Image: Still from The Handmaiden. Park Chan-Wook. 2016.
London’s V&A is showing Hallyu! The Korean Wave, until 25 June 2023. A comprehensive overview of the currents of Korean culture that have been lapping the world through cinema, drama, music and fandoms, the exhibition explores the influence of the Korean aesthetic on photography, sculpture, fashion, video, and pop culture.
South Korea has rapidly evolved from a country ravaged by war in the late 1950s to a leading cultural powerhouse by the early 2000s, and the exhibition follows this journey through some 200 objects, including a monumental 1986 video sculpture by Nam June Paik, featuring 33 TV monitors...
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