- VAN GOGH IN PARIS:
A DIALOGUE WITH MODERNISM
Hangaram Design Museum, Seoul Arts Center Thru Mar 24
Adults: 15,000 won, Youth: 10,000 won, Children: 8,000 won
T. 02-1588-2618 www.vangogh2.com
Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5.
Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.
- The Van Gogh exhibition in 2007 was the very first Van Gogh retrospective in Korea to include his early and late major works, enabling us to focus on the overall transitions of his art. An unprecedented 820,000 people visited this exhibit. This time, however, the exhibition is an in-depth academic and educational study of his art, focusing on his time in Paris (Mar 1886–Feb 1888). In Paris, Van Gogh laid out the most important artistic groundwork for his artwork. About 60 oil paintings, mainly from the Van Gogh Museum of Amsterdam, will be on display.
© 2012 Van Gogh Museum, The Netherlands
- History in Glass:
3000 Years of Glassware from the Mediterranean and West Asia
Special Exhibition Gallery, National Museum of Korea Thru Feb 17 Free T. 02-2077-9000
www.museum.go.kr Ichon Station 이촌역 (Jungang Line, Line 4), Exit 3 [ A3]
- This exhibition, featuring the collection of the Hirayama Ikuo Silk Road Museum in Japan, presents glassware from the Eastern Mediterranean and West Asia, which are the birthplaces of ancient glassware. It aims
to promote a broader understanding of its cultural and economic background by examining regional tastes and the various techniques involved. All 375 artifacts on display here are from the Hirayama Ikuo Silk Road Museum.
- ISRAEL PHOTO EXHIBIT
The Korea Foundation Cultural Center
Jan 22–Feb 7 Free
T. 02-2151-6520 www.kf.or.kr [ C1]
- The Korea Foundation is hosting a photo exhibit to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Korea and Israel. The exhibit will feature the work of Beno Rothenberg, who documented the first 10 years of the state of Israel, and Duby Tal, a renowned aerial photographer particularly known for photographing abstract patterns in the landscape. There will also be lectures on Israel during the exhibit, too.
- MY BLOODY VALENTINE—LIVE IN SEOUL
Uniqlo AX Feb 3 110,000 won T. 02-332-3277 Gwangnaru Station 광나루역 (Line 5), Exit 2
- Famous for its part in creating the “shoegazing” sound, My Bloody Valentine has had a long and illustrious history. Formed in Dublin way back in 1983, the band spent a long period being inactive from the early 1990s to 2007. Since then, the band has given several international performances, and it is even—allegedly—preparing to launch a third album. If My Bloody Valentine's unique blend of digital reverb, pitch bending, and distortion is to your liking—or if you’ve never heard it and want to find out more—make sure you book tickets to see them at Uniqlo AX (former AX-Korea) on February 3.
- ADAM LAMBERT—LIVE IN SEOUL
Uniqlo AX Feb 17, 7pm 119,000 won
Gwangnaru Station 광나루역 (Line 5), Exit 2
- American singer-songwriter Adam Lambert performs for the first time in Korea in February. The runner-up in the eighth season of American Idol, Lambert’s career has blossomed with the release of his 2012 studio album Trespassing, featuring hits like the title track, “Trespassing,” and “Never Close Our Eyes.” The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, a first for an openly gay artist in the United States.
- ILLUMINATION: LIGHT IN TODAY’S ART
Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center
Thru Jan 27 Adults: 8,000 won, Youth: 5,000 won
T. 02-580-1300 www.sac.or.kr Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5
Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429
- Light has been a blessing to humankind since the dawn of time. As we can see in the Biblical line, “Let there be light,” light has come to represent hope and salvation. Artistic uses of light in contemporary art emerged with the development of artificial light sources. The exhibition features artistic works of light art from 15 creative artists and includes photos, motion pictures, paintings, sculptures, and installations.
- 50 CENT—LIVE TOUR IN KOREA
Jan 12, 8pm Gymnasium No. 1, Seoul Olympic Park VIP: 150,000 won, S: 120,000 won,
A: 70,000 won, B: 50,000 won T. 02-2182-5541
Olympic Park Station 올림픽공원역 (Line 5), Exit 3
Jan 13, 7pm BEXCO, Busan VIP: 150,000 won, S: 120,000 won, A: 70,000 won
T. 1899-4948 Daeyeon-dong Station 대연동역 (Busan Line 2), Exits 3 or 5
- Since releasing debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ in 2003, 50 Cent has become one of the biggest names in hip-hop, with more than 20 million album sales to his name. He has, it would seem, gotten rich without dyin’. Highly acclaimed Get Rich or Die Tryin’, widely considered among the best rap albums of its decade, was followed by The Massacre in 2005, Curtis in 2007 and Before I Self Destruct in 2009; 2013 is set to see the release of Street King Immortal. Make sure not to miss 50 Cent when he flies into Seoul on January 12 and Busan the next day.
- TIM BURTON
Seoul Museum of Art Thru Apr 14 Adults: 12,000 won, Youths: 10,000 won, Children: 8,000 won
T. 02-2124-8973 http://sema.seoul.go.kr [ B4]
- The Seoul Museum of Art has put together a series of works by international film director Tim Burton to celebrate the Christmas season. Movies such as Edward Scissorhands, Batman, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Alice in Wonderland have made Burton a household name all around the world. He is well known for seamlessly combining fantasy with reality with a dash of dark humor. His movies have attracted a cult following and earned him a reputation as a true artist. This exhibition will feature 862 of his works, including drawings, paintings, short films, sculptures, music, and costumes that have been used in the making of his feature-length movies.
- LIVES AND CUSTOMS
OF THE JOSEON DYNASTY
Gallery Hyundai & Dogahun Jan 15−Feb 24 6,000 won T. 02-2287-3500
www.galleryhyundai.com [ A4]
- The Gallery Hyundai hosts an exhibit of about 80 pieces of Joseon-era pungsokhwa, or “custom paintings.” These incredibly frank paintings, painted by some of the greatest artists of the era, are an unmatched way of experiencing the lives and customs of Koreans living in the Joseon Dynasty. The exhibit also includes examples of chunhwa, highly explicit erotic paintings from the Joseon Dynasty. This part of the exhibit is adults only.
- LAST PRINCESS DEOKHYE
National Palace Museum of Korea Thru Jan 27
Free T. 02-3701-7500 www.gogung.go.kr
- The National Palace Museum of Korea’s Last Princess Deokhye exhibit pays tribute to the tragic life of Princess Deokhye (1912−1989). Deokhye was forced into an arranged marriage with a Japanese noble at age 20 as a means of destroying the independence of the Korean royal family. Her life turned even more tragic after her divorce and the death of her daughter. The exhibit, which features items belonging to the Japanese Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum and Kyushu National Museum, will be on display in Korea for the first time.
- PATTI SMITH 1ST LIVE IN SEOUL
Uniqlo AX Feb 2, 7pm 110,000 won T. 02-563-7110
Gwangnaru Station 광나루역 (Line 5), Exit 2
- The Goddess of Punk comes to Korea for the first time ever. The Chicago-born artist first gained attention in the 1970s when her creative combination of poet lyrics fused with rock lit the musical world alight. In 2011, she was even listed in TIME magazine’s “World’s 100 Most Influential People.” Even today she’s still going strong, releasing her 11th album, Banga, in June 2012.
- NEW YEAR GALA CONCERT, ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center Jan 5−6, 7pm R: 380,000 won, S: 280,000 won, A: 180,000 won, B: 80,000 won, C: 50,000 won
T. 02-749-8821 www.sac.or.kr Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.
- The IPO was founded by violinist Bronisław Huberman in 1936, a time when many Jewish musicians were being fired from European orchestras. Its inaugural concert took place in Tel Aviv on December 26, 1936, and was conducted by Arturo Toscanini. The IPO was awarded the Israel Prize in music In 1958, the first year in which the Prize was awarded to an organization. The IPO enjoys frequent international tours, and has performed under some of the world's greatest conductors, including Leonard Bernstein and Zubin Mehta, both of whom are prominent in the orchestra’s history. Zubin Mehta’s list of awards and honours is extensive and includes the Nikisch Ring bequeathed to him by Karl Bohm. He is an honorary citizen of both Florence and Tel Aviv and was made an honorary member of the Vienna State Opera in 1997, of the Bavarian State Opera in 2006, and of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien in 2007.
- KOREA GRAND SALE 2013
Seoul, Busan, Gangwon-do, Jeju and local areas Jan 11−Feb 28 www.koreagrandsale.co.kr
- Korea is good for shopping at the best of times, though it’ll soon be even better, as some 24,000 stores and other organizations will offer foreign visitors and residents discounts ranging between 10% and a whopping 50%. Department stores, duty-free stores, hotels, supermarkets, convenience stores, performance venues: the possibilities are almost endless. The sale will be accompanied by a variety of K-pop concerts, free shuttle bus operations to facilitate the shopping experience, a Special Week Event, and plenty more.
- CLOUD ATLAS
Dir. Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski Release Date: Jan 10
- Directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski and adapted from the 2004 novel of the same name by David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas is an epic journey taking viewers from the mid-19th century South Pacific to a far-off post-apocalyptic Hawaii, stopping in a future Seoul along the way. The film stars a list of veteran Hollywood actors, including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving and Jim Sturgess, but for fans of Korean cinema, the biggest draw might be Korean actress Bae Doona, who makes her Hollywood debut.
- THE SCRIPT—LIVE IN SEOUL
Uniqlo AX Mar 27, 8pm 110,000 won T. 02-332-3277 Gwangnaru Station 광나루역 (Line 5), Exit 2
- The biggest Irish band since U2 comes to Korea for the first time ever. So much has changed for The Script since they released their first album four years ago. First they broke into Ireland and Britain, then the States, then everywhere from Asia to South Africa. Along the way, they toured with U2, Take That, and Paul McCartney, sailed through the second-album syndrome that sinks so many bands, played to a 55,000-strong crowd at an historic hometown show in Dublin, amassed almost four million followers on Facebook and 1.5 million on Twitter, and saw their singer star on TV talent show The Voice.
- UMF KOREA
- Armin Van Buuren, Avicii, and Carl Cox have been named the headliners of Ultra Music Festival KOREA 2013, the world’s greatest electronic music event, scheduled for June 14–15. Armin Van Buuren has been named the No. 1 DJ in the world for four years straight, while Avicii reached No. 6 last year. British house DJ Carl Cox had his own stage in the finale of this year’s UMF.
- SEOUL PLAZA SKATING RINK
- Like the iconic ice skating rink in the sunken plaza of Rockefeller Center, the ice rink of Seoul Plaza is a sign that winter has come. First opened in 2004, Seoul Plaza Outdoor Ice Rink is the picture of wintertime joy and merriment. This year, the rink will be open 10am to 10pm, Sun−Thu, and 10am to 11pm on Fri−Sat (admission: 1,000 won per hour, includes rental skates) thru Feb 3. There’s a book café and other leisure spaces, too. The rink also gives you the chance to take advantage of the new Seoul Library and City Hall.