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Art and Culture1 Updated: 2012-08-21 12:00:00 KST

And now it's time for our arts and culture updates with our Michelle Kim. From exhibitions to movies, she has a lot of events to recommend for us today.

Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] Well, I'm sure most of us have been amazed by the nighttime scenery of the Han River and Seoul's city lights. There is an exhibition portraying the night views of this and other beautiful places from around the world and I'll tell you more about it. I'll also tell you about another exhibition that gives viewers a different perspective on nature. Take a look.

Seoul's cityscape, when seen from Mount Yongma at night and reflected in the soft ripples of the Han River, glitters like a string of glass beads in these paintings by artist Kim Seong-ho.
Kim traveled the world to paint nightscapes such as this one in Tong-yeong Port, which gives off a warm glow, and this one in Hong Kong, whose vivid neon lights emit a sliver of the energy pulsing through the city streets.
These elegant paintings use a palette of deep blues and soft yellows to portray a variety of moods. His solo exhibition at the Gana Art Gallery in Seoul runs through August 26th.

[Interview : Kim Seong-ho, Artist] "I tried to show that glamorous city night lights change into a more serene view as the night moves on to dawn."

Meanwhile at the Lotte Gallery in Jamsil, a wooden sculpture mimics an old oak whose leaves seem to sway gently in a cool breeze.
And a photograph that looks as if it were painted with ink wash shows a foggy pine forest that projects a mystical ambience.
Curator Jung Dong-ji took time to introduce the exhibition, "Unfamiliar Forest."

[Interview : Jung Dong-ji, Curator
Lotte Gallery Jamsil] "This is an exhibition on forests with works by four Korean artists. You will be able to see photographs, paintings and sculptures created with the same theme but portrayed in different ways by each artist."

The two exhibitions portray scenic places that seem familiar yet capture our imaginations, taking us to new locales of our own creation.
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