Current Art Exhibitions around Seoul this February 2020

Ah, February! The weather in Seoul is still as chilly as ever which is a great time to take advantage of the ongoing art exhibitions in Seoul, Korea. Here is a quick overview of ongoing art exhibitions in Seoul during the month of February 2020 for your winter art fix.

Escher’s Room

M.C. Escher Art Exhibition at Seoul Wave Art Center

This Maurits Cornelis Escher exhibition will run from Friday, January 10th, 2020 to Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 at Seoul Wave Art Center (149-2 Jamwon-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, Korea). The exhibition combines Escher’s graphic design, print edition, and archive footage, along with VR creations and specially designed large installations and objects.

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Erwin Wurm: Hello Seoul!

Erwin Wurm, Sigmund Freud's Geburtshaus at Lehmann Maupin in Seoul. One of many art exhibitions in Seoul, Korea during the month of February 2020.
Erwin Wurm, Sigmund Freud’s Geburtshaus (Häuser), 2019 via Lehmann Maupin

You’ll be able to see selected works by Erwin Wurm at Lehmann Maupin (74-18, Yulgok-ro 3-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul) from Thursday, February 20th, 2020 to Saturday, April 11th, 2020.

Austrian artist Erwin Wurm rose to prominence in the early 1990s with his One Minute Sculptures, an ongoing series of works where the artist provides instructions to participants to perform awkward poses with everyday objects―a theme that was the focus of Wurm’s presentation for the Austrian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. This translated into the essence of his practice: investigations into ephemeral and participatory sculptures that comment on the importance of a viewer’s engagement with works of art as a necessary agent for their completion.

Lehmann Maupin, Seoul

Compulsion to Repeat

Compulsion to Repeat group art exhibition at Seoul Museum of Art in Seoul. One of many art exhibitions in Seoul, Korea during the month of February 2020.
‘Compulsion to Repeat’ group exhibition at Seoul Museum of Art via SeMA

This group exhibition features nine different artists and will be on view from November 27th, 2020 to March 8th, 2020 at Seoul Museum of Art (61, Deoksugung-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea 04515).

Seoul Museum of Art’s curatorial project Compulsion to Repeat, or Compulsion2 explores how a simple concept of “repetition” takes shape in contemporary art, highlighting the psychological obsessions that make and possess us.

Seoul Museum Of Art

Dreaming Pillow Pads

Dreaming Pillow Pads art exhibition in Seoul. One of many art exhibitions in Seoul, Korea during the month of February 2020.
Exhibition Poster via Space*C

This art exhibition will be on view from December 12th, 2020 to June 30th, 2020 at Coreana Cosmetics Museum (827 Eonju-ro, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul).

Embroidered pads, in particular, bore colorful patterns including phoenixes and mandarin ducks as the symbol of harmonious and loving marriage, peonies to wish for wealth and prosperity, and Chinese characters that signify longevity, fortune, and happiness. The beautiful patterns were unfolded on the palm-sized cloths in colorful threads, like brush strokes sliding over a white paper. One can find how the patterns became unique creations, born again each time through the embroiderers’ signature compositions or techniques, and how their shapes also have evolved over generation.

Space*c, Coreana Art and Culture Complex

Man, Matter, Metamorphosis – 10,000 Years of Design

Beaked Boots via the National Museuem of Finland will be displaying at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul. One of many art exhibitions in Seoul, Korea during the month of February 2020.
Beaked boots (National Museum of Finland) via the Korean Herald

This art exhibition — in collaboration with the National Museum of Finland — will showcase 140 Finnish cultural heritages and 20 Korean artifacts in various categories including archeology, folklore, modern industrial design, photography, and video. The collection will be on view from Saturday, December 21, 2019 to Sunday, April 5th, 2020 at the National Museum of Korea (37 Seobinggo-ro, Seobinggo-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul).

It will offer an interesting moment to experience new perspectives on how the objects in the remote past have so much in common with those of today, how the past continues to affect the future, and the similarities and differences in the material cultures of the two distant regions of Korea and Finland.

National Museum of Korea

Even a Rat Has Its Day

Rat Exhbition at Onyang Folk Museum in Seoul. One of many art exhibitions in Seoul, Korea during the month of February 2020.
Rats Eating Dandelion Leaves (Early 20th Century) from Onyang Folk Museum via National Folk Museum

Celebrate the Lunar New Year in 2020 and the year of the rat — a symbol of fertility and abundance! — with this rat-themed art exhibition at the National Folk Museum of Korea (37 Samcheong-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul). On view from Tuesday, December 24, 2019 to Sunday, March 1st, 2020.

Summon: Forgotten Gods

SangJun Roh’s work via Gana Art Center

SangJun Roh’s “Summon: Forgotten Gods” will be on view from February 5th, 2020 to February 23rd, 2020 at Gana Art Center Hannam (Sounds Hannam #13, 35 Daesagwan-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 04401, Korea).

Gana Art Hannam is pleased to announce a solo exhibition featuring the recent works of SangJun Roh (b. 1976) who wittily portrays diverse day-to-day scenes of nature and human beings. He attempts to change the medium from paper, which has been the main material for his previous work, to wood, and reveals the resultant pieces of sculpture for the first time to the public in the exhibition. As seen in the title 《Summon: Forgotten Gods》, the artist summons the forgotten gods of the past to the present by using China’s oldest geographical and mythological collection, 『Chan Hai Jing(山海經)』(Classic of Mountains and Seas) as the source of his work. He focuses on the description of ancient Korean geography and mythical beings who lived there, imagining the past beings depicted in the book and visualizing them with wood. We hope that this exhibition, summoned by the gods of the past who wished for a good harvest, defeated evil, and defended the village, is a good opportunity to appreciate the recent works of SangJun Roh and an auspicious beginning to the new year.

Gana Art Center, Hannam

Rose Wylie: Clothes I Wore

Rose Wylie art exhibition at Choi and Lager Gallery in Seoul. One of many art exhibitions in Seoul, Korea during the month of February 2020.
Rose Wylie Artwork via Choi and Lager

Rose Wylie’s art exhibition will be on view from January 17th, 2020 to February 18th, 2020 at Choi & Lager Gallery (42 Palpan-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea 03054).

Koo Chae Yeon: As Dreamed

Koo Chae Yeon, a solo Korean art exhibition at KPAC, Gallery Coop in Seoul. One of many art exhibitions in Seoul, Korea during the month of February 2020.
Koo Chae Yeon Solo Exhibition: As Dreamed via KPAC, Gallery Coop

This solo art exhibition will be on view from January 31st, 2020 to February 12th, 2020 at Gallery Coop (68 Seochojungang-ro, Seocho-dong, Seoul, Korea).

Lee Joo Won: Be Kind Rewind

Lee Joo Won art exhibition in Seoul. One of many art exhibitions in Seoul, Korea during the month of February 2020.
Exhibition Poster via Bunker 39

Lee Joo Won’s solo exhibition will be on view from Friday, January 31, 2020 to Saturday, May 9, 2020 at B39 (Bucheon Art Bunker B39, 53, Samjak-ro, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea).

Min Jun-Hwa: Solo Exhibition

Min Jun Hwa solo art exhibition in Seoul. One of many art exhibitions in Seoul, Korea during the month of February 2020.
Exhibition poster via Factory 483

You can see Jun-hwa’s art exhibition up until February 16, 2020 at Gallery Factory (15 Jahamun-ro, 10-gil. Jongno-gu, Seoul).

Min Jung-hwa, an illustrator who works mainly with art books, picture books, and various printing works, is based in Germany and works in Korea. The Ornamental Plants series, which has been immersed since 2018, is the first painting project that Min Junghwa will attempt and will be the second solo exhibition in Korea after Berlin (WESERHALLE, Berin, 2019).

Factory 483

The Illustrators Annual 2019

Korean art illustrators group art exhibition in Seoul. One of many art exhibitions in Seoul, Korea during the month of February 2020.
Participating Artists via the Seoul Arts Center

This art exhibition featuring different illustrators around the world will last from Thursday, February 6th, 2020 to Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 and will be on view at Hangaram Art Museum, located at the left-wing of the Seoul Arts Center, at 2406 Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul.

Monet to Cezanne: Jerusalem Israel Museum Impressionist Masterpiece

This 19th-century Impressionist exhibition — brought to the Seoul Arts Center by the Jerusalem Israel Museum — will last from Friday, January 17th, 2020 to Sunday, April 19th, 2020. Visit this exhibition at Hangaram Art Museum, located at the left-wing of the Seoul Arts Center, at 2406 Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul.

From Monet to Cezanne: Jerusalem Israel Museum Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masterpieces is a 19th-century Impressionist exhibition held by the Jerusalem Israel Museum, the world’s largest museum, rather than a collection of European art galleries. Their collection, which is viewed from a non-European perspective, will be an exhibition of how impressionist works and writers, a branch of the art movement centered on France in the late 19th century, influenced contemporary art.

Seoul Arts Center

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 art exhibition at Hangaram Art Museum in Seoul. One of many art exhibitions in Seoul, Korea during the month of February 2020.
Achille Castiglioni via acmasterdesign.modoo.at

Moulin Rouge’s Little Giant: Toulouse-Lautrec

Featuring Parisian artist, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, this French art 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.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec art exhibition at Hangaram Art Museum in Seoul. One of many art exhibitions in Seoul, Korea during the month of February 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.

Contemporary Korean art exhibition in Seoul at Gallery Hyundai. One of many art exhibitions in Seoul, Korea during the month of February 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).

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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.

KMCA

Park Chan Kyong: Gathering

The Korean art 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?

MMCA

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).

MMCA

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.

MMCA
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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.

MMCA

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 art 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).

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