2018.6.20 Museums & Galleries
Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Jung District
To July 12: The venerable British studio behind a number of hit movies like “Creature Comforts” (1990), “Chicken Run” (2000) and the “Wallace & Gromit” series, is presenting a total of 372 artworks that make up the 40-year history of Aardman’s award-winning features in Korea.
The exhibits are represented in diverse forms, including drawings, sketches, animation sets, clay dolls and digital videos.
The first part demonstrates the beginnings of Aardman’s creations in the form of drawings, storyboards and scrapbooks. Another section invites visitors to observe three-dimensional objects that have been created from drawings.
Admission is 15,000 won ($13.50) for adults. Go to Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station, lines No. 2, 4 and 5, exit 1.
(02) 577-8415, www.ddp.or.kr
Gana Art Center, Jongno District
To July 15: The solo show of well-known veteran abstract artist Oh Su-fan features 30 oil paintings created since 2016.
He created some of the paintings by
making brush strokes of various colors on a canvas, erasing them and adding brush strokes again and repeating this process five to six times. Some only have blue or black brush strokes on white canvases, which might remind viewers of blue and white pottery or ink paintings.
The artist said the works are not about representing anything but instead about the gestures and flow of paint and their “facial expressions” when they are put on canvas.
With his art, he shares with the viewers his perception, he added.
Admission is 3,000 won. Head to Gyeongbokgung Station, take line No. 3, exit 3, and take bus No. 1711 to the Lotte Apartment stop. Then walk for five minutes.
(02) 720-1020, www.ganaart.com
ALEX KATZ, MODELS & DANCERS
Lotte Museum of Art, Songpa District
To July 23: The solo exhibition of famous American artist Alex Katz features 70 of his portrait paintings, for which he is best known. The portraits depict women posing as if they are being shot by a camera against a monotone background, like models in a commercial shoot.
Rather than illustrating the women and their beauty in a detailed way, Katz uses images of certain brands 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 displayed for the first time at this exhibition.
Admission for adults is 13,000 won.
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.
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 called “Yin and Yang,” are also on display.
The last part of the exhibition features Rhee’s cosmic paintings “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 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 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
Daegu Art Museum, Daegu
To Aug. 19: The large-scale retrospective of Korean abstract art pioneer Kim Whanki (1913-74) features 108 paintings and drawings by Kim as well as documents and other materials about the artist. Most of the works were loaned by the Whanki Museum in central Seoul, founded by the artist’s wife, Kim Hyang-an (1916-2004).
The works are on view chronologically. Visitors can see how Kim’s works evolved from the half-figurative, half-abstract paintings, which are easily understood by the general public, to pure abstract art, in particular, the so-called dot paintings that he developed in the last four or five years of the New York period. The latter are hard to understand, but are regarded as the apex of Kim’s oeuvre by art historians.
Admission is 1,000 won for adults. The museum is closed on Monday.
(053) 803-7900, http://artmuseum.daegu.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.
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.
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