Friday, 8 May 2009

MANHWA 100: Centenary of Korean Comics

Do you live in London or will you be in London during May or June? If you do, boy do I envy you.

The Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA) and the Korean Cultural Centre (KCC) UK will be celebrating Manhwa's 100th Anniversary this year by hosting a Manhwa exhibition from May 21th - June 24th 2009.

MANHWA 100: Centenary of Korean Comics
21 May - 24 June 2009
Exhibition at the Korean Cultural Centre UK, London
1-3 Strand, London, WC2N 5BW
Tel: 020 7004 2600

Detailed information after the jump...


Manhwa: A Language of Unlimited Imaginations
Manhwa celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2009. This popular art form holds a long and cherished history that began with the first publication of Doyoung Lee’s political cartoons in “Daehanminbo.” This print newspaper was founded on June 2, 1909, and manhwa was born along with it. Manhwa is an art form used to comment on a wide variety of topics. It can often spotlight societal injustices. Sometimes, manhwa tells marvelous tales of dreamy romance. Other times, the art form simply uses its simplified figures and their exaggerated gestures to provide amusement and entertainment. To this day, manhwa continues to evolve and hold a special place within the hearts and minds of Korean society.

We can examine the history of manhwa by identifying unique traits within each distinct era and observe how the beloved authors of each generation interacted with the public. Following its birth, manhwa had to endure Korea’s tumultuous history under Japanese colonial rule. Manhwa survived the time periods of national liberation, the dark years of the Korean War, and through the dismal military dictatorship. The 80’s and 90’s of the 20th century marked the renaissance of manhwa. Manhwa published during these bygone eras help us reflect on our nation’s past.

On the other hand, the new work from the year 2000 and onwards employs digital media technology. These works allow us to interpret present-day Korean comics in a new light and maybe even predict the industry’s future.

Art Toon Art
Art Toon Art brings together the work of twelve artists including Dong-Hwa Kim and Young-Ok Kim, whose work pushes the boundaries of conventional comic book art humorously by reinterpreting famous masterpieces. This small display is derived from the exhibition Masterpieces Meet Comics which is held annually in Korea and is based on the theme of convergence between comics and art.

Manhwa Illustrations
A small collection of work by famous graphic illustrators including Min-Woo Hyung and Kwang-Mook Lim is shown together for the first time.


Meet Korean Manhwa Artist Chul-Ho Park
Wednesday 20 May 6.30-7pm

Live Drawing Performance & Workshop with Manhwa Artist Chul-Ho Park
Thursday 21 May 2-3.30pm
Manhwa artist Chul–Ho Park leads a live drawing workshop with London based journalist and leading authority on Asian comics Paul Gravett.

Manhwa Bang
Bang is the Korean word for room. It’s a social space where you can hang out with friends and read a wide variety of Korean Manhwa.

Admission to the films is free but tickets must be booked in advance with the Korean Cultural Centre. Tel: 020 7004 2600

Hello Schoolgirl
Thursday 21 May 6pm
Venue: Multi-Purpose Hall, Korean Cultural Centre UK
Two civil workers at the local district office find love but in distinctly different directions. Written by famous Korean comic artist Pool Kang, featuring Ji-Tae Yu (Oldboy) and K-pop singer turned actor Kang (Attack on the Pin-up Boys).
South Korea 2008 Dir. Jang-Ha Ryu (English Subtitles) 113 min

The War of Flower
Friday 22 May 4pm
Venue: Cinema Hall, Korean Cultural Centre UK
Go-Ni loses his entire savings and the money that he stole from his sister in the high stakes card game known as “Hwatu.” Go-Ni figures out shortly after the game that he was swindled and he spends the next 6 months tracking down the person that robbed him of his money. Starring Seung-Woo Cho, Hye-Su Kim, Yun-Shik Baek.
South Korea 2006 Dir. Dong-Hun Choi (English Subtitles) 139 min


yEnZErr said...

I'm going to London on the 26th!!!

Jon Ng said...

Yayy!! I'm going to London on the 20th June! Part of my world tour...hehe

Rooster said...

Wow! You guys! Seriously? Take some pics of the exhibit if you go. Post it in our Facebook group!!

Jon Ng said...

Alrighty~! Will contribute photographs ^^

Rooster said...

Thanks Jon. :) Are you on twitter? Would be cool to 'follow' you on your world tour.

Jon Ng said...

Hi Rooster~~ You can follow me @jontravels

And I have a group in FB called '500 Days Around The World' . You can join that to follow all the updates/journals on my tour. Most of my journals are in forms of video and photographs.

Oh, I'll be visiting North Korea in November! And South Korea in December for a month!White Christmas in Seoul ^^

Anonymous said...

hehe! i live in london!! and my uni halls are close by!!!! im sooo gonna pop in!! ^^
thank you so much for informing us!!!

anyonghasaeyo! said...

i live in london! but there are no popstars coming! i rather live in LA and attend the hollywood bowl.. :(

jemily said...

ah!! something in london for once! wow. thanks so much for posting this, i might not have found out otherwise c:

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, thanks for posting this. I had no idea london even had such a center! I live in London so i'll definitely be going to one of these! Yay!

Anonymous said...

That pic would make a good Blackberry Storm wallpaper.


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