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Visiting the Suh Do-ho solo show at Victoria Miro gallery is a very British experience. You queue to get in the front door, queue in the back yard to get to the second exhibition space and, once admitted to this gallery you queue again to get up close to the main exhibit. In the dozen […]

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Exhibition news: Haenyeo – Women of the Sea, at National Maritime Museum

by Philip Gowman 5 March 2017
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Korea’s latest addition to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage register makes an appearance in Greenwich this month. Full-size portraits of Jeju’s famous diving women by Hyung S. Kim; another chance to experience Mikhail Karikis’s video and sound installation Sea Women (LKL reviews the 2012 Wapping installation of the work here); plus, if like me you […]

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Exhibition news: North Korean Paintings — Beyond Borders, Beauty, at Coningsby Gallery

by Philip Gowman 16 February 2017
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Late notice of an exhibition of a private collection of paintings by North Korean artists. Thanks to Hannah Giles and Marc Leggett for bringing this to my attention. North Korean Paintings: Beyond Borders, Beauty Thu, 16 Feb 2017, 10:00 AM – Sun, 19 Feb 2017, 9:00 PM The Coningsby Gallery | 30 Tottenham Street | […]

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Exhibition news: Do Ho Suh — Passage/s, at Victoria Miro

by Philip Gowman 8 February 2017
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Victoria Miro Gallery is presenting an exhibition of new work by Do Ho Suh, who has now made London his home. The exhibition lasts until 18 March and has been getting some enthusiastic coverage. Do Ho Suh: Passage/s 1 February – 18 March 2017 Victoria Miro | 16 Wharf Road | London N1 7RW | […]

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Event news: Jogakpo workshops at the Sunbury Embroidery Gallery

by Philip Gowman 29 January 2017
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Supplementing the workshops hosted by Kingston Adult Education is a four-week Korean patchwork project at the Sunbury Embroidery Gallery commencing 1 February. Korean patchwork ‘Jogakbo’ Workshop The Sunbury Embroidery Gallery The Walled Garden | Thames Street | Sunbury-on-Thames TW16 6AB We welcome The Korean Cultural Centre to the gallery with a unique opportunity to learn […]

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Exhibition news: Korean crafts at Collect 2017

by Philip Gowman 23 January 2017
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Korean crafts will again be strongly represented at COLLECT this year, with a stall on the ground floor featuring a dozen artists supported by the Korea Craft & Design Foundation, and three independent artists displaying on the top floor. The exhibition is at Saatchi Gallery, 2-6 February. Saatchi Gallery | Duke of York’s HQ | […]

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Enrol now: Korean Cultural Classes starting January 2017

by Philip Gowman 15 January 2017
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For the first season of Korean cultural courses of 2017 the KCCUK is entering into a partnership with Kingston Adult Education. Courses will be held in the King Charles Centre, Hollyfield Road, Surbiton KT5 9AL. This term, dance and cuisine are added to the list of things you can learn. All four courses have ten […]

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Korean War not quite forgotten in Canary Wharf art trail

by Philip Gowman 3 November 2016
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As we approach Remembrance Sunday, the walkways and open spaces of Canary Wharf have been adorned with works by artist Mark Humphrey in what is described as the UK’s first Remembrance Art Trail, in association with the Royal British Legion and constructed with the help of the Corps of Royal Engineers, consists of seven art […]

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Kang Ik-joong’s Floating Dreams: the stories

by Philip Gowman 30 September 2016
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As Kang Ik-joong said of his installation on the Thames: his motive in collecting drawings from the North Koreans displaced by the Korean War was actually to collect their stories. Here are some of those stories, as shared on the Totally Thames website. Park Yun Ok (age 95) http://totallythames.org/blog/floating-dreams-one-dream-many-stories “My name is Park Yun Ok. […]

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Korean designers at 100% Design and Tent London

by Philip Gowman 24 September 2016
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The early autumn season seems to be getting busier and busier. More and more things to do, and no more hours to do them in. So this year, I’m not visiting the design shows at Olympia and Brick Lane. For the record though, here are the Korean designers showing at the Truman Brewery. I’d like […]

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Kang Ik-joong’s Floating Dreams for Korean reunification

by Philip Gowman 14 September 2016
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Kang Ik-joong’s installation entitled Floating Dreams is a symbol of hope for the unification of Korea. Moored on the Thames outside Tate Modern, the installation is an assembly of 500 drawings in the shape of a cube – four square sides and a flat upper surface each featuring a grid of 10 x 10 pictures […]

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Exhibition news: Baek Kyung-sook’s donated Haenyeo photographs, at Jeju Stone Park

by Philip Gowman 6 September 2016
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What has an exhibition in Jeju Stone Park got to do with the normal remit of London Korean Links? Above everything else, friendship. On my first trip to Korea back in 2001 I met the future director of Jeju Stone Park, Baek Un-cheol, who at the time was in charge of his private museum of […]

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Exhibition news: Ceramics by Oh Man-chul, at Han Collection

by Philip Gowman 4 September 2016
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News of a ceramics exhibition opening later this month at Han Collection Oh Man-chul Han Collection London 33 Museum Street | Bloomsbury | London WC1A 1LH | www.hancollection.co.uk 22nd Sep – 5th Oct 2016 This autumn, Han Collection will present solo exhibition of important contemporary Korean pottery painter Oh Man-Chul. The exhibition will feature his […]

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Event news: ArtTalk – Creative Relationships in London

by Philip Gowman 28 August 2016
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A useful talk to illuminate the current exhibition at the KCC. Registration is required in the normal manner. ARTTALK – Creative Relationships in London An event that includes dialogue sessions with artists and curators about contemporary craft. 18.30 – 20.00 Tuesday 6 September Korean Cultural Centre UK, 1-3 Strand, London, WC2N 5BW Speakers include: Kyoungrin […]

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Exhibition news: Make Your Movements – crafts at the KCC from 1 August

by Philip Gowman 28 July 2016
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The KCC’s summer exhibition features the work of nineteen craftsmen and designers: Make Your Movements: Korean Contemporary Objects, A New Approach Korean Cultural Centre UK 1-3 Strand, London, WC2N 5BW Dates: 1 August – 17 September 2016 The Korea Craft and Design Foundation with the Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK) present Make Your Movements: Korean […]

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Event news: Kang Ik-joong’s floating installation for Totally Thames

by Philip Gowman 13 July 2016
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New York based Korean artist Kang Ik-joong will have a work prominently displayed on the river by the Millennium Bridge as part of the Totally Thames festival this September. The official release from the Totally Thames website is reproduced below, and Yonhap has a report from today’s press launch in Seoul. Floating Dreams by Ik-Joong […]

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Exhibition visit: Koo Jeong A upgrades Charing Cross

by Philip Gowman 4 July 2016
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When we visited the Venice Biennale in 2009, one of the installations in the Giardini was by Koo Jeong A entitled A Reality Upgrade & End Alone (2009). The installation involved the sprinkling of 3,000 rhinestones on the grass near the cafeteria, which should have resulted in the tired lawn miraculously coming alive with fairy dust. And indeed that’s […]

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