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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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Event news: Koo Jeong A’s Art Night installation in Charing Cross

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2016
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News of a one-off experience featuring an installation by Koo Jeong A in the disused Jubilee Line terminus under Trafalgar Square: Art Night: Disused Jubilee Line, Charing Cross Underground Station: Koo Jeong A 2 July 2016 This project runs 5pm-12am. Advance bookings only via ICA website. Koo Jeong A creates a new site-specific installation that […]

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2016 travel diary 4: National Folk Museum, Kim Soonam’s shaman portraits and the journey to Chungnam

by Philip Gowman 16 May 2016
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Jongno, Seoul, Monday 16 May 2016, 9am A visit to the National Folk Museum The good thing about having a local companion sense-check your travel plans is that they can point out weaknesses that only a local is likely to know about. So when Chris saw that I was planning a day trip from Seoul […]

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Exhibition news: Lee Kang-hyo at Sylvester Fine Art

by Philip Gowman 11 May 2016
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Lee Kang-hyo came to London in 2014 as part of the special exhibition hosted by the Korea Craft and Design Foundation at Tent London. This event was followed later that year by a solo show at Goldmark Gallery in Uppingham. Lee now has another solo exhibition, at Sylvester Fine Art in Belsize Village, in collaboration […]

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The V+A’s official video of Kang Yiyun’s residency

by Philip Gowman 2 May 2016
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The V+A has put together a short video of Yiyun Kang’s residency, with footage from the two performances of her work in the Cast Courts. Much more informative than LKL’s botched effort. Links: Video’s page on V+A website Watch the video on Vimeo

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Event news: Jane Portal on art and archaeology in North Korea

by Philip Gowman 24 April 2016
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News of a lunchtime lecture at the British Museum this coming Friday: Tradition and socialism: art and archaeology in North Korea Jane Portal Friday 29 April 2016, 13.30–14.30 BP Lecture Theatre Free, booking essential | Book Online In this lecture, Jane Portal, British Museum, will discuss the dual influence of Korean tradition and the socialist […]

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Event news: Great Exhibitionists – Braedalyn, at the RCM

by Philip Gowman 16 March 2016
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A couple of months ago Joo Yeon Sir participated in an interesting music / projection / dance event at the RCM. In the same series is a performance tomorrow lunchtime featuring music and visuals, the latter provided by RCA student Jin Joon Lee: Great Exhibitionists – Braedalyn 1:05pm | 17 March 2016 Britten Theatre | […]

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Review: Embeddedness — The past, present and future of Korean experimental film

by Philip Gowman 14 March 2016
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The series of three screenings of short experimental films at the Tate in September 2015 was a fascinating insight into an artform that is hardly mainstream. To someone not used to sitting in darkened rooms watching 16mm creations the experience was sometimes confusing, sometimes rewarding, but never less than interesting. And what brought the whole […]

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Kim Kulim in London: 4’33” and the meaning of 1/24”

by Philip Gowman 14 March 2016
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One of the highlights of the two-day focus on Korean artist films at Tate Modern was the opportunity to meet veteran avant-garde artist Kim Kulim. Kim was a leading experimental artist who first achieved prominence in the 1960s, exploring new frontiers such as performance, mail art and land art as well as experimental film. “I do […]

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Exhibition visit: Bates’s Room – Shin Kiwoun at the Old Police Station

by Philip Gowman 13 March 2016
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The Old Police Station in Deptford is an interesting, slightly claustrophobic space for exhibiting art. A reception area with, behind, four gloomy holding cells whose walls are clad in ceramic tiles. Given the lack of light, it’s particularly suitable for showing video works. And the oppressive atmosphere was particularly suited to Shin Kiwoun’s  theme which, […]

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