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V&A’s Friday Late celebrates Hallyu

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is celebrating the Korean Wave and we couldn’t be any more excited. The term refers to the spread in popularity on a global scale of all things Korean, with idol music and dramas at the forefront of this global phenomenon. For the majority of the year, every last Friday … [Read More]

Friday Late at the V+A: Making Waves

This special Friday Late, Making Waves, spotlights the explosive creative energy of contemporary Korean culture, held in conjunction with our current exhibition Hallyu! The Korean Wave. Hallyu refers to the rapid rise of pop culture from South Korea, led by K-drama and cinema, K-pop, and K-beauty and fashion, which has inspired a global following. For this … [Read More]

Exhibition: Hallyu! The Korean Wave – at the V+A

From K-Pop costumes to K-drama props and posters, alongside photography, sculpture, fashion, video and pop culture ephemera, the exhibition invites visitors to delve into the phenomenon known as ‘hallyu’ – meaning ‘Korean Wave’. Hallyu rose to prominence in the late 1990s, rippling across Asia before reaching all corners of the world and challenging the currents … [Read More]

Wanted: K-Pop banners for V&A Hallyu exhibition

Help the Victoria and Albert Museum showcase K-Pop banners in their upcoming exhibition Hallyu! The Korean Wave – and your creation could end up in their permanent collection! The V&A are launching a public call-out for K-Pop banners, to help highlight the vital role that fandoms play in the phenomenon of K-Pop. The chosen banners … [Read More]

V+A Korean programme receives boost from MCST

Great news for the V&A’s programme of Korean activities and gallery: V&A announces landmark partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism 17 June 2020: The V&A has today announced a new five-year partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Korea. This major grant will enable the redevelopment of the museum’s … [Read More]

Sung Im Her performs Human Wall at the V+A

As part of Refugee Week 2018 Sing Im Her will be giving a performance at the V&A this Sunday afternoon: Human Wall Sunday, 17 June 2018 The John Madejski Garden | Victoria and Albert Museum Free event Performers: Sung Im Her | Jin Han Choi | Hae Yeon Lim Music: James Hamilton “Human Wall” by … [Read More]

Kim Juree’s work at the V+A is melting …

An integral and intended feature of Kim Juree’s work is that it self-destructs. As I said a couple of months ago when first reporting on the V+A’s Contemporary Korean Ceramics exhibition: “Kim makes models of 1980s-1990s houses being demolished in her naighbourhood. The houses are characterised by a unique combination of western and Korean architectural … [Read More]

A focus on Korean Jewellery at the V+A

The Victoria and Albert Museum has been collaborating with the Korea Craft and Design Foundation on a project where a group of eight Korean jewellery practitioners will come to the V&A for a two-week workshop during the London Design Festival from the 18 to 29 September. We get the opportunity to meet those designers at … [Read More]

Event news: A lacquer masterclass at the V+A

An opportunity to get behind the scenes of the V+A’s lacquer collection: Lustrous Surfaces: East Asian Lacquer Masterclass ART STUDIO 10:15 – 16:45 Sackler Centre for the Arts, Victoria and Albert Museum 8 November 2017 Join expert curators and conservators from the V&A on a unique exploration of the traditions and techniques of East Asian … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]

Exhibition visit: Yiyun Kang’s Casting, at the V+A

Yiyun Kang’s Casting installation, in which she projects lighting effects with pinpoint accuracy onto the complex 3-dimensional surfaces of Roman and medieval sculptures, is a slightly eerie and a very special experience. The technique, known called projection-mapping, requires painstaking measurements of the target surface to be taken, to ensure that the projection is not distorted by … [Read More]