Kim Chang-kyum joins group show at Hall Place & Gardens

by Philip Gowman 3 April 2015
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Bexley Heritage Trust seems to be acquiring a taste for Korean contemporary art. Last year they included Lee Hyunkoo’s work in a group show at Hall Place & Gardens, and Shin Meekyoung’s work in an exhibition at nearby Danson House. This year, Kim Chang-kyum’s work Water Shadow Four Seasons will feature in a water-themed group […]

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The Human Condition and Theories of Unification in Korea – talk by Victor Cha at SOAS

by Philip Gowman 3 April 2015
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Notice of a talk at SOAS next week by Victor Cha, whose Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future has been on my reading pile for rather too long. Please note that seats are limited so please RSVP to Suliane Tillon at 618053 at soas dot ac dot uk. The Human Condition and Theories of […]

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This month’s KCC K-Culture lecture – the history and making of kimchi

by Philip Gowman 3 April 2015
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The upcoming lecture on the history and making of kimchi is sure to be popular. Note that the location is Le Cordon Bleu in Bloomsbury Square, but registration is required via the KCCUK in the normal way. The KCC has provided a kimchi recipe to whet your appetite. It looks like all quantities are approximate: […]

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April events 2015

by Philip Gowman 1 April 2015
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Here are the events I know of for April, though I’ve probably missed some. Let me know which. Film The controversial film Diving Bell / The Truth Shall not Sink with Sewol will be screening at the Raindance Centre on 16 April, the first anniversary of the tragedy. The KCCUK is featuring Hong Sang-soo’s early […]

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Screening: Diving Bell / The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol

by Philip Gowman 31 March 2015
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The controversial film that has been causing all the recent trouble at the Busan film festival is getting a welcome screening in London. It’s the same night as the screening of Hong Sang-soo’s first movie around the corner at the KCC, but you can catch that on DVD another time. And the 16th happens to […]

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Kun Woo Paik plays Schubert, at the Wigmore Hall

by Philip Gowman 31 March 2015
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An evening of Schubert coming up at the Wigmore: Kun Woo Paik: a Schubert recital Time: Wednesday 22 April 2015 7:30PM Venue: Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 2BP £35 | £30 | £25| £18 Book via the Wigmore Hall website Kun Woo Paik is greatly admired for his passionate and virtuosic playing. He […]

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Pak Chiwon’s Jehol Diary: An amiable bore abroad

by Philip Gowman 30 March 2015
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Pak Chiwon: The Jehol Diary Translated with notes by Yang Hi Choe-Wall Global Oriental 2010, 208pp The Jehol Diary is a contemporary account of one of the regular journeys from Joseon Korea to Qing China bearing tribute to the emperor. The journey described in this diary took place in 1780, and was ordered by King Jeongjo […]

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Korean girls on One Direction

by Philip Gowman 28 March 2015
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Last week one of the interviewees in Yoon Sungwon‘s video says Zayn Malik is “too buttery” and that he “reminds me of a camel.” A couple of days later it’s announced that he’s leaving One Direction. “I can’t do this anymore,” he told a tabloid newspaper. The same girl says that Harry Styles’s nostrils are […]

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Is it Really Korea? a photographic exhibition at Connect

by Philip Gowman 24 March 2015
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Andy McKillop, a person with aphasia, took photographs of his trip to South Korea to make a fascinating exhibition. The exhibition opens at Connect, St Alphege, King’s Bench Street, London SE1 0QZ (020 7367 0845) on Friday 27 March 2015 at 4.00pm till 8.00pm. Drinks and snacks provided. The exhibition continues in April: Wednesday 1 […]

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Concert notes: Sunwook Kim at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

by Philip Gowman 18 March 2015
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The Southbank Centre’s International Piano Series features some of the best known stars in the classical music world such as Maurizio Pollini and Mitsuko Uchida as well as those at an earlier stage in their musical careers. 2006 Leeds prizewinner Sunwook Kim made his first appearance in the series on 3 March 2015 in the […]

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Evelyn Glennie’s musical journey in Korea

by Philip Gowman 17 March 2015
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Percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie has just been in the news for winning the Polar Music Prize 2015 along with Emmylou Harris. The award, according to its website, is “one of the most prestigious and unique music prizes in the world, crossing over musical boundaries and awarded to individuals, groups and institutions in recognition of exceptional […]

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April’s TV Drama pilot episode screenings at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 16 March 2015
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The pilot episode screenings for April have been announced. RSVP to KCCUK at 0207 044 2600 or info@kccuk.org.uk to register. April TV Drama screenings Date / Time: Thursday 2 April 2015 / 19:00~22:00 Venue: KCCUK Multi-purpose Hall Kill Me, Heal Me (킬미, 힐미) Broadcasting: MBC (07.01-12.03.2015), 20 episodes Production: Pan Entertainment, Huace Media Cast: Ji […]

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Exhibition visit: Hur Shan at Gazelli Art House

by Philip Gowman 15 March 2015
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Hur Shan’s first solo show at Gazelli Art House highlights some interesting new directions in his practice. Hur has always been interested in what lies beneath the surface: his architectural installations hack away at concrete pillars or the plasterwork on a wall to reveal treasures embedded in the underlying fabric: an ancient ceramic or a […]

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Lee Ufan – The Art of Encounter, in conversation at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 14 March 2015
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Coinciding with the opening of his latest exhibition at the Lisson Gallery, Lee Ufan will be in conversation at the KCCUK on 21 March: LEE UFAN – The Art of Encounter In Conversation with Dr. Lena Fritsch and Dr. Charlotte Horlyck Saturday 21 March, 2015 4-6pm followed by a Reception Korean Cultural Centre UK Grand […]

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“Icons of Rhetoric – Reading North Korea through its Images” returns for a second exhibition

by Philip Gowman 14 March 2015
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After a brief exhibition in Dalston last November, Icons of Rhetoric returns to a more central location for a two-week show at the Guardian offices behind Kings Cross: @The Guardian (News and Media Gallery), Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9GU. Exhibition opens 10am – 6pm every day from Monday March 23rd – Saturday 4th […]

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Adultery law – why was it ever a criminal offence in the first place?

by Philip Gowman 14 March 2015
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The recent news item that the adultery was to be decriminalised in South Korea, 62 years after it was written into the criminal code, got me wondering as to why, when a country is rebuilding itself after a devastating war, would it be considered a priority to add adultery to the list of criminal offences. […]

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A day of art, documentary and music, all for free

by Philip Gowman 12 March 2015
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It always amazes me how much is on offer for free in London. I was determined to get to at least one of Joo Yeon Sir’s (free) Beethoven recitals at the Royal College of Music – but at 6pm, they are inconveniently early in the evening for someone working at Canary Wharf. So I booked […]

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