2019.9.2 Museums & Galleries
Through Sept. 15
MMCA’s 19th Young Korean Artists program is set to feature a variety of new works from nine rising artists, including Keem Jiyoung, Song Min Jung, Ahn Sungseok, Yoon Doohyun, Lee Eunsae, Chang Seo Young, Chung Heemin, Choi Haneyl and Hwang Sueyon. All of the participants have created a plethora of fresh, unique pieces that express their individualistic personalities as well as embody the overarching themes of the exhibition, “Liquid,” “Glass” and “Sea.”
The themes of the show are meant to represent how the artists’ youth makes them free-spirited, inquisitive, eccentric and full of potential. The artists examine a diverse selection of topics including social issues and popular, contemporary culture.
Admission is 2,000 won ($1.66). The museum is closed Mondays. Get off at Seoul Grand Park Station, Line No. 4, and take the shuttle bus from exit 4.
(02) 3701-9674, 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, the exhibit is filled with 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
Daelim Museum, Jongno District
Through Nov. 17
Daelim Museum has 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 vibrant colors and quirky animal motifs featured across Hayon’s works will make this exhibition fun for children as well.
The entry fee for adults is 10,000 won and 3,000 won for students. The museum is closed on Mondays. Go to Gyeongbokgung Station, Line No. 3, exit 3 and walk for three minutes.
(02) 720-0667, daelimmuseum.org
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