Title: Icons and Identities
Venue: Special Exhibition Gallery National Museum of Korea
Period: April 29 (Thu) – August 15 (Sun), 2021
Highlight artworks: 78 Masterpieces from the National Portrait Gallery, London
We would like to introduce you to the lives of seventy-six people as projected in their portraits and discuss the genre of portraiture.
A portrait is both simple and multifaceted, and unfamiliar yet immediately engaging at the same time. Viewing a portrait involves a visual and mental dance between looking at an image and engaging with the person represented, because they reflect our own selves.
This exhibition provides a rare opportunity to enjoy a large number of portraits of figures who have enriched the history and culture of the world over the last 500 years. The exhibition consists of five thematic sections – “Fame,” “Power,” “Love and Loss,” “Innovation,” and “Identity & Self-portrait.” These themes will help visitors examine the diverse meanings of portraits.
Particularly in this exhibition, viewers can meet and mentally interact with figures who have left an indelible mark on the culture and history of the world. These eminent personages include William Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth I, Isaac Newton, The Beatles, and Ed Sheeran. While enjoying the exhibition, try to make eye contact with the sitter and imagine his or her life. This gaze into the sitter’s eyes and face might become ingrained in your mind.
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*Guide map and list of works Guide_Map.pdf
Reservations for Viewing Exhibitions
Hours * Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun 10:00-18:00
* Wed, Sat 10:00-21:00
Session * Limited to 50 tickets per 30 minutes.
* Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun | Final session 17:00 / Wed, Sat | Final session 20:00
* Up to 5 tickets per person can be purchased.
For each session, online reservations are available for 50 tickets. (40 online + 10 on-site)
(25-65 years old)
Student & Youth
(7~24 years old)
Free (Evidentiary documents are required)
Under 7 or Over 65
Patriots and Veterans (spouse included)
Beneficiary of national basic livelihood, Disabled persons oneself and an accompanying person
Museum’s membership card holder (donation member), Museum donor card holder and an accompanying person
Discount Information (Evidentiary documents are required)
Culture Day(The last Wednesday of every month) -50 %
Museum’s membership card holder (except donation member) - 50%
Soldiers (including foreign soldiers in Korea), Police, Firefighters in active service - 40%
Visitors with the ticket to the special exhibition Homo Sapiens - 40%
Monday - Friday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. - 20% *from 12 July
Theater YONG, Children's Museum ticket holder - 10%
□ Integral ticket for special exhibitions :
‘Icons and Identities’+‘Homo sapiens : Evolution∞ Relationship& Future?’
(aged between 25~64 years old)
Children and young visitors
(7-24 years old)
* Reservation on Interpark -‘Icons and Identities 시대의 얼굴’ reservation page – choose your visit date and time slot– select ‘Integral ticket 통합권’
- ‘Icons and Identities 시대의 얼굴’: Compulsory time slot reservation.
- ‘Homo sapiens 호모 사피엔스’: Visit anytime during the period.
(*For‘Homo sapiens 호모 사피엔스’exhibition, please note that you may need to wait depending on the flow of visitor traffic.)
Notice: The guided tours would be suspended temporarily because of the COVID-19.
Group tours (including their own guide) are not allowed.
Admission is free to the Main Exhibition Hall(Permanent Exhibitions).
Every Wednesday and Saturday 6p.m.-9p.m. - 30%