Opening at James Freeman Gallery in Islington this week: The Figures by the Sea Hyunjeong Lim Solo Exhibition 6 – 28 March 2015 James Freeman Gallery | 354 Upper Street | Islington | London N1 0PD T: +44(0)20 7226 3300 | http://jamesfreemangallery.com Tuesday – Saturday, 11 – 6:30 Opening Reception: Thursday 5 March, 6:30 – […]

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Sylvia Park receives her MBE

by Philip Gowman 1 March 2015
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Although Sylvia Park was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June last year, the actual investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace did not take place until 30 January 2015. Resplendent in red and green hanbok, Sylvia received the honour from the Prince of Wales. She commented: So very thrilled, happy and proud […]

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March events 2015

by Philip Gowman 1 March 2015
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Music The last chance to see the DPRK Para Ensemble is 2 March in Cambridge Sunwook Kim performs Bach, Beethoven and Moussorgsky at the QEH on 3 March Unsuk Chin’s opera Alice in Wonderland gets its UK premiere in a cut-down orchestration at the Barbican on 8 March Joo Yeon Sir embarks on a cycle […]

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Brief exhibition visit: Hyojin Park in Reconstructed Minds, at Skipwiths

by Philip Gowman 28 February 2015
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Skipwiths’ inaugural group show, which juxtaposes the works of three contemporary artists alongside ancient Chinese ceramics and 20th Century Western artists, is remarkably successful in drawing parallels – both intended and unintended – between the works. Hyojin Park is represented not just by one of her photographic prints from the Spiritual Garden series but two sculptures […]

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Unsuk Chin: Alice in Wonderland — a UK premiere at the Barbican

by Philip Gowman 28 February 2015
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Don’t miss this opportunity to experience Unsuk Chin’s sparkling opera live at the Barbican on 8 March. Book on the Barbican website now. Unsuk Chin: Alice in Wonderland Multimedia staging by Netia Jones (UK Premiere) 8 March 2015 / 19:30 Lewis Carroll’s beloved, dreamlike stories are re-imagined in this UK premiere production of Unsuk Chin’s […]

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Joo Yeon Sir’s March concert diary

by Philip Gowman 28 February 2015
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At LKL we’re full of admiration for Joo Yeon Sir’s stamina and more importantly her musicianship. Here’s her packed schedule for March. I’m definitely going to try to get to some of her Beethoven Sonata cycle – each one performed with a different accompanist. Tuesday 3rd March 2015 6.00pm Inner Parry Room, Royal College of […]

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Concert Notes: Korean Chamber Orchestra with John Malkovich at the QEH

by Philip Gowman 26 February 2015
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To celebrate their 50th birthday, the Korean Chamber Orchestra are doing a European tour, and their first stop was London. For works involving just strings, the orchestra is directed by its konzertmeister Kim Min, and for their London concert Finnish conductor Ralf Gothoni took the baton for anything larger. It was ambitious to open their London concert […]

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Exhibition visit: Korean highlights of London Art Fair 2015

by Philip Gowman 25 February 2015
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This year LKL avoided the crowded opening evening of the London Art Fair, opting for a quieter evening later in the week. It’s something we’ll do in future. There still seem to be waiters wandering round offering free drinks, but with fewer punters around you can actually move between the galleries you want to see […]

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The KCC Spring Exhibition 2015: Open Call for Artists

by Philip Gowman 25 February 2015
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After a break of a year or so, the KCC is re-instituting its “Call for Artists” group show in which artists of Korea origin are invited to submit proposals for an exhibition to be held later this Spring. Note that the deadline for application has been extended to 14 March from the original 28 February. […]

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Exhibition visit: Out of the Ordinary — Award-winning works by Young Korean Architects

by Philip Gowman 23 February 2015
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LKL reports from the exhibition of young Korean architects at The CASS, which runs until 28 February. In an informative essay in the Out of the Ordinary catalogue, associate curator Junghyun Park gives us a fascinating snippet of information. When Neo meets the Architect of The Matrix in the final scene of The Matrix Reloaded, […]

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Hyojin Park in Skipwiths inaugural show

by Philip Gowman 22 February 2015
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If you went to the London Art Fair this year and visited the Skipwiths / CAIS stall, you will have noticed that the photographic prints of Hyojin Park were getting a lot of attention. Park now features in the gallery’s inaugural group show, runs until 14 March. Reconstructed Minds February 12th – March 14th Skipwiths […]

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Sunwook Kim makes his debut in the International Piano Series

by Philip Gowman 22 February 2015
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LKL is a fan of Kim Sun-wook’s Bach, so we’re looking forward to his upcoming solo recital at the QEH. International Piano Series 2014/15: Sunwook Kim Tuesday 3 March 2015, 19:30 Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall Book tickets here. Pre-concert talk at 18:15 in QEH, with Southbank Centre’s Head of Classical Music, Gillian Moore. Free. […]

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TV Drama pilot episodes to screen at KCC

by Philip Gowman 22 February 2015
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As if there wasn’t enough to do on the first Thursday of the month, there’s now TV Drama at the KCC that will be battling for precious space in your diaries. The first screening is 5 March, 7pm – 10pm. As usual, registration is required via info@kccuk.co.uk. London K-Drama Screening March 2015 This is the […]

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2015 K-Culture Workshops: application window now open

by Philip Gowman 21 February 2015
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A varied series of lectures and classes coming up at the KCC will enable you to experience a wide range of Korean culture. 2015 K-Culture Workshop The Korean Cultural Centre UK is now taking applications for our free 10 week culture courses: K-POP Dance, Taekwondo, Seoyeh: Korean Calligraphy, Jogakbo: Korean Traditional Patchwork and Gayageum: Korean […]

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Published this month: Ko Un’s Maninbo, from Bloodaxe

by Philip Gowman 20 February 2015
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Bloodaxe Books, who last year brought us Kim Hyesoon’s I’m OK, I’m Pig!, and who brought us Ko Un’s moving First Person Sorrowful in 2012 continue their support for Korean poetry in translation by bringing us a selection from Ko Un’s magnum opus, Ten Thousand Lives. Once again Brother Anthony and Lee Sang-Wha are the […]

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Korean Film Nights Amplified – a monthly series of pre-screening talks

by Philip Gowman 18 February 2015
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What a good idea. Once a month the KCC’s film screening will be preceded by a topical talk. The new series starts on 26 Feb with Kang Woo-suk’s Two Cops. The talk itself, given by Jinhee Choi (author of South Korean Film Renaissance: Local Hitmaker Global Provocateur), starts at 7pm, and the screening starts after […]

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Looking back at 2014: Domestic news

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2015
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Our final look back at 2014: mainly domestic news stories from South Korea: The Sewol and safety culture The MV Sewol capsized on 16 April, causing the death of 304 passengers. A number of factors contributed to the disaster, including lax safety inspections, unsafe modifications, unsecured cargo, overloading, and an inexperienced crew hired on temporary […]

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