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'Recompose and NOK Resident Composers Concert'
National Theater of Korea, Daloreum Theater
The National Theater of Korea presents "Recompose and NOK Resident Composers Concert" at Daloreum Theater on March 23. "Recompose" is a major series of the National Orchestra of Korea (NOK), which attempts a wide range of musical experiments in the realm of contemporary Korean orchestral music.
This concert will present not only "Recompose," but also the results of six months of research by resident composers commissioned for the new season. Through various workshop programs with NOK members, the two resident composers shared their thoughts on the musical path and future direction of the orchestra.
Tickets cost 30,000 won to 40,000 won. For more information, visit ntok.go.kr or call (02) 2280-4114.
Seoul Arts Center Hangaram Art Museum
Until March 11
French painter Marie Laurencin's works are being exhibited for the first time in Korea at Hangaram Art Museum in Seoul Arts Center until March 11. Laurencin is one of the few female Cubist painters of the early 20th century. While her work shows the influence of Cubist painters Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, who were her close friends, she developed a unique approach to abstraction which often centered on the representation of femininity. Her works are well known for delicate depictions of young women in idyllic landscapes mainly using muted pinks, dove grays, and mint greens which allowed the artist to create dreamlike visions of reality.
More than 160 pieces of Laurencin's drawings and paintings will be introduced to viewers in chronological order.
Admission costs 13,000 won. For more information, visit sac.or.kr or call 02-580-1300.
'Dan Flavin, Light: 1963-1974'
Lotte Museum of Art
Until April 8
Newly opened Lotte Museum of Art hosts a special exhibition "Dan Flavin, Light: 1963-1974" until April 8. This Exhibition is the first ever to introduce Dan Flavin, who Koreans are not so familiar with but who has impacted their daily lives.
His art experiments involved installing fluorescent lights as art works, thus changing the spaces where they were displayed. The artist's experiments influenced visual culture as well as the art world. Fourteen earlier works of Flavin are on display in the exhibition halls of the Lotte Museum of Art.
Admission costs 13,000 won. For more information, visit lottemuseum.com or call 1544-7744.
Seoul Arts Center Hangaram Design Museum
Until April 15
Hangaram Design Museum of Seoul Arts Center presents Korea's first major retrospective of Alberto Giacometti until April 15. Celebrated as a sculptor and painter, Giacometti's distinctive elongated figures are some of the most instantly recognizable works of modern art. This exhibition reasserts Giacometti's place alongside the likes of Matisse, Picasso and Degas as one of the great painter-sculptors of the 20th century. Through unparalleled access to the extraordinary collection and archive of the Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris, this special exhibition presents over 250 of Giacometti's works. It includes rarely seen plasters and drawings which have never been exhibited before and showcases the full evolution of Giacometti's career across five decades.
Admission costs 16,000 won. For more information, visit sac.or.kr or call 02-532-4407.
'From Classicism to Impressionism: Three Centuries of the French Art'
National Museum of Korea, Special Exhibition Gallery 1 and 2
Until April 15
The National Museum of Korea presents "From Classicism to Impressionism: Three Centuries of French Art, Masterpieces of French Art of the XVII to XIX Centuries from the Collection of the Hermitage" in collaboration with the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia.
This exhibition examines 17th to early 20th century French art, of which the State Hermitage Museum has the largest collection in the world outside of France.
This impressive collection of French art was acquired over the centuries by the Russians including Catherine the Great, Russian aristocrats and entrepreneurs.
Featuring 89 paintings, sculptures and drawings by French masters including Nicolas Poussin, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Claude Monet and Henri Rousseau, this exhibition offers an opportunity to sense how the Russians in the 18th and 19th centuries appreciated French culture, as well as to see quintessential French art from that time.
Admission costs 6,000 won. For more information, visit museum.go.kr or call 02-2077-9000.
Until May 27
Daelim Museum presents "Paper Present," an exhibition highlighting the moments of paper transforming into a sensual medium through the delicate sensibilities of international artists, until May 27.
The exhibition features the works of 10 individual and team artists from various fields that reveal the intrinsic qualities and pure beauty of paper. Paper has served as the starting point of creation in a myriad of areas, ranging from the medium for simple written records to the notebook of ideas for artists. Adding inspiration to paper and transforming it into art, the exhibition "Paper, Present" delivers a unique experience to viewers in the form of a present.
Admission costs 6,000 won. For more information, visit daelimmuseum.org or call (02) 720-0667.
'Da Vinci Alive'
War Memorial Special Exhibition Hall
Until March 18
Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci's masterpieces are now being exhibited in the most comprehensive way at the War Memorial Special Exhibition Hall until March 18.
"Da Vinci Alive" redefines the traditional approach toward da Vinci's works by combining machine inventions and interactive activities with cutting-edge cinematic technology.
Utilizing Grande Exhibition's SENSORY4 system, this unique exhibition allows more than 3,000 images of da Vinci's works to be synchronized to a musical score and projected onto giant screens, walls, columns and even the floor. Images zoom in and out of fine details, drawing attention to key features and allowing the audience to study the colors and techniques da Vinci used. Photographs and videos are displayed side by side with da Vinci's works to demonstrate his sources of inspiration.
Admission costs 15,000 won. For more information, visit ticket.interpark.com or call 1577-3363.
'National Geographic's Photo Ark'
War Memorial Special Exhibition Hall
Until May 27
War Memorial Special Exhibition Hall hosts "National Geographic's Photo Ark" until March 4. The exhibition aims to raise awareness for many species in need of greater conservation. As Joel Satore, National Geographic photographer and speaker, once said, "Today we're losing species at rates 1,000 times greater than ever before. This is the best time ever to save species because so many need our help." Satore founded Photo Ark in 2005, as a project to document species before they disappear. So far, he has visited more than 40 countries, and some photographs he took of 7,000 endangered species are on display at this special exhibition.
The exhibition will feature large-format prints, as well as a grid of many more images to highlight the range of species in the Photo Ark. Visitors are encouraged to take selfies with these impressive portraits and share them on social media to show their support.
Tickets cost 15,000 won. For more information, visit ngphotoark.modoo.at or call (02) 6263-2621.
Until April 15
Modern art center M CONTEMPORARY is hosting a special pop art exhibition "HI, POP" until April 15. Pop art is an art movement that emerged in the 1950s and flourished in the 1960s in Britain and America. The movement presented a challenge to fine art traditions by including imagery from popular and mass culture, such as advertising, comic books and mundane cultural objects, most often through the use of irony.
The artists who shaped the pop art movement include Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Indiana, Keith Haring and Roy Lichtenstein. At the "HI, POP" exhibition, there will be more than 150 art pieces by these pop artists including the 60 best of Lichtenstein.
Admission costs 16,000 won. For more information, visit m-contemporary.com or call 02-3451-8187,8199.
National Museum of Korea
The Children's Museum, located in the National Museum of Korea, is an experience-oriented museum where children can appreciate history. The museum exhibits reproductions of artifacts on display in the permanent exhibition hall so as to enable children to gain a deeper understanding of their cultural heritage. Through the exhibition, children can learn about the way of life and wisdom of people in ancient times through various experiential exhibits. The museum also provides educational programs that allow children to observe and touch cultural artifacts by themselves and develop interest in history and culture. The educational programs are only provided in Korean. Tickets are free. For more information, visit ntok.go.kr or call (02) 2777-6090.
Korean Basketball League
March 10 Saturday
Seoul SK Knights vs. Ulsan Mobis Phoebus
Jamsil Students' Stadium
Changwon LG Sakers vs. Seoul Samsung Thunders
Changwon Indoor Gymnasium
Goyang Orions vs. Incheon ET Land Elephants
March 11 Sunday
Jeonju KCC Egis vs. Seoul Samsung Thunders
Jeonju Indoor Gymnasium
Wonju Dongbu Promy vs. Seoul SK Knights
Incheon ET Land Elephants vs. Busan KT Sonicboom
Incheon Samsan World Gymnasium
Let's Run Park Seoul