Art Exhibitions You Don’t Want to Miss in Seoul this November 2020

From Matisse to Basquiat, this article will guide you to the latest art exhibitions debuting in Seoul, South Korea during the month of November 2020.

Looking Forward to Upcoming Art Exhibitions in Korea

Other art shows that I’m looking forward to seeing in Seoul this December 2020 are the Michelangelo Special Exhibition at M Contemporary from December 4th, 2020 to January 31st, 2021, Monet, Drawing the Light Ⅲ at Bondavinci Museum from December 5th, 2020 to January 31st, 2021, and the Illustration Fair Vol. 10 at Coex Hall B from December 24th, 2020 to December 27th, 2020. Pre-sale tickets are up online, so take advantage of the discounted prices!

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!

Yue Minjun, A-Maze-Ing Laughter of Our Times!

Rolling on the Grass by Yue Minjun, 2009 via SAC

This is the first large-scale exhibition in Korea by Yue Minjun, a leading Chinese contemporary artist. His works will be on view at Hangaram Art Museum (2406 Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea) from November 20th, 2020 to March 28th, 2021.

Art critics have often labeled his early work “critical realism,” a term that encompassed a number of Chinese artists in the early 1990s that used satire to juxtapose capitalism and consumerism with Chinese communism.

Minjun says that the laughing character of his work was developed in response to the changes that China experienced since 1989.

“It has a lot to do with the changes brought about by China’s reform. The changes cause the changes in people’s behavior, very fast changes too. People’s emotions are different too, full and stimulating. The laughing faces represent the emotional feelings of the people.”

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APoV Exhibition: The World We Made

This Another Point of View exhibition in conjunction with TNC Foundation will be on view from November 19th, 2020 to December 16th, 2020 at Blue Square NEMO (294, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul). You can buy tickets on Naver Booking.

FREEDOM COLOR

JB’s solo exhibition will be on view from November 11th, 2020 to December 29th, 2020 at Likethiz 1601: Gallery Lounge (116 Seosomun-ro, Seosomun-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea).

Lee Seung Taek’s Non-Art: The Inversive Act

Untitled, 1968/2018 via MMCA

Contemporary Korean artist, Lee Seung Taek, will be displaying his works from November 25th, 2020 to March 28th, 2021 at the National Museum of Contemporary and Modern Art in Korea, MMCA (30 Samcheong-ro, Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03062).

Lee Seung Taek (b. 1932) is a representative figure in Korean experimental art who has continued since the 1950s until today with a prolific body of work spanning installation, sculpture, painting, photography, land art, and performance art. Lee Seung Taek’s Non-Art: The Inversive Act is a large-scale retrospective that aims to shed new light on the sixty-year career of an artist who played a pioneering role in transforming Korean contemporary art. The exhibition title Lee Seung Taek’s Non-Art: The Inversive Act encapsulates a career spent inverting every kind of object and idea, challenging fixed notions of art. His artistic views are well expressed in his declaration, “My view was inverted. My thought process was inverted. My life in this world was inverted.”and through the concept of “non-sculpture” by which he strove to break free of existing sculptural contexts.

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Chantal Joffe: Teenagers

Chantal Joffe: Teenagers at Lehmann Maupin Seoul

The American-born and London-based artist, Chantal Joffe, will be displaying a collection of works at Lehmann Maupin Seoul (74-18, Yulgok-ro 3-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul) from November 12th, 2020 to January 29nd, 2021.

For Teenagers, Joffe presents a series that documents the vulnerability and insouciance of adolescents. The boys and girls depicted avoid a direct gaze, glancing to the side or looking at the floor from beneath heavy-lidded eyes, with arms and hands awkwardly poised as though the subjects are uncomfortable in the skin of their rapidly-changing bodies. The paintings portray a sense of intimacy―friendships budding or relationships and self awareness maturing. The psychology of Joffe’s portraiture is elusive, her subjects often pensive and sometimes self-absorbed. Laying bare the physical effort of their making and suffused with a palpable empathetic warmth, Joffe’s paintings deeply question ever-shifting human connections and the endless intricacies of looking. Ultimately, the subject of Joffe’s painting is life: she charts the process of living and aging, tracing the difficulties, disappointments, and small victories to be subtly decoded from the faces and gestures of her painted subjects.

Lehmann Maupin

Park Rehyun Retrospective: Triple Interpreter

Glory by Park Rehyun via MMCA

You can visit the Park Rehyun exhibition at the Deoksugung location of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (99 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul) from September 24th, 2020 to January 3rd, 2021.

As one of the most talented and innovative artists of the twentieth century, Park Rehyun (1920–1976) transformed the entire field of Korean ink-wash painting by freely crossing the boundaries of ink-wash, printmaking, and tapestries. But following her untimely death from cancer, her art was gradually forgotten, until she was primarily remembered as the wife of Kim Kichang.

At a time when few Korean women could sustain a career as artists, Park Rehyun had to strive constantly to juggle her artistic production with her demanding life as a mother and the wife of a hearing-impaired husband. By incorporating domestic handicrafts and motifs from her daily routines into her works, she expanded the modes of artistic expression and achieved her own independent vision based on her identity as a mother, woman, and Asian.

This exhibition introduces the life and art of Park Rehyun, who overcame social restrictions on women while still embracing her domestic responsibilities. Both as a loving wife who mastered English, Korean, and lip-reading in order to help her husband communicate and as a pioneering artist who excelled in painting, tapestry, and printmaking, Park Rehyun was indeed a “triple interpreter.”

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2020 Title Match: Yang Ah Ham vs. Dongjin Seo

2020 Title Match: Yang Ah Ham vs. Dongjin Seo via SeMA

Works by artists, Yang Ah Ham and Dongjin Seo, can be viewed from October 20th, 2020 to February 14th, 2020 at Buk-Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA, 1238 Dongil-ro, Nowon-gu, Seoul, South Korea).

Every year, SeMA, Buk-Seoul Museum of Art invites two artists to hold an exhibition under the name of Title Match. For the past six years, Title Match has experimented with exhibition formats and sought new possibilities for competition, conversation, and collaboration between its two invited artists. This year, a theorist has been invited for the first time to change the format of the exhibition.

In its seventh anniversary this year, Title Match is joined by artist Yang Ah Ham and critic Dongjin Seo. The two try to converse on the theme of “How do we interpret today?” As a critical response to Yang Ah Ham’s work to research and analyze problems in the social system and predict the near future, Dongjin Seo brings the narrative of a Utopian past to usher in a new future. Within this conversational structure, the two hope to glimpse into each other’s creativity and imagination and draw out common ground on the subject in an atmosphere of respect and support.

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Charlotte Perriand: Photographer and Designer

Vertèbre de poisson by Charlotte Perriand, 1933 via Fondazione Sozzani

40 photographic works by Charlotte Perriand coming from her archives and fifteen iconic design pieces by Cassina will be on display at 10 Corso Como Seoul (79 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea) from October 23rd, 2020 to December 13th, 2020.

10 Corso Como Seoul is pleased to present the exhibition “Charlotte Perriand, Photographer and designer”, curated by Enrica Viganò, in collaboration with Charlotte Perriand Archives, Admira, Cassina and Fondazione Sozzani. Architect, urban planner, designer, collaborator of Le Corbusier, ever solitary and tireless traveler, Charlotte Perriand, with a unique and unconventional wit, was a pivotal figure in design of the 20th century and influenced contemporary living in multiple ways.

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Dust Clay Stone

Dust Clay Stone exhibition at Art Sonje Center

The group art exhibition, Dust Clay Stone, includes works by Pia Arke, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Bouchra Khalili, and Alexander Ugay and will be held from October 30th, 2020 to December 20th, 2020 at Art Sonje Center (87 Yulgok-ro 3-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea).

Dust Clay Stone focuses on works that represent the complex issues of identity faced by individuals experiencing situations of migration, as well as the perceptions that are formed or lost in the course of such experiences. The four artists, Pia Arke, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Bouchra Khalili and Alexander Ugay, whose works appear in the exhibition either experienced migration due to personal reasons or historical circumstance or are still living in a situation of it. While each of them has diverse cultural background through the experience of having been born in different regions of the globe and migrated to different continents or countries, the artists reveal their interests in the complex identity, the individual and collective memories, post-colonialism and allyship in their works. The works are also inter-connected in their methods of creating works such as their deep exploration of the structure of languages, the representation of images, approaches to the archival references, etc.

Art Sonje Center

Playground

Jeong Myung-jo’s Solo Exhibition at Artside Gallery

These hyperrealistic oil paintings by Jeong Myung-jo can be viewed at Artside Gallery (33 Tongui-dong, Jongro-gu Seoul, South Korea) from October 22nd, 2020 to December 6th, 2020.

The artist uses a technique called Hyperrealism to precisely depict the back of a woman in a hanbok. The hanbok, completed with a delicate touch, is as elaborate as it is before your eyes. The persistence that reminds us of the splendid costumes of the Baroque era captivates the audience. For some, the beauty of tradition according to the details, and for others, the pain imposed on maintaining the beauty. But that’s not all. Rather, it can be said that the artist’s intention is to leave various interpretations to the audience through an anonymous appearance. The woman in the work does not show any words or stories. Looking back at the silent object, each audience imagines their own story. This resembles the current trend of communicating with anonymous people through social media. It is difficult to confirm each other’s sincerity in a system that is connected through the act of’follow’. In the feed of SNS, there is only the packaged beauty shared by the other party. In the photos where all the sense of reality has been erased, nothing like scars, anguish, or sadness can be seen. Therefore, SNS becomes a kind of playground where each other’s hearts are not confirmed.

Design Press

Jeongsu Woo: Where Is My Voice

Swan and Woman by Woo Jeong-soo, 2020 via Doosan Art Center

You can view Jeongsu Woo’s works from November 18th, 2020 to December 23rd, 2020 at Doosan Art Center Gallery (Doosan Art Center 1F, 15 Jongno 33-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul).

Through Woo Jung-soo’s various works in Where Is My Voice, we can see that the message he ultimately wanted to convey was about moving images. Like a navigator’s journey to find his lost voice, you can discover the artist’s attitude of Woo Woo Jung-soo, who finds a new way of dealing with the plane through the free use of icons and patterns, experiments with colorful colors and lines, textures and supports.

Doosan Art Center

Sweet Pop

Sweet Pop Exhibition at KMCA

This Sweet Pop exhibition will take you on a fun vacation from everyday life consisting of candy-colored photo zones. Includes works by Daniel Canogar, Holly Danger, VJ Suave, and Kim Yun-kyung. You can see the exhibition from August 21st, 2020 to November 29th, 2020 at K Museum of Contemporary Art (807 Seolleung-ro, Apgujeong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul).

The Other Side of My Mind

The Other Side of My Mind Exhibition at Everyday Mooonday Gallery via @heesookim_

This solo art exhibition by Heenang Heesoo Kim will be on view from November 13th, 2020 to January 10th, 2020 at Everyday Mooonday (14 Songpa-Daero 48gil, Songpa-gu, Seoul).

Heenang heesoo Kim presents a new title for the upcoming solo exhibition, “The Other Side of My Mind”, away from his usual theme of ‘normal life’. Kim normally works with everyday life as his main subject. For this exhibition, he carefully steps into exploring the negative side of our individual hearts and minds living the ‘unusual life’ in the recent months of pandemic.

Everyday Mooonday

Soujourner Truth Parsons: Milk River

Sojourner Truth Parsons exhibition at Various Small Fires in Seoul

You can see the solo exhibition by New York-based artist, Sojourner Truth Parsons, from October 27th, 2020 to November 21st, 2020 at Various Small Fires (Dokseodang-ro 79, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 04419). Reservations required here.

Parsons’ introspective paintings often offer glimpses into her personal environment, lived psychological processes, and the multi-perspectival identification of the self vs. the other. In her newest body of work, quotidian still lifes and interior scenes are populated by clusters of blooming flowers and flickering candles, metallic moons hovering against cavernous black backgrounds, and silhouetted figures often gilded in gold. Abstract single-toned swaths of color and geometric shapes—inspired by 80s and 90s graphics lining timeless New York storefront windows—are cut in contrast with loose brushstrokes that give the paintings an emotive, cinematic quality. Emanating from darkness, bits and pieces appear seemingly by candlelight, culminating as rapturous reflections of daily life from a recent memory or lucid dream.

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A Little After the Millenium

‘A Little After the Millennium’ exhibition at Gallery Baton

This international group art exhibition will be on view from October 20th, 2020 to November 20th, 2020 at Gallery Baton (116, Dokseodang-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 04420).

Gallery Baton is pleased to present “A Little After The Millennium”, a group exhibition by six contemporary artists who are internationally acclaimed: Liam Gillick (b.1964), Rebecca Warren (b.1965), Markus Amm (b.1969), Philippe Parreno (b.1964), Anne Collier (b.1970), and Tobias Rehberger (b.1966) from October 20th to November 20th. The exhibition began with the fundamental question of “Why does art exist?” in a situation where human lifestyle and social systems are threatened by the pandemic. Through a selection of works by the artists who have been at the forefront of the international art scene and broadened the horizons of contemporary art, we would like to take a moment to reflect on the meaning of the existence of art to each of us at this point.

Gallery Baton

The Path

‘The Path’ exhibition at Gallery Hyundai

Kim Tschang-Yeul’s solo exhibition, The Path, lasts from October 23rd, 2020 to November 29th, 2020 at Gallery Hyundai (14 Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03062 Korea).

Kim Tschang-Yeul, a master of Korean abstract art, has explored the essence of painting via his glistening water drops and use of the text from the Chinese Thousand Character Classic, thus embedding his work with the Eastern philosophy and spirit in a delicate manner. The relationship between the gallery and the artist began in 1976 when Gallery Hyundai held Kim’s first solo show in Korea. At the time, he was actively developing his career in Paris. The initial show introduced Kim’s ‘water drop’ paintings, which had already gained acclaimed in Paris, to the domestic audience for the first time. The reception caused a sensation that permeated the Korean art world significantly enhancing his recognition and stature in Korea. From that time, Gallery Hyundai has continued to work closely with the artists via solo exhibitions and support at the institutional level. These efforts to support bore fruit both domestically and internationally. Some major accomplishments include solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon (1993), Jeu de Paume, Paris (2004), and the opening of the Kim Tschang-Yeul Art Museum (Jeju-do) in 2016.

Gallery Hyundai

Distorted Portrait

‘Distorted Portrait’ group art exhibiton at Space K

You can see this group art exhibition from September 19th, 2020 to January 29th, 2021 at Space K (772, Magok-dong, Gangseo-gu, Seoul, Korea).

Includes works by: Gary Baseman, Glenn Brown, Gilbert & George, Dash Snow, Dinh Q. Lê, Chanhyo Bae, Do Ho Suh, Meekyoung Shin, Sylvie Fleury, Adrian Ghenie, André Butzer, OSGEMEOS, Lee Bul, Jannis Varelas, Zhang Xiaogang, Julian Schnabel, Jitish Kallat, Casey McKee, Christoph Ruckhäberle, Philippe Vandenberg, and Huma Bhabha.

This exhibition introduces about 30 works by contemporary artists based on portraits. ‘Portrait’ has been a part of the history of art, inspiring many artists. Portrait works reproduced by artists working at the forefront of contemporary art convey many messages to us living today. Through their work, they constantly ask questions about schizophrenia, group madness, violence or paranoia, and the absurdities that we forget or try to pretend not to know.

Space K

Henri Matisse: Jazz and Theater

Henri Matisse exhibition at MyArtMuseum in Seoul

You can see this Henri Matisse art exhibition from October 31st, 2020 to March 3rd, 2021 at MyArtMuseum (B1 Textile Center Building, 518 Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul [994-31, Daechi-dong]).

TeamLab: LIFE

If you’ve ever been to any TeamLab exhibition around the world or in Tokyo, you’ll know how delightful this immersive experience is. Take your selfies to the next level at this interactive exhibition at Dongdaemun Plaza (DDP Dongdaemun Design Plaza Museum B2F Design Exhibition Hall [M1 Gate], 281, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul 04566) from September 25th, 2020 to April 4th, 2021.

teamLab (f. 2001) is an international art collective, an interdisciplinary group of various specialists such as artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians and architects whose collaborative practice seeks to navigate the confluence of art, science, technology, and the natural world.

teamLab aims to explore the relationship between the self and the world and new perceptions through art.

In order to understand the world around them, people separate it into independent entities with perceived boundaries between them. teamLab seeks to transcend these boundaries in our perception of the world, of the relationship between the self and the world, and of the continuity of time. Everything exists in a long, fragile yet miraculous, borderless continuity of life.

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JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: Royalty, Heroism, and the Streets

Jean-Michel Basquiat Exhibition at Lotte Museum of Art, Seoul

You can see this Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition at Lotte Museum of Art at the Lotte World Tower (7th Floor, 300, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul) from October 8th, 2020 to February 7th, 2021.

The LOTTE Museum of Art will hold a large-scale exhibition featuring “genius artist” Jean-Michel Basquiat, who displayed a passionate world of art while resisting social bias. Basquiat, who made a meteoric rise on the New York art scene in the early 1980s and left some 3,000 artworks, opened a new horizon for contemporary visual culture through his new art charged with the energy of freedom and resistance. More than 150 masterpieces by this artist, whose name has become a byword for youth, and who is loved by people around the world as a source of new inspiration.

Lotte Museum Of Art

Yangachi: Galaxy Express

Yangachi, Galaxy Express, 2020, Installation View, Barakat Contemporary

This solo exhibition by Korean media artist, Yangachi, will be on view from October 15th, 2020 to December 13th, 2020 at Barakat Contemporary (36 Samcheong-ro 7-gil, Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea).

Admission is free, but you need to make an appointment ahead of time by filling out this form here.

In Galaxy Express, Yangachi posits that digital art is a psychic medium allowing for communication with other universes. This exhibition presents a realization of such a “galaxy” of the not-too-distant future, manifested in futuristic tokens cast from religious icons, dolls, and sculptures and photos by the artist, all of which bear dozens or hundreds of eyes, mouths, and other sensory organs. Yangachi’s artworks guide us through the clues hidden within them, experimenting with the essence of “media” through their points of contact with a galaxy that, although imperceptible, exists.

MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2020: Haegue Yang―O₂ & H₂O

Haegue Yang exhibition in Seoul via Hyundai.com

International artist, Haegue Yang, will be exhibiting her works from September 29th, 2020 to February 28th, 2021 at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA, 30 Samcheong-ro, Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03062).

In MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2020: Haegue Yang – O₂ & H₂O, the artist attempts another leap toward “the abstraction of reality.” As the major energies of living organisms, air and water do not exist purely in natural states as chemical symbols. While O₂ & H₂O refers precisely to specific materials, the title feels abstract at the same time, metaphorically expressing the evolution of the artist’s persistent interest in tracing formless sensorial experience with the abstract language of art. O₂ & H₂O poses questions to contemplate in totality the world of scientific facts, the perceptual world including experiences and senses that venture beyond such facts, and the phenomenal world that is gradually pushed to the brink with the climate crisis and disasters.

MMCA

Unflattening

This group exhibition honors the 70th anniversary of the Korean War and includes artists like Hsu Chia-Wei (Taiwan), Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho (Korea), Chto Delat (Russia), Kelvin Kyung Kun Park (Korea), and more. You can view the art exhibition from June 25th, 2020 until November 8th, 2020 at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA, 30 Samcheong-ro, Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03062).

Unflattening (working title) is organized for the 70th anniversary of the Korean War. This exhibition seeks to examine overlooked testimonies surrounding the war and images of the people at the time, and to understand the nature of war from various perspectives.

The exhibition considers prisoners of war who chose a third country, dispatched servicemen who died in a faraway land, destruction of nature, women soldiers, and war orphans adopted to foreign countries. The MMCA has worked with researchers in women’s studies, history, performing arts, and other fields to discover stories of different people who faced the ills of war and will present new works by domestic and international artists. The exhibition will also introduce works that explore topics such as anti-communist ideologies and conscription of South Korean men to examine the effects of the ongoing Korean War on society.

MMCA

The Unperceived

Lee Jin-ju’s exhibition “The Unperceived” via The Korea Times

Korean artist, Jinju Lee, will be displaying her works from September 9th, 2020 to February 14th, 2021 at Arario Museum (in SPACE, 83, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea 03058).

Jinju Lee draws delicately and in detail the pieces of memories and symbolic objects of everyday life that contain traces of the past intact. Based on tenacious observation of life and reality, she creates a peculiar and unfamiliar landscape formed on reality.

We live our lives while perceiving the world subjectively within the framework of our own experience and thought. On the one hand, some things exist in a way that cannot be seen or that are invisible or unexplainable. Thus, the way that people view the world is essentially imperfect in that it is somewhat distorted or lacking. In this exhibition, Jinju Lee presents her work in a huge A-shaped structure that encompasses the entire space so that the images cannot all be grasped at once. As if admiring an open scroll, the viewers realize the inevitable existence of ‘the unperceived’ which exists but is invisible, as they move along with the work created at eye level. Viewers will have the opportunity to think about the structure of truth that exists in ways that cannot be explained in many areas of life.

Tiger Lives

This tiger-filled exhibition will be held from September 7th, 2020 to December 19th, 2020 at the Coreana Museuem of Art (827, Eonju-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea).

Tiger Lives is a special exhibition consisting of cultural relics and paintings of tigers in the Coreana Museum of Art and the Coreana Cosmetics Museum’s collection, presented alongside contemporary videos, paintings, and installations. Taken from video artist Nam June Paik’s eponymous work, the title emphasizes the persistent belief in the tiger’s symbolic presence in its present-progressive tense. From tiger claws – known for their power to ward off ill fate – to tiger embroideries on the military attire, paintings of roaring tigers and their comical renditions in folk art, tigers occupy a wide spectrum of representations to encompass disparate classes and beliefs. The symbolism of the tiger, meanwhile, stimulates new explorations in the minds of contemporary artists, mediating discrete points of history, culture, and myth. We hope that the exhibition would present the visitors with an opportunity to experience the rich oeuvre of tiger symbolisms through traditional representations and contemporary recontextualizations. 

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Rise Up Rim Dong Sik

Featuring artist, Rim Dong Sik, this exhibition will be held from August 19th, 2020 until November 22, 2020 at the Seoul Museum of Art (61, Deoksugung-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 04515).

Rim is recognized as a nature artist in Korean art scene, he has been considerably underrated and there has not been sufficient research about the artist. He has consistently pursued an art world of his own intergrating nature, life, and art as a persistent performer and meticulous archivist to overcome the limits of performance art. 

The city of Seoul plans to inaugurate Art Archives, Seoul Museum of Art, which will become the center of the collection, preservation and research of art document resources and has received a total of about 5,000 pieces of resources from the artist since 2018. Thus, the Seoul Museum of Art seeks to suggest a novel perspective to broaden the understanding about the artist by collaborating with Culture Headquarters, Seoul Metropolitan Government and unraveling the artist’s art resources from the 1970s to 2000s in an exhibition.       

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Eko Nugroho: Lost in Parody

Eko Nugroho’s exhibiton in Seoul at Arario Gallery

Indonesian visual artist, Eko Nugroho, will be displaying his solo exhibition from September 1st, 2020 to November 14th, 2020 at Arario Gallery (#84 Bukchon-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea).

Lost in Parody, Nugroho’s second solo exhibition in Seoul, Korea since 2013, is comprised of over 20 new and recent works. In the basement level of the exhibition hall are largescale embroidery works measuring over 3.5 meters in length, made using traditional embroidery techniques from a small village in Indonesia. In order to revive the traditional embroidery business, which did not seem sustainable in today’s society, the artist proposed a collaboration with the village and has been producing these “embroidered paintings” since 2007. Nugroho was able to revitalise the disappearing industry by collaborating with and providing new opportunities for traditional embroiderers. These works, initiated by questioning the societal role of art, now represent the value of local community and the artist’s belief in a renewed communal society.

Arario Gallery

Museum of Fruit: Apple in My Eyes

Fun, interactive art museum exhibition in Seoul, South Korea
Fun, interactive art museum exhibition at SOMA in Seoul, South Korea

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.

APMA, Chapter Two

APMA, Chapter Two Art Exhibition at the Amorepacific Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea
APMA, Chapter Two Art Exhibition at the Amorepacific Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea

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 December 27th, 2020.

This show introduces the history of APMA through a wide range of artworks it has collected, encompassing paintings, metalcraft, woodcraft, and textile works. As the first exhibition dedicated to its traditional art collection, it attempted to show a large number of works to reexamine the value and historical significance of Korean traditional art.

Amorepacific Museum of Art

GOODS FOR YOU

Goods For You at D Project Space

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.

SOUNDMUSEUM

Art Exhibitions in Seoul this July 2020 (@momotherose, momotherose.com)

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.

The exhibition features 22 works across multifaceted categories, from sound installation, audience-driven performance, interactive sound installation, light art to visual music by 13 internationally recognized artists and collectives. With this exhibition, D MUSEUM is being reinvented as a new art platform where 13 sound spaces await to elicit awareness, sentiments and memories of individuals. In infinite yet transient aural world the audience will be reintroduced to the sense of hearing and guided into the journey of space, time and sound.

D Museum

Sponge Bob: In Search of Happiness

SpongeBob SquarePants exhibition in Seoul, South Korea via Naver.com

You can see the kid-friendly SpongeBob SquarePants exhibition at the I’Park Mall (40-999 Hangang-ro 3-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul) on the 6th floor of Popcorn D Square from August 1st, 2020 to December 31st, 2020.

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