We take a closer look at what critics have had to say about the V&A’s exhibition exploring the culture of South Korea …

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The Guardian: ***** “The reason this blockbuster show from the V&A translates so well is that it portrays its own desires and concerns as universal: it doesn’t recognise frontiers. In a century when many have become suspicious of globalisation, fleeing an economically and technologically unified world into renewed nationalism, South Korea has gone the other way. There’s no Krexit. This society embraces everything and everyone.”

The Upcoming: **** “This is perhaps the fact that makes Hallyu! The Korean Wave such an enticing experience: there is a tendency to marry tradition and innovation in a way that feels natural and effortless, with influences from all over the world thrown into the mix. A sense of fun and freedom pervades this celebration of a country that has succeeded in becoming a global trendsetter, and whose influence will likely grow to even greater heights.”

Evening Standard: **** “It’s far from a dour history lesson though. The staging is bright, loud and engaging, from the barricade of flickering vintage TVs showing the work of famed video artist Nam June Paik, to the wall of lightsticks — luminous objects wielded by fans at K-pop concerts.”

The Telegraph: **** “This enormously fun, if scattershot, exhibition explains the lure of South Korean culture – from films and pop songs to fashion.”

Ian Visits: “Overall, this is an exhibition that is unlike many exhibitions before, being big and bold with lots of sound and light, but not overwhelmingly so and just lifts the emotions to a joyful level. You probably wont come out humming a catchy tune, but you’ll leave with a good grasp of the aesthetics of modern K-pop and Korean culture in general.”

The exhibition is on display until the 25th June 2023.


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