Exhibition: Christopher Barrett – SEOUL 2 B

News of a Korea-related photographic exhibition in Commercial Road, starting this Thursday, 3 June: Christopher Barrett – SEOUL 2 B 03 Jun – 26 Jun 2010 photo-space gallery A visually powerful photographic journey of eastern intrigue across land and sea starting in South Korea with the desire to enter one of the most talked about, […]

Lee Chang-dong and Poetry at Cannes

“Poetry” misses out on Cannes top award, but wins Lee Chang-dong Best Screenplay award. http://bit.ly/cfcKR2 # The Joongang Ilbo tells us that the Korean Film Council rejected Lee’s request for funding: the screenplay was too much like a novel ‘”Poetry” is a dazzling piece of screen portraiture. Yun Jung-hee surely a front runner for Best […]

2010 Travel Diary #4: The Yongin Folk Village

Saturday 1 May 2010. Today is a tourism day. We head out to Yongin, just outside the famous city of Suwon where the UNESCO-registered Hwaseong Fortress is situated. Yongin contains a folk village which opened in late 1974, at the height of the Saemaeul movement when modernisation in the countryside was bringing to an end […]

British designers create Gongju Design Cafe

UK designers seek to transform Gongju town hall into a design cafe. Korea Times http://bit.ly/azWtvV #. Sponsored by Gongju City, the British Council and the Korean National University of Cultural Heritage, the renovation of the Japanese colonial-era (1910-45) building was completed by Michael Marriott, Anthony Burrill, Linda Brothwell, Fabien Cappello and Korean architect Kim Paik-sun.

Park Chan-soo gives Buddhist art a new voice

Most classic representations of Buddha, and indeed many items of Buddhist art more generally, are quiet and pensive. As they have come down to us, they are painted in subdued and muted colours, or left in simple undecorated stone or metal. At her lecture at the KCC last week, Park Young-sook pointed out that originally […]

Changrae Lee at Asia House

Some authors read their books aloud well. Others don’t. Unfortunately Changrae Lee reading a passage from The Surrendered didn’t make me want to rush out and buy it. # But it was nice to see Margaret Drabble turn up to listen to him at Asia House tonight. Quite a good turnout. #

Upcoming sale at Christie’s Hong Kong

Some absolutely cracking Korean work for sale at Christie’s Asia Contemporary Art sale in Hong Kong, 30 May http://bit.ly/ccX9U3 # – including works by Chun Kwang-young, Kang Hyung-koo, Kim Dong-yoo and Yi Hwan-kwon. All four artists have exhibited in London, Chun Kwang-young via I-MYU Projects and the others at various Korean Eye exhibitions. Update: Between […]