2019.8.21 Museums & Galleries
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 ($5.80) for adults. The museum is closed on Mondays. Go to Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 5.
(02) 2020-2050, ilmin.org
GOOD NIGHT: ENERGY FLASH
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
THROUGH THE EYES OF JOSEON PAINTERS: REAL SCENERY LANDSCAPES OF KOREA
National Museum of Korea, Yongsan District
Through Sept. 22
The exhibition features landscape paintings of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) depicting Korea’s mountains and rivers. Known as silgyeong sansuhwa in Korean, the museum displays about 360 of them.
There are several paintings that are being exhibited for the first time, including “Gyeongpodae Pavilion” and “Chongseokjeong Pavilion,” that were painted by an unknown artist during the 16th century. The two paintings have recently been donated from Japan to the National Museum of Korea. Although the artist is unknown, the paintings have a postscript that explains when the paintings were produced and other details.
Admission is 5,000 won. Go to Ichon Station, line No. 4, exit 2.
(02) 2077-9045, www.museum.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
SEONG: FANTASTIC CITY
Suwon IPark Museum of Art, Suwon, Gyeonggi
Through Nov. 3
This exhibition celebrates King Jeongjo (1752-1800), who has served as inspiration for countless Korean films and books with his progressive social reforms and landmark projects like the Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, Gyeonggi. The show features 10 contemporary artists’ brand new paintings, installations and video works inspired by Jeongjo and the Hwaseong Fortress, including paintings by Min Joung-ki, the artist behind the famous “Mount Bukhan” painting featured during last year’s historic inter-Korean summit.
The museum chose to present the show in the style of a royal tomb of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), dimming the lights to create a solemn yet mystical aura. Exhibition spaces are divided to correspond with actual sections that make up the tomb.
Tickets are priced at 4,000 won for adults. The museum is closed on Mondays. Go to Suwon Station, line No. 1, exit 9, and take bus 11, 13, 16, 35 or 46 to get off at the Hwaseong Temporal Palace stop.
(031) 228-3800, sima.suwon.go.kr
JAIME HAYON: SERIOUS FUN
Daelim Museum, Jongno District
Through Nov. 17
For this exhibition, Daelim Museum transformed its gallery space into a luxurious fun house that presents the colorful world of Hayon’s imagination.
The exhibition is divided into seven thematic zones that highlight the different creative interests of the Spanish artist, known for his works with crystals and ceramics. One room is dedicated to displaying Hayon’s fine crystal vases, while another hosts human-sized, hand-painted chess pieces from “The Tournament” (2009), an installation Hayon previously displayed at Trafalgar Square in London. The artist’s paintings, furniture pieces and other crafts are also on display.
The vibrant colors and quirky animal motifs featured across Hayon’s works will make this exhibition fun for children as well.
The “Daelim Museum” mobile app offers guided tours of the exhibition in English and Korean.
The entry fee for adults is 10,000 won and 3,000 won for students. Go to Gyeongbokgung Station, Line No. 3, exit 3, and walk for three minutes.
(02) 720-0667, daelimmuseum.org
BARBARA KRUGER: FOREVER
Amorepacific Museum of Art, Yongsan District
Through Dec. 29
The exhibition - Kruger’s first solo show in Asia - features the artist’s works dating back to the 1980s as well as more recent installation and video works.
On display are Kruger’s original “paste ups,” or bolded texts about consumerism, power and sexuality laid over photographs, as well as “Untited (Forever)” (2017), a black and white room covered in excerpts from literary classics like “1984.”
The exhibition also showcases two large text-based works in hangul, the Korean alphabet, that the artist is presenting for the first time.
Admission is 13,000 won for adults and 9,000 won for students. Go to Sinyongsan Station, line No. 4, exit 1.
(02) 6040-2345, apma.amorepacific.com