Hope you’re all keeping warm and safe in the snow or are at least perfecting your snowball
making throwing. This week on Chincha we’ve been mostly looking back at some of the stuff that happened last weekend, including multi-venue AIDS charity rock show Rubber Seoul 2012, a skateboarding magazine launch party, and a weirdly amazing German classical techno gig. But now it’s time to look forward – there are some exciting events on this weekend too.
See some huge, critically acclaimed art sculptures
British Indian artist Anish Kapoor’s mega huge sculptures are still available to see at Leeum Samsung Gallery. This is our review of the exhibition we highly recommend you make some time to see. It’s awe-inspiring.
Indulge in antique fashion at the Seoul Simone Handbag Museum
This piece from 1883 magazine on the Simone Handbag Museum is a must read for any fashion history buffs living in Korea. The museum opened in Sinsa during the summer and perusing the well-curated collection of antique designer bags is an ideal way to spend a Sunday – especially a cold one.
Visit Asia’s first Vatican Museum exhibition
The historically iconic artist Leonardo Da Vinci’s work comes to Seoul’s Hanagram Museum from this Saturday, chosen from the Vatican Museum. Excitingly, this is the first time the Italian museum is bringing pieces of its European collection to Asia. The works will also include other notable Renaissance artists such as Raphael. See more on 10 Mag.
Sunrat Tattoo, often lauded as one of the best tattoo parlours in Korea, is bringing a couple of foreign tattoo artists over for a short period of time during December. We can’t tell you when exactly, since tattooing isn’t technically legal in Korea, but if you drop them an email you could be getting inked pretty soon by one of two incredible body art professionals. Chad Koeplinger, an American who specialises in Traditional American and Old School will be in attendance first, followed by Fonzy, a Mexican artist whose strength is black, grey and detailed work. Email for spaces.
Gather at Globe
Head to Globe Lounge tonight for “wonderful paintings and trendy music” at their artist gathering this evening. The Itaewon club is hosting a contemporary pop art exhibition from three Seoul-based painters, Shinhye Kim, Eunseon Park and Seungah Lee, set in time to jazz, lounge and house music. The night starts at 8pm: .
Scream at The Strikers Youth Final
Rockers The Strikers are headlining the Screaming Youth Final at Live Prism Hall this Friday night, supported by the Coin Rocker Boys. Head down to Hapjeong for some Korea punk rawk this weekend. .
Check out some shit posters
30 Korean graphic designers plan to exhibit work around the playful theme of poop from this Saturday, exploring language, typography and cultural differences in the process. Head to Samwon Paper Gallery to see this unusual show, which ends in January.
We spoke to Korean American designer Soo Kim about the show, who shared some of her artwork with us. See it here.
Drink tea, buy vintage
This low-key flea market at Exit, just off Hongdae park, means the venue usually reserved for nighttime will transform into a garage sale. Entry is free and tea, coffee & booze will be available to buy. .
Attend SantaCon in your best suit
If you weren’t feeling Chrismassy yet then yesterday’s snow probably changed that already. If not, then this Saturday’s Santacon certainly will. The fifth annual Santa convention inspires Xmas fans to dress up as Mr. Claus with a bunch of other festive individuals before getting crunk drunk on a Hongdae pub crawl. There’s even a for anyone into afternoon boozing. Just don’t invite Scrooge. Read our review of last year’s event or sign up to the for more info.
Take the Road to Ultra
Ultra Music Festival is on this weekend for any interested dance music fans. Diplo and Major Lazer are headlining, both regulars to the peninsula who know how to get the Korean crowd going. 99,000 won advance tickets seem to be sold out, on Interpark at least, but 100 entries will be on the door at Jamsil Stadium on Saturday. . If you want a more intimate party then Jillionaire, a regular Diplo and Major Lazer support act, is playing his Caribbean-infused dancehall beats .
Pop-up at Southern Sons’ first temporary restaurant and cocktail bar
There seems to be a pop-up every weekend these days but we’re definitely looking forward to this one after sampling some tasty Southern Sons drinks a while back. This time they’ll also be complementing their cocktails by showing off their culinary skills at the old Vatos location in Itaewon. Pop-up restaurants are always fun party style events which feel a little more special than an average meal out. .
Hit Cloud 9 at Collage
Collage is the coolest venue we’ve come across in a long time, and not just in Korea. The interactive art space is made up of magnetic tiles that can be changed on a whim, depending on any artists taking up the challenge. This weekend will see our favourite underground house and bass DJs , along with ace Korean DJ J-Path taking to the decks in the trippy club for a huge free party. See an interview with the club owner here, plus more photos of the awesome space.
Go to an indie premiere
Independent film The Inside, made in Korea, is premiering this weekend at the KOFIC theatre in Seoul. A psychological thriller starring Paul Stafford, who we recently interviewed, The Inside starts at 7:30pm and is totally free to watch. .
Feel free to throw any events you come across into the comments section.
Images: Chincha, Samsung Leeum Gallery, Soo Kim and Collage.