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!
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.
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.
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
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).
Chantal Joffe: Teenagers
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.
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).
Charlotte Perriand: Photographer and Designer
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.
Dust Clay Stone
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).
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.
Jeongsu Woo: Where Is My Voice
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).
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
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).
Soujourner Truth Parsons: Milk River
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.
A Little After the Millenium
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).
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).
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.
Henri Matisse: Jazz and Theater
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]).
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.
JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: Royalty, Heroism, and the Streets
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.
Yangachi: Galaxy Express
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.
MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2020: Haegue Yang―O₂ & H₂O
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).
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).
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).
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).
Eko Nugroho: Lost in Parody
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).
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.
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 December 27th, 2020.
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.
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.
Sponge Bob: In Search of Happiness
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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