OH HEIN-KUHN: MIDDLEMEN
Sungkok Art Museum, Jongno District
To June 17: Oh Hein-kuhn, a photographer well known for his "portraits of anxiety" taken of women, has finally added men to his portfolio. His solo show titled "Middlemen" features young male soldiers. The exhibition consists of 37 large photographs of everyday soldiers in the Korean Army, Navy and Air Force.
Though he received support from the Ministry of National Defense, Oh's photographs are far from military promotions. Quite purposefully, the soldiers pictured don't look especially gallant. Most simply stare with emotionless faces.
These portraits invite a sense of delicate unease just like the ajumma and teenage girls of Oh's former series. The faces deliver a message of subtle, ambiguous anxiety. "I'm interested in the anxiety felt by people whose identities are caught between two worlds", the artist said at a meeting with the press.
Admission is 3,000 won ($2.5) for adults. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.
Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 733-8945, www.artsonje.org
The National Museum of Contemporary Art Deoksu Palace branch, Jung District
To Aug. 26: The retrospective of the artist who was active in the early 20th century features 75 pieces, including well-known works like "On an Autumn Day" as well as the paintings and drawings that have rarely been shown to the public since his death. About 200 historical documents concerning Lee, including early 20th-century photos and news articles, are also on display.
Although Lee's life was relatively short at 38 years, the styles of his paintings are quite diverse.
"It reflects Lee's experimental mind, his ability to conduct such experiments and, at the same time, his struggles to create his own styles and themes as a Korean artist under the influence of various Western art movements", explained Park Soojin, the museum curator who directed the exhibition.
Admission is free. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday and until 9 p.m. Friday to Sunday.
City Hall Station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 1.
(02) 2188-6114, www.moca.go.kr
Information is culled from the galleries and other online sources.
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