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Covering things Korean in London and beyond since 2006

Korean crafts at Collect 2024

Collect, now in its 20th year, offers collectors an opportunity to acquire new, museum-quality handcrafted artworks from some of 21st Century’s finest craft talent. As in previous years, there is a strong Korean representation, with five Korea-specialist galleries exhibiting. You will also find individual Korean artists in galleries without a country focus: Gallery Sklo Booth: … [Read More]

Ordinary World: KCC’s 2024 Open Call exhibition

The 2024 KCCUK Open Call exhibition ‘Ordinary World’ is a collaborative exhibition with the Korean Cultural Centres in Germany and France. In June 2023, KCC UK X Germany X France held an Open Call for art works under the theme of ‘Ordinary World’. The submissions were judged by influential jurors from each country (Gina Buenfeld-Murley … [Read More]

Architect Minsuk Cho’s Mass Studies selected for 2024 Serpentine Pavilion

Serpentine is delighted to announce that Seoul-based Korean architect Minsuk Cho and his firm Mass Studies have been selected to design the 23rd Pavilion. Mass Studies’ Pavilion will be unveiled at Serpentine South on 5th June 2024 with Goldman Sachs supporting the annual project for the 10th consecutive year. This innovative commission, which began in … [Read More]

A review of the Korean cultural year 2023

2023: a year when an environmental artist from Gwangju shared a hug with the King; four K-pop princesses went to Buckingham Palace and received honorary MBEs; and the tolling bell of Jirisan’s Daewonsa temple was broadcast on BBC Radio 4. The year marked the 140th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the UK … [Read More]

Young In Hong: Five Acts, at Spike Island

Five Acts is a new commission by Spike Island studio holder Young In Hong. Exploring lesser-known histories through photographic archives, the exhibition focuses on the history of women’s labour in Korea. Central to the commission is an embroidered tapestry that depicts women workers’ protests in Korea throughout the twentieth century and up to the present … [Read More]

Heecheon Kim: Double Poser, at Hayward Gallery

See the first UK exhibition of work by South Korean artist and film-maker Heecheon Kim, exploring how technology affects our perceptions of the world. Kim’s work conflates virtual and physical realms, embracing yet questioning our obsession and trust in advanced technologies. In his video works, Kim manipulates both filmed and found footage to challenge our … [Read More]

Seminar: AI and Humanity

The KCC is pleased to announce an in-person talk about the AI and Humanity with Shinseungback Kimyounghun. The seminar will feature the media artist group, Shin Seung-baek and Kim Yong-hoon, who have been exploring and examining the direct impact of technology on human life and the essence of it. The artists will showcase their works … [Read More]

From the Earth: Korean ceramic figures, at Han Collection

Throughout Korean history, sculptural works depicting humans and animals have served as more than mere representations of their subjects; they have been vessels of greater significance. Beyond their physical attributes, these sculptures carry narratives, cultural ethos, and societal values, offering glimpses into the intricate tapestry of Korean tradition. For this exhibition, Han Collection presents an … [Read More]

1883: A Journey Through the Archives

The KCCUK is pleased to present ‘1883: A Journey Through the Archives’ to commemorate the 140th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and the United Kingdom. The exhibition features a wonderful array of materials that presents the encounters between Korea and the UK in the early period of diplomacy in 19th century Joseon. As Korea … [Read More]

Jason Haam: ‘Karma’, at No 9 Cork Street

Jason Haam presents ‘Karma’, featuring works by four celebrated Korean painters: Jungwook Kim, Minjung Kim, Mike Lee and Moka Lee. It’s the gallery’s second exhibition in collaboration with Frieze No.9 Cork Street. The four artists in ‘Karma’ represent different eras of Korean identity, heritage and generational zeitgeists. Born across four decades from the 1960s to 1990s, all four artists are technically … [Read More]