2018.4.6 Museums & Galleries
Gallery Hyundai, Jongno District
To Sunday: The first-ever solo exhibition in Korea of Belgian neo-conceptual artist Wim Delvoye, 53, features 30 pieces of his works. They include black rubber tires carved beautifully with classical patterns that seem absurd as well as stainless-steel models of dump trucks and concrete mixers delicately laser-cut with patterns and details of magnificent Gothic cathedrals and creepy bunny slippers made from taxidermied rabbits.
The artist is famous for combining contradictory elements in his works. The best example is the “Untitled (Carved Car Tyre).” The mass-produced function-oriented contemporary good, often associated with labor, is combined with exquisite craftsmanship done by hand and traditional decorative patterns that once were exclusive for aristocrats.
Admission is free. The gallery is closed on Monday. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 2287-3500, www.galleryhyundai.com
DAN FLAVIN, LIGHT: 1963-1974
Lotte Museum of Art, Songpa District
To Sunday: Lotte Museum of Art on the seventh floor of the Lotte World Tower in southern Seoul has chosen to display a retrospective of American minimalist artist Dan Flavin (1933-96), who is an important figure in art history, as its inaugural exhibition.
Most of Flavin’s works from 1963 are made with commercially available fluorescent tubes in various colors, including yellow, green, pink and blue. The exhibition features 14 of Flavin’s works from his early days.
“These works show how he developed his ideas about working with materials and industrial objects,” said Courtney J. Martin, deputy director and chief curator of Dia Art Foundation. The New York-based foundation that supports contemporary art projects loaned the works by Flavin for this exhibition.
Admission is 13,000 won ($12.25) for adults. Go to Jamsil Station, lines No. 2 and 8, exit 2.
Arko Art Center, Jongno District
To May 20: The exhibition of two Korean artists Cody Choi and Lee Wan, curated by Lee Dae-hyung, is nearly the same version of the exhibition that took place last year in the Korean Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale.
The installation of flashy neon signs by Cody Choi, which covered the Korean Pavilion’s facade and was an “Instagram star” of the biennale, is now installed on the first floor of Arko Art Center. Other works by Choi including the hot pink sculpture “The Thinker” are also on the floor.
Lee Wan’s works are on the second floor, including the installation of hundreds of clocks titled “Proper Time” which wowed visitors at the biennale. Lee’s “Mr. K,” which consists of found objects related with the Korean modern history, has been expanded for the Korean show.
Admission is free. The museum is closed on Monday. The museum is located at Hyehwa station, line No. 4, exit 2.
(02) 760-4850, http://art.arko.or.kr
DRAWN BY THE WIND
Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Jung District
To May 24: Korea’s old paintings have been turned into moving images, in attempt to appeal to younger audiences. At the exhibition, co-organized by the Kansong Art and Culture Foundation and the Seoul Design Foundation, visitors can witness not only original paintings of Korea’s two most influential and pioneering artists - Sin Yun-bok (born 1758) and Jeong Seon (1676-1759) - but also media artworks inspired by the two masters’ works.
Tickets are 10,000 won for adults. Go to Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station, lines No. 2, 4 and 5, exit 1.
(02) 400-2524, www.kansong.org
MMCA, Gwacheon, Gyeonggi
To July 29: A large retrospective of Rhee Seundja (1918-2009) celebrates what would be the artist’s 100th birthday. Rhee was part of the first generation of Korean abstract artists active in Paris and one of few Korean women in the art world at the time.
The show features 127 pieces, most of them large oil and acrylic paintings. Among the others are ceramics, woodblock prints and the blocks used to make them, which the artist regarded as separate pieces.
They include the paintings from the early 1960s, categorized by the artist herself as “Woman and the Earth” and a series of geometric abstract paintings the artist called “Yin and Yang”. The last part of the exhibition features Rhee’s cosmic paintings that she called “Road to the Antipodes.”
Admission is 2,000 won. Go to Seoul Grand Park Station, line No. 4, exit 4 and take the shuttle bus.
(02) 2188-6114, www.mmca.go.kr
A BLOOMING FLOWER OUT OF DESPAIR
Busan Museum of Art, Busan
To July 29: Two large-scale exhibitions shed light on Busan’s important role in Korean art history during Japanese colonial rule from 1910-45 and the 1950-53 Korean War.
“Modern, Hybrid: 1928-1938” explores the birth of modern art in Busan, which Japan developed as a modern city for strategic reasons. Many Japanese artists visited during the colonial period. The other exhibition, entitled “A Blooming Flower Out of Despair,” will explore the period when Busan became a wartime capital and many important artists fled to the city and continued making art even during difficult and devastating of times. The latter exhibit features more than 100 paintings. Many of them are created by famous Korean modern artists including Lee Jung-seob, Kim Whanki and Chang Ucchin, who each fled to Busan during the Korean War.
Admission is free. The museum is closed on Monday. Go to Bexco Station, line No. 2, exit 5. Visit (051) 744-2602, http://art.busan.go.kr