2019.12.19 Museums & GalleriesBARBARA 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 her more recent installation and video pieces.
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 that the artist is presenting for the first time.
Admission is 13,000 won ($11) for adults and 9,000 won for students. Go to Sinyongsan Station, line No. 4, exit 1.
(02) 6040-2345, apma.amorepacific.com
SOUNGUI KIM: LAZY CLOUDS
MMCA Seoul, Jongno District
Through Jan. 27: Soungui Kim, born 1946 in Korea, is a French-based artist.
The exhibition’s title “Lazy Clouds” has been taken from a poem she wrote in 1998, which defies the capitalist norm that laziness is bad and instead saying that it is actually a symbol of prudence, as she does with other works by taking social conventions and questioning their validity.
Be prepared to be faced with 200 works across a wide variety of mediums - paintings, videos, photos, installations, sculptures, calligraphy, poetry, a live performance and even a robot.
The retrospective is the largest held in Korea so far, shedding light on how Kim has been actively shaping the art world with her experimental thoughts and rebellious ideas.
On display are some of her best works, such as “Stock Exchange” (2005), owned by the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), as well as her poem written on stones “Poem 87 - When the butterfly comes” (1987) and “Younghee” (2019) the robot.
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, mmca.go.kr
BAUHAUS AND MODERN LIFE
Kumho Museum of Art, Jongno District
Through Feb. 2: To celebrate 100 years of Bauhaus, the Kumho Museum of Art is transforming its entire gallery to showcase works new and old influenced by the German-based art movement.
On display are 120 chairs, tables and smaller objects like napkin holders and teapots created by key Bauhaus figures and contemporary designers.
Works include rare original creations by the Bauhaus school’s directors Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe from the early 20th century.
Also on display is the “Bauhaus News Archive,” a comprehensive summary of all publications, newspaper articles and exhibitions in Korea on the topic. QR codes are available for each article so visitors can read them online.
Admission is 7,000 won for adults. Get off at Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 720-5114, kumhomuseum.com