Arts

10 November 2014 sees the launch of an interesting Anglo-Korean venture: The Tea Museum Art Space and Cafe. The brainchild of David and Jade Kilburn, the venture is based close to the Changdeokgung, at 61 Changdeokgung-gil: The cake counter looks as if it deserves some serious attention: and you can buy specially blended tea while […]

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North Korean artists paint London scenes, on show at the DPRK embassy

by Philip Gowman 7 November 2014
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Seven years ago, artists from Pyongyang’s Mansudae Studios came to London with a wide range of works in a variety of genres. There were ceramics, oils, chosonhwa, embroidery, and of course the images that caught everyone’s attention: the propaganda posters. The location was opposite the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall. This week, a different […]

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Contemporary Korean Silversmithing and Jewellery at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 2 November 2014
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I love William Lee’s spectacular silver moon jars and other recreations of Korean ceramics; and I love Misun Won’s silver jewellery. Heeyoung Kim has caught the attention too at the Goldsmiths fair and elsewhere. I spotted some work by Youjin Nam at the RCA degree show this year, and work by Min Yoo at Mokspace. […]

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Icons of Rhetoric – a different approach to documenting North Korea, at Doomed Gallery

by Philip Gowman 1 November 2014
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This month starts with an exhibition of oil paintings by established DPRK artists, to be held in the DPRK Embassy. With serendipitous timing, another exhibition offering a very different perspective, in Dalston, 20-23 November: Icons of Rhetoric Chris Barrett, photographer, and Gianluca Spezza, researcher/writer 20 – 23 November 2014 Doomed Gallery | 65-67 Ridley Road […]

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DPR Korea Fine Art Exhibition, at the DPRK embassy

by Philip Gowman 27 October 2014
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The details of the exhibition of works by artists from Pyongyang’s Mansudae Studios have now been released. The exhibition will be at the DPRK Embassy. DPR Korea Fine Art Exhibition Hosted by Mansudae Art Studio, DPR Korea & Heather Arts and Exhibits Ltd. sponsored by The Embassy of DPR Korea in London 3rd November – […]

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John Stark: Witchcraft & Warfare, at Charlie Smith Gallery

by Philip Gowman 22 October 2014
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British artist John Stark has recently returned from Korea. His current exhibition at Charlie Smith Gallery includes some of his paintings from Korea, where he travelled extensively, in particular in Yeongyang County, Gyeongsangbuk-do, home of Ilwol san (“The Haunted Mountain”), said to be the final stronghold of Shamanism. John Stark: Witchcraft & Warfare Friday 10 […]

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The London Mansudae exhibition – the Kickstarter project

by Philip Gowman 13 October 2014
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A few weeks ago LKL broke the news of an upcoming exhibition of North Korean art in London later this yeaar. The exhibition is getting closer – and a venue in W1 has been earmarked. You can be part of the event by supporting the Kickstarter project launched by the exhibition organiser, David Heather. Here’s […]

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Gallery visit: Yun Sungfeel at Hanmi Gallery

by Philip Gowman 12 October 2014
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Here are a few installation shots of Yun Sungfeel’s current exhibition, Fields of Immersion, which closed on Friday. Working from the top down, a couple from his Chaos, Cosmos and Circulation series on the second floor – iron filings and glue. Next, his Energy series of metal sculptures, which were installed on the first floor: […]

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Exhibition visit: Constancy and Change in Korean Traditional Craft

by Philip Gowman 8 October 2014
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Nothing prepared you for the sight that greeted you when you entered the room containing the Korean crafts at Tent London. As you were wandering past the various stalls in the main part of the exhibition displaying contemporary crafts from around the world on your way to the “Constancy and Change” room, you might have […]

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Gallery: a collection of photos of the Constancy & Change exhibition

by Philip Gowman 8 October 2014
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Here are some of LKL’s photos of the recent Constancy and Change in Korean Traditional Craft exhibition held as part of Tent London 2014. The photos are supplemented with images from the press pack provided by the Korea Craft & Design Foundation. Links: LKL’s review of the exhibition

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Chun Kyungwoo: Portraits, at HADA Contemporary

by Philip Gowman 29 September 2014
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News of HADA Contemporary’s first show of the Autumn: Chun Kyungwoo: Portraits 2 October – 30 November 2014 HADA Contemporary | 21 Vyner Street | London | E2 9DG | www.hadacontemporary.com Wednesday – Friday: 11am – 6pm | Saturday – Sunday: 11am – 4pm Embracing the contemporary resistance against the traditional notion of photography – […]

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Constancy & Change in Korean Craft – the video from Tent London

by Philip Gowman 28 September 2014
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Here is the official documentary video, put together by the Ministry of Culture and the Korea Craft and Design Foundation, which looks at some of the artisans and their crafts that were exhibited at the special exhibition at Tent London last week:

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Sungfeel Yun solo show at Hanmi Gallery, from 29 September

by Philip Gowman 24 September 2014
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Hanmi Gallery is now up to its 38th Interim Exhibition:. Note that the artist will be giving a talk at the gallery, Thursday 9 October, 7-9pm. Sungfeel Yun: Fields of Immersion 29 SEPTEMBER – 10 OCTOBER 2014 Hanmi Gallery | 30 Maple Street | London W1T 6HA | hanmigallery.co.uk Monday to Saturday 12pm to 6pm […]

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A look at the contemporary Korean designers at Tent London 2014

by Philip Gowman 21 September 2014
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Four Korean design studios came to Tent London this year. There’s a gallery of their stalls at the bottom of this brief post. Zeup Design Studio presented some colourful pens which looked like pieces of lemongrass, while Kim HyunJoo Studio presented pens that also doubled as clips and as bookmarks. It was a shame the […]

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A look at some of the Korean design on show at 100% Design London 2014

by Philip Gowman 19 September 2014
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There may not be a Korean Pavilion at 100% Design London this year, but you don’t have to walk far from the central bar area of Earls Court 2 to find Korean designers. Just take one pace the other side of the bar and you come across Kim Been’s stall, Beeeen Company, with her range […]

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Sunae Kim in Elements of Craft, at Mint

by Philip Gowman 17 September 2014
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As part of London Design Festival, Mint in South Kensington is holding a group show entitled Elements of Craft. Ceramic artist Sunae Kim will be part of the exhibition. Mint | 2 North Terrace | Alexander Square | London | SW3 2BA | www.mintshop.co.uk Rsvp is required for the private view on 18 September. The […]

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Exhibition visit: Jewyo Rhii at Wilkinson Gallery

by Philip Gowman 16 September 2014
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Shamefully, I’ve never visited Wilkinson Gallery before. If I had, maybe I wouldn’t have been so bowled over by Sung Hwan Kim’s installation in the Tate Modern Tanks a couple of years ago, because Kim had already had two solo shows at Wilkinson which contained some of the work shown at the Tate. So, will […]

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