2018.9.4 Museums & Galleries
Taehwa River Park , Ulsan
To Sunday: The 12th edition of the annual festival, which features site-specific artworks temporarily installed around Taehwa River, has the theme “Once a God - The Myth of Future Refugees.”
This year’s festival features 14 Korean artists or teams, including Kwon Jayeon and Project Rebel9, and 10 foreign artists including Nipan Oranniwesna from Thailand, Valeria Conte Macdonell from Argentina and Akihito Okunaka from Japan.
“This year’s exhibition has the keywords ‘temporality’ and ‘performance’, “ said Park Soo-jin, artistic director of the festival. “Artists were invited to explore the temporal and disposable nature of installation art. And the works welcome visitors to interact with the artworks by using their senses and bodies.”
Admission is free. Take bus 327, 357 or 5003 at Ulsan Station and get off at Taehwadong.
(052) 220-0610-2, www.teaf.co.kr/2018/
Arko Art Center, Jongno District
To Sunday: A solo exhibition by London-based Korean artist Meekyoung Shin, 51, features sculptures and installation works she created with soap that resemble ancient artifacts in museums such as marble sculptures and ceramic vessels.
Shin said she started re-creating Western classic sculptures with soap as some kind of “translation” in the early 2000s. Shin focuses on condensing and visualizing the flow of time that artifacts go through. This is seen most clearly in Shin’s “Toilet Project” series. The works look like sculptures weathered by time for hundreds of years. Actually the soap sculptures were “weathered” over a few months. The sculptures were sent by the artist to the restrooms of various museums to be used as soap - as “a daily object.” Then, being transformed by the museum visitors, they were returned to the artist and put on pedestals or shelves as “artifacts.” New soap sculptures are installed in Arko Art Center’s restrooms.
Admission is free. Get off at Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 2.
(02) 760-4850, art.arko.or.kr
ERWIN WURM: ONE MINUTE FOREVER
Hyundai Card Storage, Yongsan District
To Sunday: The first-ever solo exhibition in Korea of the Austrian artist Erwin Wurm 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 the 2017 Venice Biennale. The piece is a caravan around which people can do several “One Minute Sculptures.” The caravan, along with the visitors’ bodies and actions, creates a composite sculpture.
Among the exhibits is also the life-size sculpture of an absurdly plump car, entitled “Dumpling Car,” which the artist created for the Seoul show, as the latest in the his “Fat Car” sculpture series.
Admission is 5,000 won ($4.50) for adults. Go to Hangangjin station, line No. 6, exit 3 and walk for five minutes.
ARA Art Center, Jongno District
To Sunday: This exhibition features some 730 works, big and small, created by Sam Cox, better known as Mr. Doodle, a pop artist who is known for his unique style.
From afar, the canvases look as if they are full of meaningless lines, but up close they show countless different characters and objects that fit together.
Tickets cost 13,000 won ($11.70) for adults, 10,000 won for teenagers and 8,000 won for children. Get off at Jonggak Station, line No. 1, exit 3-1, and walk for five minutes.
(02) 569-1008, www.araart.co.kr
Insa Art Center, Jongno District
Sept. 12-17: This exhibition features 50 paintings by eight important contemporary artists from Myanmar.
The participating artists are Min Wae Aung, San Minn, Lu Min, Tin Win, Aung Myint, Moat Thone, Moe Nyo amd Tin Htay Aung. They present figurative paintings that symbolically depict the traditions of Myanmar or satire the reality of the contemporary Myanmarese society.
It is hosted by Hansae Yes24 Foundation, a Korean cultural foundation that has held Korea-ASEAN exchange programs, and is curated by Korean art critic Sim Sang-yong.
Traditional performances and a seminar about the Myanmar society and its contemporary art are scheduled for Sept. 12 at 3-6 p.m.
Admission is free. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 6 and walk for five minutes.