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KCC exhibition: the Royal Palaces of Joseon

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Royal Palaces of Joseon

8 June – 21 August 2021 @ KCCUK
Pre-booking required to enable social distancing

Palace exhibition

From 8 June – 21 August 2021, the Korean Cultural Centre UK presents Royal Palaces of Joseon – an exhibition that introduces the shrines and royal palaces of Korea’s Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).

Through photographs, videos and traditional paper crafts, Royal Palaces of Joseon presents four royal palaces, Gyeongbokgung palace, Changdeokgung palace, Changgyeonggung palace, and Deoksugung palace, along with the Jongmyo Shrine which houses the ancestral tablets of the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. These five cultural assets are not just important heritage sites in Korea but also globally recognised, with Changdeokgung palace and the Ritual Ceremonies of the Jongmyo Shrine also being on UNESCO’s World Heritage lists.

The exhibition will feature artwork by cultural heritage photographer Seo Heun-kang and photographer and videographer Park Jong-woo, including a video depicting the Ritual Ceremony at Jongmyo Shrine. Also, recreating a painting of the Royal family’s wedding in 1759, Yang Mi-young creates a large-scale artwork made from Korea’s traditional paper, hanji.

At a time of restricted overseas travel, Royal Palaces of Joseon presents audiences with the rare opportunity to encounter Korea’s royal palaces in all their beauty.

About the artists:

SEO Heun-kang: Photographer

Seo majored in Documentary Photography at Chung-Ang University and works as a freelancing photographer. From the work related to the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty in 2005 followed by royal palaces and Jongmyo, he has continued to focus his works on those that are disappearing and the cultural heritage that has remained. With close observation and artistic interpretation of light and colour, Seo embodies his understanding and thinking of how ancestors adapted themselves to and harmonised with nature in his distinctive way.

As a representative cultural heritage photographer, he has had participated in numerous group and individual art exhibitions. Amongst them, “A Homage to Korean Architecture – Wisdom of the Earth” held at Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art.

PARK Jong-woo: Photographer

Park worked for Korean newspapers as a documentary photographer and as a photographer for the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Practicing in the medium of documentary photography and video, he has filmed the Demilitarized Zone or DMZ in Korea since 2009, depicting the landscapes created by the division of the Korean Peninsula in a series of works called, DMZ – Demilitarized Zone of Korea. He has had a number of group art exhibitions and individual exhibitions such as “An homage to Korean Architecture – Wisdom of the Earth” and 6 Eurasia country exhibition tour project, “Imaging Korea”.

YANG Mi-young: Hanji Craft Artist

Yang has continued to express the history of the Joseon Dynasty in various and delicate ways with the Korean paper, Hanji. With a view to a friendly non-governmental diplomacy, she reproduced Banchado (documentary painting of procession) of the Book of Royal Wedding of King Yeongjo and Queen Jeongsun among 297 books of Uigwe (royal protocols of the Joseon Dynasty), which were returned to Korea from France after 145 years. In addition, Yang intends to promote Jeonju, known as the birthplace of the Joseon Dynasty and the specialised producer of Hanji, in connection with Uigwe, the record culture of the Joseon Dynasty, not only in France but also around the world.


(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.

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