It's Friday which means our very own arts and culture correspondent Kim Bo-kyoung is in the studio to give us our weekly dose of cultural performance and exhibitions.
Now, Bokyoung, with anti-virus measures strengthened across the nation, most museums and galleries are shut, are they not?
Are there ways for us to still bless our souls with culture at the comfort of our homes?
You bet, Conn-young.
The arts and culture sector has been hit hard by the social distancing measures being raised to level two. Most public art centers and museums have closed with show cycles ending early. The museum that I am going to introduce today, Whanki Museum, which was founded to commemorate the work of well-known artist Kim Whanki, will be also closed until August 25th. So, I thought I would take our viewers on a tour of the museum. Let's take a look.
That was the penname of the abstract painter Kim Whanki, one of Korea's greatest artists of the 20th century.
One of his paintings was sold at auction for over ten-million U.S. dollars.
He was not just a painter, but rather a poet who visualized his thoughts on canvas, and this special exhibition 'The Poetics of Whanki' tries to reinterpret his art using poetic theories.
“This painting is from a series titled ‘Where, In What Form, Shall We Meet Again.' That's a line by the Korean poet Kim Gwang-seop. The dots represent ‘endless repetition’, a way to visualize the ‘condensation’ of poetic language.”
Most of his motifs such as jars, moons and mountains, visualize the beauty of nature using condensed vocabulary beyond dictionary definitions.
Rhyme and musicality are other features of poetry that are shown in his paintings.
Certain repeated and varied shapes give his works rhyme and rhythm.
Kim's works allow people to create their own images in their minds.
"The painting 'Air and Sound' shows all the key elements of poetry. Through dots all over the paintings, both condensation and musicality can be seen. The dots deliver a question of the originality of existence and let the viewers expand their imagination."
There's also another small exhibition in the annex building called Suhyangsanbang, the name of Kim Whanki and his wife, Kim HyangAn's, honeymoon house.
This piece of history can be seen along with a portrait on a ceramic plate, which is said to be his wife HyangAn's face.
His painting 'Sacre-coeur' in 1957, a roughly drawn red heart, was painted after his mother passed away while he was in Paris.
Visitors to this exhibition can see how his sorrow turned into artistic beauty.
I'm no psychiatrist, but enjoying and appreciating the beauty of art like the painting - even if it's through a screen - I'm sure would definitely be a mood lifter during these very difficult times.
So, howelse can we break free the coronablues?
Sure, I have several online performances so people can enjoy some culture without worrying about COVID-19.
Globally-known contemporary dance troupe 'Rosas' will perform 'Rain' online without a crowd. Amazing abstract choreographies can be seen for 48 hours, until 8 PM Sunday on the LG Arts Center channel.
Se-Jong Korean Music Orchestra delivers a show fusing music from South Korea and North Korea, played using traditional Korean and Western instruments. This too can be seen online on Naver TV channel 'Sejong Gukak' on Saturday night.
Next Wednesday, Korea's traditional 'Pansori' music, played using European instruments, will be shown on Naver TV channel 'Hanam Cultural Foundation', and there will be some experimental Jazz music on the 'Gwangmyeong Cultural Foundation' channel.
Thanks for being an arts therapist for us today, Bokyoung. See you next week.