2019.4.18 Museums & GalleriesADAPTATIONS
Kukje Gallery, Jongno District
Through April 28: In this solo exhibition, the famous Scandinavian artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset presents sculptures, paintings and installations that seem to hover between abstract art pieces and reproductions of everyday objects. The works raise questions about the relationship between the human body and the designs that surround us every day in social, political and historical contexts.
The exhibit includes the “Adaptation” series, which are the mirror-polished stainless-steel road signs without text or symbols for instructions but mirror the space around them; “Looped Bar,” a circular bar whose stools are trapped inside the looped counter and are inaccessible from the outside; and “The Influence, Fig. 1 & Fig. 2,” a pair of male torsos with marks on their waists, whose places are switched with each other at intervals by two male performers.
Admission is free. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1.
(02) 735-8449, www.kukjegallery.com
KOREA - PART 1
Gallery Kong, Jongno District
Through April 28: The famous British photographer Michael Kenna, who is best known to Koreans for his “Pine Trees” series, which he took in Wolcheon Village, Gangwon, presents more than 50 small, square black and white photos of calm landscapes, shot and printed by hand, in this solo exhibition entitled “Korea - Part 1.”
The works on view include a new “Pine Trees” photo which he took at Unyeo beach in South Chungcheong, as well as photos of a broken railroad and other ruins he found at the demilitarized zone.
Admission is 5,000 won ($4.40). The gallery, located near the Blue House, is closed on Mondays.
CHRIS JORDAN: INTOLERABLE BEAUTY
Sungkok Art Museum, Jongno District
Through May 5: In “Intolerable Beauty,” Seattle-based Chris Jordan explores the issue dearest to his heart - environmental pollution.
A 64-piece collection of photographs, artworks and a documentary video, the exhibition shows the harrowing reality of how excessive human consumption is destroying nature and wildlife.
Jordan’s “Running the Numbers” collection showcases photo-shopped collages of thousands of tiny images of disposable objects like plastic cups that reflect the levels of waste created everyday.
Works from the “Midway Project” include iconic photographs of dead baby albatrosses chocked to death on pieces of plastic they mistook as food in the Pacific Ocean.
Admission is 8,000 won ($7.11) for adults. Get off at Gyeongbokgung Station and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 737-8643, www.sungkokmuseum.org
Culture Station Seoul 284, Jung District
Through May 6: This exhibition is one of the largest-ever art shows about the buffer zone between South and North Korea. Fifty artists present works about the past, present and future of the demilitarized zone seen in various aspects, encompassing histories, politics, individual lives and natures from each of their perspectives.
The artists include big names from contemporary Korean art, such as Lee Bul, Minouk Lim, Yeondoo Jung, Kyungah Ham and Ahn Kyuchul, and foreign art stars like Tobias Rehberger and Tomas Saraceno.
The exhibition also has a special section titled “The Life Environment of the DMZ,” which features botanical specimens from the areas near the zone where diverse species of wild flora and fauna are well preserved because of the lack of human activity.
Admission is free. It is closed on Mondays. Go to Seoul Station, subway Lines No. 1 and 4, exit 2.
(02) 3407-3500, www.seoul284.org
DAVID HOCKNEY: WORKS FROM THE TATE COLLECTION
Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), Jung District
Through Aug. 4: The largest-ever retrospective of the celebrated British painter David Hockney in Asia features 133 pieces of paintings, drawings and prints by Hockney, one of the world’s most influential living artists.
The exhibit includes Hockney’s iconic painting “A Bigger Splash” (1967) among his painting series of Californian pools, as well as “Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy” (1970-71) among his series of two-people portraits.
Among other highlights are the panoramic “Bigger Trees Near Warter” (2007) that measures approximately 12 meters (40 feet) in width and is composed of 50 small panels to show a scene seen from slightly different, multiple viewpoints. There is also a digitally-combined photo work “In the Studio, December 2017” (2017), which was recently gifted to Tate by Hockney.
Admission is 15,000 won and can be purchased via ticket.melon.com. The museum is closed on Mondays. Go to Seoul City Hall Station, line No. 2, exit 10 and walk for five minutes.