Korean Eye 2020 comes to Saatchi Gallery

After the trailer exhibition at START Art Fair 2019 and a full-scale exhibition at the Hermitage in St Petersburg, Korean Eye 2020 comes to the Saatchi Gallery, launching the autumn season of Korean cultural events in London. We understand that the exhibition will be slightly expanded towards the end of the month with the incorporation […]

A review of the Korean cultural year 2019

A review of some of the highlights and trends in the Korean cultural year, primarily in London but also with half an eye to anything we might have seen elsewhere in the UK. The review is a personal one, inevitably skewed towards the events we managed to get to. Introduction This time last year I […]

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 […]

Exhibition news: Shin Meekyoung’s Translation Paintings at Asia House

Shin Meekyoung’s exhibition of her Painting Series earlier this year came to a slightly premature end when the gallery hosting it unexpectedly closed. The exhibition had been beautifully set up, and we really enjoyed it. Hopefully the series should work equally well in Asia House’s Georgian interior. Translation Paintings by Meekyoung Shin Friday 14 August–Friday […]

Exhibition visit: Shin Meekyoung — Painting Series, at HADA Contemporary

According to the notice advertising the exhibition, Shin Meekyoung’s Painting Series questions the values we ascribe to art works: by using expendable material rather than canvas and oils, and by avoiding the depiction of any discernible subject matter, she aims “to question the authority the painting has enjoyed for centuries.” Shin’s soap paintings are meant […]

Shin Meekyoung and T.O.P receive Prudential Eye awards

London-based South Korean artist Shin Meekyoung won the 2015 Prudential Eye Award in the sculpture category, at a cemerony held in Singapore on 20 January this year. The Prudential Eye Awards were launched in 2014 by the Prudential Eye Programme, a partnership between Parallel Contemporary Art, Saatchi Gallery and Prudential – the collaboration which also […]

The London Korean Links Awards 2014

Our regular unscientific seasonal post which recognises some of the people, books, films and events which made 2014 an outstanding year. Personality of the Year This year there seem to have been more anti-heroes than heroes – examples to avoid rather than emulate. Villains we loved to hate this year have included the reclusive photographer, […]

Shin Meekyoung’s Toilet Project comes to sketch London

Shin Meekyoung’s Toilet Project seems to be getting everywhere. Now at a club just off Regent Street. Meekyoung Shin: Toilet Project sketch, 9 Conduit Street, W1S 2XG FROM JULY Hanmi gallery is pleased to present Meekyoung Shin’s ongoing “Toilet Project” at sketch London, which will feature soap “artefact” sculptures that visitors can ‘use’ in the […]

Friday Late at the V&A: the final programme

The Korean Friday Late at the V&A promises to be both lively and interesting. Details have been emerging over the last couple of weeks, and their press release at www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/f/friday-late/ is now final. Below is the text, expanded in places with LKL’s commentary in italics and images from our archives. Friday Late: Korea 30 May […]