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Translated Vase: Yeesookyung and Sang-ah Kim in conversation

The British Museum is celebrating London Craft Week with a conversation between ceramic artist and sculptor Yeesookyung and curator Sang-ah Kim:

Translated Vase

Thursday 7 October 2021, 12.00–13.00 via Zoom
Registration required via the British Museum website

Translated Vase talk

Join Sang-ah Kim, the Museum’s newly appointed Korean collections curator, as she interviews interdisciplinary artist Yeesookyung.

They’ll discuss Yee’s renowned Translated Vase series, along with her other works. Yee’s Translated Vase_2018 TVG 1 is currently on view in the Museum’s Korea Foundation Gallery (Room 67).

It has been filmed in situ at Yeesookyung’s solo exhibition Moonlight Crowns at the Art Sonje Center(Opens in new window) in Korea. We’re grateful to the filmmaker Yun Yang Seok, BAO Media and to the Art Sonje Center for their support. This event is presented in Korean with English subtitles.

Presented in association with London Craft Week. Supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea.

Yeesookyung is an interdisciplinary artist based in Seoul, Korea, best known for her Translated Vase series – two of which are held in the British Museum’s collection. Yeesookyung’s solo exhibitions include Moonlight Crowns (Art Sonje Center, Korea, 2021), Whisper Only to You (Museo Madre and Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, Italy, 2019) and Yeesookyung: Contemporary Korean Sculpture (Asia Society Texas Center, USA, 2015). Her work has also featured in international exhibitions such as Being Human: An exhibition of modern sculpture (Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, UK, 2019), Exhibition Paradoxa. Art from Middle Korea (Casa Cavazzini, Italy, 2018) and The 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia Viva Arte Viva (Italy, 2017). Yeesookyung’s works are in the collections of the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea, Leeum Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in the USA, Museum of Fine Arts Boston in USA, IFEMA ARCO Collection in Madrid, Echigo-Tsumari City Collection in Japan, the British Museum, Spencer Museum of Art at University of Kansas in USA, and M+ Museum in Hong Kong, among others.

Sang-ah Kim is the British Museum’s curator for Korean collections. She studied Asian Art History and Chinese Literature at SOAS University of London, University of Oregon, and Korea University. Prior to joining the British Museum, Kim worked at the Portland Art Museum, where she was involved in the repatriation of an 18th-century Buddhist painting to Korea and curated several gallery rotations and exhibitions including Straddling Borders, Embracing Cross-Cultural Identities (2018), The Shape of the Land: Topographical Painting and Maps in Late Joseon Korea (2018), and Squirrels, Tigers, and Towering Peaks: Korean Paintings from the Mary and Cheney Cowles Collection (2019).


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