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Ah, January! As we’re freezing our buns off in Korea, what better way to spend an afternoon than indoors in a (heated) art gallery? Here is a quick overview of ongoing art exhibitions in Seoul during the month of January 2020.

Achille Castiglioni and Brothers: Master of Italian Design

Achille Castiglioni’s works will be on view from Friday, January 17th, 2020 to Sunday, April 26th, 2020 at Hangaram Art Museum (2406, Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul).

– Achille Castiglioni via acmasterdesign.modoo.at

Moulin Rouge’s Little Giant: Toulouse-Lautrec

Featuring Parisian artist, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, this exhibition will showcase his works at the end of the 19th century at Hangaram Art Museum (2406, Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul) from Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 to Sunday, May 3rd, 2020.

– Toulouse-Lautrec, Seoul Arts Center (sac.or.kr)

Portrait, Figure and People – Modern and Contemporary Figure Paintings of Korea

This collection of Korean contemporary figure paintings span from the 1910s through the 2000s. The exhibition will be on view at Gallery Hyundai (14 Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-190 Korea) from December 18th, 2019 to March 1st, 2020.

‘Preparing Kimchi’ by KIM Myonghi (2000)

These works leave a subtle yet resounding impression even to us in the present — they impart warm sensibilities of the Korean people that survived the pains of Japanese Occupation, the Korean War, and democratization movement, the joy and sorrow of individuals in their respective lives, and the love and caring among families.

Gallery Hyundai

Alan Fletcher: Welcome to My Studio!

Alan Fletcher: Welcome to My Studio will be on view from November 23rd, 2019 to February 16th, 2020 at KT & G Sangsangmadang Hongdae Gallery (65, Eoulmadang-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul).


Alberto Giacometti

Eight sculptures by Alberto Giacometti will be on display at Espace Louis Vuitton Seoul (Maison Seoul, 454 Apgujeong-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 06015) from October 31, 2019 to January 19, 2020.

Calder on Paper

Calder on Paper by the artist, Alexander Calder, will be on show from December 13, 2019 to April 12, 2020 at K Contemporary Museum of Art (807, Seolleungno, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea, 06019).

KMCA has brought over <Calder on Paper> from the Saatchi Gallery as it was a circulating exhibition. However, with the generous participation of private collectors, we were able to further expand the number of artworks more than 150 pieces. Also the collective date for the artworks spans further than any exhibition has sought, which bumps this exhibition as the first-ever largest retrospective exhibition of Calder in all of Asia. The exhibition will feature over 150 pieces of Calder’s gouaches and paintings spreading from 1920 to 1976.


These Elements of Me

These Elements of Me by Adam Pendleton will be on view from November 21st, 2019 to February 1st, 2020 at the Pace Gallery (Itaewon-ro 262, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, 04400).

In These Elements of Me, Adam Pendleton presents a single large-scale work: a 46-part grid of the artist’s collages silkscreened on Mylar, drawing together his writing, drawings, and pages from books in his personal library into layered compositions.

Pace Gallery

Winnie the Pooh – Exploring a Classic

Winnie the Pooh – Exploring a Classic exhibition will be on view at the Soma Museum (424, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul, Korea, 05540) in the Olympic Park from August 22nd, 2019 to January 5th, 2020.

Helen Pashgian

Helen Pashgian‘s solo exhibition will run from November 14th, 2019 to February 1st, 2020 at Lehmann Maupin Gallery (74-18 Yulgok-ro 3-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul).

Pashgian has been recognized as a key figure in advancing the techniques necessary to harness the art-making potential of industrial mediums including plastic epoxies and resins. She transforms these raw materials into ethereal works that give the illusion of both containing and emanating light.

Lehmann Maupin

Park Chan Kyong: Gathering

Exhibition runs until February 23rd, 2020 at MMCA (30 Samcheong-ro, Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03062).

Gathering is a story of Korean art and disasters. In the aftermath of disaster or in the midst of disaster, which requires a systemic reflection on modernity, what kind of language can art put into practice? Before providing a conclusive answer, this exhibition examines the essential conditions of this question. Who constituted the modern/contemporary museum, and where and why? What does the ocean mean to us after the Sewol Ferry disaster? How can we represent invisible radioactivity? How are these questions connected to one another?


Songui Kim: Lazy Clouds

Songui Kim’s exhibition runs until January 27th, 2020 at the MMCA (30 Samcheong-ro, Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03062).

Songui Kim: Lazy Clouds explores artist Soungui Kim’s world of art from the late 1960s to the present. “Lazy Clouds” was the title of a poem written by the artist, and became the title of her book of poetry, published in France. Though capitalist society criticizes laziness as a sign of insincerity and indolence, Kim focuses on the creative and philosophical possibilities of laziness. The lazy life she has pursued is full of delightful play and amazing discoveries, in contrast to meaningless busyness that makes us forget the essence of life. Like the clouds, which transform freely and drift along making their own paths in the sky, artist Soungui Kim lives a life that is not confined to formalities, but pioneers new roads of art ahead of her times, creating new paths in untrodden land.


The Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition of MMCA Korea The Square: Art and Society 1900-2019

The Square exhibition runs until February 9th, 2020 at the MMCA (30 Samcheong-ro, Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03062).

The Square: Art and Society 1900-2019 is a special exhibition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA). Jointly held at the museum’s three branches of Deoksugung, Gwacheon, and Seoul, this exhibition explores the role of the public square in contemporary Korea. The two other MMCA exhibitions (to be held at Deoksugung and Gwacheon, respectively) examines the public square in the first half of the twentieth century, culminating in Korea’s liberation in 1945, and in the latter half of the twentieth century, beginning with the Korean War (1950-1953).


Architecture and Heritage: Unearthing Future

The Architecture and Heritage exhibition runs until April 5th, 2020 at various locations, including the MMCA (30 Samcheong-ro, Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03062).

This exhibition continues the legacy of the 2012 and 2017 Deoksugung Outdoor Project, acclaimed for presenting contemporary art in the context of the old palace, and is the first edition after the last year’s agreement with Deoksugung Palace Management Office (Director Kim Dong-Young) of The Royal Palaces and Tombs Center of the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) to hold regular exhibits. The exhibition introduces five works by five architect groups active in Asia: Space Popular, CL3, Bureau Spectacular, OBBA, and Obra Architects.


Outdoor Project Cody Choi

Outdoor Project Cody Choi: Venetian Rhapsody ― The Power of Bluff is an exhibition that is running until May 17, 2020 and located at the MMCA in Cheongju, South Korea (314, Sangdang-ro, Cheongwon-gu, Cheongju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do, Republic of Korea 28501).

Venetian Rhapsody—The Power of Bluff, a work designed to mimic the flashy neon signs in the famous gambling city Las Vegas. The scenery of the Venice Biennale overlaps with the cityscape of Las Vegas in that the authoritative art biennale and its excavation of star artists ultimately serve as means to turn art into a business. Adopting advertisement techniques—the key elements of capitalism—the installation scathingly lampoons the shadow of capitalism cast over contemporary art.


Museum of Colors

Museum of Colors exhibition ends on March 15, 2020 and is located at Seongsu-dong S-Factory (273-13 Seongsu 2(i)-ga 3(sam)-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul).

Museum of Color is a pop-up museum with the theme of color. In this special exhibition that only opens for 100 days, the colors [are] reinterpreted as a beautiful place in itself. Sky, sea, forest [from] the same nature to artificial buildings like palaces and buildings. Museum of Colors lets you move from room to room. It is a new world that changes every time.

Museum of Colors

Alphonse Mucha

An Art Nouveau dream, the Alphonse Mucha exhibition in Seoul runs until March 1st, 2020 and is located at My Art Museum (B1 Textile Center Building, 518 Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea).

This Mucha exhibition was quite special for me as the last time I had seen the Czech artist’s work in person was when I was a fresh-faced and doe-eyed 19-year-old living in Nantes, the home of the famous biscuiterie, Lefèvre-Utile, and I had booked a trip to Prague and found my way to the Mucha Museum. Mucha often designed posters for Lefèvre-Utile, and so I thought it must have been fate.

To the Moon with Snoopy

This fun Snoopy exhibition ends on March 1st, 2020 and is located at LOTTE Museum of Art on the 7th Floor of the LOTTE World Tower (300, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul).

LOTTE Museum of Art boldly brings to you a special exhibit, presenting a wealth of space-themed artworks centered around Snoopy from Peanuts – the very beagle who accompanied the astronauts on NASA’s Apollo X mission approximately half a century ago. Peanuts, which turns 70 this year, has long been hailed as a contemporary classic due in part to its distinct outlook on the world. Best known for the iconic beagle Snoopy, the legendary comic franchise was originally created by American cartoonist Charles M. Schulz as a series of four-panel comic strips, featuring Charlie Brown and Snoopy as the two mainstays along with a gang of young friends. Peanuts ran for 50 years from 1950 to 2000, and was enlisted in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most published comic strip in the world.

Lotte Museum

The Muse

The Muse exhibition ends February 16th, 2020 and is located at The Seouliteum (32-14 Seoulsup 2(i)-gil, Seongsu-dong 1(il)-ga, Seongdong-gu, Seoul).


YOU, Live!

This YOU, Live! art exhibition ends on January 12th, 2020 and is located at the Ilmin Museum of Art ( 152 Sejongdaero, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea).

Eternal Now

Eternal Now will run from November 21st, 2019 to January 5th, 2020 and is located at the PKM Gallery (40, Samcheong-ro 7-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, 03049 Korea).

The six artists who participated in the exhibition have continued their aspirations for a better society by fighting metaphors and humor against the system rights that oppose free spirit. 

Their work summons the visible but invisible but recognizable problems in a visible form, allowing viewers to question what eternal value we must protect at this moment. 

These artists have the commonality that they have been directly or indirectly involved in socio-political change, hoping to be freed from censorship and redemption through their subtle and poetic expressions.

PKM Gallery

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