January events 2021

It’s often the case that January is a little dry on the cultural front, and this year that’s particularly true. We have look to the Korea Society in New York and Royal Asiatic Society, Korea Branch, in Seoul for online offerings that will supplement our diet. Think of it as an opportunity to make inroads […]

A review of the Korean cultural year 2020

It would be an understatement to say that the cultural year 2020 has been markedly different from previous years. The pandemic has had a huge impact on the cultural scene, with most live events cancelled and event promoters falling back on the internet to provide us with our cultural fixes. Some of these attempts have […]

December events 2020

As we emerge from the lockdown: Exhibitions The KCC’s Artist of the Year exhibition featuring Jewyo Rhii lasts until the end of January. There’s a series of online talks associated with the exhibition. Han Collection has an exhibition of buncheong ceramics all month. Skipwiths have an online exhibition featuring Hyojin Park – Spiritual Garden Awakening […]

Review: City of Ash and Red

City of Ash and Red is a novel for 2020, even though it was originally published in 2010. Inspired no doubt in part by the SARS outbreak of 2002-3, Pyun Hye-young imagines a world where a virus has the potential to shut down whole countries, in which visitors are tested for infection on arrival at […]

Gallery: START Art Fair 2020

A few installation views of the Korean artists and galleries displaying work at START Art Fair in the Saatchi Gallery at the end of October: A show-stopping display of Ceviga’s work by Skipwiths – who also introduced a work by Kim Hayoung; Intricate musical sculptures by Eunhyue Shin – constructed in part from broken musical […]

Review: Na Man’gap – the Diary of 1636

Na Man’gap’s Diary of 1636, as George Kallander explains in his informative introduction, is the longest known private account of the second Manchu invasion of Korea. Na (1592 – 1642) was a senior scholar-official who was with the King and court inside Namhansanseong – he was in charge of military rations – throughout the siege […]

November events 2020

As we head back into lock-down, there’s only a couple of days left in November to visit the exhibitions. And we commiserate with the KCCUK and LEAFF organisers, who have worked so hard to find venues for screenings and live music only to find that the pandemic has other ideas. Books and Talks Thank heavens […]