Philip Gowman

Notice of an upcoming traditional performance. As usual, booking is essential via info@kccuk.org.uk Traditional Korean Music Concert: Julpungnyu Fri 12 June, 7.30 pm Korean Cultural Centre UK, Multi-purpose Hall The five outstanding performers that make up the Daegu Hyangje Julpungyu Preservation Group will come to the KCCUK to perform ‘Julpungnyu’. Julpungnyu is based on 5 […]

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June’s K-drama pilot screenings

by Philip Gowman 28 May 2015
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Here are the two pilots that will be screening on 4 June at 7pm in the KCC, in a collaboration with the London Korean Drama Club. As usual, registration is required via info@kccuk.org.uk Mama (마마 – 세상 무서울 게 없는) First Broadcast: MBC (2014), 24 episodes Produced By: Pan Entertainment Cast: Song Yoon-ah, Jung Joon-ho, […]

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Refugee Week: North Koreans Living in the UK

by Philip Gowman 27 May 2015
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An upcoming event sponsored by the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea: Refugee Week: North Koreans Living in the UK Date: June 18, 2015 Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm Venue: Manor Park Hall, 316b Malden Road, KT3 6AU [Map] Tickets: Entry is free, but donations are welcome. Join us on Thursday, June 18 for […]

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The Appreciation of Art and Joy – a concerto for traditional Korean instruments with Western orchestra

by Philip Gowman 27 May 2015
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You can often rely on the Thames Philharmonia to put together an interesting programme with a Korean angle. In June they will be presenting Bruckner’s 8th along with Hee Jung Kang’s concerto for traditional Korean instruments with symphony orchestra. The soloists, the Daegu Hyangje Julpungnyu ensemble, will also be performing at the Korean Cultural Centre […]

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Exhibition visit: Korean artists at Art 15

by Philip Gowman 26 May 2015
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No matter how prepared you think you are when you go to an art fair, you’ll always be caught unawares by a gallery who is showing an artist you weren’t expecting, or by a new side to an artist you thought you knew. In the most unlikely corner of the hall you can come across […]

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Brief exhibition visit: Ben Nathan: [K-reɪ-t] — at 43 Inverness Street

by Philip Gowman 25 May 2015
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Ben Nathan’s current show at 43 Inverness Street ends on Thursday (access by prior appointment with the gallery). LKL paid a brief visit this weekend. On the ground floor is a 4’17” video showing the installation of the work Brick, as the artist tows it along a cycle path before hauling it onto a concrete […]

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Farewell Old Justice, hello K Place

by Philip Gowman 24 May 2015
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As 앤서방 reported a few days ago, the Old Justice Korean pub in Bermondsey closed last month. But the owner, Chef Kim Jin-wook, has taken the bold step of opening up in the City. His new Korean BBQ restaurant, in a downstairs venue that until recently was the Indian restaurant Jamdani, has the name K […]

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V&A invites applicants for digital residency

by Philip Gowman 19 May 2015
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An exciting time for the V&A as they prepare to host their first Korean artist in residence this October for a period of 6 months: V&A Samsung Korean Digital Art Residency 1 October 2015 – 31 March 2016 Bursary: £10,000 for six months (subject to tax and national insurance) Plus one standard return flight to […]

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Exhibition visit: Korean crafts at Collect 2015

by Philip Gowman 18 May 2015
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Once again one of the featured craftsmen at the Korea Craft and Design Foundation stall at Collect 2015 was lacquerware artist Chung Haecho, who on his first appearance in 2013 had work collected by the Victoria & Albert Museum, and whose work greeted you first as you approached the stall. But this year it was […]

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So long, Ms Jeon, and thanks for everything

by Philip Gowman 17 May 2015
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Those of you who have read your May / June KCC newsletter diligently will already know this (and those of you that haven’t can download it here): Ms Jeon has decided to move on from the KCCUK. Her last day there was 24 April. Ms Jeon has been working for the promotion of Korean culture in […]

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BoA’s 8th – a nicely comforting comeback

by Philip Gowman 17 May 2015
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I’m rather enjoying BoA’s 8th Korean album (Kiss My Lips, released a couple of days ago). There’s nothing particularly earth-shattering musically, but it’s all kind of comforting. And I hope she doesn’t get into trouble for the 4th track, Shattered, which at 2’52” is very close to the chorus of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky. On […]

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Joo Yeon Sir plays Bach/Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Waxman at the V+A

by Philip Gowman 14 May 2015
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A late addition to this month’s concert diary: Friday 15th May 2015 6:30PM (Victoria & Albert Museum, London – Norfolk House Music Room), an evening recital by Joo Yeon Sir (violin) with Irina Andrievsky (piano) Bach-Mendelssohn Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV 1004 for Violin and Piano Beethoven Sonata No. 5 in […]

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Hwang Seontae and Lee Jeonglok in Masters of Light, at Shine Artists

by Philip Gowman 14 May 2015
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An opportunity to catch up with the latest work of two of Shine’s Korean artists: Masters of Light Ben Johnson | Hwang Seontae | Lee Jeonglok | Moto Waganari 14 May – 6 June 2015 Shine Artists | 49 Albemarle Street | London W1S 4JR | www.shineartists.com Mon – Fri 10 – 6 | Sat […]

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Hwang Sok-yong returns to London

by Philip Gowman 13 May 2015
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A little over a year after the London Book Fair, at which his Vietnam war novel The Shadow of Arms was launched, Hwang Sok-yong returned to London to launch Sora Kim-Russell’s translation of his 2007 novel Princess Bari. Hwang appeared at Asia House today for a book-signing and conversation with Guardian literary critic Maya Jaggi, […]

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A Taste of Korea – at Omer Tiroche Contemporary Art, from 22 May

by Philip Gowman 13 May 2015
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Omer Tiroche’s new Mayfair gallery opened with its first exhibition in February this year. And for it’s second exhibition: a collection of established and emerging Korean artists: A Taste of Korea Omer Tiroche Contemporary Art | 21 Conduit Street | London W1S 2XP | www.otca.co.uk 22nd May – 19th June 2015 Monday – Friday 10am – 2pm […]

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KCC’s Theatre on screen No 2: Madame Ong

by Philip Gowman 8 May 2015
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After a break of a couple of months, the KCC is resuming its welcome series of screenings of videos of life theatrical performances. If you are a voracious follower of Korean film you will have seen a movie adaptation of this risqué traditional story: Shin Han-sol’s A Tale of Legendary Libido (가루지기, 2008), which IMDB describes as […]

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Seahyun Lee in Ferragamo collaboration

by Philip Gowman 7 May 2015
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Congratulations to Seahyun Lee, who has regularly exhibited in the UK, on his collaboration with fashion house Salvatore Ferragamo, which was launched today. His trademark Between Red series is appearing on silk squares, scarves and other designer items – also available in colours other than red. But they’re only available in Korea.

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