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2018.6.6 Galleries & Museums



Arario Gallery, RYSE Hotel, Mapo District

To June 17
: Arario has opened its fourth gallery in the new Ryse Hotel in the Hongdae neighborhood of western Seoul, and the inaugural exhibition hopes to set the tone for the gallery by mainly focusing on younger artists and experimental work.

The group show includes 25 pieces by seven Asian artists in their mid-30s to early 40s. Among them is Indonesian artist Uji Handoko Eko Saputro, also known as Hahan, who is presenting an installation with painted panels and neon lights. The piece, titled “Baby Booming,” mixes the iconography of Western religious paintings with comic book characters and logos of luxury brands to satirize the capitalism rampant in the art market.

Also in the show is a large painting by Chinese artist Xu Bacheng that focuses on gambling addicts and miniature museums he has created to summarize his oeuvre and views on art history.

Admission is free.

The gallery is closed on Mondays.

Get off at Hongik University Station, line No. 2, exit 9.

(02) 338-6700, www.arariogallery.com



Lotte Museum of Art, Songpa District

To July 23
: Comparing a painting to a commercial advertisement might not sound like praise, but there’s no better way to describe the work of American artist Alex Katz. At times, his pieces look as if the artist had been commissioned by certain brands to paint something exclusively for them.

Katz is known for his portraits that depict women posing as if they are being shot by a camera against a monotone background — just like models in a commercial shoot. At the Lotte Museum’s exhibition, about 70 of these portraits are on display.

Rather than illustrating the women and their beauty in a detailed way, Katz uses images of a certain brand to speak on the women’s behalf — energetic and modern for Coca-Cola, chic and cool for Calvin Klein. In doing so, he has created a distinct style that has earned him fame. The Coca-Cola series and Calvin Klein series have been especially created for the Korean audience, and are revealed for the first time in this exhibition.

Admission for adults is 13,000 won ($12.15).

The museum is open from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and until 8:30 p.m. on weekends and Fridays.

Get off at Jamsil Station, line No. 2, exit 3 or 4.

1544-7744, www.lottemuseum.com



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. Other pieces include ceramics, woodblock prints and the blocks used to make them, which the artist regarded as separate pieces.

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,” are also on display.

The last part of the exhibition features Rhee’s cosmic paintings that she called “Road to the Antipodes.”

Admission is 2,000 won.

Get off at Seoul Grand Park Station, line No. 4, and take the shuttle bus from exit 4.

(02) 2188-6114, www.mmca.go.kr

MODERN, HYBRID: 1928-1938

Busan Museum of Art, Busan

To July 29
: Two large-scale exhibitions shed light on Busan’s important role in Korean art while the country was under Japanese rule from 1910-45 and during the 1950-53 Korean War.

“Modern, Hybrid: 1928-1938” explores the birth of modern art in Busan, a city that Japan developed into a modern metropolis for strategic reasons. During this colonial period, many Japanese artists visited the port city.

The other exhibition, titled “A Blooming Flower Out of Despair,” explores the period when Busan became a wartime capital. After North Korea invaded the South in 1950, many important artists fled to Busan and continued making art even during difficult and devastating times. The exhibition features over 100 paintings, many of them created by famous modern artists including Lee Jung-seob, Kim Whanki and Chang Ucchin, who all fled to Busan during the Korean War.

Admission is free.

The museum is closed on Mondays.

Get off at Bexco Station, line No. 2, exit 5.

(051) 744-2602, art.busan.go.kr



Hyundai Card Storage, Yongsan District

To Sept. 9
: Austrian artist Erwin Wurm’s first solo exhibition in Korea features several pieces from his well-known “One Minute Sculptures” series. Each piece consists of everyday objects and instructions from the artist. “The sculpture is realized” as the artist says, when a viewer strikes a pose with the objects, as instructed via a sketch and inscription.

The exhibition also includes “Ship of Fools” which Wurm presented in the Austrian pavilion at last year’s Venice Biennale. The piece is a caravan where people can create several “One Minute Sculptures.” The caravan, along with the visitors’ human bodies and their actions, creates a composite sculpture.

Among the other pieces on display is a life-size sculpture of an absurdly plump car, titled “Dumpling Car,” which the artist created for the Seoul show as the latest piece in his “Fat Car” series.

“Changing form means changing the content,” the artist says. “That’s what I’m interested in.”

Admission is 5,000 won for adults.

The gallery is closed on Mondays.

Get off at Hangangjin station, line No. 6, exit 3.

(02) 2014-7850, storage.hyundaicard.com



Seoul Museum, Jongno District

To Sept. 16
: While some people are happily married, others regret the decision. The Seoul Museum has decided to capture the different perspectives with an exhibition that highlights their views on the institution of marriage.

“Dear My Wedding Dress” is divided into two parts. First, “The Stories of 12 Brides” includes 12 sections that each revolve around a fictional bride and her story. The anecdotes are derived from characters in famous movies, books and dramas, and each section includes a dress and pieces of art that express each woman’s story.

The second section, “Show Must Go On,” is a retrospective of Korea’s first male fashion designer, Andre Kim (1935-2010).

Admission for adults is 5,500 won. Take buses No. 1020, 1711, 7016, 7018, 7022 or 7212 to the Jahamun Tunnel stop.

The museum is closed on Mondays.

(02) 395-0100, www.seoulmuseum.org
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