100 day of Korean Culture in London

Posted on August 15, 2012 by Toothpicker There have been 0 comments


Probably not many non-Korean Londoners are aware of the Korean Cultural Centre near Charing Cross, not only does it hosts regular Korean art exhibitions, it also hosts free Korean film nights every week of the year except for special screenings at the end of each month.

From June until Sept, the centre collaborates with other arts organisations such as Southbank Centre and V & A, to present "All eyes on Korea: 100 day festival of Korean Culture". Events include traditional Korean music, classical music concerts performed by Korean music stars, as well as lectures and art exhibitions.

At the centre, there is an interesting folk crafts exhibition, "Korean funerary figures: companions for the journey to the other world" in association with Kokdu Museum in Korea. The exhibition displays a huge traditional funeral bier ( how did they ship this over from Korea is my question), as well as carved wooden figures and decorations. What I find fascinating is how much these objects resemble the traditional Mexican/ Latin American folk crafts, I especially love the colours, playfulness and detail of the craftsmanship. This exhibition not only gives insight into the traditional Korean culture, but also how different the way Asians ( not just Korean) view death and afterlife.

At the Saatchi gallery, there is a "Korean eye 2012" exhibition, focusing on contemporary art in Korea today. If you want to find out more about Korean art and culture, don't miss these exhibitions and events...


"Korean funerary figures: companions for the journey to the other world" at the Korean Cultural Centre is on until 8th September.

Korean Eye 2012 at the Saatchi Gallery is on until 23rd September.


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