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Social issues are at heart of Suh show

Source | 2015/04/26 | | Permalink

Suh Yongsun's painting "Train Roosevelt Station"(2013-15).Provided by the museum and the gallery.

A large installation measuring 5.85 meters in width currently hangs on the first floor of the Kumho Museum of Art. The wooden panel carved and painted by Korean artist Suh Yongsun, 64, depicts the Sewol ferry disaster, in which 304 people perished last April, and other social and political issues.

The piece could remind viewers of so-called "people's art" which peaked in Korea in the 1980s. At that time, the local art scene was divided into two utterly different groups - abstract art led by the dansaekhwa movement and people's art, which dealt with political issues rather literally in figurative forms...More

Tak agrees on his divorce settlement

Source | 2015/04/26 | | Permalink

Entertainer Tak Jae-hoon, a former member of the singing duo Country Koko, has agreed on the divorce settlement with his former wife, Lee Hyo-rim, after the couple filed for divorce last May.

Tak and Lee brought the date of the settlement forward in order to lessen the pressure their two children are suffering due to their divorce, the entertainer told Yonhap News on Wednesday...More

Buan becomes more accessible

Source | 2015/04/26 | | Permalink

Visitors to Buan County can enjoy the water and the mountains at the same time. Masil Trail in the county spans the coastline and heads into the hills where visitors can enjoy a view of the West Sea. Provided by Buan County

Traveling down to Jeolla has become much easier with the launch of the new KTX express train early this month.

Eleven years after the country welcomed its first express train, the new Korea Railroad Corporation line means it will now take less than two hours for Seoulites to get to Gwangju, the largest city in the southwestern region...More

Review: Seoul's part in 'The Avengers' not worth the fuss

Source | 2015/04/26 | | Permalink

The Korean government hoped for a significant boost in tourism and an enhanced image from helping the Marvel Studio film a part of its "Avengers" sequel in Seoul. [JoongAng Ilbo]

Big expectations lead to big disappointments. And the build up for "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" has been intense, ever since the filmmakers signed a memorandum of understanding with Korea last year...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing Noir M" Episode 5

2015/04/25 | | Permalink

It's getting difficult to recommend "Missing Noir M" at this point. The issue isn't that the drama's getting bad exactly, but more than the stories are consistently really kind of dispiriting. This is even explicitly discussed at the end- technically this is once again another mostly happy ending where no one actually got hurt. Or at least, no one got hurt who didn't already mostly deserve it. Poetic justice is a pretty sorry recompense for serious loss though...More

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