The opening talk of the current KCC exhibition, presented by the director of the museum who has provided the exhibits, was a little short on information on these charming funeral dolls. So Charlotte Horlyck’s upcoming talk is very welcome.
Funeral Figurines: A Unique Art Form of Traditional Korea
Global Korea Lecture: ‘Korean Culture Shining Bright’
Date: Monday 3 September 2012, 19.00
Venue: Korean Cultural Centre UK
Speaker: Dr. Charlotte Horlyck, SOAS, University of London
As Part of our 2012 celebrations ‘All Eyes On Korea’, Korean Cultural Centre UK will shortly be hosting a Korean art lecture on Kokdu, relating our 2012 summer exhibition.
The talk explores the world of Kokdu, Korean wooden funeral figurines. They were placed on the funeral bier, and thus functioned as the final companions of the dead. From dancers and musicians, to servant girls and Buddhist monks, the figurines represent an idealized mini-cosmos that surrounded the dead to their final resting place. In this talk, the various roles and meanings of Kokdu will be examined.
Pre-lecture Gallery Tour with the Curator of the KCCUK
A half hour Gallery Tour of ‘Korean Funerary Figures: Companions for the Journey to the Other World’ will take place before the lecture, the tour begins at 18:20.
Please send us your RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org Or Phone 0207 004 2600
(Please indicate whether you are attending both lecture and the tour or lecture only)
Dr. Charlotte Horlyck is a lecturer in Korean art history in the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She formerly curated the Korean collection at the Victoria and Albert museum in London. She has published widely on Korean art and archaeology, and is presently working on a book length study of Korean mirrors, as well as an edited volume on death, mourning and the afterlife in Korea.