2019.3.21 Museums & GalleriesFLAMME INTERIEURE
Museum Ground, Yongin, Gyeonggi
Through Sunday: Museum Ground, a new art museum founded by Korean artist Chun Kwang Young, has selected a solo show from Jean Boghossian for its inaugural exhibition. Although the Brussels-based Lebanese artist of Armenian descent is better known in Korea as president of the Boghossian Foundation for charity and art patronage, he is well-known as an artist in Europe and the Middle East, and was exhibited in the Armenian Pavilion at the prestigious 2017 Venice Biennale.
In 2010, the 68-year-old artist began to use techniques of fire torching and perforation to create unique abstract paintings. “For the last eight years, my work has been defined by flame, fire and smoke,” he said.
He also burnt books, wood and polystyrene panels, using various instruments including blowtorches, to create sculptures. Boghossian’s solo exhibition features 46 such works.
Meanwhile, Museum Ground consists of three galleries, a cafe and an art shop, gardens - including a sculpture garden - and a building used as a studio by Chun.
Admission is 8,000 won ($7) for adults. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and closed on Mondays. The artist’s studio is not open to the public.
YANG JUNG UK: WE PLACED THE PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN YESTERDAY
Gallery Hyundai, Jongno District
Through March 27: Yang Jung Uk is a young artist known for the kinetic sculptures and installations he creates with mixed media, including everyday objects, to tell the stories of the trifling events of daily life or of human relations, and the feelings and emotions these evoke in very symbolic, ambiguous ways.
“In his first solo exhibition at the gallery, Yang presents installations that depict the ordinary, yet subtle moments that people face in relationships,” the gallery said.
Among the works on display, the “Group Photo” series is “about the awkward moments, feelings and other emotions that occurred when I took a group photo to commemorate a specific day or event,” the artist told the press last month. The small sculpture series, titled “Friends Who No Longer Meet,” depicts “the friends who are fun from a distance, but are exhausting to be a close friend with,” the artist explained.
The large-scale installation made of lamps and other objects, titled “Scenery of Dialogue #2,” portrays the interaction and mediation of the artist and his wife on the subject of the interior design of their new home.
Admission is free. The gallery is closed on Monday. Go to Anguk Station, Line No. 3, exit 1, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 2287-3500, www.galleryhyundai.com
PICASSO & CUBISM
Hangaram Art Museum of Seoul Arts Center, Seocho District
Through March 31: The exhibition looks at the world of Cubism from its birth in 1907 to its later development.
The 90 works by 20 artists, including those by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Georges Braque (1882-1963), who together created Cubism, have been taken from the contemporary art section of the City of Paris’ Museum of Modern Art, including some large-scale paintings that have traveled outside the city for the very first time.
The exhibition begins with two paintings by French post-impressionist painter Paul Cezanne (1839-1906), who inspired both Picasso and Braque. The exhibit’s second part looks at the two geniuses’ creation of Cubism. The third section displays works by subsequent cubists who took on Picasso and Braque’s mission, adding their own individuals flairs, especially Robert Delaunay (1885-1941) and Fernand Leger (1881-1955). The final section features four large-scale paintings by Robert and Sonia Delaunay. The 5-by-5 meter (16.4-by-16.4 foot) paintings were created for the Salon des Tuileries in 1938, and are travelling outside Paris for the first time for this Seoul exhibition.
Admission is 15,000 won for adults. Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, Line No. 3, exit 4-2 or 5 and walk 10 minutes.
(02) 580-1300, www.sacticket.co.kr
MMCA Seoul, Jongno District
Through April 7: The largest-ever retrospective of artist Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) in the Asia-Pacific region has been co-organized by the Korean museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which possesses the world’s largest collection of Duchamp’s works.
The Korean exhibition features about 150 pieces from the U.S. museum, including the most famous - or notorious - “Fountain” and other Duchamp “readymades.” He chose a ready-made urinal, signed the pseudonym “R. Mutt” on it and displayed it under the title “Fountain.” He said he “took an ordinary article of life, placed it so that its useful significance disappeared under the new title and perspective, thereby creating a new thought for that object.”
The exhibit also includes the only Duchamp work in the MMCA collection - an edition of “Box in a Valise.” This is a portable set of miniature reproductions of Duchamp’s selected works for which he designed and controlled their production and distribution. Another edition from the Philadelphia Museum is on display next to the MMCA’s edition, making a spectacular view.
The retrospective is arranged chronologically and divided in four sections. The first section includes “Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2).” The second section includes the famous “readymades,” including “Fountain” and “Bicycle Wheel.” Among the exhibits in the third section are U.S. artist Man Ray’s photographs of Duchamp dressed as a woman - his female alter ego Rrose Selavy, a play on words of the old phrase “Eros, c’est la vie.” The fourth and final section features drawings, small sculptures and photos made by Duchamp during the process of creating the room-sized diorama “Etant donnes.”
Admission is 4,000 won. Go to Anguk Station, Line No. 3, exit 1, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 3701-9500, www.mmca.go.kr