For those who missed the Anglo-Korean Society event at the Korean Cultural Centre on 16th June, a slightly more extended version will be held at the Fulham Public Library this month, 16-19 July. Included will be all of Francesca Cho’s original paintings inspired by hangeul. A slideshow of her work was shown at the Cultural Centre, but some of the key slides were withdrawn at the last minute at the request of the KCC: for some reason, the works’ titles (North and South) were deemed to be diplomatically inopportune, despite having been painted twelve years ago. This rather explains Jennifer Barclay’s impression that the talk introducing Cho’s work could have been better articulated: with half the subject matter vanishing without notice, the curator had to make some hasty last minute changes to her talk.
Exploring Korea’s Cultural Legacy from Past to Present
Curated by Francesca di Fraia
A series of short films on Korea’s artistic and cultural treasures produced by the Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project will be screened by Hang-jin Chang and Matthew Jackson. Francesca Cho will introduce a series of modern paintings inspired by King Sejong’s Hangeul alphabet, which continues to spiritually influence her work to this day.
The documentaries will include The Sarira Casket, Koryo Buddhist Paintings, The Seokkuram Grotto and Korea Today. These were shown to more than 2,000 people in Brussels at the Smile of Buddha exhibition, one of the largest offerings of Korean art to date with over 60,000 visitors.
Francesca Cho: North and South 1 & 2 (1997)
Thursday 16 July: 10am – 8pm
Friday 17 & Saturday 18 July: 10am – 5pm
Sunday 19 July: 11am – 4pm
Film screenings available throughout the exhibition at stated times and on request.
Talk hours (with film screenings):
Saturday 11:30am – 1:00pm; 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Sunday 11:30am – 1:00pm; 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Free entry to the exhibition and talks. Sponsored by Samsung and the Korea Tourism Organisation.
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