[ArtReview] What to See in Seoul (Between Lockdowns)

2020-06-22
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What to See in Seoul (Between Lockdowns)

Andy St. Louis 04 June 2020



A brief window of cautious openings included Gallery Hyundai’s 50th anniversary and an exhibition exploring the politics of the family at MMCA


It ain’t over ’til it’s over. Whether discussing a closely contested sports match or a debilitating global epidemic, the same lesson applies. Nowhere is this aphorism more deeply felt than in South Korea, where new cases of COVID-19 had all but disappeared in early May, allowing the country’s museums and cultural spaces to cautiously reopen their doors after sitting empty for more than two months. By the end of the month, however, persistent cluster infections in the Seoul metropolitan area forced the government to reimpose social-distancing regulations, once again shuttering the city’s museums, theatres, parks, religious establishments and nightlife.


Atelier Hermès, with veteran curator Ahn Soyeon newly appointed at its helm, belatedly kicked off its 2020 programming with a strong solo exhibition by Jun Sojung; PKM Gallery opened a dazzling show of late works by Dansaekhwa mainstay Yun Hyong-keun; Arko Art Center staged an encore presentation of History Has Failed Us, but No Matter, following its debut at the Korean Pavilion of the 2019 Venice Biennale; and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) unveiled Looking for Another Family, an inclusive exhibition exploring alternative notions of family as structures of empathy and social solidarity across Asia.


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