Hello again! We’re back to Level 2 social distancing in Seoul, but fortunately, some museums are still open (for now). The rollercoaster of openings and closings won’t end anytime soon. Meanwhile, it’s getting colder and colder each day, so it may be a great time to plan some indoor art activities. Here are some suggestions to fill those dreary December days with some bright artworks in Seoul!
Some of the highlights this month include Basquiat at Lotte Museum, Rose Wylie and Yue Minjun at Hangaram Art Museum, and Matisse at MyArtMuseum. Keep scrolling for more details!
UPDATE: Seoul will be under Level 2.5 restrictions starting Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 and continue for the next three weeks. What does that mean for art museums? According to this article by Korea Times, state-run museums — including small and big art facilities — will be temporarily closed.
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.
There is almost always a temperature check upon entry to the exhibition, so please make sure to stay home if you have a fever.
Though not always required, it also doesn’t hurt to make a reservation in advance due to COVID-19 restrictions. Links to the art museum and exhibition will be listed where you will find more information on making a reservation.
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 name, address, and phone number instead as there is usually a paper sign-in sheet available.
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!
With digital technology, M Contemporary was able to recreate a little bit of Rome and Michelangelo in Korea this winter. See this Michelangelo art exhibition in Seoul at M Contemporary (1F, 120 Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul) from December 4th, 2020 to January 31st, 2021.
Yue Minjun, A-Maze-Ing Laughter of Our Times!
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.
Rose Wylie: Hullo hullo, following-on
It seems like Korea can’t get enough of these Rose Wylie exhibitions! This latest one will be on view from December 4th, 2020 to March 28th, 2021 at Hangaram Museum of Art (2406 Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea).
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 29th, 2021.
Works by artists, Yang Ah Ham and Dongjin Seo, can be viewed from October 20th, 2020 to February 14th, 2021 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).
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).
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
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).
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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