Korean Eye

Korea has rather captured the imaginations of DW recently.

Je Baak The Structure of #1, #2, #3, #4, 2010 Multi channel LCD monitor installation

Source: Courtesy of Hada Contemporary

Je BaakThe Structure of #1, #2, #3, #4, 2010Multi channel LCD monitor installation

First, there was the fascinating show of funerary accoutrements that opened this week; and now, we’re looking to the stunning Korean Eye exhibition.

Cho Duck Hyun The Nora Collection installation view at Kukje Gallery, 2008

Source: Courtesy of the Artist

Cho Duck HyunThe Nora Collectioninstallation view at Kukje Gallery, 2008

The show, which opens at the Saatchi Gallery at the end of the month, claims to be the ‘largest survey of new Korean art to date’, showing works from 33 artists.

Sungsoo koo From the series Magical reality tour bus, 2005

Source: Courtesy of the Artist

Sungsoo kooFrom the series Magical reality tour bus, 2005

While some work embraces new technologies, many of the pieces look to western classical   art   and   Korea’s   many   years   of   occupation by foreign powers.

Hyung Koo Kang Theresa, 2011

Source: Courtesy of the artist and Arario Gallery

Hyung Koo KangTheresa, 2011

Nigel Hurst, chief executive of the Saatchi Gallery, says, ‘It is a wonderful opportunity to introduce new contemporary art to London, especially during the Olympics.

Sungsoo koo From the series Magical reality Korean restaurant, 2005

Source: Courtesy of the Artist

Sungsoo kooFrom the series Magical reality Korean restaurant, 2005

‘Korean Eye is set to play a key role in shaping our understanding of the work of this group of artists, and provide a gateway to the wider culture of their homeland, because they have absorbed many aspects of contemporary life in Korea and chosen very individual ways to communicate this; showing extraordinary talent and energy.’

Sungsoo koo From the series Magical reality comics, 2005

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Sungsoo kooFrom the series Magical reality comics, 2005

Korean Eye 2012 runs from 26 July – 23 September at the Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW3

Yeesookyung Translated Vase installation shot solo show, 2009

Source: Courtesy of Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul

YeesookyungTranslated Vaseinstallation shotsolo show, 2009

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