lee Hoon-suk and Cho Sook-hyun - features 110 pieces of work by 58 artists from 23 countries. The artists range from big names such as the Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn and Lebanese filmmaker and artist Akram Zaatari to up-and-coming artists.
Admission is free.
The venue is 10 minutes by car from the Gangneung KTX Station.
(03) 651-0784, www.gwbien.com
DREAM OF DOKKAEBI
Savina Museum of Contemporary Art, Jongno District
To March 24: This solo exhibition of Kim Sung Bok features sculptures and installations based on the magic clubs that dokkaebi - friendly and mischievous goblins or spirits common in old Korean fables - were believed to have.
If a dokkaebi beats the ground with a magic club, called a dokkaebi bangmangi, while chanting a spell, it can get whatever it wishes.
The exhibit includes a forest made of plastic dokkaebi bangmangi. There is also a giant mandala-like circle made up of more than 1,000 small wooden sculptures. They are based on the artist’s poll of more than 100 people of various ages about their dreams and wishes.
Admission is 2,000 won ($1.86). The museum is closed on Monday. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1
(02) 736-4371, www.savinamuseum.com
SongEun Art Space, Gangnam District
To May 26: Upon first entering the exhibit space for the “Spa & Beauty” exhibit by artist Jeong Geum-hyung, visitors will find themselves confused as to whether this is an art exhibition, or just a neatly-organized beauty product display.
Within the three floors of the exhibit are laid out not paintings or sculptures related to the beauty products that we use, but actual products commonly used inside our bathrooms - including brushes and bath sponges.
On the second floor of the gallery are brushes of different color, size and textures that the artist has gathered in her daily life, as well as a video of people using the products on their bodies.
The third floor features a look at products to take care of facial hair, as well as the manufacturing procedures for the different brushes. The last floor is filled with mannequins who have been adorned with the brushes and sponges.
The works, which stand somewhere between the lines of weird and mysterious, symbolize the mutual relationship people have with their objects and how humans can come to receive the benefits of their creations.
Admission is free. The SongEun Art Space is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., except for Sundays and public holidays.
(02) 3448-0100, www.songeunartspace.org