2018.7.25 Museums & Galleries
MMCA, Gwacheon, Gyeonggi
To Sunday: 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 (＄1.77).
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
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.
Drawings, paintings, photography, video art and installation works are on display.
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.
OSCILLATION: BETWEEN KOREA AND THE UNITED STATES
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.
The other artists participating are Kim Gina, Wook-kyung Choi, Choong Sup Lim, Noh Sang-kyoon, Jongil Ma and Kang Young Min.
Admission is 3,000 won 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
Hangaram Art Museum in the Seoul Arts Center, Seocho District
To Sept. 25: The large-scale retrospective of Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002), a French artist famous for a series of boldly colorful, half-abstract sculptures of plump women called “Nana,” features 127 works including sculptures, paintings, illustrated letters and furniture designs. They are from Japan’s Masuda Collection founded by Yoko Masuda, a fan and patron of de Saint Phalle.
The exhibition helps viewers reconstruct de Saint Phalle’s dramatic life with her works arranged in chronological order, as well as showing the friendship between the two.
Admission is 14,000 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) 580-1300, www.sacticket.co.kr