The Victoria and Albert Museum acquires three of Yong Joo Kim’s bracelets

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Published: 14.12.2016
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Yong Joo Kim. Bracelet: In Light of Space II, 2015. Hook-and-loop fastener, thread.. 12 x 28 x 12cm / 15 x 16 x 15 cm / 12 x 14 x 11 cm. Photo by: Yong Joo Kim. Part of: Victoria and Albert Museum. Yong Joo Kim
Bracelet: In Light of Space II, 2015
Hook-and-loop fastener, thread.
12 x 28 x 12cm / 15 x 16 x 15 cm / 12 x 14 x 11 cm
Photo by: Yong Joo Kim
Part of: Victoria and Albert Museum
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The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London, UK has acquired three of artist Yong Joo Kim’s bracelets as part of their permanent collection. This acquisition was made after the exhibition titled “Make Your Movements” at the Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK) in London which was organized by the Korean Craft and Design Foundation (KCDF).
The three bracelets were part of Yong Joo Kim’s series of work titled “In Light of Space II.” The work was made of hook and loop fastener and thread. The acquisition of Yong Joo Kim’s work was handled by the V&A Korean Art department and jewellery department as part of an ongoing effort by the V&A to acquire unique and outstanding work of art, craft and design produced across the world. The effort intends to visually inspire both public and professionals.
Yong Joo Kim’s work will join one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of jewellery in the world. Over 3,000 jewels at the V&A tell the story of jewellery in Europe from ancient times to the present day. Highlights include a gold Celtic breastplate, jewelled pendants given by Elizabeth I to her courtiers, diamonds worn by Catherine the Great of Russia, jewellery by the art-nouveau designer, Réné Lalique, diamond tiaras by Cartier, and contemporary works by Wendy Ramshaw, Peter Chang and Marjorie Schick. Yong Joo Kim considers it a great honor to be included in the collection with the work of such luminaries.
Yong Joo Kim’s work will also join the Korean collection. Built since 1888 with over 900 objects covering both historic and contemporary fields, the collection spans from the Three Kingdoms (37 BC-668 AD) to the present day. Among the displayed objects are a rare gilded celadon stand, a slate burial chest, a Joseon official court garment, bronze wares, lacquer wares, and Park Young Sook’s monumental vessel Moon Jar. Yong Joo Kim considers it a great honor to be included in the collection among such historically significant artifacts.

About V&A
The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The V&A was originally established in 1852, following the enormous success of the Great Exhibition the previous year. Its founding principle was to make works of art available to all, to educate working people and to inspire British designers and manufacturers. Since its foundation, the Museum and its collections have continued to grow into one of the world's greatest resources of art and design, housed in one of the finest groups of Victorian buildings in Britain.
About Yong Joo Kim
Yong Joo Kim is a Society of Arts and Crafts (SAC) and NICHE award-winning artist with an extensive record of exhibitions across Europe, Asia, North America, and Australia. She is considered a pioneer in the use of hook-and-loop fasteners as material for art. Her work crosses the genre of both wearable sculpture and installations. She has been a featured speaker at premier conferences and exhibitions such as the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and Sculpture Objects Functional Art and design (SOFA). Her work appears in the permanent collection of Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), and Velcro Group.
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