Thursday, 18 March 2010

“Buddha Speaks with a New Voice: Who am I?”

Exhibition Dates: 10 April – 29 May 2010
VIP Private Viewing: Friday 9 April 2010 (6.30pm)
Venue: Korean Cultural Centre UK, 1-3 Strand, London, WC2N 5BW
Tel: 020 7004 2600
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The Korean Cultural Centre UK in association with the Mok-A Buddhist Museum proudly announces the upcoming exhibition ‘Buddha Speaks with a New Voice: Who am I?’ at the Korean Cultural Centre UK.

This colourful exploration of traditional and contemporary Buddhist art features a selection of the Mok-A Buddhist Museum’s finest examples of traditional Buddhist Art along with contemporary examples by Important Intangible Cultural Asset No.108, Wood Sculpture Park Chan-soo.

Park Chan-soo has given his life and career to the preservation and creation of Buddhist sculpture. As a sculptor and teacher, Park Chan-soo leads classes to students from across the world, to ensure that his skills will be passed on to the next generation. Through his life’s work, Park-Chan-soo has sought the true meaning behind Buddha’s teachings. The results of this personal journey of reflection and contemplation can be seen in Park’s contemporary pieces where humility and a love for your fellow man shine through. Park’s life has therefore not just been about the continuation of his special skills, but also about attaining enlightenment: an enlightenment that is achieved by understanding oneself and spreading the teachings of Buddha. The title of the exhibition ‘Buddha Speaks with a New Voice: Who am I?’ reflects this enlightenment and the journey Park Chan-soo has taken to achieve it.

The Mok-A Buddhist Museum in Gyeonggi-do first opened in 1989 and in the two decades since has become Korea’s leading private museum of Buddhist art. Buddhist art and sculptures, many created by Park Chan-soo adorn the museum and its exquisite gardens. Set over four floors, with classrooms and a theatre, the Mok-A Buddhist Museum has artifacts dating back to the 12th Century.

To compliment ‘Buddha Speaks with a New Voice: Who am I?’ in April and May we have organised an extensive range of supplementary events, including a lecture with leading academics, a talk on temple stays, a children’s craft workshop and a film season inspired by the exhibition.

Please see below for further information on our forthcoming Events.
All events at the Korean Cultural Centre are free to enter but reserving a place is strongly advised.

Accompanying events:

1. Meeting the Artist! (Sat 10 April, 14.30 – 16.00)
- A Gallery Tour and Artist talk with Park Chan-soo, Important Intangible Cultural Heritage No. 108

2. Korean Buddhism Experience: ‘Temple Stays and Temple Food’ (Wed 14 April 12.00 – 14.00)
(Invitation Event for Journalists of Food and Tourism)

3. Korean Tea Ceremony (Fri 16 April 14.00 – 16.00)
- Discover the etiquette of the Korean Tea Ceremony, and how this traditional ritual offers a relaxing alternative to the momentum of modern life

4. Lecture ‘Tradition and Innovation of Korean Buddhist Sculpture’
- A lecture on Buddhist Sculpture with Professor Young-sook Park of SOAS (Wed 19 May 18.30 – 20.30)

5. Weekly Introduction to Buddhism
- Presentation on Korean Buddhism (every Saturday 11.30 – 16.30)

6. Gallery Craft Workshop for children
- Workshops run throughout April and May (Further Details see: )

7. A Korean Film Season inspired by Buddhism
- Aje Aje Bara Aje, (Dir. Im Kwon-teak) (Thurs 8 April 19.00-21.00)
- The Avatamska Sutra. (Dir. Jang Sun-woo) (Thurs 22 April 19.00-21.00)

8. Gallery Craft Workshop with the Korean Language Class of the Coventry School (Sat 17 April 11.00 – 12.30)
- Students will participate in a craft workshop and gallery tour (By Invitation Only)

To reserve your place on the above events please R.S.V.P to, clearly stating your name, telephone number and which event you would like to attend.

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