2019.7.19 Museums & Galleries
Seoul National University Museum of Art, Gwanak District
Through Aug. 18
The newest exhibition at Seoul National University’s art museum showcases works by regular people without professional art backgrounds. The artists on display range from elementary school-aged children to seniors in their 90s. Some are visually impaired or have developmental disorders.
“We want to question the criteria used to define the artist, and the obscure borders inside and outside the system that establish such standards,” curator Moon Hanal explains. The show features around 60 works of mostly drawings and paintings featuring everyday themes like cars, landscapes and still objects.
Admission is free. The gallery is closed on Mondays. Go to Seoul National University station, line No. 2, exit 3 and take bus 651, 750A or 750B to get off at the Seoul National University stop.
(02) 880-9504, www.snumoa.org
THE ART OF DISNEY: THE MAGIC OF ANIMATION
Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Jung District
Through Aug. 18
Hundreds of original drawings from the Animation Research Library of Disney Studios have made their way to Korea. The largest exhibition that Disney has ever presented in Korea features 100 years of work, from the early days of Mickey Mouse to today. Visitors to the exhibition will also get a sneak peek at “Frozen 2,” which is set to hit theaters this winter.
Throughout the exhibit, there are video clips showing how illustrators began drawing on paper and how the industry has evolved to 3-D technologies that preserve artists’ works stroke by stroke.
Admission is 15,000 won ($12.75) for adults. Go to Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station, lines No. 2, 4 and 5, exit 1.
(02) 577-8415, www.ddp.or.kr
DEAR AMAZON: THE ANTHROPOCENE 2019
Ilmin Museum of Art, Jongno District
Through Aug. 25
This thought-provoking exhibition captures life during the Anthropocene, defined as the current geological age during which humans wield a huge influence on the climate and environment. The participating artists, mostly from Brazil, tackle mundane topics like housing, fishing and mineral exports through sculptures, videos and interactive installations. These highlight the points of collision between human activity and nature as the artists’ resource-rich country continues to develop - often, at the cost of the environment.
The Presseum Theater on the museum’s fifth floor will be screening short films that confront the clash between culture and nature as provided by the Videobrasil Historical Collection.
Admission is 7,000 won for adults. The museum is closed on Mondays. Go to Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 5.
(02) 2020-2050, ilmin.org
Hyundai Card Storage, Yongsan District
Through Aug. 25
In a vibrant underground venue in Itaewon, home to some of Seoul’s hottest nightlife, Hyundai Card Storage’s current exhibition seeks to explore the energy of underground club culture through contemporary art.
“Good Night” brings together installations, photographs and paintings by 17 global artists, offering plenty of chances for visitors to get in the groove with mirror balls and a private DJ booth. Some works present a more retrospective and critical look at the clubbing subculture, shedding light to the clubs’ roles in adding momentum to the fight for gay rights.
Admission is 5,000 won for adults. Go to Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 3, and walk for seven minutes.
(02) 2014-7850, storage.hyundaicard.com
PARK SEO-BO: THE UNTIRING ENDEAVORER
MMCA Seoul, Jongno District
Through Sept. 1
The retrospective of Park Seo-bo, 88, a master of dansaekhwa, or Korean monochrome paintings, features more than 160 artworks and archival materials, ranging from Park’s earliest works in the 1950s to recent work from 2019. In dansaekhwa abstract paintings, the artist scribbles, brushes, rubs or tears a canvas and uses a single color or limited colors - the attitude is monastic. The exhibition is divided into five sections, each one of the artist’s five periods, arranged in inverse-chronological order. Viewers begin with Park’s “late-ecriture period” (from the mid-1990s to the present).
Admission is 4,000 won for adults. It covers other exhibitions at the MMCA Seoul. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1 and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 3701-9500, www.mmca.go.kr
Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), Jung District
Through Sept. 29
Korean contemporary dancer and choreographer Eun-me Ahn decided to showcase her 30-year retrospective work, not at a conventional theater like all the other dancers, but at an art museum. Known as Korea’s oddball dancer, Ahn is currently exhibiting her works from the past 30 years after establishing Ahn Eun-Me Dance Company in 1998 in an exhibition titled “Known Future.”
The exhibit features her costumes, soundtracks, stage sets and so on that she created by collaborating with other artists. A large painting is also on the wall which depicts Ahn’s life in her 20s, 30s, 40s, in the present and even in the future, created by artist Rhaomi. The exhibit also features a stage where Ahn and her company will rehearse their upcoming work that will be put on stage in the fall. Ahn will also hold classes that visitors can participate in during the exhibition.
Admission is free. The museum is closed on Monday. Go to Seoul City Hall Station, line No. 2, exit 10 and walk for five minutes.
(02) 2124-8800, sema.seoul.go.kr