We’re still doing monsoon season — also known as jangma — in Seoul, South Korea which means heavier than normal rainfall and swamp a@$ in conjunction with the dreaded coronavirus. But even though this year is gawd awful, at least the museums are air-conditioned and can bring some brief levity to the situation. Anyhow, scroll down to see my list of current exhibitions in Seoul, South Korea that you don’t wanna miss!
Coronavirus Restrictions at Museums in Seoul
As always during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, don’t forget to bring your face mask! Many art museums and galleries in Seoul will deny entry if you don’t wear one. You may also have to sign up for a Naver or Kakao account, download the app, and scan your QR code upon entry to some establishments to verify your identity. If you’re having difficulty with the app, you may be able to get by at the museum by supplying your phone number instead.
Here is a guide from Naver and Kakao regarding scanning your QR code at entry due to COVID-19. You can use the Google Translate plugin on your Chrome browser to translate the page into English. It’s best to prepare this in advance!
Upcoming Exhibitions in Seoul
Some exciting things to look forward to in the Fall: Jean Basquiat exhibition will be coming in October! You can pre-book your reservation on Naver. Also, teamLab will be coming to Dongdaemun Plaza in Seoul in late September!
Insane Park: I Have no Idea, Because I Have no Idea & Joy of Painting
Inspired by memes and Bob Ross’ Joy of Painting, Insane Park’s solo exhibition will be held at Arario Gallery (84 Bukchon-ro 5-gil, Jongro-gu, Seoul) from June 25th, 2020 to August 15th, 2020.
a’strict: Starry Beach
a’strict or ‘Art Tech Factory’ were formed by digital media company, d’strict. Remember them? D’strict brought us all that giant wave at the Coex Mall this summer! See this very cool, immersive wave experience at Kukje Gallery (Kukje Gallery K3, 54 Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu Seoul, 110-200 Korea) from August 13th, 2020 to September 27th, 2020.
Hassan Hajjaj: A Taste of Things To Come
Hassan Hajjaj’s solo exhibition will last from August 5th, 2020 to September 27th, 2020 at Barakat Contemporary (36, Samcheong–ro 7–gil, Jongno–gu, Seoul).
This group art exhibition — including works from artists Takashi Murakami, Mr., MADSAKI, TENGAone, Kasing Lung, Aya Takano, Chiho Aoshima, Emi Kuraya, ob, Otani Workshop, Yuji Ueda and Shin Murata — will be available at Perrotin Seoul (1F 5 Palpan-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul) from July 23rd, 2020 to September 4th, 2020.
Museum of Fruit: Apple in My Eyes
You can visit this fun, interactive art exhibition — hosted by Fruit Museum — at the Olympic Park Soma Museum (424 Olympic-ro, Oryun-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul) from July 24th, 2020 to December 31st, 2020.
Don Sunpil, Portrait First
This solo exhibition by Don Supil will be on view at the Art Sonje Center (87 Yulgok-ro 3-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul) from July 23rd, 2020 to September 13th, 2020.
Mire Lee, Carriers
This solo exhibition by Mire Lee will be on view at the Art Sonje Center (87 Yulgok-ro 3-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul) from July 23rd, 2020 to September 13th, 2020.
Kim Tae Joong: Blueless
This solo exhibition by Kim Tae Joong will be on view at Gallery Yoho (459-7 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul) from July 30th, 2020 to September 13th, 2020.
APMA, Chapter Two
Organized by the Amorepacific Museum of Art (100, Hangang-daero, Yongsan-gu, Seoul), this exhibition highlights traditional arts selected from APMA’s permanent collection. The exhibition is reservation-only due to COVID-19. On view from July 28th, 2020 to November 8th, 2020.
Museum Art Week 2020
The Ministry of Sports, Culture, and Tourism in South Korea is hosting their annual Museum Art Week in 2020 from Friday, August 14th, 2020 to Sunday, August 23, 2020. More information can be found on their website, here.
GOODS FOR YOU
The D Project Space (126, D TOWER, 17, Jong-ro 3-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul) will be hosting young Korean artists from July 1st, 2020 to December 31st, 2020 where you can also shop for merchandise.
Shiota Chiharu: Between Us
You can see Shiota Chiharu’s works at Gana Art Nineone (#103 Gana Art, Gourmet 494 Hannam, 91, Hannam-daero, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, 04401) from July 16th, 2020 to August 2nd, 2020, and at Gana Art Center (28, Pyeongchang 30-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03004) from July 16th, 2020 to August 23rd, 2020.
OSGEMEOS: You Are My Guest
Brazilian street artists, Osgemeos, are showing their first solo art exhibition in South Korea at Storage by Hyundai Car (248, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul) from July 15th, 2020 to October 11th, 2020.
Using light as their primary medium, this art exhibition presents recent works by key figures of the Light and Space movement. To see the Bending Light exhibition, visit Pace Gallery (262 Itaewon-ro, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul) from June 5th, 2020 to August 14th, 2020.
Artist, Lee Sejun, will be displaying his works at KSD Gallery (1st Floor, Korea Securities Depository, 23 Yeouinaru-ro 4-gil, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul 07330) from July 1st, 2020 to August 12th, 2020.
Blue Bird: In Search of Happiness
The Blue Bird Art Exhibition was inspired by the story, ‘Blue Bird’ (L’Oiseau bleu), written by Belgian playwright Maurice Maeterlinck in 1908. Participating artists include: Kim Kyung-hwa, Kim Won-jin, Lam, Echo, Shin Nara, Su-ji Ji. You can see this exhibition at Ttukseom Art Museum (33 Achasan-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul) until September 13th, 2020.
You can see this kid-friendly Pinocchio art exhibition from June 26th, 2020 to October 4th, 2020 at the popular art museum in Seoul, Seoul Arts Center, Hangaram Art Museum (2406 Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul).
For fans of the classic tale of Cinderella, you can see how the fairy tale is brought into the 21st century at a contemporary art museum in Seoul, KMCA (807 Seolleung-ro, Apgujeong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul), from May 5th, 2020 to August 30th, 2020.
Meditation Mindfulness is an art exhibition in Seoul with the purpose of inducing mindful meditation within ourselves. The art show will be held from April 24th, 2020 to September 27th, 2020 at the art gallery, Piknik (30, Toegye-ro 6ga-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul).
On the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, Unflattening is the working title for a new art exhibition in Seoul that depicts various stories from the war. The art show will be held at the contemporary art museum, MMCA (30 Samcheong-ro, Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul), from June 25th, 2020 to September 20th, 2020.
The Pulitzer Prize Photographs
You can see the Pulitzer Prize Photographs on view from July 7th, 2020 to October 18th, 2020 at Seoul Arts Center, Hangaram Design Museum (2406 Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul).
Toulouse-Lautrec: A Little Giant of Moulin Rouge
Due to the difficulties of coronavirus, the collection did not return to Greece and remains in Seoul for an encore exhibition after the original Toulouse-Lautrec art exhibition ended earlier this year at Seoul Arts Center (Hangaram Art Museum.)
Featuring Parisian artist, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, this French art exhibition will showcase his works at the end of the 19th century at Seoul Arts Center’s Hangaram Art Museum (2406, Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul) from Saturday, June 6th, 2020 to Sunday, September 13th, 2020.
Finding Folklore in Gisan’s Genre Paintings
This special folklore exhibition will be held from May 20th, 2020 to October 5th, 2020 at the historical art museum, National Folk Museum of Korea (37 Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03045).
The Na Kim art exhibition, inspired by the movie “Inside Out” (2015), will be on view at Buk-Seoul Museum of Art (1238 Dongil-ro, Nowon-gu, Seoul 01783) from March 26th, 2020 to September 13th, 2020.
2020 Asia Project: Looking for Another Family
The 2020 Asia Project: Looking for Another Family group art exhibition will be held from May 22, 2020 to August 23, 2020 at the modern art museum, MMCA Seoul (30 Samcheong-ro, Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03062). It includes works by Kang Seung Lee, Eisa Jocson, 98B COLLABoratory+HUB Make Lab+KANTINA, Yee I-Lann, Dew Kim, Isaac Chong Wai, Jong YuGyong, Wang Tuo, Atsushi Watanabe, Jatiwangi Art Factory+Budnamugage, Feminist Designer Social Club(FDSC), Tandia Permadi, South Ho Siu Nam, Ni Hao, and RESBAK.
Eva Armisén Vida
This Eva Armisén art exhibition will be held at art museum, Sejong Art Center (175, Sejongdae-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul), from June 27th, 2020 to September 20th, 2020.
Jang Koal: My Cup of Tea
This solo art exhibition by Jang Koal will be on view at Everyday Mooonday Art Gallery (14, Songpa-daero 48gil, Songpa-gu, Seoul, Korea) from June 5th, 2020 to August 2nd, 2020.
A large scale group art exhibition in Seoul — filled with sound and multi-sensory experiences — shown at one of the hippest art museums in Seoul, D Museum (5-6, Dokseodang-ro 29-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul), from Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 to Sunday, December 27th, 2020.
This fun, surrealist René Magritte art exhibition lasts from Friday, April 10th, 2020 to Sunday, September 13th, 2020 at Insa Central Art Museum (49, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul).
Big Eyes: Margaret Keane Retrospective
Made famous by the film, Big Eyes, Margaret Keane was a feminist artist who was overshadowed by her husband for many years and known for her paintings of long-faced female figures with exaggerated eyes. See her works at My Art Museum (B1, Textile Center Building, 518 Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul) from Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 to Sunday, September 27th, 2020.
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