2020.1.13 Museums & Galleries
Jason Haam, Seongbuk District
To Jan. 28: Senegalese artist Cheikh Ndiaye’s first solo exhibition in Korea, “Archives of the Sun,” is a chance to see the cityscape of post-independent West Africa in Seoul.
Ndiaye was born in Dakar, Senegal, 10 years after the country was liberated from France. Rather than depicting the socio-political chaos that he experienced directly, he painted the city’s peaceful scenery - the buildings sitting in the bright sun and the people walking the streets like always.
The skies in all his paintings are bright blue without any clouds, putting the focus on the buildings and the people.
“It’s the relationship between the architecture and the people in it that does the talking,” gallery’s director Jason Haam explained.
Ndiaye’s works have been displayed at Centre Pompidou in France, and some are owned as the museum’s collection.
Admission is free. Get off at Anguk Station, line No. 3, take the Jongno 02 bus and get off at the Sungkyunkwan University Back Gate stop. Walk 10 minutes.
(070) 4477-7880, www.jasonhaam.com
Lehmann Maupin, Jongno District
Through Feb. 1: An artist of the Light and Space movement, Helen Pashgian’s first solo exhibitions opened in Asia at Lehmann Maupin’s Seoul and Hong Kong galleries, with eight works by the artist on display in Seoul.
Based in Los Angeles, Pashgian started playing with the idea of light in the 1960s along with artists such as James Turrell, Robert Irwin, Larry Bell, Mary Corse, DeWain Valentine and Peter Alexander and made her mark by developing her unique method of using resin to bring out the beauty of industrial materials.
The Seoul exhibition spans from her black epoxy work created in 2006 to her latest 6-inch-diameter spheres made with cast epoxy with resin (all of which are untitled).
“She transforms these raw materials onto ethereal works that give the illusion of both containing and emanating light,” explains the gallery.
Admission is free. Get off at Anguk Station, Line No. 3, exit 1, and walk five minutes.
(02) 725-0094, www.lehmannmaupin.com
SongEun ArtSpace, Gangnam District
Through Feb. 15: SongEun ArtSpace presents the four winners of the Art Award 2019: Kwak Eve, Kwon Hye-won, Lee Eun-sil and Cha Ji-ryang.
Chosen among 260 contestants for the award, the four artists all flaunt their world of art each with their distinct style and philosophy.
Lee, who majored in eastern art, presents paintings on the topic of women’s genitals, while Kwak highlights issues with contemporary architecture in her installation.
Kwon’s video and installations together create a dream-like effect that she felt while she was inside a cave in Jeju Island. Cha created a video and installation based on his seven years living outside of Korea.
One artist will be awarded the grand prize later this month.
Admission is free. Get off at Apgujeong Rodeo Station, Bundang Line, exit No. 2 and walk five minutes.
(02) 3448-0100, www.songeunartspace.org
Arario Gallery Seoul, Jongno District
Through Feb. 22: Chinese artist Chen Yujun, born in 1976, is a leading figure in the second generation of Chinese contemporary art.
For the gallery’s first exhibition of the new year, 30 new works by Chen are on display.
Unlike his former works that did not include the human figure, his latest works both directly and indirectly depict human beings in various states.
Starting from the artist’s very own personal experiences, he expands the discussion to the bigger community and society - focusing on the idea of home and finding a home.
A 5-meter (16-foot) wide collage of newspapers titled “Space of 11 Square Meters” has been created just for the gallery, with each newspaper symbolizing the different chaotic moments in history.
“Wedding Banquet No. 4” talks about the formation and dissipation of communities, through a chaotic image of a wedding banquet - a traditional gathering ritual.
Admission is free. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1, and walk for 15 minutes.
(02) 541-5701, www.arariogallery.com
MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY FIGURE PAINTINGS OF KOREA
Gallery Hyundai, Jongno District
Through March 1: As a part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Gallery Hyundai, the gallery takes a look at the history of Korean modern painting through portraits of people created during the 20th century.
Across the two exhibit spaces of the gallery, 71 portraits by 54 artists are on display.
The style, the clothes, the subjects’ postures and other styles of life show not only the flow of the history of Korean paintings, but the history of Korea itself through time.
Famed artists’ works await, including Ko Hui-dong, Kim Kwan-ho, Lee In-sung and Lee Jung-sup.
From the Japanese Colonial occupation from 1910 to 1945, to the Korean War in 1950, the military dictatorship during the 1970s and 1980s and the financial turmoil of the 1990s - it’s all there within the people’s faces.
Tickets cost 5,000 won ($4.30) for adults and 3,000 won for students. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 2287-3500, www.galleryhyundai.com