2019.5.25 Museums & GalleriesKITSUTAITEN
Arario Museum in Space, Jongno District
Through June 13: The solo show of Sunpil Don, 35, features 10 installation works and sculptures that the artist created mainly with action figures.
The artist has not only collected the action figures but has researched their history and their evolution in the context of cultural anthropology and sociology, while also writing books about the topic.
Admission is 10,000 won ($8.40) for adults, which covers the entire museum. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 3 and walk for three minutes.
(02) 736-5700, www.arariomuseum.org
FIVE HUNDRED ARHATS OF CHANGNYEONGSA TEMPLE SITE: REFLECTION OF OUR HEARTS
National Museum of Korea, Yongsan District
Through June 13: The National Museum of Korea is currently holding a special exhibition featuring 88 Arhat statues from Chuncheon, Gangwon. They are one of the historical disciples of Buddha that have lifelike expressions of happiness, anger and sorrow. The statuettes were first discovered in 2001 by a farmer in Yeongwol County, Gangwon. The excavation project was launched and a total of 317 statuettes were unearthed. The site was revealed to be the location of the Changnyeong Temple during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). The Arhats were first revealed to the public at the Chuncheon National Museum in Gangwon last year and came to the National Museum of Korea in April.
The entrance fee is 3,000 won. Go to Ichon Station, line No. 4, exit 2.
(02) 2077-9045, www.museum.go.kr
Art Sonje Center, Jongno District
Through July 7: The exhibition features works by eight teams of artists that deal with the coexistence of humans and nature and relations between humans.
Among the works, the paintings by artist Rim Dong-sik, 74, who meticulously depicts the details of a tree and other nature found in rural Korean villages, and the imitations of Rim’s paintings by his friend and amateur artist Woo Pyong-nam in a different style show both relations between humans and nature, and between humans.
Rim happened to meet Woo, a restaurant owner, during his journey in search of subjects of his paintings and they became friends.
Woo would drive Rim, who has no driver’s license, to the places where the possible subjects of his paintings were. Woo himself began painting after his 70s.
The other artists are Kim Juwon, Bjorn Braun, Manon de Boer, Ursula Biemann & Paulo Tavares, Xu Tan, Yu Araki and Part-time Suite.
The exhibition title was taken from a book by the neurologist Oliver Sacks, who wrote about his travel to the small island of Pingelap is a place where over 5 percent of residents are completely color blind due to genetic factors but live in harmony with those who are not color blind based on mutual understanding.
Admission is 5,000 won for adults. The art center is closed on Mondays. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1.
(02) 733-8945, www.artsonje.org
NA NA LAND: IT’S MY WORLD
Savina Museum of Contemporary Art
Through July 7: At “Na Na Land: It’s My World,” how you look at yourself is more important than what others think.
The exhibition displays 64 paintings, installations and videos by 21 artists that promote self-confidence and body positivity, as well as the acceptance of others and their differences. Na means I in Korean.
Visitors are guaranteed a fun time at “Na Na Land” with its interactive installations. Tongjjwa’s “Name Show” (2019) offers visitors the chance to create a new name for themselves, while at Koh Jae-wook’s “DIE For” (2016, 2019), visitors can sing their hearts out in a small karaoke room covered with mirrors inside.
An English teacher from the Goyang Foreign Language High School will provide a guided English tour for those interested on June 29 at 3 p.m.
Admission is 8,000 won. The museum is closed on Mondays. Take bus No. 571 at Yeonsinnae Station and get off at Sindo Elementary School Station.
(02) 736-4371, www.savinamuseum.com
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 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 multiple slightly different 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.