General arts news

Artist Bada Song and critic / lecturer Paul O’Kane spent a large part of last year helping to translate and edit an important new collection of mid-to-late 20th century writings of renowned Korean art critic Lee Yil (1932-1997), “the main observer of “Dansaekhwa”, or Korean monochrome”. That work has now come to fruition, with the […]

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Lee Ufan in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist

by Events Editor 23 January 2018
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A talk to go with Lee Ufan’s installation outside the Serpentine Gallery. Lee Ufan in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist 6 Feb 2018, 6:00 pm Korean Cultural Centre UK, Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW, Main Entrance: Northumberland Avenue Tickets £5 via Ticketweb Lee Ufan will be in conversation with Serpentine Galleries Artistic Director, […]

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4482 Sasapari – Open Call for Artists

by Philip Gowman 3 January 2018
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It’ll be nice to have Sasapari back. Korean artists: get your applications in by 15 February! Voices of Korean Contemporary Artists: Butterfly Effect 4482 (sasapari), a figure made from combining the calling codes of the UK (44) and South Korea (82), is the name adopted by a collective group of Korean Contemporary Artists. Since the […]

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Studio visit: Kim Juree & Neil Brownsword’s open studio at the V+A

by Philip Gowman 18 December 2017
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Do pay a visit to see Kim Juree and Neil Brownsword at the V+A during one of their open studios. There will be more coming in early 2018 before their joint residency ends in March. Neil will tell you about his visits to Icheon and his current project at the V+A with 19th-century ceramic pattern […]

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Jewyo Rhii & Jihyun Jung in conversation with Je Yun Moon

by Events Editor 25 November 2017
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In advance of the exhibition Dawn Breaks, Jewyo Rhii and Jihyun Jung will be in conversation with curator Je Yun Moon (Korean Cultural Centre UK) at the ArtReview Bar. This talk is organised in collaboration with Amanda Wilkinson Gallery which is presenting Jewyo Rhii’s solo exhibition The Day 3, Walls and Barbed from 18 November […]

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Soyoung Chung in Delfina Foundation residency

by Events Editor 10 September 2017
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Browsing the Delfina Foundation website while looking at events for the UK-Korea Year of Culture, I discover that things are happening already. Founded in 2007, Delfina promotes artistic exchange and experimentation. Soyoung Chung residency London: 26 June — 17 September 2017 Soyoung Chung (South Korea) is an artist interested in geological studies. In her practice, […]

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Hwang Jihae’s Shoes Tree project at Seoul Station

by Philip Gowman 28 May 2017
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This year’s Chelsea Flower Show has just come to an end. No Korean participation this year, as far as I am aware. Last year Hwang Hay-joung won silver gilt for her Smart Garden sponsored by LG. But loyal readers will remember back to 2011 and 2012, when Hwang Jihae, without a big name corporate sponsor, […]

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News of the visual arts programme as part of Korea/UK season 2017/18

by Philip Gowman 27 May 2017
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Back in February, the British Council announced the various cultural events taking place in Korea as part of the UK/Korea season of cultural exchange. The first of the reciprocal events, the launch of the Korea/UK season, took place in the V&A last week with the launch of the Contemporary Korean Ceramics exhibition, with the upcoming […]

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Geumhyung Jeong in Delfina Foundation residency

by Events Editor 10 April 2017
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Coinciding with the UK-Korea cultural season, Korean artist Geumhyung Jeong has a residency at Delfina Foundation which will culminate in an exhibition later this year. Geumhyung Jeong residency 3 April – 25 June 2017 Delfina Foundation | 29-31 Catherine Place | London SW1E 6DY Geumhyung Jeong (South Korea) is a choreographer and performance artist. In […]

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Choigate, censorship and the arts

by Philip Gowman 5 November 2016
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At any other time the presence of a demonstrator outside the KCC – and outside the opening screening of the London Korean Film Festival – protesting about artistic censorship that is said to have taken place during the current KCC director’s stint at the National Gugak Centre would have been prominent news. But choreographer Jung […]

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Frieze magazine city report on Seoul – and the come-back of Kim Kulim

by Philip Gowman 29 August 2016
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There’s a very interesting feature on Seoul’s gallery scene in the summer issue of Frieze magazine, by Tate curator Lee Sook-kyung and artist and writer Travis Jeppesen. Lee’s contribution is particularly worthwhile, touching on the politics of Korea’s state-funded art institutions. Jeppesen mentions some fascinating exhibitions, which makes me wish I was able to be in […]

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Shine Artists open in Chelsea

by Events Editor 22 April 2016
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Shine Artists, who have hitherto been based in Albemarle Gallery off Piccadilly, have just opened up in the Sloane Square area. Their first exhibition features many of their house artists. From Korea: Hwang Seontae | Im Changwook | Jeong Woojae | Kim Chansong | Lee Jeonglok | Lee Jeongwoong | Mari Kim | Lee Jaehyo […]

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Event news: Sung Hwan Kim in Arttalk at KCC

by Events Editor 26 January 2016
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Sung Hwan Kim’s exhibition in Tate Modern’s tanks was one of LKL’s highlights of 2012. So we’ve cleared the diary for his talk at the KCC on Friday evening, 3 February, currently scheduled for 6:30pm, where he will be appearing with his collaborator the composer David Michael DiGregorio, aka dogr. I wonder if the KCC […]

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Korea – Australia arts exchange: engaged, or just hanging out?

by Philip Gowman 12 January 2016
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Catching your eyes as you leave the museum shop of Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art is a magazine with the arresting work of Lee Hyung-koo on the front cover. It certainly drew my attention as I reluctantly came to the end of my visit to the Asia Pacific Triennial. Taking a closer look, I noted […]

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Looking back at 2015: Culture, sport and tourism

by Philip Gowman 8 January 2016
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In the first of four articles looking back over 2015, we recall some of the culture, sports and heritage stories that made the news. Heritage The historic Baekje sites were listed by UNESCO as world heritage. UNESCO also listed in their Memory of the World register some Confucian woodblock texts and records of the family […]

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The growing interest in Dansaekhwa

by Philip Gowman 19 December 2015
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The Nation has an interesting piece by Barry Schwabsky on the recent growth in interest in Dansaekhwa in the States, pointing out that during November New York simultaneously hosted three solo shows by major artists: Chung Chang-sup at Gallerie Perrotin (3 Nov – 23 Dec) Yun Hyong-keun at Blum & Poe (30 Oct – 23 Dec) Ha Chong-hyun […]

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RIP Chun Kyung-ja

by Philip Gowman 24 October 2015
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Korea’s best-known older generation female artist, Chun Kyung-ja, died in New York two months ago aged 91, but news of her death has only just been made public. According to the Korea JoongAng Daily: Chun is best known for her exotic and strong-colored paintings of women and flowers that express sorrow, loneliness and longing. You […]

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