2018.4.11 Museums & Galleries
COLLECTION OF THE HERMITAGE: FROM CLASSICISM TO IMPRESSIONISM
National Museum of Korea,
To Sunday : A vast French collection from the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is being displayed at the National Museum of Korea.
Some 89 paintings, sculptures and drawings by renowned French artists such as Nicolas Poussin, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Claude Monet and Henri Rousseau are on display.
About 40 percent of the collections that came to Seoul are said to be personal collections of Ekaterina II, an empress of Russia, who built the Hermitage.
The museum now holds the largest collection of French art anywhere outside of France.
Paintings such as “Descent from the Cross” (1628-29) by Poussin, “The Colosseum” (1761-63) by Hubert Robert, Ingres’ “Portrait of Count Nikolai Guriev” (1821) and Paul Delaroche’s “Christian Martyr Drowned in the Tiber” (1853), are some of the paintings on exhibit.
Tickets cost 6,000 won ($5.58) for adults. The museum is open everyday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays; to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays; and to 7 p.m. on Sundays and public holidays.
Go to Ichon Station, line No. 4, exit 1 or 2.
(02) 2077-9000, www.museum.go.kr
M Contemporary, Gangnam District
To Sunday: Though we are quite familiar with the images of pop art, we don’t often get the chance to see actual works created by the artists.
At the M Contemporary art museum, visitors will get the rare chance to see original silk prints created by five of the world’s most beloved pop artists from decades ago - Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Keith Haring and Robert Indiana.
The exhibit gives a deeper look into the times in history that gave birth to pop art.
Tickets cost 16,000 won for adults and 12,000 won for students. Get off at Sinnonhyeon Station, line No. 9, exit 5.
(02) 3451-8199, www.m-contemporary.com
Hangaram Design Museum in the Seoul Arts Center, Seocho District
To Sunday: The first large-scale retrospective of Alberto Giacometti’s (1901-1966) work in Korea features about 120 pieces from the Swiss artist, including plaster and bronze sculptures, paintings and drawings.
The exhibition, hosted by the Giacometti Foundation Paris, focuses on the works of the artist made after World War II - the full-length human-figure sculptures standing upright with unnaturally thin bodies like steel wires, as well as human busts with well-defined faces and glaring eyes with melting torsos in contrast.
Among the highlights is the original plaster of the world-famous “Walking Man II.” There are also two versions of the sculpture “Bust of a Man Seated (Lotar III)” facing each other: One is the plaster original and the other is made of bronze.
Admission is 16,000 won for adults.
To get to the Seoul Arts Center, get off at Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 4-2 or 5.
(02) -532-4407, https://giacometti.modoo.at