2018.6.28 Museums & Galleries
SongEun Art Space, Gangnam District
To Aug. 11: The exhibition at SongEun Art Space features new works by the 16 artists who had solo shows between 2015 and 2017 at its sister space SongEun Art Cube for young artists.
They had applied for the exhibition supporting program by the SongEun Art and Cultural Foundation and were selected to hold the solo shows.
The 16 artists, all in their 30s, are An Jong-hyun, Choi Hee-seung, Chung Mun-kyung, Chung Sayhey, Jung Young-don, Jihee Kim, Kim Seo-ryang, Koh Jae-wook, Lee Chung-hyung, Lee Young-hee, Min Hye-ki, Noh Sang-ho, Park Myung-mi, Park Han-saem, Ryu Hyun-min, and Yun Hamin.
Their works encompass drawings, paintings, photography, video art and installation works.
Admission is free. The art space is closed on Sundays. Go to Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit 9, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 3448-0100, www.songeunartspace.org
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 that reflect upon technology such as surveillance, robotics and long-distance networks. Among the 29 pieces on view, five are being premiered at the exhibit, according to the artist.
Among them is the spectacular “Blue Sun,” a huge globe made of 342 panels with LED lights, which reflects a phenomena that occurs on the surface of the sun. Another one of the new creations is “Pareidolium.” In a dark room, a mist fountain is installed. When the viewer comes close and stands in a certain point, a face detection program instructs the fountain to create the viewer’s face out of the water.
Admission is 12,000 won for adults. The museum is closed on Monday.
Sinyongsan station, line No.4, exit 1.
(02) 6040-2345, http://apma.amorepacific.com.
Seoul National University Museum of Art, Gwanak District
To Sept. 16: The exhibition features works by eight Korean artists of different generations who studied art in the United States and reflected on the impacts or experiences they went through while living there in works that are diverse in style and medium.
The exhibition celebrates the 60th anniversary of an exchange exhibition between Seoul National University and University of Minnesota in 1957-58.
The artists on display range from abstract painter Chun Sung-woo (1934-2018) who went to the United States in the 1950s to Kyungwoo Han, 39, who studied in the country in the 2000s and is well known for installation and video works which play with perspectives and optical illusions.
Choong Sup Lim, 77, famous for installation works in between Western minimalism and Eastern philosophy is also taking part in the exhibit.
Filmmaker Kim Gina, 45, presents her film “Faces of Seoul” in the exhibition. She is well known for the VR film “Bloodless” about a U.S. solder’s brutal killing of a Korean sex worker in 1992 that won the Best VR Story Award at the 74th Venice International Film Festival.
The other artists participating are Wook-kyung Choi, Noh Sang-kyoon, Jongil Ma and Kang Young Min.
Admission is 3,000 won ($2.70) for adults. Go to Seoul National University Station, line No. 2, exit 3, and take bus Nos. 5511 or 5513.
(02) 880-9504, www.snumoa.org
MMCA Deoksugung, Jung District
To Oct. 14: What now stands as MMCA Deoksugung was built in 1938, as the nation’s first fine arts museum called “Yi Royal Family Museum of Art,” and was run by various organizations until the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) took over in 1998.
To celebrate the museum’s 20th year as MMCA Deoksugung, a branch of the museum situated inside the Deoksu Palace grounds, and 80th year since the birth of the building, MMCA holds “Birth of the Modern Art Museum.”
The exhibition, taking place across five sections, looks at not only the museum’s past efforts to bring modern and contemporary Korean art to light, but also the history of the building itself through original blueprints from the year of the building’s construction.
The exhibition continues in the other sections, featuring nearly 90 works that were on display in past exhibitions, starting from 1972 to the present day, some important names including Ko Hui-dong, Kim Whanki and Lee In-sung.
Admission is 2,000 won. City Hall Station, lines No. 1 and 2, exit 10.
(02) 2022-0600, www.mmca.go.kr