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Although the official opening concert of K-Music 2016 is Nah Youn-sun with Ulf Wakenius on 20 September, the British Museum’s Chuseok celebrations in collaboration with the KCC have given us several performances by the contemporary gugak group Jeong Ga Ak Hoe. They presented a programme of traditional music in the Korean Gallery on the morning […]

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Chuseok at the British Museum – 17 Sept

by Philip Gowman 28 August 2016
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A chance to catch up on the things you didn’t manage to fit in on Friday evening. This is the last of three special Chuseok sessions at the British Museum, and with so much going on you’ll need to plan carefully. Here’s LKL’s unofficial timetable to assist (click for a full-size version): Follow these links […]

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Chuseok at the British Museum – 16 Sept

by Philip Gowman 28 August 2016
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It’s going to be hard to choose between the various events on offer this Friday evening – the second of three special Chuseok days at the British Museum. The essential session is Kang Ik-joong’s talk about his installation on the Thames, at 7pm in the BP Lecture Theatre, but half an hour seems rather brief […]

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Chuseok at the British Museum – 15 Sept

by Philip Gowman 28 August 2016
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For those of you who don’t have a day job, or who can afford to take the day off, 15 September is shaping up nicely: a full programme of musical and educational events at the BM, and then you can head off to the KCC for Paul Quinn’s talk and a rather fun screening of […]

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Event news: Chuseok at the British Museum

by Philip Gowman 15 August 2016
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Advance notice of the Autumn festivities at the British Museum, coinciding with the start of the K-music Festival. More details coming soon Chuseok Festival at the British Museum Thursday, 15 September 2016, 11.00am-5.00pm: “Understanding Chuseok” Lectures and musical performances Friday, 16 September 2016, 6.00-8.30pm: “Celebrating Chuseok: the Korean Harvest Moon Festival” Musical performances, K-pop DJ, […]

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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: The art and sounds of Korea, at the British Museum, 14 Nov

by Philip Gowman 6 November 2015
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Coming up next Saturday at the British Museum, an event focusing on Joseon music and culture: The art and sounds of Korea Saturday 14 November 2015, 13.15–14.15 British Museum, Room 67 (The Korea Foundation Gallery) A special gallery talk by Eleanor S Hyun, British Museum, and Hyelim Kim, taegŭm performer. Gallery talks are suitable for […]

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KCC to fund British Museum curator

by Philip Gowman 30 June 2014
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Interesting that it’s the KCC doing this. Normally I would expect a chaebol or an NGO like the Korea Foundation to fund this sort of post. Anyway, below is the official press release from the British Museum website. This is an additional curatorial post, working under the existing senior curator Sasche Priewe, who will continue […]

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A visit to the British Museum’s Samsung Digital Discovery Centre

by Shouvik Datta 3 March 2014
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“There are few museums in the world who are doing work with young people on the scale we are doing:” Shouvik Datta discovers how Samsung is helping the British Museum to engage with a younger audience. I was recently checking the website of the British Museum, when I came across with interest and surprise the […]

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Korean crafts abroad featured in the Korea Times

by Philip Gowman 28 October 2013
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It’s always nice when things you’ve seen in London get coverage in the English language press back in Korea. In May this year the Korea Craft & Design Foundation brought a number of Korean craftsmen to the Saatchi gallery, including master lacquer craftsman Chung Hae-cho. We heard at the time that the Victoria and Albert […]

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Moon Jar exhibition celebrates the beauty of imperfection

by Philip Gowman 12 August 2013
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This summer’s exhibition at the KCC marks 130 of relations between the UK and the Korean peninsula. And it is because of those relations, and also because of the good relations built up between the KCC and the British Museum over the years, that the exhibition happened at all. The centrepiece of the exhibition is […]

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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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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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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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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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AKS private view of the Korea Foundation gallery at the British Museum

by Philip Gowman 31 October 2010
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News of an upcoming event for members of the Anglo-Korean Society: TOUR OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM Thursday 18th November 2010 6.15pm for 6.30pm THE BRITISH MUSEUM GREAT RUSSELL STREET LONDON WC1B 3DG MEET AT THE NORTH ENTRANCE, MONTAGUE PLACE Sascha Priewe, Co-ordinating Curator of the Korean Gallery in the British Museum, will lead a guided […]

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