Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Carlos Saura Film restrospective - Seoul Cinematheque - Dec 16 - 31, 2008

See Cinematheque website for screening details.
After the Carlos Saura retrospective, there will be a Sam Fuller film retrospective til Jan 18, 2009.
Seoul Cinematheque is located near Insadong, in the Nagwon Arcade Building, 4th floor. (That's the strange old concrete building that straddles the road, containing all the music shops).

Monday, December 22, 2008

"Television 12" art cafe-Exhibition and jazz party - opening Dec 24, 2008

What: Art exhibition for 13 Korean artists.

When: Art Exhibition Opening - Wed. Dec 24, at 7pm.
Followed by Xmas Eve party - live acoustic jazz + cocktails - Wed. Dec 24, 10pm to midnight.
Exhibition continues every day through to Jan 04, 2009. Cafe hours: 11:00 a.m. - late.

Where: Television 12 cafe, near Hongik University, Seokyodong, Mapo-gu, Seoul. (see map & directions below). This is a nice art cafe to hang out in, nice design and spacious with some English language art books and magazines to read, fresh art on the walls, gallery upstairs, and offering a good range of tea, coffee, light food.

Contact: 02-3143-1210 (yes, they speak English)

email : televisioncafe@gmail.com

Closest subways: Sangsu subway, Exit 2 - walk towards Hongik University front gate, and take a right when you get to the Starbucks corner. Television 12 is about 20 meters down the small street.
Or come out Hongik University Subway exit 5, walk to Hongik University front gate turn right and then take a left at Starbucks.
Click map to enlarge:

Sunday, December 21, 2008

"Be-In" - Winter of Love 2008 - art + music, 1000/60 Art n Design Space, Hongdae, Seoul

What: "Be-In" art exhibition and jazz music performances. 2008 Winter of Love.

When: Dec 19 - 31 (excluding Sundays) 3:00 - 9:00 pm

Where: 1000/60 Art 'n' Design Space, Hongdae (see map & directions below)

Contact: 02-716-1163

email : T9play@naver.com

Websites : http://www.1000-60.com/

Directions: About 1 klm from Hongik University on the main road towards Sinchon. After you pass the Sanwoolrim Theater, go over the railway bridge, and go down the steps at the left and the 1000/60 Space is just there.
Closest subway: Line 2 (Green line) Hongik University (Exit 4), or Sinchon (Exit 8).

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Seoul Arts Center - "Humble Masterpieces" from the Museum of Modern Art, New York

What: a range of famous design icons from daily life. Did you know that Salvador Dali designed the logo for Chupa Chups?
When : daily til Dec 31, 2008 (not Monday Dec 29)
Where: Seoul Arts Center, Hangaram Design Museum
Time: 11.00 - 19.00
Ticket Price: free
Inquiry: 02-580-1495

Travel directions: Subway line 2 Seocho station , exit 3, or Line 3, Nambu terminal station, exit 4 or 5.
For detailed travel directions see SAC transport webpage
More info: Seoul Arts Center website

Click to enlarge info box below:

Monday, December 15, 2008

"New Generation Art Fair" Hongdae, Seoul Dec 17 -31

There is an opening at Sangsangmadang Arts Center, Hongdae on Wed night, Dec 17 at 6pm for 100 young artists in the "New Generation Art Fair". It's an exhibition across many venues in Hongdae running until Dec 31.

See website (Korean only): www.sangsangmadang.com

To get to Sangsangmadang Art Center, the closest subway station is Sangsu Staion (Line 6) exit 4, or Hongik Subway (line 2) exit 5).

See location map below.(Click to enlarge)

'Alegria' Cirque du soleil Seoul finishes Dec 27, 2008

Alegria - Cirque du soleil, Seoul finishes Dec 27, 2008.

"Alegría is a mood, a state of mind. The themes of the show, whose name means "jubilation" in Spanish, are many. Power and the handing down of power over time, the evolution from ancient monarchies to modern democracies, old age, youth—it is against this backdrop that the characters of Alegría play out their lives. Kings' fools, minstrels, beggars, old aristocrats and children make up its universe, along with the clowns, who alone are able to resist the passing of time and the social transformations that accompany it."

See Cirque du soleil website
Last minute specila! 10% discount on 4pm weekday matinees! Dec 18 (Thur), 19 (Frid). Tickets start at 50,000 won. Call Interpark for English ticket booking service on 02-6923-5700

Thursday, December 11, 2008

"Rare" Hongik University Painting department open studio, Dec 15 - 20

Hongik University Art Department (Painting) has an opening night for the exhibition of all students' end-of-year work next Monday evening, Dec 15 at 6pm.
The open studios are in F building, rooms F401,403,405, Seoul campus.
The exhibition continues through to Dec 20.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

"I am an artist" Young Korean artists 2008, National Museum of Contemporary Art -til March 8, 2009

I Am An Artist
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
Through March 8, 2009
Entry fee: 3000 won

The Young Korean Artists 2008 exhibit features works by promising artists such as Sang Seok-ho, Kim Si-won, Wee Young-il, Lee Jae-hoon and Che One-joon.

Challenging and inspiring - it's worth the trip down to Seoul Grand Park to see this mixed media show. Especially noteworthy is the powerful installation and painting work of female Korean artist, Safranski Mackerel. (see image below)

Also showing until Dec 7, is a retrospective exhibition by famous Korean painter - Son Sangki.

For more information visit www.moca.go.kr or call (02) 2188-600002. The National Museum of Contemporary Art is located near Seoul Grand Park (Subway Line 4). For those who don't want to walk through the Grand Park to the Art Museum there is a shuttle bus every 20 mins from Exit 4 of the Seoul Grand Park subway.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Blake's Shadow: William Blake and his Artistic Legacy - Exhibition at Seoul National University Museum of Art

Date : November 14, 2008 - February 14, 2009
Venue : Museum of Art (MoA) at Seoul National University
Time : 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Tuesday through Sunday)
Tickets : 3000 won
For more Info. : 02-880-9504
Website : http://www.snumoa.org/

The MoA is located to the left of the main gate of Gwanak Campus, Seoul National University. Take the subway or a bus to the main gate and walk through the staircase of the amphi-plaza on the left of the gate. If you are driving, you can use the university parking lot (parking fees applicable).

Bus: 5511, 5512 (previously 413), 5513, 5516 and 5518
Subway: Seoul National University Station on Seoul Subway Line 2, Exit No. 3 (use school shuttle buses, city buses (5511–3) or taxicabs)

* For more information regarding transportation, please refer to www.snu.ac.kr website.

Use the Grand Stadium Parking Lot or designated parking spots on campus.
Hours of operation: 00:00–24:00 (parking fees is applicable depending on time)
Parking fees: minimum 1,500 Korean won/30 min, 500 Korean won per 10 min thereafter.

Tel: 880-9504 / Fax: 886-9502
Administrative Office: 880-9503-5 / Curatorial Office: 880-9506-9
E-mail: info@snumoa.org
Address: MoA (Museum of Art, Seoul National University), San 56-1, Sillim-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151-742

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

34th Seoul Independent Film Festival, Dec 11 - 19

What : The 34th Seoul Independent Film Festival
When : Thursday, December 11st ~ Friday, December 19th, 2008
Where : IndieSpace, Sponge house, Joong-Ang Cinema, Myeongdong
Check out the SIFF website in English at: www.siff.or.kr/indexeg.php

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

MEDIA PRISM - Digital Media Design Graduation Exhibition, Dec 1 - 5, 2008, Bundang.

The graduation exhibition for Hongik University College of Design and Arts is being held at Korea Design Center at Bundang (Gyeonggi - 분당).
It's located near Yaktop station (subway, Bundang yellow line) - near Sungnam bus terminal. It's about 40 mins from Seoul downtown.

If you're interested in media art, communication design, installation etc. you can visit the website where you can see photos of all the student works. http://m-prism.com/
The website is in Korean (3 students did it as a graduation project) but, main navigation points are in English. Just click to close the pop-up poster on the first page to reveal the entry portal.

The exhibition is open everyday Monday Dec 1 to Friday Dec 5. until 10 pm except Friday. The exhibition finishes on Friday so it will be closed early around 4 pm on Friday Dec 5.

Click the map below to enlarge:
Korea Design Center, Bundang