Brief exhibition visit: Hyojin Park in Reconstructed Minds, at Skipwiths

Skipwiths’ inaugural group show, which juxtaposes the works of three contemporary artists alongside ancient Chinese ceramics and 20th Century Western artists, is remarkably successful in drawing parallels – both intended and unintended – between the works. Hyojin Park is represented not just by one of her photographic prints from the Spiritual Garden series but two sculptures […]

Joo Yeon Sir’s March concert diary

At LKL we’re full of admiration for Joo Yeon Sir’s stamina and more importantly her musicianship. Here’s her packed schedule for March. I’m definitely going to try to get to some of her Beethoven Sonata cycle – each one performed with a different accompanist. Tuesday 3rd March 2015 6.00pm Inner Parry Room, Royal College of […]

Concert Notes: Korean Chamber Orchestra with John Malkovich at the QEH

To celebrate their 50th birthday, the Korean Chamber Orchestra are doing a European tour, and their first stop was London. For works involving just strings, the orchestra is directed by its konzertmeister Kim Min, and for their London concert Finnish conductor Ralf Gothoni took the baton for anything larger. It was ambitious to open their London concert […]

Exhibition visit: Out of the Ordinary — Award-winning works by Young Korean Architects

LKL reports from the exhibition of young Korean architects at The CASS, which runs until 28 February. In an informative essay in the Out of the Ordinary catalogue, associate curator Junghyun Park gives us a fascinating snippet of information. When Neo meets the Architect of The Matrix in the final scene of The Matrix Reloaded, […]

Hyojin Park in Skipwiths inaugural show

If you went to the London Art Fair this year and visited the Skipwiths / CAIS stall, you will have noticed that the photographic prints of Hyojin Park were getting a lot of attention. Park now features in the gallery’s inaugural group show, runs until 14 March. Reconstructed Minds February 12th – March 14th Skipwiths […]

TV Drama pilot episodes to screen at KCC

As if there wasn’t enough to do on the first Thursday of the month, there’s now TV Drama at the KCC that will be battling for precious space in your diaries. The first screening is 5 March, 7pm – 10pm. As usual, registration is required via London K-Drama Screening March 2015 This is the […]

Published this month: Ko Un’s Maninbo, from Bloodaxe

Bloodaxe Books, who last year brought us Kim Hyesoon’s I’m OK, I’m Pig!, and who brought us Ko Un’s moving First Person Sorrowful in 2012 continue their support for Korean poetry in translation by bringing us a selection from Ko Un’s magnum opus, Ten Thousand Lives. Once again Brother Anthony and Lee Sang-Wha are the […]

Looking back at 2014: Domestic news

Our final look back at 2014: mainly domestic news stories from South Korea: The Sewol and safety culture The MV Sewol capsized on 16 April, causing the death of 304 passengers. A number of factors contributed to the disaster, including lax safety inspections, unsafe modifications, unsecured cargo, overloading, and an inexperienced crew hired on temporary […]