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2024 SUMMER

Arts and Culture Calendar
June to August 2024

Philippe Parreno VOICES
Philippe Parreno VOICES POSETER

Leeum Museum of Art present VOICES, the first solo exhibition of the internationally renowned French artist Philippe Parreno to be held in Korea. As the largest survey of the artist in Asia to date, the exhibition provides a comprehensive experience of Parreno's oeuvre from the 1990s to the present. Featuring the most representative pieces from his career as well as new works, the exhibition showcase approximately 40 works, including his latest mechanical creation, Membrane (2024), and his debut video work, Fleurs (1987).

DATE: Feb. 28 to July 7, 2024
VENUE: Leeum Museum of Art
WEBSITE: leeumhoam.org

Make a Wish
Make a Wish POSETER

This exhibition focuses on what we have lost and need to reclaim in an era of lightness. It features eight artists who act as “guides,” introducing new stories and wisdom across two parts. Presented as a “spiritual journey,” the exhibition aims to illustrate the belief that, despite life’s fleeting nature, humans can uphold dignity and inward freedom.

DATE: Apr. 23 to Aug. 4, 2024
VENUE: Buk-Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul Museum of Art
WEBSITE: sema.seoul.go.kr

Seoul Youth and Popular Music
Seoul Youth and Popular Music POSETER

The Seoul Urban Life Museum, dedicated to showcasing the daily lives of ordinary Seoulites, presents an exhibition on songs popularized by youth who shaped contemporary culture in the context of the places where these songs were enjoyed. From the cafés in Jongno in the 1930s, music listening rooms in Myeongdong in the 1950s, and live cafés in Sinchon in the 1980s to the clubs around Hongik University in the 1990s and online spaces in the 2000s, visitors can experience the music beloved by the youth of each era and immerse themselves in the romantic and emotional ambiance of times gone by.

DATE: May 3 to Sept. 22, 2024
VENUE: Seoul Urban Life Museum
WEBSITE: museum.seoul.go.kr/sulm/index.do

Diversity and Evolution of Traditional Korean Footwear
Diversity and Evolution of Traditional Korean Footwear POSETER

By providing an overview of the entire history of traditional Korean footwear, the exhibition highlights its diversity and cultural significance. It consists of seven sections, including the culture of Korean footwear and attire, their evolution, the creation of footwear, the influence of status and climate on footwear, fashion styles, and the progression of footwear from the Joseon Dynasty to today.

DATE: May 14 to Sept. 22, 2024
VENUE: Daegu National Museum
WEBSITE: daegu.museum.go.kr

MMCA Donated Collection: Figurative Paintings in Korea, 1960s–1970s
MMCA Donated Collection: Figurative Paintings in Korea, 1960s–1970s POSETER

The MMCA presents Figurative Paintings in Korea, 1960s–1970s from its treasured collection to shed new light on Korean figurative painters. This exhibition features more than 150 works by 33 artists with a lyrical sensibility that everyone can relate to, ranging from introspective and personal representations to landscapes that depict places, quotidian scenes, and changes in lifestyles.

DATE: May 21 to Sept. 22, 2024
VENUE: MMCA Gwacheon – National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea
WEBSITE: mmca.go.kr

80 Urban Reality
80 Urban Reality POSETER

This exhibition sheds light on the urban surroundings of Korea in the 1980s, a period marked by a new phase of urbanization following the high-speed economic growth of the 1960s and 1970s. 80 Urban Reality features the GanaArt Collection and other artworks collected by the Seoul Museum of Art, encompassing works from the Minjung Art movement and realism pieces that vigorously reflect the social reality of Korea in the 1980s and 1990s.

DATE: May 25, 2023 to Aug. 4, 2024
VENUE: Seosomun Main Branch, Seoul Museum of Art
WEBSITE: sema.seoul.go.kr

Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN)
Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival POSETER

The 28th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Asia’s premier event in the fantastic film genre, is set to unfold across various venues in Bucheon from July 4 to 14. Pairing the festival’s distinctive slogan, “Stay Strange,” with the artificial intelligence (AI) trend, it will introduce Korea’s first-ever international competition section dedicated to AI-generated films. This initiative aims to showcase the cinematic potential of AI and its impact on the world of filmmaking.

DATE: July 4–14, 2024
VENUE: Various venues in Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province
WEBSITE: bifan.kr

2024 Yeowoorak Festival
2024 Yeowoorak Festival POSETER

Yeowoorak Festival, an annual event hosted by the National Theater of Korea since 2010, celebrates musicians and artists from diverse backgrounds who have embraced new creative endeavors. This year, outstanding musicians who have drawn attention for their bold innovations rooted in traditional Korean music, along with artists from other fields, will collaborate to stage inspiring and innovative performances.

DATE: July 4–27, 2024
VENUE: Daloreum Theater, Haneul Round Theater, and Cultural Plaza at the National Theater of Korea
WEBSITE: ntok.go.kr

Yojaya Yojaya
Yojaya Yojaya POSETER

Choreographer and dancer Ahn Eun-me, lauded for her exploration of historical eras and human experiences, presentsYojaya Yojaya, a production by the Korea National Contemporary Dance Company. The performance delves into the experiences of pioneering “new women” of Korea’s modern and contemporary era, who struggled to lead their own lives. A blend of dance movements, accessories and costumes, as well as contemporary buzzwords and neologisms will present a vivid portrayal of their frustrations and aspirations.

DATE: July 5–6, 2024
VENUE: Theater 1, Asia Culture Center (ACC)
WEBSITE: acc.go.kr

Sync Next
Sync Next POSETER

The Sejong Center’s Sync Next is among the trendiest art experiences offered each summer. This year, it brings together an array of outstanding and exceptional artists of diverse fields, including women’s musical drama, comedy, jazz, installation art, and choral music. They will gather for ten weeks to contemplate the future of art, cross genres’ boundaries, and engage with audiences.

DATE: July 5 to Sept. 8, 2024
VENUE: Sejong S Theater, Sejong Center
WEBSITE: season.sejongpac.or.kr/portal/season/syncnext24.do

Music in PyeongChang
Music in PyeongChang POSETER

Music in PyeongChang, Korea’s signature classical music concert series, will commemorate its 21st anniversary this year. Under the theme of “Ludwig!” the summer festival will present a broad range of concerts as well as outreach and family events at the Pyeongchang Alpensia Resort and other venues in Gangwon Province.

DATE: July 24 to Aug. 3, 2024
VENUE: Pyeongchang Alpensia Resort and various venues in Gangwon-do
WEBSITE: mpyc.kr

Global Webtoon Festival
Global Webtoon Festival 장소

The inaugural Global Webtoon Festival will aim to solidify Korea’s stature as leader in the webtoon field. The event will unfold in Seongsu-dong and include a variety of pop-up stores in the vibrant art and culture hub. A rich lineup of entertainment will include artist talks, exhibitions delving into virtual reality and augmented reality, and concerts featuring original soundtracks of webtoons.

DATE: Sept. 26–29, 2024
VENUE: SFACTORY SPACE [D] in Seongsu-dong, Seoul

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