June 2024 : Top 7 Exhibitions to Visit in Seoul

As early summer brings warm and refreshing breezes, here are some exhibitions in Seoul worth visiting in June. May everyone enjoy a June filled with artistic inspiration and creativity.

1. KIM TSCHANG-YEUL : BEYOND IRIDESCENCE

📍 Gallery Hyundai
📅 April 24 – June 9, 2024

Gallery Hyundai is presenting “Beyond Iridescence,” a solo exhibition commemorating the third anniversary of Kim Tschang-Yeul’s passing. This exhibition highlights Kim’s innovative artistic approach, focusing on his iconic “water droplets” and their exploration of the essence of visual art. The exhibition features around thirty significant works, spanning from his early water-drop paintings on linen from the 1970s to those created in the 2010s, celebrating Kim’s remarkable artistic journey.

2. Running : Bird Fly, Fish Swim, Humans Run

📍 Piknic Seou
📅 Apr 5 – July 27, 2024

Piknic is a wonderful exhibition space in Seoul. Located on the hill of Hoehyeon-dong, connecting Seoullo and Namsan, Piknic offers a picnic-like retreat in the heart of the city. The current Piknic exhibition showcases the rhythm and breath of running, the most democratic exercise and a representative form of physical activity, through various installation artworks. These artworks, which capture the experience of running in unique ways, naturally inspire motivation for practice. We hope you experience meaningful changes that help you cultivate a healthy life and restore vitality amidst your busy daily routine.

3. Korean Embroidery in Modern Times: The Birds Trying to Cath the Sun

📍 National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung
📅 May 1 – August 4, 2024

Korean embroidery has developed uniquely through exchanges with East Asian countries, with most traditional pieces originating from the late 19th to early 20th centuries during the Joseon Dynasty. Despite significant transformations due to modernization, Westernization, and other historical events, its evolution has been largely overlooked by mainstream art history. This exhibition highlights the dynamic changes and diverse aspects of Korean embroidery from the late 19th century to the present, showcasing its adaptation to rapidly changing social and artistic contexts.

4. Beyond Adornment

📍 Seoul Museum of Craft Art
📅 May 28 – July 28, 2024

<Beyond Adornment> introduces contemporary jewelry as a small but powerful medium of expression amid the chaos and lack of communication in modern society. This exhibition covers various formal experiments and conceptual shifts demonstrated by contemporary jewelry from Korea and Austria. The works of 111 artists explore the relationship with the body, capture nature as reflected in the mind, and express various social issues and discourses intertwined with time and space.

5. Beyond Circle and Square

📍Gallery Shilla Seoul
📅 May 31 – July 6, 2024

You can explore the latest works of American conceptual artist Robert Barry, who experiments with the intersection of conceptual art and Eastern philosophy, at his solo exhibition <Beyond Circle and Square>.

6. What Things Dream

📍National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
📅 May 17 – Sept 18, 2024

In our repetitive daily lives, the objects that are always around us seem familiar and ordinary. However, if we break away from preconceived notions and look at these objects from a different perspective, unexpected aspects begin to emerge. This exhibition invites you to consider what kind of future humans and objects can create together. Be sure to visit and experience it for yourself.

7. Time & the Cloud

📍Art Sonje Center
📅 June 4 – August 4, 2024

The exhibition “Time & the Cloud” by Singaporean artist Ho Tzu Nyen is set to take place. This exhibition delves deeply into Ho Tzu Nyen’s body of work over the past 20 years, exploring the complex layers of contemporary Asian modernity beyond geographical and national boundaries. It examines Ho Tzu Nyen’s artistic world, traversing social, cultural, political, and economic dimensions.

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