The Victoria and Albert Museum to Hold UK’s First Major Exhibition of South Korean Popular Culture

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London will hold the first major exhibition on South Korean popular culture in the United Kingdom in September.

V&A will display about 200 objects across four thematic sections as part of the “Hallyu! The Korean Wave” exhibition, which will run from Sept. 24 to June 25, 2023, to explore the early origins of South Korean popular culture and how it rose to its place on the global stage today.

Items to be displayed include costumes and props from the hit Netflix series, “Squid Game,” outfits worn by K-pop idols, artworks, sculptures, and pop culture collectibles.

The exhibition will include a re-creation of the bathroom set from the Oscar-winning film, “Parasite.”

The exhibition will also feature an original poster from the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics, which is credited with changing the country’s image abroad for the first time.

“South Korea has captivated the world over with hallyu, its vibrant and creative popular culture, which has transformed the country’s image from one devastated by the Korean war to that of a leading cultural powerhouse in the era of social media and digital culture today,” exhibition curator Rosalie Kim said.

“This phenomenon has been amplified by tech-savvy and socially conscious global fanbases, further raising the profile and relevance of hallyu around the world, and we’re delighted to be bringing its energy and dynamism to the V&A this autumn in the first exhibition of its kind,” Kim further said.


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