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A round-up of current and recent exhibitions

Since the lifting of most of lockdown restrictions put in place at the height of the pandemic, Korean art-related events have recently resumed in the UK.

Seoul Unfolded
Seoul Unfolded, installation view © Dan Weill Photography

The KCCUK programme, once the Rendered Reality exhibition by Joonhong Min and Shinuk Suh closed, moved on to Seoul Unfolded, a display of architectural projects and works featuring the city of Seoul. The show is open until 26 September 2020.

Joonhong Min: Non-monumental Monument (2020)
Non-monumental monument, acrylic and pen drawing on found objects, dimensions variable, 2020 by Joonhong Min. Courtesy the artist

Meanwhile, Rendered Reality artist Joonhong Min joined a London-based residency programme supported by the Hungarian Cultural Centre London, which culminated in a Private View and Artist Talk earlier this month. In this exhibition, named Ghost Relics, Min, who exhibited his works alongside two Hungarian artists, reworked his distinctive theme of pen drawings on waste material creating new sculptural video installations and extending his composition to the wall and pavement through bright yellow sellotape. Furthermore, the artist co-curated a group show, Urban Reckoning, which is taking place at the Koppel Project Hive gallery in the Holborn Viaduct, from 10 September to 17 October 2020. Among the participating artists, Korean painter Sunyoung Hwang is also showing some of her works. The young artist, who is based in London, creates colourful abstract paintings coming in various sizes and combinations of colours:

Joonhong Min and Sunyoung Hwang
Joonhong Min: The Debris from the Future Past (2020) – Acrylic, pen drawing and found objects, dimensions variable, with (r) Sunyoung Hwang: Caress (2020) – Acrylic and Oil on canvas, 152 x 149cm (photo: LKL)

Another young painter, Minyoung Choi, has recently showed her works at Lychee One gallery in London.  The artist joined the group show Staycation with a some evocative framed works, watercolour on paper:

Choi Minyoung installation view
Installation view of Minyoung Choi’s watercolours, courtesy Lychee One Gallery and the artist

Finally, London-based Korean art gallery Han Collection also recently opened a new exhibition, showing moistly antiques related to the life of Joseon Dynasty Korean scholar and the room, called Sarangbang, in which he would focus on his art practice and studies. The exhibition, called: The Aesthetic of the Korean Scholar – Purity and Virtue, features several types of objects and artworks, ranging from ceramics to furniture, scroll paintings to daily items used by the scholar.

Han Collection: Purity and Virtue
Installation view of The Aesthetic of the Korean Scholar – Purity and Virtue, at Han Collection (photo: LKL)

It’s great to learn about this new shows around London and we are looking forward to see what the future holds for the Korean art scene in the UK.

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