Korean Old Pop at I-MYU

Notice of I-MYU’s latest exhibition, which is well worth a visit. Korean Old Pop 26 June 2009 ~ 18 July 2009 I-MYU Projects | 23 Charlotte Road | London EC2A 3PB Curator: Min Byung Jic Artists: Kim Ki Yong | Kang Young Min | The Jack Sponsors: Art Council Korea | Art space Hue This […]

A manhwa artist at war

The Manhwa exhibition at the Korean Cultural Centre finished this week, in preparation for the new Living Heritage exhibition. It was an interesting exhibition, giving some of the history of manhwa from its beginnings in early twentieth century newspapers, to the graphic novels which are avidly consumed today and which form a major part of […]

Ideal Worlds at Sesame Art

I must apologise to the folks at the Sesame gallery in Islington for failing to post this events notice earlier. Ideal Worlds South Korean Contemporary Art Koh Sang Woo | Luca Sangjun Kim | Gee Song 4 June – 3 July 2009 Opening Reception: Thursday 4 June 6-8pm Sesame | 354 Upper Street | Islington […]

Distinctively Korean sales at Christie’s

Coinciding with the interest in Korean art being generated by the Korean Eye: Moon Generation exhibition in the Saatchi gallery, Christie’s are holding an auction of contemporary photography on 1 July, in a sale which includes several Koreans who have featured on the pages of LKL. Probably the most eminent of the photographers represented is […]

Living Heritage at the KCC

An Exhibition of Intangible Heritage Properties produced by twenty-five of Korea’s finest Master Craftsmen and Women. 29 June ~ 21 July 2009 The Korean Cultural Centre proudly announces the upcoming exhibition of Living Heritage at the Korean Cultural Centre UK. The title Living Heritage is one given by UNESCO that refers to the most fragile […]

Max Hastings: The Korean War

Pan Macmillan, 1987 There are so many books on the Korean War, which commenced 59 years ago today, that it’s difficult to know where to start. One history which has stood the test of time is by Max Hastings. Clocking in at 35% fewer pages than David Halberstam’s recent well-received account, Max Hastings’s The Korean […]

London salerooms get Korean bug

Two of London’s main art dealers and auction houses are majoring in Korean art at the moment. Phillips de Pury, tucked in behind the old Army & Navy store in Victoria, has an exhibition and sale of major contemporary artists which it hopes will become an annual event, while Christie’s is preparing for an auction […]

The Marines who never returned screens at the KCC

News of the screening at the Cultural Centre on 25 June, the anniversary of the start of the Korean War. Lee Man-hee’s classic war film – difficult to get to see. As usual, pre-registration is required. The Marines Who Never Returned (돌아오지 않는 해병) Director: Lee Man-hee (1963, 110 mins) Starring: Choi Mu-ryong, Chang Dong-hui […]

A scientific look at ancient Korean art

Jennifer Barclay reports on the Anglo-Korean Society evening at the Korean Cultural Centre, 16 June 2009 Short documentaries on some of Korea’s ancient cultural artefacts were shown at the Korean Cultural Centre on 16 June, presented by members of the non-profit Korean Spirit and Cultural Promotion Project. Matthew Jackson and Hang-Jin Chang, who graduated together […]

Contemporary Dance at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery is hosting four performances of a contemporary dance production over two weekends in celebration of its new exhibition, The Polish Connection. The dance performance has been developed in relation to an installation by Antoni Malinowski. Working from the 18th Century portraits of King Stanislaw the vectors of the Polish King’s gaze are […]

Nanta: Catch it while you can

It’s impossible not to admire the hard-working, multi-talented Koreans who perform in the energetic shows like Breakout (2007), Jump (2002), and, the original, Nanta (1997), which is currently showing at the Rose Theatre. And it’s impossible not to be entertained. There’s probably little to say about Nanta which hasn’t already been said. The performers are […]

Korean Eye: Moon Generation at the Saatchi Gallery

News of a big Korean contemporary art exhibition in a high profile gallery, with lots of big name artists, many of whom will be familiar to gallery-frequenters in London. I’ll do a proper article shortly, but in the meanwhile, here’s the official notice: Korean Eye: Moon Generation Exhibition to showcase Korea’s premier contemporary artists for […]

The Manhwa 100 Workshop

Celebrating a Centenary of Korean Comics The Korean Cultural Centre Tuesday 23rd June 2009 ‘Finding Your Own Way’ With Damian Gascoigne As a culmination of this summer’s centenary celebrations of Manhwa at the Korean Cultural Centre UK, we are proud to announce that the guest speaker for The Manhwa 100 Workshop will be established illustrator; […]

Nanta comes to the Rose Theatre

Readers who are familiar with Jump and Breakout will need no persuasion to come along to Nanta as part of the New Malden Festival. Koreans seem to specialise in high energy non-verbal performances with a wide international appeal, and Nanta is no exception. It won the top prize at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1999 […]