2018.5.29 Museums & Galleries
PKM Gallery, Jongno District
To June 5: The solo exhibition of Chun Kwang-young, famous for his work with traditional Korean hanji, or mulberry paper, shows the evolution of his “Aggregation” series, in which numerous triangular pieces, wrapped in hanji torn from old Korean books, are put together to form rugged shapes with cracks that look like the surface of another planet.
The exhibition includes pieces from the “Aggregation” series, which often have rich colors created through traditional Korean dyeing methods. These pieces have names like “Dream” and “Desire.”
The gallery is located near the Blue House. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1, and walk for 15 minutes.
(02) 734-9467, www.pkmgallery.com
NOMADIC EMPIRES OF THE MONGOLIAN STEPPES
National Museum of Korea, Yongsan District
To July 17: The Mongol Empire was the single largest empire in the history of the world. During its height, it stretched to the far corners of Eurasia.
The National Museum of Korea, in collaboration with the Institute of History and Archaeology of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, the National Museum of Mongolia and the Bogd Khaan Palace Museum, looks back at the civilization that developed in the region as early as the prehistoric ages. “Nomadic Empires of the Mongolian Steppes” also covers the growth of modern Mongolia.
The exhibit is divided into three sections: “Dawn of the Empire,” featuring artifacts from prehistoric Mongolia; “Ancient Nomadic Empires of Mongolia” where visitors can see old relics from the Xiongnu Empire (the third century B.C. to the first century B.C.) and the Turkic Khaganate (552-745); and “The Mongol Empire and the Descendants of Chinggis Khan,” history of Mongolia from the 13th century and onwards.
From ancient stoneware to clothes worn to this day, this exhibition is a chance to understand Mongolia like never before.
Admission is 6,000 won ($5.59) for adults.
Go to Ichon Station, Line No. 4, exit 2.
(02) 2077-9000, www.museum.go.kr
Amorepacific Museum of Art (APMA), Yongsan District
To Aug. 26: The newly-opened Amorepacific Museum of Art, located in the cosmetics giant’s new headquarters, has chosen a retrospective of Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer as its opening act.
The artist is famous for his interactive works involving technologies such as surveillance, robotics and long-distance networks that require the audience’s participation. The 50-year-old artist said that, among the 29 pieces on view, five are being premiered here in Seoul.
Among the five is the spectacular “Blue Sun,” a huge globe made of 342 panels with LED lights, which reflects phenomena that occur on the surface of the sun. Another one of the new creations is “Pareidolium.” In a dark room, a misty fountain is installed. When the viewer comes close and stands in a certain point, a face detection program instructs the fountain to make the viewer’s face out of the water with waves.
Admission is 12,000 won for adults. The museum is closed on Monday. Go to Sinyongsan station, line No.4, exit No.1.
(02) 6040-2345, http://apma.amorepacific.com.
100 YEARS GERMAN WERKBUND
Sungkok Art Museum, Jongno District
To Aug. 26: The Deutscher Werkbund, or the German Association of Craftsmen, is a non-profit organization of artists, designers, architects and industrialists established in 1907 that worked together to create products that are not only useful, but also beautiful.
Its name is a compound of the German word werk, meaning to create, and bund, a gathering of people.
Sungkok Art Museum presents “100 Years German Werkbund 1907-2007,” a retrospective of the association’s 100 years, during which it pioneered industrial design for not only household decor, but also buildings and whole neighborhoods.
Featuring 360 works, including photographs and posters from the past and furniture and products that can still be bought today, the exhibits are a look into the history of the Werkbund.
Admission is 10,000 won for adults.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 7, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 737-7650, www.sungkokmuseum.org