As the exhibition Hallyu! The Korean Wave is now in full swing, I wanted to share a closer look at a book from our collection created by contemporary Korean artist Kwon Jukhee in 2013.
Vita is the autobiography of the poet and playwright Vittorio Alfieri. The pages were shredded and twisted into fine strips – and then assembled into the shape of a bird’s nest.
The notion of using recycled books for artistic and sculptural objects has been explored over the years by many Korean artists. Contemporary designers continue to experiment with different techniques to transform paper into many eye-catching sculptural artefacts. The traditional Korean paper (hanji) is one of their favourite materials, thanks to its unique quality of being both soft and strong. You can find more examples of these paper artworks – such as trays, decorative boxes, woven jar and basket in the V&A collection.
At the National Art Library, we have a relatively small collection of research and study materials related to Korean art and design, but it is growing steadily. You can use our catalogue to search for items not only housed within our library but also in the Korean section of the Asia Departmental Library (retrieval time will take a little longer for the latter). In addition to printed journals and books, we also provide access to RISS International, which is a comprehensive search platform that allows access to journal articles published by Korean scholarly associations and university research institutes, full text theses from Korean universities, and materials from university and special libraries.