Asian Art in London 08: the Korean angle

The beginning of November is always a time for the West End art galleries and Kensington antique dealers to draw our attention to Asian Art. While a lot of the attention is always on the bigger countries, Korea gets a look-in. The full guidebook for the programme can be downloaded from the Asian Art in […]

A Night with Baramgot

European Premiere Experience new waves of traditional Korean music A Night with Baramgot Date: Thursday 06 November 2008 Time: 7:30pm Venue: St Giles’ Cripplegate, Fore Street, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DA Tickets £8 / £5 (concessions) at the door Sponsored by Art Council of Korea Produced by Baramgot Managed by KCPA Won Il’s group Baramgot gives […]

Ah Q: Korean modern dance, Chinese story, Greenwich theatre

Hong Sungyop’s Dance Theatre ON presents The Story of Ah Q Dance Theatre ON’s UK premiere Date: Tuesday 04 November 2008 Time: 7:30pm (70min without intermission) Venue: LABAN, Creekside, London SE8 3DZ Tickets: £15 / £10 (concessions) Box Office 0208 469 9500 (via Greenwich Theatre) Book online (follow links to Laban Theatre) Produced by […]

Blight, Hope and Photoshop

“This is not a Korean exhibition” announced Lee Chan-Buom, Director of the Cultural Cooperation Division of Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade as he introduced the panellists at a fascinating discussion to coincide with the “Blight and Hope” exhibition at the KCC. With sponsorship from the British Council and the UNDP, there was to […]

Inaugural Ra Jong-yil lecture in Cambridge

Cambridge University is celebrating its first dedicated Korean Studies post with a new series of lectures. The Ra Jong-yil Annual Lecture Series in Korean Studies will be launched by Dr Ra Jong-yil himself, who will talk on ‘The Discovery of the World – A Korean Perspective‘ The lecture is to be held at 5pm on […]

The Birth of the YKABs (Young Korean Artists in Britain)!

‘4482: Korean Contemporary Artists London’ exhibition, 16th – 19th October. Seminar, ‘How to promote Korean Art Abroad,’ 18th October 2008. Both at Bargehouse, Southwark. Report by Beccy Kennedy Take forty contemporary artists, a fervent independent curator, an unexpected art space, four floors of art works in throngs of media and genres, and a thriving spot […]

A week is a long time in … Korean economics

By Peter Corbishley Given the present economic world order, last week was an opportune time for an update on Korean peninsular economics. First Aidan Foster Carter tells BAKS that in August President Lee Myung-bak’s military banned “Bad Samaritans,” by Chang Ha-joon, an economics professor at the University of Cambridge, for being un-Korean. Then on the […]

“Poverty Seen through the Lens” at KCC

Notice of the upcoming show at the KCC, featuring Korean and non-Korean photographers An international photography exhibition on the topic of global poverty will be held at the Korean Cultural Centre UK, from 21 October to 4 November 2008, under the title of “Blight and Hope: Poverty Seen Through the Lens,” hosted by the Korean […]

Crowning glory at the Smile of Buddha

Matthew Jackson reports from the “Smile of Buddha” exhibition in Brussels I had never been to the Bozar Centre (French: “Palais des Beaux-Arts”) in Belgium prior to the current “Smile of Buddha” exhibition of Korean Buddhist art. It is an impressive place (right) and I highly recommend it if you are ever in Brussels. The […]

Francesca Cho: Old Paintings in Surgery

FRANCESCA CHO: OLD PAINTINGS IN SURGERY Location: Lilyville Surgery 630 Fulham Road London SW6 5RS Entrance on Lilyville Road, off of Fulham Road Time: 17 October – 14 November Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri 11am-1pm and 2.30pm – 3.30pm. Wed 11am-1.00pm or by appointment: Ms. Linda Gilson (020 7731 9388) Contact: Curator Lois Olmstead email: lolmstead […]

Korea Times and National Branding

The Korea Times is currently running an interesting series of articles on Korea’s national brand. The paper has asked a number of foreigners – branding, business, tourism and advertising specialists – to comment on Korea’s perception overseas. Some of the writers are uniquely qualified to provide insights: Simon Anholt, for example, is the man who […]

DPRK on the US terrorism list and verification

Just received from the DPRK embassy in London Foreign Ministry Spokesman on DPRK’s Will to Cooperate in Verification of Objects of Nuclear Disablement Pyongyang, October 12 (KCNA) — A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA Sunday as regards the U.S.’s delisting the DPRK as “a […]

Some of my favourite gugak fusion videos

A lazy post with a link to a performance of a number entitled “Seoul in panic” by the gugak fusion band Sorea. Modern music performed on traditional instruments, with dancing both traditional and modern. It could be taken straight from a Korea, Sparkling promotional video. It works rather well: The b-boys are from Extreme Crew. […]