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K.Imchi, a fermented pickle, led the way and established a colorful Korean culinary flavor in the UK. A youth wave of K-pop musical hysteria followed. Then came Bong Joon-ho’s shocking his 2020 Oscar winner, these two of his hits on the international screen. Parasite And last year’s brutal TV series squid game.

Now, Korean influence is spreading rapidly across highbrow culture, with K-music and visual arts seasons kicking off in London, and major exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum, a kaleidoscope of Korean creativity. vision is about to be offered. .

V&A program title, Hallyu! (“Hanryu!”), to summarize it. The exhibition, which opens Sept. 24, will not only proudly showcase the jacket Gangnam Style singer Psy wore to her viral 2012 hit, but will also showcase the current explosion of South Korean energy in a broader cultural context. put it in the settings.

Psy’s Gangnam Style was a worldwide hit in 2012. Photo: Jason Decrow/Invision/AP/Shutterstock

Ahead of that, we are pleased to announce that starting this Friday, the exterior of the Coronet Theater, a massive arts center in Notting Hill, west London, will be completely covered with works by inflatable art expert Choi Jeong Hwa. The arrival of the end of summer when Korean creativity explodes. Choi’s sculptures will adorn the façade of the theater in forms made from balloons, wires, recycled and found objects, and the artist’s work will also be displayed inside the theater itself.

Coronet Theater Artistic Director Anda Winters said: “There are very exciting uses of cultural traditions and skills, but there are always twists.”

Winters’ passion for Korean contemporary art began when she first visited Seoul more than 20 years ago. But they still use crafts and objects and mannerisms from their own traditions,” she said.

Many of the pieces featured in Coronet’s month-long season might be described as “avant-garde,” but both Korean street food and popular mass entertainment are already serving as avant-garde. , paving the way for a more sophisticated influx of influential Koreans. artist. In fact, two years ago, K-pop superstar Boy his band, his BTS, deliberately sponsored 22 art installations called Connect, BTS in London, Buenos Aires, Berlin, New York and Seoul. established connections with the art world. Created for this project by British sculptor Sir Anthony Gormley. liquidationa Brooklyn Bridge Park installation that looks like a giant sexy toy of linked metal coils that runs along the banks of the East River.

The growing importance of art and design in Seoul is examined in Fiona Bae’s new book. Make Break Remix: The Rise of K-Style, to be released next month. Featuring a series of interviews with leading designers and commentators, it suggests that commercial creativity and independent contemporary art practices are enjoying an unprecedented boom. Early next month, Seoul will recognize this new place in the cultural sky when it hosts its first Frieze Art Fair.

Coronet called the season tiger is comingartist Choi’s choice of phrases will intrigue all the storytelling, computer-generated sound, art and dance that takes place inside the venue through October.

Five ballet-style dancers in swimming goggles form a purple-lit tableau on stage.
Ambiguous Dance Company will perform a body concert Photo: Sebastian Malkovich

New K-band sensation Leenalchi will make their first live appearance outside of South Korea with three performances to coincide with Chuseok, Korea’s Thanksgiving holiday. Closer to alternative pop in style and substance than mainstream chart-toppers, the six-piece band pansorinot only in the storytelling tradition of music, but also in dance and rap. Their recent track Let’s Live for Today was featured in the original version of the acclaimed Apple TV+ drama series. pachinko.

Music will also be provided by the Tacit Group, a team of composers and media artists, and will debut in London after performing in New York, Chicago and Denmark. Uses mathematical code to create an immersive sound experience that changes every time you play.

A dance video series focused on the geography and nature of Jeju Island, located at the southernmost tip of the Korean Peninsula, was screened. body concertThe award-winning production of Ambiguous Dance Company and directed by Boram Kim. The company appeared in Coldplay’s Higher Power video last year.

another dance piece body go roundwill be Collective A’s “Mixed Reality Performance” led by Cha Jin-Yup, who was the choreographer for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

The theater is represented by the award-winning company Dolpag, which puts on shows that explore gender and social class across generations. “I’ve wanted to bring all this work to London for years,” said Winters.