“Ik-joong Kang: A Retrospective (1996-2011)”: South Korean artist Kang Ik-joong’s mini retrospective exhibition is underway at Posco art museum at the POSCO building in Daechi-dong, southern Seoul. Kang is one of most globally well-known Korean artists and represented the country at the 1997 Venice Biennale. At the exhibition, 23 of his paintings, installations and sculptures featuring the artist’s “staple food” ― hangeul, moon jars, Gen. MacArthur and children’s paintings ― are on display. It runs through Sept. 28. For more information, call (02)3457-1665 or visit www.poscoartmuseum.org.
A view of Kang Ik-joong’s “Lying MacArthur” and “Moon Jar” (posco art museum)
“Koreans Spirit: six Photographers”: Six established Korean photographers got together to introduce the scenery, people and culture of Korea at the exhibition at Goyang Aramnuri’s Aram Art Gallery in Gyeonggi Province. The photographers ― Koo Bohn-chang, Kim Dae-soo, Kim Yong-ho, Kim Jung-man, Min Byung-hun, Lee Gap-chul ― are showcasing a total of 90 works that shed light on what they think are the true pictures of Korea. It runs through Oct. 16 at Goyang Aramnuri’s Aram Art Gallery Goyang city, Gyeonggi Province. Tickets range from 1,000 won to 3,000 won. For more information, call (031) 960-0180 or visit www.artgy.or.kr.
“The American Art: Masterpieces of Everyday Life from the Whitney Museum of American Art”: To present an overall view of U.S. contemporary art of the early 20th century, the National Museum of Contemporary Art is exhibiting 87 artworks from the Whitney Museum of American Art’s major collections. It will feature diverse media, from paintings, photos to installations by 47 U.S. artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, Jeff Koons, Jasper Jones, Edward Hopper and Richard Estes. The exhibition runs through Sept. 25 at MOCA’s Deoksugung museum in central Seoul. Admission is 12,000 won. For more information, call (02) 2188-6000 or visit www.moca.go.kr.
“Dream and Reality: Masterpieces from Muse d’Orsay”: Including Vincent Van Gogh’s masterpiece “La Nuit Etoile, Arles,” the show introduces 134 artworks by great 19th century French artists such as Gustave Courbet, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Paul Cezanne and Paul Gauguin, from Muse d’Orsay in France. The exhibition runs through Sept. 25 at Seoul Arts Center’s Hangaram Art Museum in Seocho-dong, southern Seoul. Tickets range from 5,000 won to 12,000 won. For more information, call (02) 325-1077~8 or visit www.orsay2011.co.kr
“Korean Rhapsody: A Montage of History and Memory”: Korea’s restless modern history unfolds at Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art in Hannam-dong, southern Seoul, in the form of paintings, photographs, installations and media works. The exhibition displays 80 historical documents and artworks that reflect crucial moments in Korea’s painful but dynamic past. While staying within the theme, the exhibits are of very high quality, created by renowned local and foreign artists. The exhibition runs through Aug. 21. Tickets range from 4,000 won to 7,000 won. For more information, call (02) 2014-6900 or visit www.leeum.org.