November 22, 2006 - Asia House - Through the Looking Glass: Korean Contemporary Art
November 22, 2006

Through the Looking Glass: Korean Contemporary Art

‘No Lotus’ at <b>Asia House</b> by Jeong-Hwa Choi, 2006, Courtesy of the Artist

Through the Looking Glass: Korean Contemporary Art
23 November 2006-4 March 2007
(closed 23 Dec 2006 2 Jan 2007)

Artists: Kyuchul Ahn, Duck-Hyun Cho, Jeong-Hwa Choi, Yeondoo Jung, Beom Kim, Jiwon Kim, Sora Kim, Youngjin Kim, Yong-Baek Lee and Meekyoung Shin

Curated by Jiyoon Lee

Asia House
63 New Cavendish Street
London W1G 7LP
Tel. 44 (0)20 7307 5454


Asia House is delighted to present the first major UK exhibition of Korean contemporary art in the year of Think Korea 2006, celebrating the diplomatic relationship between the UK and Korea. Through the Looking Glass derives its title from the second adventure of Lewis Carrolls Alice in Wonderland. In just the same way that looking at ones reflection in a mirror can be exhilarating, enlightening and is always back-to-front, Through the Looking Glass challenges our preconceived image of Korea through an eclectic mix of ten internationally claimed Korean artists.

Korea a fast moving country which on a surface looks very similar to any country in the West, but where every object, every visual symbols are imbued with extra meaning and context. The exhibition looks at various happenings when two cultures meet and clash by facing the looking glass.

Ten Korean contemporary artists are invited to participate in this exhibition and their works challenge the traditional Western value implicit within the interior space of venue and transform it with their fresh view points. Some of the works are weaved through the Asia House building which is a traditional Georgian building. As Alice enters a new world via the looking glass in Lewis Carrolls novel, the exhibited works at Asia House will invite us to enter the pre-existing place in different meanings and contexts. For example, Chinese imperial porcelain vases are not from Ming or Qing dynasty but from this year. A library is considered as a sound poem, and photographs shows overlapping time frames.

With the generous support from LG Electronics, Through the Looking Glass includes five new works by Duck-Hyun Cho (painting), Jeong-Hwa Choi (installation), Sora Kim (installation), Yong-Baek Lee (new media) and Meekyoung Shin (sculpture). These new commissions who the full diversity and innovation of Korean contemporary art, which has in recent years established a high profile in the international art scene. The exhibition includes bespoke furniture, Room Salon, in Café t at Asia House by Jeong-Hwa Choi, which will replace the existing chairs and tables in the café. These specially-designed works will be available for sale exclusively at Asia House.

The exhibition will be accompanied by panel discussion at 11am-1pm, on 25 November 2006 with the panelists including Beth McKillop, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Alessio Antoniolli and Jiyoon Lee and other lecture programmes.
Admissions: free to Asia House members and under 18s
Press information and images Rami Kim, 44 (0)771 253 1704 / Korean media enquiries Jungwon Gu, 44 (0)779 543 6890 / Asia House enquiries
Sophie Persson, 44 (0)20 7307 5454 /

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