Summer’s over, Chuseok approaches. Exhibitions 100% Design is at Earls Court 17 – 20 September. I’m assuming there will be a Korean pavilion as in past years, as well as independent Korean designers. Tent London is at the Truman Brewery 18 – 21 September. As well as the independent designers, this year there is a […]

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Young Korean Painters at Albemarle Gallery from 5 September

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2014
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Shine Artists present their annual Korean Collective exhibition at Albemarle Gallery from 5 September: Young Korean Painters Lee Jeong-woong | Im Chang-wook | Kim Chan-song Albemarle Gallery | 49 Albemarle Street | London W1S 4JR | www.albemarlegallery.com 5 – 27 September 2014 Monday-Friday 10-6 | Saturday 10-4 Lee Jeong-woong Lee Jeong-woong was born in Seoul, […]

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Lee Bul’s first UK solo show, at Ikon Gallery

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2014
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This exhibition should be well worth a day trip to Birmingham. But if you can’t make it, there’s a specially commissioned installation at the KCC in London running alongside the exhibition. Lee Bul 10 September — 9 November 2014 Ikon Gallery | 1 Oozells Square | Brindleyplace | Birmingham | B1 2HS | ikon-gallery.org Tuesday […]

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Lee Bul: a special installation at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2014
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From 10 September the main Lee Bul action in the UK can be found in Birmingham at the Ikon Gallery. But to coincide with Ikon gallery’s first UK solo show of Lee Bul, the Korean Cultural Centre UK will be showcasing the visually compelling Diluvium (2014). This work, with its steel frames covered by irregularly […]

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Kim Ji-eun’s current exhibition at Mokspace is utterly charming

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2014
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Another charming exhibition at Mokspace, Talk to me, Darling, is coming to a close: you have until 6 September to enjoy it. Kim Ji-eun’s work is quirky and enchanting while also being strangely comforting. Despite the sunny nature of the drawings they conjure up the autumnal emotions and cosy daydreams of woolly jumpers, hot chocolate […]

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Lee Young-bin: Solo show at Purdy Hicks

by Philip Gowman 29 August 2014
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Lee Youngbin’s muted works have been quietly shown in group exhibitions at Purdy Hicks over the past couple of years, and have also appeared at art fairs in London represented by both Purdy Hicks and Hakgojae. They don’t shout out at you. But they unobtrusively make their mark on you and stay with you. This […]

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Constancy & Change in Korean Traditional Craft, at Tent London

by Philip Gowman 27 August 2014
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Every year you’ll find some independent Korean designers at Tent London. But this year there’s a Korean “pavilion” that will showcase themes of tradition in contemporary Korean design. Register on the Tent London website. The exhibition runs from 18 to 21 September. Constancy & Change in Korean Traditional Craft T3-A Hall, First floor, Old Truman […]

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The 2014 Fringe – a round-up of the reviews

by Philip Gowman 25 August 2014
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Now that the 2014 Fringe has come to an end, here’s a summary of the reviews of the Korean shows. I’m surprised the Taekwondo show didn’t get any professional reviews, as I heard that the BBC loved it. Show LKL rating Other ratings Brush Review Fringe Guru The List Broadway Baby ThreeWeeks Leodo: Paradise Lost […]

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Book Review: The Zen Monastic Experience

by Philip Gowman 21 August 2014
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Robert E Buswell, Jr: The Zen Monastic Experience – Buddhist Practice in Contemporary Korea Princeton University Press, 1992, 259pp A curious tourist visiting one of the popular Korean temples will admire the architecture of the buildings; will poke their nose into the main shrine, nervously wondering whether they’re allowed in and if so what is […]

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Edinburgh Fringe visit: two Korean monodramas and one Korean American

by Philip Gowman 18 August 2014
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Korean acts coming to the Fringe have often majored on the non-verbal: percussion, taekwondo, comedy, physical theatre, music and dance. Last year, with Othello – Two Men, we discovered that more traditional theatre, heavy on text, can work well despite the language barrier – provided surtitles are visible. This year the Korean contingent was bolder […]

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Edinburgh Fringe visit: A Walk in the Dust

by Philip Gowman 16 August 2014
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When a play is put on for only one performance at the Fringe, you wonder what is going on. When it’s a Korean performance, and the date chosen is August 15th, National Liberation Day, the day on which Korea was freed from Japanese rule in 1945, the choice of “one day only” makes more sense. […]

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Kim Jieun: Talk to me Darling, at Mokspace

by Philip Gowman 14 August 2014
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News of the latest exhibition at Mokspace: Talk to me, Darling Jieun Kim aka The Drawing Hand 14th August – 6th September 2014 Mokspace | 33 Museum Street | London | WC1A 1LH | www.mokspace.com Monday – Saturday 11am – 6pm | Sunday by appointment. We are delighted to invite you to Jieun Kim’s second […]

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If aliens landed in Gyeongnam, would they think Koreans worshipped the turtle?

by Philip Gowman 10 August 2014
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Looking back at some of my travel photos, I can’t help but notice the prominence of turtles in the south of the peninsula. The symbolism of the turtle is explained briefly in the Life in Korea website as follows: While the dragon was considered the ruler of all animals, the turtle ruled over the insects. […]

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Leodo: Paradise Lost — Norian Maro returns to the Fringe

by Philip Gowman 6 August 2014
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Here’s the official press release for Norian Maro’s 2014 Edinburgh Fringe production Leodo: Paradise Lost. The show has developed out of last year’s production, Pudasi, which LKL reviewed here. The Stage has already given this year’s upgraded version a four-star review: “The talented seven-member ensemble never flags in energy, choreographic skill or audience engagement” The […]

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Im Kwon-taek: In search of perfection

by Philip Gowman 5 August 2014
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As the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon approach, LKL is finally spurred to write up some archive notes of interviews and Q&A’s with the director of their Opening Ceremony… “Why are you torturing me?” was Im Kwon-taek’s heartfelt cry when attending a screening of one of his films from the 1960s at a 70-film retrospective […]

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The Seoul Philharmonic at the BBC Proms – with a Proms Plus intro

by Philip Gowman 4 August 2014
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The Seoul Philharmonic will be at the BBC Proms under their music director Myung-Whun Chung on 27 August. The programme includes work by Korean composer Unsuk Chin. The Prom is preceded by a free talk in the Royal College of Music, 5:45pm-6:30pm, hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trelawny, focusing on the orchestra and […]

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Je Baak: Ritual – Media – Karma, at HADA Contemporary

by Philip Gowman 3 August 2014
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News of HADA Contemporary’s late summer show: Je Baak: Ritua – Media – Karma 14 August – 26 September 2014 HADA Contemporary | 21 Vyner Street | London | E2 9DG | www.hadacontemporary.com Wednesday – Friday: 11am – 6pm | Saturday – Sunday: 11am – 4pm HADA Contemporary is delighted to present the second solo […]

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