Buddhist art

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 […]

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2015 Travel Diary day 10: Namhansanseong and the Gangnam Tombs

by Philip Gowman 7 June 2015
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Myeongdong, Seoul, Sunday 7 June The Mountain Fortress I am scheduled to meet a friend at 9:30 at Sanseong Station on Line 8. From there we take the bus (number 9) via a circuitous route through a residential area and up the steep hill to the main car park of one of Korea’s latest UNESCO […]

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Wisdom & Compassion – an exhibition of Buddhist art at Mokspace

by Events Editor 12 May 2013
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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: […]

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2012 Travel Diary #21: Seong Cheol’s birthday, Park Chan-soo’s museum and Gaya period tombs

by Philip Gowman 26 November 2012
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Sancheong County, Gyeongsangnam-do, Saturday 31 March 2012. The impact of the love shots is still fogging my brain when Mr Yoon arrives at 9:30 in the morning. Today, he is accompanied by his wife, who is to join us for the morning. It is, after all, a Saturday, so Mr Yoon is working overtime on […]

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Exhibition Visit: An Eternal Cycle at Mokspace

by Philip Gowman 8 November 2011
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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 […]

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An Eternal Cycle: Paradise and Purgatory – at Mokspace

by Events Editor 11 October 2011
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Mokspace is maintaining a cracking pace of exhibitions. The next one, of Buddhist art, runs 14 October till 10 November: Mokspace is pleased to present the Buddhist Painting exhibition “An Eternal Cycle: Paradise and Purgatory” with artists Seoyoung Park and Songnyeo Lyoo. Man has tried to understand the mystery of death since he first walked […]

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Abstracts: Korean Buddhists Arts of the Koryŏ and Chosŏn Kingdoms

by Philip Gowman 19 May 2011
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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 […]

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Korean Buddhists Arts of the Koryŏ and Chosŏn Kingdoms

by Events Editor 28 April 2011
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Last year was court painting; the year before it was folk art. Now we move on to Buddhist art. Details of the full day seminar, with a behind-the-scenes look at artefacts in the British Museum, are below. Korean Buddhists Arts of the Koryŏ and Chosŏn Kingdoms 10am on Thursday, 19 May 2011 G3, Main Building, […]

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Buddhist art collection for sale

by Philip Gowman 30 August 2010
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The largest collection of Korean Buddhist paintings outside of Korea starts to come under the hammer at Christie's: The Jerry Lee Musslewhite Collection of Korean Art http://bit.ly/aCYEqu # Keywords: Organisations and venues: Christie’s Other tags: Art as investment | Buddhist art

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Park Chan-soo gives Buddhist art a new voice

by Philip Gowman 26 May 2010
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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 […]

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KCC Lecture: Tradition and Innovation of Korean Buddhist Sculpture

by Events Editor 15 May 2010
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News of this month’s Global Korea lecture at the KCC: Tradition and Innovation of Korean Buddhist Sculpture By Professor Youngsook Pak (SOAS) Date & Time: Wednesday, 19th May 2010 6.30pm Venue: Multi-purpose Hall, Korean Cultural Centre UK Email to info@kccuk.org.uk or call +44(0)20 7004 2600 to reserve your place About the Talk As part of […]

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Exhibition visit: Smile of Buddha, the big Korean show in Brussels

by Philip Gowman 22 December 2008
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A review of the huge “Made in Korea” set of exhibitions in Brussels, of which the centrepiece is “Smile of Buddha”

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Koryo Buddhist painting

by Matthew Jackson 7 December 2008
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Matthew Jackson continues his series of articles about the artistic treasures from Korea’s past

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Saturday documentaries at the KCC: Koryo Buddhist Paintings

by Events Editor 8 November 2008
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Every Saturday, from November till the end of December, the KCC will be screening a documentary on Koryo Buddhist Paintings.

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Crowning glory at the Smile of Buddha

by Matthew Jackson 16 October 2008
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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 […]

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The Pensive Bodhisattva comes to Brussels

by Matthew Jackson 6 October 2008
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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 […]

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