A recent research conference on contemporary art exchanges between the United Kingdom and South Korea is just one of several major summer 2012 events to be held in London.

On 29 to 30 June 2012, the Courtauld Institute of Art organised the Korean Contemporary Art International Conference: Between Tradition, Modernity and Globalisation. The forum comes amid a wave of new Korean contemporary art events in the United Kingdom.

Video still from Sung Hwan Kim, 'Washing Brain and Corn', 2010, video. Featured in the Tate Modern's newest addition, The Tanks.

The Courtauld Institute of Art conference aimed to shed light on the origins and historical uniqueness of Korean contemporary art today.

Organisers note that while Korean art has become more popular in the international arena over the past decade, there is still a vast domestic cultural scene that does not receive much exposure in the West.

As Portia Pettersen of Artlyst says,

The Korean robot dragon gains more ground in the international contemporary art scene. The conference this past weekend was orchestrated by the Courtauld Institute making a strong statement about the continuing strength and presence Korea has internationally and locally. Within the Asia and South East Asian countries Korea is a dominating powerhouse and an economic force to be reckoned with. What is interesting is how the Korean art scene has developed given the somewhat torturous past it has been forced to endure.

South Korean artists will make a significant impact on London very shortly. The conference that was held this past weekend aims to forge a stronger relationship between the British art scene and the one that has been and is developing rapidly in South Korea.

The cross-cultural conference comes on the heels of several major contemporary Korean art events in the country. On 18 June 2012, the Tate Modern opened to the public its newest addition, The Tanks, a space for live art, performance, installation and film housed in a converted underground oil storage facility. The first pieces created specifically for the space are by Korean interdisciplinary artist Sung Hwan Kim. His works are on view until 28 August 2012.

The Korean Cultural Centre also recently kicked off their summer cultural festival, “All Eyes on Korea”, which began on 1 June and will run until 9 September 2012. Included in the event are several exhibitions of work by artists from Korea including interdisciplinary artist Kim Beom, who will show at the Hayward Gallery. Saatchi Gallery, co-sponsors of the contemporary art organisation Korean Eye, will also host their 2012 London exhibition of 34 Korean artists from 26 July to 23 September 2012.


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By Brittney

Brittney is a writer, curator and contemporary art gallerist. Born in Singapore and based in New York City, Brittney maintains a deep interest in the contemporary art landscape of Southeast Asia. This is combined with an equally strong interest in contemporary art from the Asian diasporas, alongside the issues of identity, transmigration and global relations.

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