TOUR OF THE VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM, South Kensington, London on Friday 20th September 2013
The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) was founded in 1852 with the aim of giving British artists and manufacturers the opportunity to view and understand products and works of art from around the world. Today, the V&A is the world’s leading museum in art and design, and it hosts in particular a strong Asian collection including Chinese, Japanese and Korean artefacts.
Rosalie Kim the Curator of Korean Art at the V&A, began our tour in the Samsung Gallery which opened in 1992 as London's first dedicated gallery of Korean art. The group were then guided around the Japanese and Chinese Galleries before concluding on the 6th floor in the Ceramic Galleries which feature 30,000 ceramics from across the world, spanning over 4000 years.
Rosalie was brought up both in Europe and Korea. She studied architecture in Belgium and Italy. Then worked in different architectural practices in Belgium, France and Korea, and taught architectural design at Kingston University before obtaining her PhD degree in architecture at University College London. Rosalie is also a BKWS member.
Following the tour we enjoyed a delicious Korean meal at GAON restaurant in Old Brompton Road and had the opportunity to put our questions to Rosalie over a meal.
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