Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Free art seminars- The Gift of Nam Jun Paik 1 - Feb 4 and 5

What: NOW JUMP Festival
The Gift of Nam June Paik 1 Seminar
Date:February 4 and 5, 2009
Time: 11:00 to 5pm each day
Topic: dicuss aspects of Nam Jun Paik's work and influence. Various international speakers.

Venue: Wed, Feb 4, 2009 Gyeonggi Cultural center, 3rd floor
Venue: Thur, Feb 5 2009, Nam Jun Paik Art Center, 2nd floor
Transport: Free shuttle buses at leaving Seoul 10am from Gangnam and Gwanghwamun (see website below for more details).
Seminar information in English: http://njp.kr/root/festival/html_eng/station_4.html

Please make a booking by telephone: 031-201-8529 or email: reservation@njpartcenter.kr, eheekyung@njpartcenter.kr

Press release:
The Nam June Paik Art Center proudly announces the launch of its lecture and discussions series with The Gift of Nam June Paik 1, a seminar commemorating the closing of its inaugural festival NOW JUMP.

The Gift of Nam June Paik 1 gathers specialists from various fields of research to celebrate Nam June Paik's creativity and expand discussions on his work. As a concluding journey of the NOW JUMP Festival, the seminar ambitions to sketch a landscape where neglected aspects of Paik's practice can be considered and supported. Reactivating and actualizing the nomadic characteristics of Paik's life, the different speakers' presentations and areas of expertise echo the boundless terrain of Paik's work suggesting that being a pioneer of video art was only a single station within a much larger journey. What topics and perspectives can be imagined within contemporary social and political contexts when considering Paik's role from these extended perspectives?

The first two sessions of the seminar are intended to promote shifts in presumptions and activate discourses on Paik that extend beyond established presuppositions. In the morning of February 4, Bazon Brock addresses the socio-political contexts of post war Germany in relation to artistic practice, situating the historical meeting of Paik and television within a larger framework. Midori Yamamura follows these arguments with a presentation on the new ontology that threaded through Japan, the United States and Europe in the period following World War II in relation to Paik and the formative Fluxus movement.

In the afternoon, Kim Suki examines the cultural context of Korea under Japanese colonization during the 1930s and 1940s and Mary Bauermeister offers testimonial of her close relationship with Paik during his stay in Germany. Further enhancing this focus on Paik's early years and the transgressions in his way of thinking that place him in between East and West, Kim Jin Sok's delves into the philosophical frameworks of the communities and societies influential to Paik.

On February 5, the main themes are performativity and the notion of time, and nomadism. Lee Young Chul shares his exhibition-making experience and the dialogue it established with Paik's philosophy for the creation of the NOW JUMP Festival. Hannah Higgins discusses experience and Fluxus, while architect/poet Haam Seong-Ho considers the notion of time and experience in Zen Buddhism.

The concluding session concentrates on nomadism and how Paik continuously jumped from place to place, both geographically and chronologically. The notion of nomadic life is examined through anthropological, socio-political and futurological references by Yi-Jinkyung and Cho Hyun-il. Their presentations aim to imagine the potential social structures, territories, and political terrains Paik's practice may inspire.

Speakers include, Bazon Brock (Professor of Aesthetics and Communication Design at Wupperthal University), Midori Yamamura (Art history PhD candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center), Kim Suki (director of Hyunsil Munwha Publishers and lecturer at the Korea National University of Arts), Mary Bauermeister (artist renowned for hosting avant-garde gatherings in 1960s Cologne), Kim Jin-Sok (Professor of Humanities at Inha University), Lee Young Chul (Director of Nam June Paik Art Center), Hannah Higgins (Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Illinois Chicago), Haam Seong-Ho (poet/architect), Yi-Jinkyung (Professor of Humanities at Seoul National University of Technology). Cho Hyun-il (author of 1000).

The Nam June Paik Art Center, supported by Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation and Gyeonggi province.

Nam June Paik Art Center
85 Sanggal-dong, Giheung-gu,
Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
Republic of Korea
T: + 82 (0) 31 201 8543
F: + 82 (0) 31 201 8515

Monday, January 26, 2009

Korea Foundation Cultural Center, Seoul - free films, free Korean lessons, free art exhibitions

The Korea Foundation Cultural Center, in Seoul, has an ongoing range of cultural events of interest to foreigners, including free art exhibitions, free movie screenings, free Korean language classes, lectures, free library, and various live performances.
See the website (English) for details:

Currently showing:
Free movies every Mon & Wed 7pm, and Sat 3pm. (see KFCC website for schedule)
Screening this Wed Jan 28, 7pm.
"Hello U.F.O" (Korea) (English subtitles)
Year of Production: 2004
Running time: 105 min.
Director: Kim JIn-min
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English
Rating: G

***Also, anyone interested in free Korean language classes ***

Friday Jan 30, 6 pm is the level test meeting. You need to take the test on Jan 30 and sign up for your correct level class.
Free classes for various levels are held starting at the beginning of each month every Mon, Wed, Fri - 7.00pm - 9.00 pm.
Beginners level 1 starts Monday Feb 2, 7pm.
Each level takes 12 weeks, one class per week.
For more information see the: KFCC website
Location Of KFCC: Near City hall in central Seoul. Line 2, Exit 9 City hall subway station and 5 min walk to JoongAng Ilbo Building. Or Line 5 Seodaemun station, Exit 6 - walk 7 mins. (see map)

Art Exhibition: “Gustav Klimt in Korea 2009”

Exhibition: “Gustav Klimt in Korea 2009”

Over 30 paintings and 60 drawings (etc.) of Gustav KLIMT from the Belvedere Vienna and other collections from around the world.
Seoul Art Center ( Hangaram Museum ),
1 February 2009 – 15 May 2009

Exhibition Period (Y/M/D)
2009/2/2 (Mon.) - 2009/5/15 (Fri.)
No Exhibition Day:
2009/2/23, 2009/3/30, 2009/4/27
11:00-19:00(Entrance closing time : 6:00pm) / MAR.~ 11:00-20:00(Entrance closing time : 7:00pm)
Ticket Price:
Adults(19 yrs~)16,000won/Youth(13~18yrs)8,000won/Children(6~12yrs)5,000won
Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center
Public transport info: Closest subway Line 2, Seocho station, or Line 3, Nambu Bus Terminal. See English website for detailed directions - http://www.sac.or.kr/eng/visit/Trans.jsp
Phone No.(02)334-4254
Website (English) : http://www.sac.or.kr/eng/program/Details.jsp?prog_id=13365

Aid Gaza Benefit Night, Hongdae, Feb 7, 2009

Aid Gaza Benefit Night ( A G B N ) http://www.AidGaza.info
T I M E : 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
D A T E : Saturday February 7, 2009
V E N U E : Club 500, Hongdae (http://www.AidGaza.info/map.html)
To get there: Closest subway: Line 6 (brown line) Sangsu station, exit 1, or line 2 (green line) Hongik Univ Subway, exit 5 and walk up the hill towards Hongik University and turn right at the "parking street". See map.


“Aid Gaza Benefit Night” (AGBN) has been created to bring artists in Korea together to help raise funds for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Special Gaza Appeal.

About 50% of the Gazan population rely on UNRWA Food Aid. UNRWA also operate 8 medical clinics throughout Gaza. On January 15, three Israeli shells destroyed a warehouse at the UNRWA headquarters in Gaza destroying hundreds of tonnes of food and medicine. An estimated $330 million is needed for urgent aid.

Summary of the recent 22-day offensive on Gaza:
* 1,300+ dead (700+ civilians: 400+ children; 100+ women)
* 13 Israelis dead (10 soldiers; 3 civilian)
* 5,300+ Palestinians injured (1,900+ children; 800+ women)
* 100,000+ people forced from their homes
* 400,000+ people without running water
* 5,000+ buildings completed destroyed; another 20,000+ damaged or partially destroyed
* Estimated cost of rebuilding Gaza: $2 billion

The benefit night, to be held on Saturday February 7 at club 500 in Hongdae, will showcase a variety of charity performances by artists in Korea such as live music, bellydance, poetry readings, and other acts. There will be a cultural section on Palestine, and a performance of a traditional Palestinian folkloric dance called a “dabke”. There will also be several lucky door prize giveaways, thanks to the generosity of local businesses. The night will round up with everyone on the dance floor.

There will be a cover charge of 20,000 with all proceeds going to the UNRWA Special Gaza Appeal. Those unable to attend AGBN can make donations direct to UNRWA at http://www.un.org/unrwa/.


AGBN 은 한국에 거주하는 아티스트들을 모아 UNRWA(United Nations Relief and Works Agency) 을 위한 모금활동을 돕기 위해 만들어졌습니다. 이 행사에서는 한국과 외국의 아티스트들의 라이브 음악, 춤, 강독 및 시 낭송 등 다양한 자선공연이 열립니다. 또한 지역 기업들의 후원을 받아 팔레스타인에 대한 문화 섹션이 열리고 소정의 상품 추첨 이벤트가 열립니다. 본 행사는 모든 참여자들이 함께 아랍음악에 맞추어 춤을 추면서 마무리 될 예정입니다.

2만원의 참가비가 있으며, 참가비 전액은 Gaza 지역 주민을 돕기 위한 UNRWA Special Gaza Appeal 활동에 사용됩니다.


For more information visit: http://www.aidgaza.info

To volunteer, email: info@aidgaza.info


AGBN is NOT anti-Israel nor pro-hamas: AGBN's sole function is as a fundraiser for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), to help CIVILIANS in urgent need of medical equipment, medicine, food, water and shelter. Please do not turn this topic into a political debate. Thank you.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Jazz concert- Chick Corea, John McLaughlin and band, Jan 31, 2009, Ewha Univ.

Jazz greats Chick Corea and John McLaughlin and the " 5 peace" band will give one concert only in Korea on Jan 31, 2009.

Time: 7pm (concert length approx. 2 hours)
Venue: Welch- Ryang Auditorium - Ewha Women’s University, Seoul
Tickets: SR: 132,000 won, R: 99,000 won, S: 77,000 won, A: 55,000 won
Contact: 02- 2644-9604
or see InterPark website (Korean only) http://ticket.interpark.com/Ticket/Goods/GoodsInfo.asp?GoodsCode=08007209

Getting there: To get to Ewha, take the subway Green line number 2 and get off at “E-dae-yeok” (stop #241), exits 2 or 3. Wlak down the hill. Auditorium is straight ahead through the front main gate entrance.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Miro - The Last Passion - Seongnam Arts Center til Feb 22

+ What: Art Exhibition of the works of Spanish artist, Joan Miro (1893~1983)-The Last Passion
+ Date: Til Feb 22, 2009
+ Time: Daily 10 - 6pm
+ Cost: 7000 won adults
+ Address: Seongnam Arts Center, 164 Yatap-dong, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do
+ Information: 031)783-8000
+ Web Site http://www.snart.or.kr
+ How to Get There Exit 1, Imae Station, Bundang Line and walk 10 min.
For map in English and detailed transport directions for bus, subway and car see: http://www.snart.or.kr/english/map/map.asp

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Invitation to Foreign Performers/Artists in Korea - Namisum festival Feb 28- March 8

Namira Republic-Nami Island will be celebrating the third anniversary of its declared cultural independence from 28 February (Sat) to 8 March (Sun).
Message from the organisers: The festival will be especially addressed to foreigners residing in Korea and we would like to offer a stage for any of those with artistic and cultural talents to explore and share their gifts with our public. Any kind of cultural events including exhibition, performance, concerts are welcomed to be presented during the festival.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Bee at Song16@naminara.com

INDIFEST, 28 Feb to 8 March, Naminara Republic/Nami Island, Korea

Come and participate in the 3rd Independence Day Celebration of Namira Republic/Nami Island, INDIFEST-Be Nami Be Free from Saturday 28 February to Sunday 8 March

INDIFEST-Be Nami Be Free is targetting the foreign community in particular and is offering the stage to foreign performers and artists residing in Korea. Various unique cultural and artistic events will be on offer.

28 February: Opening Ceremony (Jazz concerts, performance party and fireworks)
1 March: Independence Day Ceremony
1 -8 March:
- Exhibition of Naminara Republic: The 3rd Creative & Cultural Industries in Beijing 2008
- Exhibition by Foreign Artists including Anna Philllips, Brenda Chat and more)
- Independent Film & Music Festival
- Free Market of Artists
- Creative Workshops for Children/Students
7 March: 'Sings for Freedom' - INDI bands Concert
8 March: 'Draws the Imagination' - Creative workshops for children/students

More details on INDIFEST will be available in February.

For information on Namira Republic/Nami Island, go to http://www.korea4expats.com/article-namisun-Gangwon.html

Please visit: http://www.naminara.com

Thursday, January 15, 2009

International Art Exhibition - 'Encounter', KFCC gallery, Seoul til Jan 31

2009 Exhibition of Contemporary Arts Exchanges

Duration: January 7-31, 2009 (Closed on Sundays)
Hours: 10:00 - 18:00 (21:00 on Wednesdays)
Venue: KFCC Gallery
Organized by: Korea Foundation
Supported by: The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Ireland, The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Portugal, etc.
Entrance Fee: free

Korea Foundation Cultural Center, Joongang Ilbo Building 1st Floor Sunhwa-dong 7. Jung-gu. Seoul 100-759
Tel: (02) 3789-5600 / Fax ()2) 3789-5060
E-mail : kfcenter@kf.or.kr

Getting there:
Subway> Line 1 and Line 2 City Hall Station, Five-Minute walk from Exit 9
Line 5, Seodaemun Station, Seven-Minute walk from Exit 6
Red Bus 5500, 9301, 9400, 9401, 9402, 9411, 9702, 9704, 9706, 9709, 9713
Blue Bus 172, 472, 600, 602, 603, 700, 200, 402, 406
Green Bus 7019, 3-1, 8-2, 1011, 7017
Yellow Bus 01

Funding available for Seoul foreign community cultural projects in 2009 - applications close Jan 30!!!

Subsidy Plan for Cultural Events of
Seoul's Foreign Community -- Year 2009

Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) hereby announces the Subsidy Plan for Vitalizing Cultural Events of Foreign Residents in Seoul. For those eligible for SMG's Subsidy Plan, please refer to the following and submit the application and relevant documents.

2009. 1. 15
Mayor of Seoul

Eligibility : Cultural events to be held in 2009.1~12,
❍ Cultural event hosted by a foreign embassy or foreign community in Seoul
❍ Cultural event hosted by a civic group

Subsidy Amount
❍ Partial support for event expenses (within 80%)
❍ Subsidy amount will be decided with differences ranging from 4~6 million KRW depending on the results of evaluation

For full details including application forms visit the Seoul Global Center website:

❍ Period : ‘09. 1.15(thu) ~ 1.30(fri)
❍ Required Documents : application, document introducing the community, detailed event plan
※ Application form can be downloaded from SMG's homepage (http://www.seoul.go.kr) in the Announcement section, or from Seoul Global Center's homepage (http://global.seoul.go.kr)
※ Additional documents may be required if necessary
❍ Use of Language : English or Korean(Korean if possible)
❍ Application method : by visit, e-mail or mail(must arrive before due date)
❍ Where to apply : Seoul Metropolitan Government Competitiveness Policy Division
- TEL : (02) 2171-2296
- Address : 5fl, Press Center, 25 Taepyeongno 1-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul Metropolitan Government
- E-mail : dychaa@seoul.go.kr
※ In principle, inquiries should be made via E-mail

Calligraphy classes for foreigners at Saekki arts space, near Hongdae, Seoul.

The new arts and craft space "Saekki" is offering calligraphy classes for foreigners starting Jan 22.
"Grab a brush and some organic writing paper and begin to write Hangeul in a whole new way. For a relaxing atmosphere with friendly teachers , a deeper understanding of traditional Korean culture (and the philosophies behind the brushstrokes) and a great way to practice penmanship, come to the arts and crafts space Saekki".

Instructor: "BohtTouch" - trans. Brushstroke (a calligraphy artist)
Class size: 6 people.
Fee: 45,000 won
Duration: Jan 22, 29 - Thursday 3pm - 4.30pm
Feb 2, 9 - Monday 3pm - 4.30pm
Feb 16, 23 - Monday 3pm - 4.30pm
Description: Open to foreigners who are studying Korean or who would like to learn more about Korean calligraphy.
Venue: Saekki arts and crafts space,
Yeon-nam dong 564-35 (not far from Hongik University subway station (see map)
Ph: 02-325-8251 / 02-325-8553
Website (Korean only): www.freemarket.or.kr

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Va & Vient,. Exhibition of French Artists to 14 Feb., Gimpo City

Exhibition title: Va & Vient
Venue: Na&Lee Hospital Art Center Mecenat , Gimpo City
Date: Through Feb. 14

Eight French artists, such as Jean-Marie Appriou, Carole Bailly, Julia Chobert and Pierre Derrien, are participating in this group exhibit at the center, located in Gimpo City.
The Mecenat Art Center has a focus on Art & science, and culture and technology.
Tel: 031-982-5700
Info: http://artcenter.nalee.net. (Korean only).
Address: Gimpo City, Sawoo-dong, 201-38 (near Gimpo City Hall)
See map.

Play- The Angel and the Woodcutter- Areumdaun Theater, Seoul Til Feb 22

This play, produced by the acclaimed Cho-In Theater company has a powerful anti-war message. Highly recommended for all audiences as it is performed in a non-verbal theater style based on a traditional Korean folk tale. It was a big hit at the last Edinburgh Festival.

Venue: Areumdaun Theater, Daehangno, Seoul (nearest subway station: Hyehwa station, exit 4, line 4)
Dates: 2008/12/30 – 2009/2/22
Days off: Mondays, 2009/1/1, 2009/1/25-2009/1/27
Times: Tuesday-Fridays: 7.30pm
Saturdays: 6.30pm
Sunday: 3pm

Ticket price: tbc (around 25,000won)

Email: choin.theatre@gmail.com

Phone: 02 949 6417
For all details see English website: www.train3.com/english/index.htm

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Exhibition opening, Ssamzie space, Hongdae, Jan 15

Exhibition Title: "Emerging 9". Three emerging Korean artists show their work in a group exhibition.
Artists: Kim & Hyun, Eunyoung Park, Chulhyun Lee

Date: Opening party Thursday Jan 15, 6pm , running 'til Feb. 08, 2009
Media: Photography, painting, installation

Venue: Ssamzie Space, Hongdae
Website: www.ssamziespace.com/eng/main.asp
Tel: 02 3142-1693
Email: ssamziespace@ssamziespace.com

Location: Ssamzie Space is located in Changjeong-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul. (Not far from Hongik University)
Closest subway: Green line Sinchon, Exit 7 or 8, or Hongik University Exit 5
See map for directions:

Friday, January 9, 2009

Mirospace art cinema, Gwanghwamun, Seoul

English language movie: "Opal Dream" (Australia) Rated PG. A young girl's relationship with her imaginary friends resonates throughout her town in the Australian Outback.
Now showing til Jan 14, daily at 10.10 a.m.
See website: http://mirospace.co.kr/01_mirospace/main.html
Location: In the "Garden Place" complex, Gwanghwamun, near Seoul Museum of History, opposite Cinecube. Subway Line 5 (purple line) Gwanhwamun station, exit 7. Walk 200 meters. See map below:

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Comprehensive Seoul Art exhibition list from Korea Times Jan 01, 2009

Art Exhibitions

Rubens, Baroque Masterpieces
Main Exhibition Hall 1, Sejong Center for Performing Arts
Through March 15

Masterpieces by Peter Paul Rubens, Anthonis Van Dyk, Jan van Goyen and other Flemish artists are in Seoul for the first time. The artworks are on loan from the Vienna Academy Museum. Admission is 12,000 for adults, 9,000 won for students and 7,000 won for children. Call 1544-6154.

Joan Miro: The Last Passion
Museum of Art, Seongnam Art Center
Through Feb. 22

A retrospective of Spanish artist Joan Miro is ongoing at the Seongnam Art Center. Call (02) 783-8141 or visit www.snart.or.kr.

We Live: In a Time of Our Own
Seomi & Tuus Gallery
Through Jan. 23

Seomi & Tuus Gallery's walls have been painted black and white to serve as a canvas for French artist Oliver Babin's minimalist works. Minimalist master On Kawara has influenced Babin who has created his own versions of ``date paintings." Seomi & Tuus Gallery is located in Cheongdam-dong. Call (02) 511-7305.

Filling in my Space
Gallery Dos
Through Jan. 13

Kim Da-young creates tiny dioramas inside light bulbs, which are on display at Gallery Dos, Insa-dong. Call (02) 735-4678.

Soonja Han
Johyun Gallery
Jan. 13-Feb.14

Circles are the main theme of Soonja Han's works. With no traces of Asian and Western influences, Han creates lively colored circles that intersect each other. Visit www.johyungallery.com or call (02) 3443-6364.

Winter Collection
PKM Trinity Gallery
Through Jan. 31

PKM Trinity Gallery is holding a winter exhibition featuring interesting pieces by its artists, such as Lee Bul, Lee Sang-nam, Bae Young-whan, Jonas Dahlberg and Richard Prince. Visit www.pkmgallery.com or call (02) 515-9496.

Okayama Shinya Solo Exhibition
Through Jan. 17
Gallery The Chai

Young Japanese artist Okayama Shinya is attracting attention for his unique art works, which feature fairy tale-like themes. The gallery is located in Heyri Art Valley, Gyeonggi province. Call (031-942-5429).

Feel At Home, Please
Gallery Ssamzie
Through Jan. 11

Sixteen Korean artists interpret the comfort and warmth of one's home in various ways. Colorful ceramics and unique paintings are part of this group exhibition. Call (02) 736-0900(#606) or visit www.ssamziegil.com

A Banquet of Passion and Sensitivity
Gallery Bellarte
Through Jan. 30

``Small is Beautiful" is the theme of Gallery Bellarte's group exhibition featuring 46 Korean artists and 7 Latin American artists. Call (02) 739-4333 or email bellarte@paran.com

Man, 12 Animals
Urban Art
Through Jan. 23

Ahn Yun-mo satirizes contemporary society using animals in his mixed media art works. He creates new pop art pieces featuring a black and white cartoon character. Call (02) 511-2931 or visit www.urbanart4u.com.

Shisei Kuwabara
The Museum of Photography, Seoul
Through Feb. 21

Renowned Japanese photojournalist Shisei Kuwabara is holding a solo exhibition of his black-and-white photographs of North Korea. Visit www.photomuseum.or.kr or call (02) 418-1315.

Art Sonje Center
Through Feb. 15

Paradigm Shift curator Han Keum-hyun put together this group exhibition of works by artists Kim Gyoo-sik, Noh Sun-tag, Back Seung-woo Back, Lee Young-hoon and Jeon Jae-hong. The center is open Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Visit www.artsonje.org/asc or the exhibition blog a39c2.wordpress.com.

Light & Celebration
Doosan Gallery
Through Jan. 15

Experience artworks filled with light at Doosan Gallery's final exhibit for 2008, which revolves around the theme of light. Featured are artists who use light in their works, such as Yu Hye-young, Park Zinoo, Shin Tae-ho, Jo Eun-hwan, Lee Jang-sub and Lee Sang-jin. Visit www.doosanartcenter.com or call (02) 708-5050.

The Monster
Arario Seoul
Through Jan. 20

Rising artist Lee Seung-ae is holding a solo exhibition of his delicate depictions of monsters. Visit www.ararioseoul.com.

Ssamzie Art Mart
Through Jan. 11

Kang Jun-young's ceramic jars and ceramic tile drawings are on display at Ssamzie Art Mart, Sssamziegil in Insa-dong. Visit www.ssamziegil.com or call (02) 736-0900.

Gute Besserung
Michael Schultz Gallery Seoul
Through Feb. 7

German artist Jan Muche is holding an exhibit, which features one of his works Sammlung. Visit www.schultzgallery.co.kr.

Kim Chong-hak
Gallery Yeh
Through Jan. 17

Kim Chong-hak is holding a solo exhibition at Gallery Yeh. Visit www.galleryyeh.com or call (02) 542-5543.

Great Masters of European Art: Meet Rembrandt
Hangaram Art Museum
Through Feb. 26

Art works by great European masters such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck and Boucher are in Seoul for the first time. The works are from the permanent collection of the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia. The exhibit is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are 12,000 won for adults, 9,000 won for youth and 7,000 won for children. Call (02) 2113-3400. Visit www.sac.or.kr (English, Korean).

Gallery Space
Through Jan. 18

Kim Seung-young's installation work is unveiled as part of Gallery Space's re-opening project: Construction of Discourses. Visit www.space-culture.com or call (02) 3670-3628.

Park Hong-soon Solo Exhibition
Museum of Photography, Seoul
Through Feb. 21

Park Hong-soon is holding a solo exhibition of his black and white photography. Visit www.photomuseum.or.kr or call (02) 418-1315.

We Live/ In a Time of Our Own
Seomi & Tuus Gallery
Through Jan. 23

French artist Oliver Babin is known for his mysterious art works that feature words. Seomi & Tuus Gallery is located in Cheongdam-dong. Call (02) 511-7305.

Gallery Kong
Through Jan. 11

Intriguing photographs by Kim Sun-mee, Min Byeong-hun, Victor Schraeger and Kim Soo-kang are on display at this year-end exhibition. Call (02) 738-7776.

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
Through March 1

Park Jae-kwon is holding a solo exhibition Misterio at the Gallery 6 of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea. Visit www.moca.go.kr.

Who's Next in China
Opera Gallery
Open Run

The works of the next generation of Chinese artists such as Xue Song, Zhang Wei, Feng Ling and Xiong Qin are showcased at Opera Gallery Seoul. Visit www.operagallery.com.

Heaven for Artists
Seoul Museum of Art
Through March 22

``Heaven for Artists" features 79 works, which show the different concepts of heaven, from the renowned Pompidou Center in Paris, France. Artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, Raoul Dufy and Marc Chagall show how they interpret heaven. Tickets are 12,000 won for adults, 9,000 won 12-17 year olds, and 7,000 won for 6-11 year olds. Closed on Monday. Visit www.seoulmoa.org or www.pompidou2008.kr.

I Am An Artist
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
Through March 8

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. Visit www.moca.go.kr or call (02) 2188-6000.

2 Handbags in a Pickle
Arko Art Center, Insa Art Space
Through Feb. 8

German artist John Bock is presenting his new 40-minute video ``PARA_SCHIZO, ensnarled," which was filmed entirely in Korea. This is his first solo exhibition in Asia. His other videos and films will be shown at Insa Art Space every Friday at 5 p.m. through Feb. 3. Visit www.arkoartcenter.or.kr or call (02) 760-4563.

Va & Vient
NaLee Mecenat Art Center
Through Feb. 14

Eight French artists, such as Jean-Marie Appriou, Carole Bailly, Julia Chobert, Pierre Derrien, are participating in this group exhibit at the center, located in Gimpo City. Visit www.nalee.net or artcenter.nalee.net.

Li Jikai
Arario Gallery, Cheonan
Through Jan. 24

Rising Chinese artist Li Jikai is holding a solo exhibition at Arario Gallery Cheonan. He has been attracting attention for his work questioning the existence of human life. He received acclaim for his last solo show, ``Clear," at Beijing's renowned Today Art Museum earlier this year. The gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday. Visit www.arariogallery.co.kr.

Power of Photography
Sungkok Art Museum
Through Jan. 11

The beauty and power of French photography will impress visitors at the Sungkok Art Museum. Twenty-one French photographers participated in the event. Visit www.sungkokmuseum.com.

The Gleam of Lanterns
Cyan Museum of Art
Through April 26

Sculptor Park Choong-heum is holding a solo exhibition that explores art and design as a symbol of life. Visit www.cyanmuseum.org or call (054) 338-9391.

Now Jump: Nam June Paik Festival
Nam June Paik Art Center
Through Feb. 5

Located in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, the Nam June Paik Art Center is dedicated to the late Paik (1932-2006) and his legacy as the ``father of video art.'' ``Now Jump,'' features not just Paik's works such as ``TV Garden'' and ``Elephant Cart,'' but also works by 113 artists and nine groups from 19 countries. Admission is 7,000 won for adults, 5,000 won for middle and high school students and 3,000 won for elementary school students. Visit www.njpartcenter.kr.

Architectural Ceramics ― OLD
Clayarch Gimhae Museum
Through Feb. 8

The Clayarch Gimhae Museum is hosting an exhibition focused on architectural ceramics by ten artists from Korea, U.S., U.K., Switzerland and Japan. The exhibition also features photographs by Belgian photographer Mark De Fraeye. The museum is located in Gimhae, South Gyeongsang Province. Visit www.clayarch.org or call (055) 340-7000.

Alpha and Omega
Gallery Young
Through Jan. 6

Four Korean artists are tackling the theme of `Alpha and Omega' in their paintings. Kim Keoung-seon created vividly colored art works as part of his Mataplasia series. Call (02) 720-3939.

Power of photography - 21 French photographers, Sungok Art Museum, Seoul

What: Power of photography - 21 French photographers,
Where: Sungok Art Museum, Seoul
When: til Jan 11, 2009
Cost: 7000 won (can get 2,000 discount), OR if you've been to see the Seoul International Photography Festival at Old Seoul Station, you get 50% discount if you show SIPF ticket.
Website: www.sungokmuseum.com
Comment: I really liked this show, and found a lot of the photos thought-provoking, technically very interesting, humorous or just worth standing in front of for a while and contemplating.
Location and travel directions (see map below):

Saturday, January 3, 2009

NOW JUMP, Nam Jun Paik Art Festival to 5 Feb, Gyeonggi-do

NOW JUMP, the festival's title, originates in an Aesop punchline: "Hic Rhodus, Hic saltus!" NOW JUMP is an appeal to exceed past achievements: NOW is always the time to act. An invitation or call to action, this festival also represents the ambition of the Nam June Paik Art Center to leap into the future through the NJP Festival.
NOW JUMP is organized according to the concept of 'Stations,' simultaneously encompassing a state of stillness and of motion or anticipation of motion. In our everyday experience these can be places where trains or buses regularly stop; broadcasting stations; power stations; research institutes; studios; local headquarters; habitats; social status or postures. For NOW JUMP five stations exist as concurrent initiatives: exhibitions, performances, and platforms to establish discourse

More info see website in English: www.njpartcenter.kr/root/festival/html_eng/info.html
Ticket Costs:
3,000 won for elementary school students,
5,000 won for middle and high school students
7,000 won for adults.
For more information, call (031) 201-8512 or or e-mail c.pestana@njpartcenter.kr
Directions: see attached map and directions below.

Address of Nam June Paik Art Center
85 Sanggal-dong, Giheung-gu,
Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
Republic of Korea
T: + 82 (0) 31 201 8543 (Korean)
F: + 82 (0) 31 201 8515

Visiting Information
By Bus
Fastest Transportation from Seoul
By bus app. 30 minutes, 1800 Won.
From Center of Seoul: Red 5000 or 5005 buses, stop at a red bus station in front of the KB Bank, opposite the Lotte-Department Store close to Euljiro1-ga subway station. They also stop in Hannam-dong.
From South Seoul: Gangnam Station the Red 5001 and 5003 buses to Shingal.
After the highway the second stop is the Shingal Pashulso (Police Station). From there, the NJP ART CENTER is 300 meters away after crossing the bridge.

Bus from Seoul to GyeongGi Provincial Museum
At Gangnam Station(exit no.6)
1560, 5001-1(seat bus)
At Jamsil Subway Station(exit no.6)
At Yeoeuido(through Sadang)
7007-1(seat bus)
At Gwanghwamun(through Bundang)
5500-1(seat bus)
At Nonhyeon Station

Bus from Bundang to GyeongGi Provincial Museum
At Migeum Station
5500-1(red bus) , 7007-1(red bus) , 1116(intracity bus) , 30(local shuttle)

Buses from Bundang to Luther University,7 minute walk to NJP Art Center
At Pureun Maeul, E-Mart, Hayan Maeul
At Migeum Station

Bus from Bundang to Shingal Elementary School,10 minute walk to NJP Art Center
At Ori Station

Bus from Bundang to Shingal Pachulso (Police Station)
At Yeongtong
Please visit: http://www.njpartcenter.kr

Seoul International Photography Festival 2008 to Feb 1, 2009

Theme: Humanscape
Venue: Old Seoul Station
Date: Until Feb 1, 2009
Time: 11:00am to 8:00pm
Cost: 8000 won for adults, 6000 won for students
Website: http://www.sipf.net/

Olivier Babin Exhibition to 23 January, Cheongdam-dong, Seoul

Exhibit:We Live:In a Time of Our Own
Artist: Olivier Babin (France)
Venue: Seomi and Tuus Gallery in Cheongdam-dong
Dates: Through January 23rd, 2009

As a minimalist, black and white drapes like wet paint on the walls of a newly installed display featuring Oliver Babin’s latest works.
Like a journey through time, Babin attempts to reveal four steps towards the process of self-actualization. The first begins with a room covered in darkness. Only a glass of milk remains on a dingy shelf. It sits there as if innocent poison, like the clip inspired from Alfred Hitchcock’s “Suspicion,” were a woman finds herself in fear of intoxication by a substance waiting to render her helpless.
Welcome to simplicity with the incorporation of small phrases like, “When I was 17.” In total, seven dates are written in reverse order and known as “Pure Consciousness.”
On the second floor you’ll find four framed LIFE magazines; only one highlighting black lettering. This was a first for the magazine, as it traditionally only prints in red ink. But in the memory of John F. Kennedy Jr’s death black seemed the only color appropriate.
Strangely, Babin appears comfortable with death, as it is a reoccurring theme in works like “Hills of Eternity” and “Home of Peace.”
Braille is used in “By the Book” on the third floor where a set of white sheets are displayed but covered therefore, unreadable.
Floor four is like IKEA; you are forced to walk through each of the previous floors in order to reach your goal. He aimed at this design as a reminder to us all; life is worth a second look, a new perspective, and more admiration for what we’ve accomplished and the people we’ve strived to become.
A local of Dijon, France, Babin has studied Philosophy and engaged in a number of exhibitions in locations such as Paris, London and New York.
Getting there: See Map on website or map below.
Closest subway: Olive geen line- Cheongdam station
Tel: 02-511-7305 (if no English speaker, contact 1330)
Email: info@seomituus.com (may or may not get an answer)

Please visit: http://www.seomituus.com

Wild Women Performing Arts Festival and Fundraiser

Wild Women Performing Arts Festival and Fundraiser
Sat. Jan 17th
Club TA, Hongdae (15,000 won cover), 8:00PM onward

An eclectic mix of mostly female singers, songwriters and performers gathering to celebrate and to raise funds for the Korean Women's Associations United, an organization that supports women's human rights in Korea.

The night starts at 8pm with singer songwriters and poets. From 9pm, some of Seoul's most exciting bands take to the stage, including: Trampauline, Korean "heart-knocking electronica...with an acoustic spirit"; The Literallies, a Texas/Seoul combo with unique instrumentation like "a tandem bike with wobbly handlebars"; Bridget Martin and The Puppycats, led by a folk-punk troubadour with two successful international tours under her belt; and Juck Juck Haeseo Grunge, noisy and talented grunge rockers described by gig guides as "the best band in Korea at the moment." You will also be able to catch Eshe's internationally acclaimed belly dance performance, extracts from The Vagina Monologues, and other powerful performances.

There will be tarot readings available for donations as well as a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses!
A hot way to spend a winter night while contributing to gender equality in Korea.
For more information contact wildwomenseoul@gmail.com
Map below.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Great Masters of European Painting from The State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts - Seoul Arts Center

Period (Y/M/D):
2008/11/7 (Fri.) - 2009/2/26 (Thu.)

No Performance/
Exhibition Day(Y/M/D):
2008/11/24 2008/12/29 2009/1/12 2009/2/23


Ticket Price:
Adult(College student) 12,000won / Youth 9,000won / Children 7,000won

Hangaram Art Museum

European Fine Art

(Phone No.) :02-2113-3400
Website: Seoul Arts Center program in English

For detailed travel directions see SAC transport webpage

Sam Fuller film retrospective - Seoul Cinematheque - Jan 2 - 18

See Cinematheque website for screening details.
There is a Sam Fuller film retrospective on til Jan 18, 2009. (American film director working from 1950's to 1980's)

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).
Getting there: By subway: Jongak subway EXit 1, or Jongno-3-ga Exit 5.

See map: