Exhibition visit: Contemporary Korean Ceramics at the V+A

This year-long exhibition as part of the Korea/UK 2017-18 cultural collaboration brings together a range of approaches and responses to Korean ceramics. From work that is purely functional to work that is purely decorative, via work that seeks to critique contemporary Korean society, the unifying element is the quality of the craftsmanship and execution. Yoon […]

Kang Ik-joong’s Floating Dreams: the stories

As Kang Ik-joong said of his installation on the Thames: his motive in collecting drawings from the North Koreans displaced by the Korean War was actually to collect their stories. Here are some of those stories, as shared on the Totally Thames website. Park Yun Ok (age 95) http://totallythames.org/blog/floating-dreams-one-dream-many-stories “My name is Park Yun Ok. […]

Chuseok at the British Museum – 17 Sept

A chance to catch up on the things you didn’t manage to fit in on Friday evening. This is the last of three special Chuseok sessions at the British Museum, and with so much going on you’ll need to plan carefully. Here’s LKL’s unofficial timetable to assist (click for a full-size version): Follow these links […]

Chuseok at the British Museum – 16 Sept

It’s going to be hard to choose between the various events on offer this Friday evening – the second of three special Chuseok days at the British Museum. The essential session is Kang Ik-joong’s talk about his installation on the Thames, at 7pm in the BP Lecture Theatre, but half an hour seems rather brief […]

2013 Travel Diary #31: We are all heroes – Baseball and the Bull at Seoul Museum

Seoul Museum, Buamdong, Seoul, Saturday 14 September, 4pm. Seoul Museum’s current exhibition focuses on Park Chan-ho, an inspirational baseball player who played in the US, including at the LA Dodgers, in a career that spanned 18 years from 1994 to 2012. An oversized sculpture of him in Gwon Osang’s familiar style greets you as you […]

I need to win the lottery – fast

Coming up this month is a big sale of Korean work at Christie’s sale rooms in New York. The flagship piece is a mature work by Kim Whanki (1913-1974) with the rather dull title of 2-V-73 #313. If the estimated $1 million price tag is beyond all but the uber-rich and lottery winners, there are […]

Royal Ancestors – the tweets

8 March: Just heard some good news. Time to start planning a trip to Seoul in early May # 13 April: Really looking forward to my Korea trip later this month. Jongmyo rituals in Seoul and springtime herbs in Sancheong, Gyeongsannamdo. Perfect. Provided the volcanic ash lets up.# 18 April: Will the 30 April Indieful […]