Shin Yong-il: Into the Void, at Han Collection

Shin Yong-il’s work, brought by Gallery Do, was for me the highlight of the Korean artists at last year’s London Art Fair, so I’ll definitely be looking in at Han Collection to spend more time in its company: Shin Yong-il: Into the Void Han Collection | 33 Museum Street | Bloomsbury | London WC1A 1LH […]

Wisdom & Compassion – an exhibition of Buddhist art at Mokspace

To mark Buddha’s Birthday (17 May this year), Mokspace’s latest exhibition, which opens 14 May, is of contemporary Buddhist art. Note also the meditation class, lotus lantern making and tea ceremony events, which need to be booked in advance. Wisdom & Compassion Jewoo Jeon, Sooyung Lee, Sukhi Barber, Suzanne Rees Glanister, Venerable Sulgok Opening Reception: […]

Exhibition Visit: An Eternal Cycle at Mokspace

In a hectic London Korean exhibition calendar which often seems biased towards installations and video art, we should welcome an exhibition which features well executed paintings which you would happily hang on your wall. Mokspace’s current exhibition, An Eternal Cycle – Paradise and Purgatory, is doubly unusual in featuring Buddhist-inspired paintings. Such work is rarely […]

Abstracts: Korean Buddhists Arts of the Koryŏ and Chosŏn Kingdoms

Here are the abstracts for the series of talks on Korean Buddhist arts at SOAS on 19 May 2011: Gyeongwon Choe (Kansas University) Marginalised yet Devoted: Buddhist Paintings Commissioned by Nuns of the Early Joseon Palace Cloisters This lecture examines the three extant Buddhist paintings commissioned by Buddhist nuns in the palace cloisters of the […]

Park Chan-soo gives Buddhist art a new voice

Most classic representations of Buddha, and indeed many items of Buddhist art more generally, are quiet and pensive. As they have come down to us, they are painted in subdued and muted colours, or left in simple undecorated stone or metal. At her lecture at the KCC last week, Park Young-sook pointed out that originally […]

Crowning glory at the Smile of Buddha

Matthew Jackson reports from the “Smile of Buddha” exhibition in Brussels I had never been to the Bozar Centre (French: “Palais des Beaux-Arts”) in Belgium prior to the current “Smile of Buddha” exhibition of Korean Buddhist art. It is an impressive place (right) and I highly recommend it if you are ever in Brussels. The […]

The Pensive Bodhisattva comes to Brussels

By Matthew Jackson The centrepiece of the Bozar exhibition of Korean Buddhist Art, beginning in Brussels on the 10th of October, will be the Pensive Bodhisattva statue, Korea’s National Treasure No. 83. It is difficult to describe in words why the statue is regarded so highly as a work of Buddhist art, because its qualities […]