From bright pink guard suits from the hit Netflix series ‘Squid Game’ to a large sculpture of rapper G-Dragon, London’s V&A museum celebrates South Korean popular culture and its rise to global prominence in a new exhibition that s opens this week. Among the exhibits at “Hallyu! The Korean Wave” are K-Pop costumes, K-drama props as well as a replica of the bathroom from the Oscar-winning film “Parasite.”
“This exhibit actually celebrates South Korea’s vibrant and colorful popular culture from its inception to its place on the world stage,” curator Rosalie Kim told Reuters at a preview on Wednesday. “‘Hallyu’ actually means Korean Wave and refers to that meteoric rise in South Korean popular culture that has taken the world by storm over the past few decades.”
The exhibition is divided into different sections, including K-pop and its fans, TV series and cinema, fashion and beauty. Visitors are greeted by the pink jacket singer Psy wore in the music video for his 2012 mega-hit “Gangnam Style.” Other outfits on display include ensembles worn by G-Dragon and K-pop groups ATEEZ and Aespa as well as colorful designer creations.
From the world of television there are costumes from historical dramas as well as the recognizable pink jumpsuits and a green tracksuit from “Squid Game”. The replica “Parasite” bathroom is the first time the setting of the protagonist Kim family’s basement apartment has been recreated, with the museum working closely with the film’s production designer Lee Ha-jun. .
Other items on display include photographs, posters, record covers and K-pop fan banners. Visitors can also take part in an interactive K-pop dance challenge. “Hallyu! The Korean Wave” opens on Saturdays and lasts until June.
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