Must-See Art Guide: Seoul

This week’s guide features Hernan Bas, MADSAKI, Jonas Mekas, and more.

Sungsoo Kim, Neon City (2006). Courtesy of Gallery SU.

We’re getting to the soul of Seoul this week, bringing you an explosion of exhibitions in South Korea’s capitol—many of which are nearing close or fresh off opening night. Our guide is stacked with New York-based artists exhibiting abroad, and in the case of MADSAKI, the graffiti artist discovered by Takashi Murakami, it’s his first solo show. Galerie Perrotin displays the work of this ironic Japanese artist through the New Year, but before the ball drops there’s much you shouldn’t miss if you find yourself in the world’s ninth-most visited city.

See the newest work of allusive American painter Hernan Bas and rising-star Korean painter Young Do Jeong right before this joint show wraps up at PKM Gallery on November 25. If you share New York-based architecture firm Snarkitecture’s fondness for the marble games of childhood, then you’ll definitely want to check out their expansive, kinetic Loop installation at Gana Art Gallery coming to a close on November 19. For the cinephiles out there, we haven’t forgotten about you. We’d like to alert you to the 60-year career retrospective of avant-garde filmmaker Jonas Mekas at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. The exhibit presents Mekas’ video installations, photographs, and pages from his journals with a scope not previously enjoyed in Asia, illuminating his connections to Andy Warhol’s Factory, the Fluxus movement, and his impact on a generation of filmmakers.

Browse artnet’s full list of picks below.


Exhibition:Bashful Instinct
November 8–December 10, 2017
Gallery SU, 42, Palpan-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

MADSAKI at work. Courtesy of Galerie Perrotin.

When: November 15, 2017–January 13, 2018
Where: Galerie Perrotin, 1F 5 Palpan-Gil, Jongno-Gu, Seoul, South Korea


Hernan Bas, Two Bathers (Paper Mask) (2017). Courtesy of PKM Gallery.

Exhibition:Hernan Bas & Young Do Jeong: Wild n Out
When: October 27–November 25, 2017
Where: PKM Gallery, 40, Samcheong-ro 7-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Michael Joo, H O R S E (2017). Courtesy of Kukje Gallery.

Exhibition:Michael Joo
November 1– November 30, 2017
Kukje Gallery, 54 Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

“Japan Young Artist Exhibition 2017 in Seoul.” Courtesy of uJung Gallery.

Exhibition:Japan Young Artist Exhibition 2017 in Seoul
When: November 1, 2017–January 6, 2018
uJung Gallery, 178 Bangbae-ro Seocho-Gu Seoul, South Korea

COS x Snarkitecture, Loop (2017). Courtesy of Gana Art Gallery.

Exhibition:LOOP_COS x Snarkitecture
November 9– November 19, 2017
Gana Art Gallery, 28, Pyeongchang 30-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Dujin Kim, David (2015-2017). Courtesy of Leeahn Gallery.

Exhibition:Dujin Kim
November 2–December 16, 2017
Leeahn Gallery, 9, Jahamun-ro, 12-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Peter Stichbury, Liliane Fatima Silva, 1996 (2017). Courtesy of Gallery Baton.

Exhibition:High Strangeness
October 27– November 30, 2017
Gallery Baton, Apgujeong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea


Gwangsoo Park, Installation View of “Crack.” Courtesy of Doosan Art Center.

Exhibition:Gwangsoo Park: Crack
October 18–November 18, 2017
Doosan Art Center, 15, Jongno 33-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Francis Bacon, Figure in a Room (1962). Courtesy of Leeum Museum.

Exhibition:Beyond Space” and “Beyond Time
Leeum Museum, 60-16 Itaewon-ro 55-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

“Jonas Mekas: Again, Again It All Comes Back to Me in Brief Glimpses.” Courtesy of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Exhibition:Jonas Mekas: Again, Again It All Comes Back to Me in Brief Glimpses
November 8, 2017–March 4, 2018
The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, 30 Samcheong-ro, Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

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