Lee Hyung-koo (이형구)

Asia Triennial Manchester has come round again, with two weeks of contemporary art from around Asia. The event was last held in 2014, with a focus on China, which somewhat squeezed any Korean interest out of the programme. ATM18: Where are you from? No, where are you really from? 5 – 21 October 2018, Manchester www.atm.mmu.ac.uk […]

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2017 travel diary 10: A lazy weekend in Seoul

by Philip Gowman 6 May 2017
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Insadong, Seoul, 6 May 2018. There is never a shortage of things to do in Seoul. For the final weekend of my 2017 Korea trip I had not scheduled anything other than a couple of dinner engagements. I could easily have done nothing apart from hanging out in my new favourite coffee shop. Their fresh salads […]

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Have a Good Day, Mr Kim! – Choi and Lager’s summer exhibition in Cologne

by Events Editor 14 June 2015
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Nowhere near London, but I’m posting this just because I wish I could find a conveniently-timed flight to get me to the opening event, as this is an exhibition I’d love to get to. I fear that this press release is the closest I’m going to get. Choi and Lager have assembled a pretty impressive […]

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Exhibition visit: Who is Alice? – Works from the MMCA collection at Spazio Lightbox, Venice

by Philip Gowman 29 June 2013
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In previous years, the Venice Biennale has featured a number of Korea-related shows as collateral events scattered around the islands, giving a dedicated visitor the opportunity to walk through the backstreets and explore the vaporetto network while enjoying new artworks. In 2013 most of the Korean artists were gathered together in one place, in an […]

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Who is Alice? – MMCA’s Biennale Collateral event

by Events Editor 29 May 2013
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The Venice Biennale always has some Korean artists participating in collateral events, but this is the first time I can think of that there has been a major government-sponsored initiative. This special exhibition features works from the permanent collection of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Exhibition announcement courtesy of the MMCA. Who […]

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Hyungkoo Lee at Bexley Heritage Trust: BEASTLY HALL – A place where artists and creatures collide

by Events Editor 5 April 2013
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Hyungkoo Lee at Bexley Heritage Trust BEASTLY HALL – A place where artists and creatures collide 28 March – 1 September 2013 Celebrate 60 years of our historic Queen’s Beasts topiaries by escaping into a world of fantastical creatures. Meet a carnival of unlikely monsters and unnatural beings in the new exhibition, Beastly Hall. Featuring […]

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High-rise Korean art at NEO Bankside from Choi and Lager

by Philip Gowman 18 December 2012
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2012 has been a year when Korean art has emerged from the sterile white cube of the gallery to be displayed in real-life spaces. From working offices to inhabited domestic settings, it has been a good year for seeing art in places where you can live with and enjoy it on a daily basis rather […]

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One Must Imagine Sisyphus Happy: Art in Residence at NEO Bankside

by Events Editor 7 October 2012
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This year, we have begun to see Korean art exhibited in more imaginative venues. Not the white cubes or the formal commercial or public galleries, but places where you can imagine artworks actually living and breathing: in a domestic space, or in an office reception. From Albemarle’s Korean Art show at Moor House to ISKAI’s […]

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Sesame and Saatchi – two contemporary Korean art exhibitions

by Philip Gowman 9 July 2009
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The first hanging of the Moon Generation exhibition, for all the fanfares which went with it, was disappointing. Single works by different artists can work in a room together – Christie’s showed us how with their recent photography sale – but the Moon Generation curator’s first shot at doing so failed. In part, this was […]

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Guerrilla artists take on the establishment

by Philip Gowman 30 June 2009
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In the north-east extremities of the City, on the fringes of bohemian Hoxton, is I-MYU, a small gallery on the first floor of a shared block. You need to ring the doorbell to gain admittance. Since its opening nearly two years ago, I-MYU has been championing the cause of Korean artists. Im Jeongae and Yu […]

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Korean Eye: Moon Generation at the Saatchi Gallery

by Events Editor 16 June 2009
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News of a big Korean contemporary art exhibition in a high profile gallery, with lots of big name artists, many of whom will be familiar to gallery-frequenters in London. I’ll do a proper article shortly, but in the meanwhile, here’s the official notice: EXHIBITION TO SHOWCASE KOREA’S PREMIER CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS FOR THE FIRST TIME ON […]

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Pseudo-scientist inventing reality: a visit to Lee Hyung-koo’s work at the Venice Biennale 2007

by Philip Gowman 7 November 2007
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Lee Hyungkoo: The Homo Species Korean Pavilion, 52nd Venice Biennale, 10 June – 21 November 2007 In a Biennale dominated by the theme of war, AIDS, destruction and desolation, it was comforting to find some of the country pavilions conforming to national stereotypes. The French pavilion dissected a love letter written by a rather callous […]

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Korea at the Venice Biennale 2007: Lee Hyungkoo — The Homo Species

by Events Editor 20 May 2007
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Details of Korea’s participation in this year’s Biennale: Hyungkoo Lee: The Home Species Korean Pavilion, Venice, 10 June – 21 November 2007 Curator’s Introduction The starting point of curating this exhibition was to reconsider the geopolitical and cultural specificities of the national pavilion system at the Venice Biennale. Since Belgium had its own exclusive exhibition […]

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Kimchi juice: the art medium of the future

by Philip Gowman 30 September 2006
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I went to the “Give me Shelter” exhibition at the Union Gallery one lunchtime this week, as it’s only 15 minutes walk from my office. I’ll be going back again. Possibly the easiest works to relate to are the biggest and the smallest. Hyungkoo Lee‘s skeletal coyote and roadrunner occupied a whole room, atmospherically lit. […]

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Exhibition news: Give me Shelter, at the Union Gallery

by Events Editor 26 September 2006
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Thanks to Peter Corbishley who told me about this exhibition over a soju or two at the Anglo-Korean Society V&A evening. At the Union Gallery in Southwark there’s an exhibition of works – sculpture and paintings – by five emerging Korean artists, Hyunjhin Baik, Suejin Chung, Osang Gwon, Dongwook Lee and Hyungkoo Lee. Above is […]

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