I think just about everyone needs a mental health break these days, and with Covid restrictions still putting a damper on our social lives, the art museums in Seoul have been a nice momentary escape from the ongoing chaos that has rampaged through 2022. Here are the latest art shows that will be on view in Seoul through the Spring and Summer of 2022. I’ll continuously add more as I find them, so check back periodically to look for new additions!
American contemporary artist, Shepard Fairey, is probably most famous for his portraits of Obama and Andre, the Giant. A collection of his works will be on display at the Lotte Museum of Art (Lotte World Tower [7th Floor], 300, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul) from July 29th, 2022 to November 6th, 2022.
Alex Prager, Big West
American photographer and filmmaker, Alex Prager, who is based in Los Angeles will be showing her works from February 28th, 2022 to June 6th, 2022 at the Lotte Museum of Art (Lotte World Tower [7th Floor], 300, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul.) She is famous for her hyper-real, Old Hollywood aesthetic.
A Collector’s Invitation: The First Anniversary of Lee Kun-hee’s Bequest
As far as I know, there are two exhibitions of the late Samsung Chairman’s personal collection, one at the National Museum of Korea and one at the MMCA. Eventually, they plan to consolidate all the works in their own museum, but until then they are divided between the art museums in Seoul, South Korea.
The Lee Kun-hee collection will be on view at the National Museum of Korea (137 Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul) from April 28th, 2022 to August 28th, 2022. The exhibition includes pieces from Jeongseon, Kim Whanki, Claude Monet, Lee Jung-Seop, and Park Soo-Geun.
Tickets must be reserved on Interpark, and boy, do they go quickly. I made the mistake of dilly-dallying around reserving a ticket, and I can tell you one week into the month that they were all sold out through the end of June. Luckily, they do drop on the first Monday of the month at 2 p.m. for the following month, so if you wait on June 6th (Monday) at 2 p.m., they should be available for July.
MMCA Lee Kun-hee Collection: Masterpieces of Korean Art
The other museum to receive part of late Samsung chairman, Lee kun-hee’s, collection is the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art or MMCA (30 Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul) in Seoul, South Korea. The exhibition was slated to end on March 13th, 2022, but it was extended again until June 6th, 2022. You can reserve your ticket via the MMCA website or purchase a ticket on-site.
This will be the world’s first and largest exhibition of original works by Irish artist, Michael Craig-Martin, including 150 pieces ranging from paintings to prints at the Hangaram Art Museum (2406 Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul) from April 8th, 2022 to August 28th, 2022.
Anthony Browne’s Wonderland
British children’s book illustrator, Anthony Browne, will display his works from April 28th, 2022 to August 31st, 2022 at the Hangaram Art Museum (2406 Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul).
To commemorate the Hyundai Department Store Yeouido anniversary, there will be a free exhibition titled, “I am Ground”, on view at their Alt. 1 gallery (6th floor, 108 Yeoui-daero, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul) from April 30th, 2022 to June 8th, 2022. Featured artists include Yoon Hyangro, Zibezi, teamNode, Choi Sungim, and Min Joonhong. You can book a ticket at Naver Reservation.
Though not in Seoul per se, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea is showing a group exhibition with the very relevant theme of masks in neighboring Gwacheon. The exhibition will be on view from April 13th, 2022 to July 31st, 2022 at MMCA Gwacheon (313 Gwangmyeong-ro, Makgye-dong, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do).
Hito Steyerl: A Sea of Data
The works of influential media artist, Hito Steyerl, will be on view at the MMCA Seoul (30 Samcheong-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul) from April 29th, 2022 to September 18th, 2022.
A special exhibition, Aztecs, will be on display at the National Museum of Korea (137 Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul) from May 3rd, 2022 to August 28th, 2022.
Eva Armisén: Painting Life
Works from Spanish painter, Eva Armisén, are back in South Korea and are seemingly quite popular among locals. You can view the exhibition at the Yongsan War Memorial of Korea Special Exhibition Room at the War Memorial of Korea (29 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul) from May 13th, 2022 to June 4th, 2022. Tickets are available at Interpark.
Red Room: Love Is in the Air
This love-themed exhibition of over 200 works features artists, Minzo King, Martina Matencio, and Stella Asia Consonni. You can visit this exhibition at Ground Seesaw Seochon (18-8, Jahamun-ro 6-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul) from April 28th, 2022 to November 6th, 2022. Due to the nature of the content, it is only available to those 19 years of age or older. Early bird tickets can be reserved on Interpark.
Joan Miro: Woman, Bird, Stars
The works of the famous Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramicist, Joan Miró, will be on display at My Art Museum (Textile Center Building B1, 518, Teheran-ro, Daechi 2(i)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul) from April 29th, 2022 to July 1st. 2022. The world tour exhibition in collaboration with Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona is coming to Seoul, South Korea after a stop in Pudong, Shanghai. Tickets are available pre-sale at Interpark.
There’s another digital art exhibition comprising of 6 parts at Ground Seesaw Myeongdong (9th floor, Avenue L, 73, Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul) from April 7th, 2022 to October 6th, 2022. Reservations can be made on Interpark.
Gucci Garden Archetypes
Just a heads up that there’s also another Gucci exhibition, called “Gucci Garden Archetypes.” However, when I looked at the tickets on Naver Booking, the entire month was sold out and they’re only running the show from March 4th, 2022 to March 27th, 2022.
I clicked on every day and time slot, and I was able to book one lonely ticket on a Friday but ended up canceling it as I decided I didn’t feel like rushing over after work. If you’re a big Gucci fan, I’d say try to look at the tickets from time to time in case there are any cancellations, but I wouldn’t get your hopes up.
Han Youngsoo: Once Upon the Sky
This photo exhibition by Han Youngsoo will be on view from September 9th, 2021 to March 20th, 2022 at Lotte World Tower Seoul Sky (117-123 floors, 300 Olympic-ro [Shincheon-dong], Songpa-gu, Seoul). You can purchase tickets on Interpark.
David Shrigley exhibition will be on view at the K Contemporary Art Museum (KMCA 3F, 807 Seolleung-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul) from December 18th, 2021 to April 17th, 2022. You can purchase tickets on Interpark and Naver.
Philippe Halsman: Jumping Again
This Philippe Halsman photo exhibition will be on view at K Contemporary Art Museum (KMCA 2F, 807 Seolleung-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul) from December 4th, 2021 to April 3rd, 2022. Tickets are available to purchase on Interpark.
Tim Burton is a famous American film director, known for works like Tim Burton’s The Night Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, Edward Scissorhands, and Beetlejuice. There will be a Tim Burton exhibition at DDP (Dongdaemun Design Plaza, 281 Eulji-ro, Euljiro 7[chil]-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul) Exhibition Hall B2F in Seoul from April 30th, 2022 to June 24th, 2022. You can purchase advance tickets on Interpark.
Master of British Contemporary Art: Michael Craig Martin
On view at the Hangaram Art Museum (2406, Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul) from April 8th, 2022 to August 28th, 2022. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased on Naver Booking.
Kelly Beeman: Wish
US-based artist, Kelly Beeman, will display her works in a solo show at Perrotin Seoul (1F, 5 Palpan-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul) from February 24th, 2022 to April 7th, 2022. Do keep in mind that Perrotin is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
There’s another Henri Matisse retrospective on view at Hangaram Art Museum (Seoul Arts Center, Nambusunhwanro 2406, Seocho-gu, Seoul) that is on display from December 21st, 2021 to April 10th, 2022.
Ai Weiwei: Defend the Future
Ai Weiwei’s works will be on view at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul (30 Samcheong-ro, Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul) from December 3rd, 2021 to April 17th, 2022.
Chagall and the Bible
This special bible-themed exhibition of the painter, Marc Chagall, will be on view at My Art Museum (B1, 518 Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul) from November 25th, 2021 to April 10th, 2022. Tickets are available on Interpark.
Kandinsky, Malevich & Russian Avant-Garde
This Russian avante-garde exhibition will include artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Mikhail Larionov, Natalia Goncharova, Alexander Rodchenko and be on view at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts (175, Sejong-daero, Jongo-gu, Seoul) from December 31st, 2021 to April 17th, 2022. Early bird tickets can be purchased on Interpark.
A Surreal Shock: Masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
This exhibition includes around 180 pieces of art — including René Magritte and Salvador Dali — borrowed from the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (The Netherlands) and will be on view at the Hangaram Museum (2406 Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul) from November 27th, 2021 to March 6th, 2022.
Salvador Dali: Imagination and Reality
The Salvador Dali exhibition will be on view at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) Museum, B2F Design Exhibition Hall (M1 Gate), from November 27th, 2021 to March 20th, 2022. Dongdaemun Design Plaza is located at 281 Eulji-ro, Euljiro 7(chil)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul.
Tutankhamun: His Tomb and His Treasures
The Tutankhamun exhibition is on view at the War Memorial of Korea (29 Itaewon-ro, Namyeong-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul) from June 22nd, 2021 to April 24th, 2022.
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