Art history

Shouvik Datta reports from the talk on Korean ceramics at the KCC on 15 July, which was part of a series of events accompanying the current Moon Vase exhibition. It was a warm July day, and Ms Heena Youn, who is currently completing her PhD at SOAS (on a specialist area of ancient Chinese ceramics), […]

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Korean Art: Narratives and Displays in Museum Contexts

by Philip Gowman 27 August 2012
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An upcoming study day at the British Museum: Korean Art: Narratives and Displays in Museum Contexts Date: 29 September 2012, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Venue: Stevenson Lecture Theatre, British Museum Korean artefacts began to be collected and displayed in museums around the world by the turn of the 20th century. At this time several […]

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Three day Contemporary Korean Art conference at the Courtauld and V&A

by Philip Gowman 11 June 2012
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It’s good to see Jiyoon Lee back in action in the Korean art world in London: Between Tradition, Modernity and Globalisation Korean Contemporary Art International Conference Friday 29 and Saturday 30 June. The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN Sunday 1 July. The Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 […]

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Minhwa – Case Study of Joseon Chaekkado / Chaekkori

by Philip Gowman 16 November 2011
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A reminder of the SOAS seminar on Friday: should be a good one – Dr Youngsook Pak on Chaekkori http://t.co/Hf2hfXvi Time: 17.00-19.00, 18 November 2011 Title: Folk Painting (Minhwa) – Case Study of Joseon Chaekkado / Chaekkori Speaker: Youngsook Pak Venue: Room G50, Ground floor, SOAS, Russell Square Abstract A screen depicting bookshelves (ch’aekkado or […]

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Historical Korean portraiture on show at two Seoul museums

by Philip Gowman 26 September 2011
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Interesting feature on two exhibitions of Korean portraiture, including a 1617 portrait of “the first Korean in Europe” http://t.co/lVN629Bx, also http://bit.ly/r9fy9g

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Abstracts: Korean Buddhists Arts of the Koryŏ and Chosŏn Kingdoms

by Philip Gowman 19 May 2011
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Here are the abstracts for the series of talks on Korean Buddhist arts at SOAS on 19 May 2011: Gyeongwon Choe (Kansas University) Marginalised yet Devoted: Buddhist Paintings Commissioned by Nuns of the Early Joseon Palace Cloisters This lecture examines the three extant Buddhist paintings commissioned by Buddhist nuns in the palace cloisters of the […]

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Korean Buddhists Arts of the Koryŏ and Chosŏn Kingdoms

by Philip Gowman 28 April 2011
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Last year was court painting; the year before it was folk art. Now we move on to Buddhist art. Details of the full day seminar, with a behind-the-scenes look at artefacts in the British Museum, are below. Korean Buddhists Arts of the Koryŏ and Chosŏn Kingdoms 10am on Thursday, 19 May 2011 G3, Main Building, […]

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Koryo and Liao Relations in the 10th-11th century

by Philip Gowman 28 February 2011
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SOAS has a series of East Asian Art and Archaeology Research Seminars. The next one is of relevance to Koreanists, and will be held in the Brunei Gallery, room B111 on Friday, 4 March, at 3 pm. All are welcome. Koryo and Liao Relations in the 10th-11th century – Impact on Buddhist Culture – Youngsook […]

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Conference report: Korean War study day at Asia House

by Philip Gowman 28 December 2010
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The 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950 has given rise to a number of commemorative events this year. In November it was the turn of BAKS to present their own event at Asia House – an all-day seminar entitled Reflections on War and Peace: Sixty Years after the Korean War. […]

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Korean art – two millennia of globalisation

by Philip Gowman 19 November 2010
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“Why did it have to end so early?” asked a member of the audience at the conclusion of the British Museum’s study morning “Korea at the Crossroads” last weekend, 13 November. Strictly, the event had overrun by about five minutes, but you knew what she meant. More to the point would have been the question […]

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Irrational exhuberance or sober restraint? The contrasting tastes of 18th century neighbours

by Philip Gowman 16 November 2010
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Leaving aside the question of whether you would fork out £53 million (including taxes and buyer’s premium) for an object that a careless cat could smash to smithereens in an instant, which vase would you rather have on your mantelpiece? On the left, the exhuberant, flamboyant, labour-intensive masterpiece produced by Qing dynasty ceramic artisans (and […]

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Korean Art featured in Orientations

by Philip Gowman 13 November 2010
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The November / December 2010 issue of Orientations Magazine features Korean art, celebrating 10 years of the British Museum's Korean gallery http://bit.ly/cWD1jn #. Back orders are avaialable from the website.

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Korea at the Crossroads: Art, Archaeology and History

by Philip Gowman 3 November 2010
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I just received information about this Korean art seminar on 13 November. So, we get two weeks’ notice for a morning of Korean art which clashes directly with a full day of Asian art at Asia House which has been heavily trailed for months. Shame there wasn’t more coordination. The Tiger in Asian Art at […]

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Toegye Yi Hwang’s Ten Diagrams on Sage Learning

by Eunjung Shin 12 August 2010
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In the British Museum’s Korea Gallery can be found a wood block printed book, The Ten Diagrams on Sage Learning, written by Korea’s most famous Confucian scholar, Yi Hwang (이황, also known by his pen name, Toegye, 퇴계) (1501-1570). The volume is on loan from the British Library. The work was completed in 1568 and […]

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Korean Art PhD: ‘Picturing Migration: Presenting Art Works By Artists From South Korea Working In Britain, 2006-2008’

by Beccy Kennedy 15 June 2010
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LKL contributor Dr Beccy Kennedy gives a flavour of what she has been working on for the past couple of years. ‘…memory organizes representations of the past into a structured sequence that produces a consciousness of an identity through time.’ [1] The visual and spoken cultural and social perspectives of South Korean artists living and […]

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KCC Lecture: Tradition and Innovation of Korean Buddhist Sculpture

by Philip Gowman 15 May 2010
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News of this month’s Global Korea lecture at the KCC: Tradition and Innovation of Korean Buddhist Sculpture By Professor Youngsook Pak (SOAS) Date & Time: Wednesday, 19th May 2010 6.30pm Venue: Multi-purpose Hall, Korean Cultural Centre UK Email to info@kccuk.org.uk or call +44(0)20 7004 2600 to reserve your place About the Talk As part of […]

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Conference Report: Joseon Dynasty Court Painting

by Philip Gowman 6 April 2010
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LKL reports from the one-day seminar on Joseon Dynasty Court Painting held at SOAS on 29 March 2010. Last year, SOAS in conjunction with the Academy of Korean Studies and the British Museum presented a one-day workshop on folk art. As a follow-up event, this year the workshop looked at work from the other end […]

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