Agony and Ecstasy: The François Pinault Collection | through November 19
Gucci Group owner François Pinault has been collecting art for over 40 years, and this is the first time that works from his collection have been presented in an exhibition in Asia. Focusing on the central theme of portraiture and representations of the self, curator Francesca Amfitheatrof has selected a highly expressive list of works including portraits, statues, busts, mirrors, animals preserved in formaldehyde and photographs by four major contemporary artists: Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami and Cindy Sherman. There are in total 22 works on display. At SongEun Art Space in Cheongdam-dong. Open 11 am–7 pm. Free admission.
Seoul Eulalia Festival 2011 | through October 23
From visitkorea.or.kr: Autumn foliage in Korea comes in many different colors. While shades of red and yellow are the most prominent, one shimmers especially brilliantly. Waves of silver, rendered by lush Eulalia (a type of rice plant), can be found rolling on hillsides throughout the country. In celebration of such beautiful autumn scenery, the World Cup Park in Seoul will be holding the 10th annual Eulalia festival from October 14 to 23. During the festival period, diverse performances featuring a youth chorus, an orchestra, opera, contemporary rock, percussion and jazz music, as well as various hands-on experience programs will be held at Haneul and Noeul subsidiary parks. Moreover, visitors will have a chance to participate in an evening hike along Eulalia trails, or in golf tournaments. At Haneul and Noeul Park (in World Cup Park). Haneul Park’s weekend performances start at 7:30 pm. Haneul Park Moonlight Hike: Oct. 21, 5–9:20pm (last sign-up at 7pm). Opening hours extended to 10pm for the duration of the festival.
Evergreen Music Festival | October 22–23, 1–10 pm
Featuring singers of yesteryear like 70’s folk group “C’est Si Bon” and modern-day indie favorites like Crying Nut, Evergreen attracts both multi-generational families (note their special family ticket package) and people whose musical tastes span generations. Even if you didn’t grow up with Korean music on your record player, go to experience the transformation of Korean music over the decades firsthand. Beautiful Store, a thrift store for charity, will also have an donation center at the event, so bring your gently used outerwear and household items. One-day pass 66,000 won/person, 199,000 for a family pass (4 people), or 55,000 for students at Interpark. To get to Nanji Hangang Park: Take exit 7 from Mapo-gu Office station, walk toward the Han River by following the Hongjae Stream, and you’ll arrive in about 20 minutes.
Musical performance Ggok-du (꼭두 마지막 첫날) | October 20–22
Musical ensemble Baramgot uses traditional Korean instruments and also creates original music with other world instruments in this performance titled after the “ggok-du,” or Korean wooden dolls which were used as decoration on the bier to keep the deceased company on the journey to the other world. “Ggok-du” combines music and dance to create a mystic and mysterious story.
LG Arts Center in Yeoksam-dong. Tickets 40,000 won at Interpark, LG Arts Center website or by calling their box office at 02-2005-0114.
Live Music Movie Night: F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu | October 22, 7 pm
Get a jump-start on the thrills of the Halloween season with this screening of “Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror,” a 1922 German Classic Expressionist film based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The movie soundtrack will be performed live by the German Liszt School of Music Weimar’s orchestra. Tickets 20,000 won at the door, 10,000 won for students. At Platoon in Nonhyeon-dong.
Additional reporting by Vivian Lee.
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