August 4–December 16
The work of Yun Hyong-Keun, one of the most significant Korean artists of the twentieth century, is the subject of a major retrospective at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul. Curated by Kim In-hye, the show will present numerous works and archival materials which have remained unseen since the artist’s death in 2007. A leading exponent of the influential Dansaekhwa (monochromatic painting) movement initiated in the 1960s in Korea, Yun first received recognition for his work in Japan, the US, and France. This will be the first survey of the artist’s work at a Korean national institution.
From August 17
The wndr museum, a new pop-up venue in Chicago offering immersive experiences in art and science, is to present Yayoi Kusama’s INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM: LET'S SURVIVE TOGETHER (2017). The installation was first shown at David Zwirner in New York as part of the solo exhibition Festival of Life, which attracted some 75,000 visitors in 2017.
August 31–November 4
The Logbook of Gibraltar at Art Sonje Center in Seoul is Francis Alÿs’s first solo exhibition in Korea. Among other works, the show will include Don’t Cross the Bridge Before you get to the River (2006-2008), an important example of the artist’s engagement with anthropological and geopolitical contexts using poetic means. Presented as a multi-media installation encompassing painting, drawing, sculpture, and video, the project documents how, as Alÿs explains, "A line of kids each carrying a boat made out of a shoe leaves Europe in the direction of Morocco, while a second line of kids with shoe-boats leaves Africa in the direction of Spain. The two lines will meet on the horizon." This public action organized by the artist, which took place on August 12, 2008, represented not an actual attempt to bridge the Strait of Gibraltar, but instead an imaginative one in which shoes become mythical vessels, and children are giants.
In Case you Missed it… Closing this Month
Through August 12
Paintings and an installation by Lucas Arruda are on view at Fondation Beyeler in Basel as part of Nature and Abstraction, an exhibition exploring perceptions of the natural world in works from the Beyeler’s collection. Room 21 is devoted to small-format paintings from the artist’s Deserto-Modelo series (2015–18), while an adjacent room features a projection of hand-painted slides based on these works.
Through August 14
Bridget Riley: Paintings from the 1960s to the Present at Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art is the first major museum presentation of the artist’s work in Japan since Bridget Riley: Works 1959–78 at the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo in 1980. The exhibition includes more than thirty works, ranging from black-and-white examples created in the 1960s to recent wall paintings, and draws on extensive holdings of the artist’s works in Japanese museums.
Through August 19
Works by Wolfgang Tillmans and Rose Wylie are included in The Great Spectacle at The Royal Academy of Arts in London. Curated by artist Grayson Perry and coinciding with the Summer Exhibition of 2018—the latest in a long line of huge exhibitions staged annually by the Academy since 1769—The Great Spectacle looks back over 250 years of these shows, recreating important moments in the institution’s history.
Cover Image: Yun Hyong-keun, Burnt Umber & Ultramarine, 1968-1970 (detail). Courtesy Yun Hyong-keun Estate and PKM Gallery.