UK Korean Events of the Week: 13th – 19th May

It’s a busy week at the KCCUK  as the 3rd K-pop Academy comes to an end, their new art exhibition continues, as does the ‘Year of 4 Actors’ with another screening and then all rounded off with its 3rd Annual K-pop Contest and K-pop night on Saturday. If none of these events caught your eye there is also a Korean cookery class in York. There is also a new exhibition focussing on Buddhism opening with an opportunity to take part in a free tea ceremony as well as several ongoing art exhibitions throughout London. Keep reading for all the details.

‘Postmodern Times’ Gwon Osaeg exibition @ HADA Contemporary

Just under a month left now to see this display. The exhibition showcases three different series of works by the artist: Deodorant Type, The Flat and The Sculpture which exam the futile and fleeting nature of modern life. Gwon plays with combining 2 and 3 dimensions in his artwork to push the boundaries of tradition concepts of sculpture and create a detached representation of modern life. The exhibition runs until the end of May so there is a few weeks left to catch it. If you want to read more about the different series head over to London Korean Links.

Until 31st May / Opening times: 11am-6pm / HADA Contemporary 21 Vyner street London E2 9DG / Click here for details.

The Tainted @ Gazelli Art House

This exhibition of Korean artist Shan Hur and Italian artist Aron Demetz’s continues this week. The work focusses on exploring the complexity of  relationship between nature and man. Hur’s sculptures and installations encourage the viewer to go on a journey of discovery through his work by placing unusual objects (such as collapsed ruins and a cracked column) into an everyday space. The artist aims to make the viewer question their own observations and perceptions and to create a space which fills the mind with curiosity. Demetz’s sculptures have a similar motive but with more focus on both the balance and unbalance between man and nature. There less that a month left now to catch this exhibition before it closes on the 5th of June.

Until 5th June / Gazelli Art House, 39 Dover Street, Mayfair, London / Click here for details.

The Hidden Cost of Prosperity @ KCCUK

This exhibition of work curated by Anna Miyoung Kim, the first of two winners selected from those who sent in curatorial proposals to the KCC earlier in the year, continies into the second week of it’s six week run. ‘Featuring the work of six up-and-coming Korean artists ( Youngin Hong, Heungsoon Im, Ayoung Kim, Sejin Kim, Seungwook Koh, Hyewon Kwon and Gangwoo Lee) the exhibitions looks at the hidden dark side to Korea’s rapid economic success. It will run up until the end of the first week in June.

Until 6th June / KCCUK, 1 – 3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW / Click here for details and to book.

Wisdom and Compassion @ MOKSPACE

There is a new exhibition from MOKSPACE Gallery opening this week displaying works which explore Buddhism in the 21st Century. Featuring the work of five artists Jewoo Jeon, Sooyung Lee, Sukhi Barber, Suzanne Rees Glanister and Venerable Sulgok in a range of different mediums. There will even be a free tea ceremony that anyone can take part in on Thursday at 5.30pm, just make sure to RSVP.

14th May – 9th June / MOKSPACE, 33 Museum Street, London WC1A 1LH / Click here for details.

Korean Home Cooking Class: Bibimbap and Yakitori @ York High School

Jin Kim, who has written previously for our food section, is running another of her Korean cookery classes in York this week. This time she will be teaching her students how to cook the Korean classic Bibimbap as well as the Japanese Yakitori chicken and of course the perfect rice to go alongside. Sadly the class is fully booked but it sounds like it will be a great experience for those who attend!

16th May 6.30pm  / York High School, York YO24 3WZ /Click here for details.

KCCUK Film Night: My Dear Enemy

It’s the third screening in the series of films starring the second actor in the KCC’s ‘Year of 4 Actors’, Jeon Do-yeon with My Dear Enemy this week. The film is a comedy which takes place during the duration of a day and follows two former lovers Hee-soo (Jeon) and Byung-woon (Ha Jung-woo) as they set out to track down Byung-woon’s various female friends and acquaitances attempting to ask them for loans so that he can pay her back the money he owes her. The screening, as always is free, just book beforehand online.

16th May 7pm / KCCUK, 1 – 3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW / Click here for details and to book.

KCCUK 3rd Annual K-pop Contest and K-pop Night

To celebrate the graduation of its K-pop Academy students, the KCC is hosting its third K-pop night and contest. The event lasts 3 hours and will be showcasing the talents of various performers through a K-pop contest with the prize of a trip to Korea and other performances. There will also be free drinks and snack for all those attending. The event is free but make sure to RSVP as spaces are limited.

18th May 6.30pm / KCCUK, 1 – 3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW / Click here for details and to book.