SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Dr Charlotte Horlyck

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Expertise
  • Publications


Charlotte Horlyck
Department of History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Reader in the History of Korean Art

Centre of Korean Studies

Academic Staff, Centre of Korean Studies

Dr Charlotte Horlyck
Email address:
020 7898 4704
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
Academic Support Hours:
Term 2: Fridays, 3:30pm-5:00pm


Charlotte Horlyck received her PhD from SOAS in 2006, and was appointed Lecturer in Korean Art History at SOAS in 2007. Before taking up this position, she curated the Korean collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (1998-2004). Her V&A projects include the curating of the exhibition The Art of Reflection: Mirrors, Messages and Magic (2002). She has held research positions at the Academy of Korean Studies (2006), Seoul National University (2010) and Ewha Woman’s University (2021). Dr Horlyck’s long-term commitment to the field is reflected in her scholarly activities and service to the profession. She chaired the SOAS Centre of Korean Studies from 2013-2017, and has served as President of the British Association of Korean Studies (BAKS) since 2016. She is also an elected member of the Committee of the Association of Korean Studies in Europe and has served on the grants committee of the Anglo-Korean Society. She is also Editorial Board Member of Misulsahak Yeonguhoe (Korean Society of Art History)



Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • A Ram Park, A Comparative Study of Women's Buddhist Patronage in Joseon Korea and Edo Japan
  • Choi, Min Young, Artists and Cultural spaces in Kyŏngsŏng (Seoul) during the 1930s
  • Hyesook Yang, Utopia, Nostalgia and Escapism: Art in South Korea during the Korean War, 1950-53
  • Jess SON, Visual Representations of the Korean Nation State in the 1880s-1910s
  • Karin Warch, Causes and Expressions of Humor in Eighteenth-Century Korean Art
  • Naama Eisenstein, Reshaping Ideals: Visualising the Genpei War (1180-1185) in Early Modern Japan
  • Shiori Hiraki, Onari: Art, Ritual and Power in Early Modern Japan
  • Yijin Kim, Art for the people and democracy: Socio-political Art Movements in Japan from the 1920s to the early 1930s
Contributions to departmental team taught courses:
  • Theory and Method in the Study of Asian and African Art 15 490 0104
  • Research Skills Training Course 15 PAR H061

Charlotte also lectures in Korean art on the SOAS Diploma in Asian Arts Course

Note to prospective doctoral students: I normally take on 1-2 MPhil/PhD students each year. My PhD students have won prestigious academic prizes and taken up competitive jobs in the academic and culture sector. I encourage prospective students to contact me when working on their applications.


Dr Horlyck’s work focuses on Korean pre-modern and modern visual and material culture, collecting practices, and public displays of Korean art. Much of her work has centred on the Koryŏ [Goryeo] kingdom (AD918-1392), in particular the overlap between secular and mortuary uses of ceramics and metal wares. More recently her research on Koryŏ archaeological material has led to explorations of how Koryŏ tomb objects were given new meanings and identities by early twentieth century collectors. Another research strand is that of modern and contemporary Korean art, where she addresses the cultural, social and political trajectories underpinning artists’ responses to a rapidly changing peninsula.

Her monograph Korean Art – From the 19th Century to the Present (Reaktion Books) was published in 2017 and was in 2020 translated into Korean under the title Han’guk misul 19segi hyǒnjae kachi (Seoul: Jae Sung Book Gold LtD). In 2021 the Korean translation was one of 330 volumes chosen out of 6467 Korean-language monographs for the annual Sejong Selection of Books. Her co-edited volume (with Michael Pettid, SUNY Binghamton) Death, Mourning, and the Afterlife in Korea from Ancient to Contemporary Times (Hawai’i University Press, 2014) was selected for a Republic of Korea Ministry of Education Award (2015).

Dr Horlyck is currently working on a monograph on the collecting of Korean art in the late nineteenth and early century (Routledge, forthcoming). In 2021 it was one of fourteen publication projects selected for the KAMS (Korea Arts Management Service) Overseas Publication Support program.

Dr Horlyck discusses her research


For help in contacting SOAS academics and advice on services to business and the community, please contact SOAS Enterprise on +44(0)20 7898 4837 or email
For all press and media enquiries please call +44 (0)20 7898 4135 or email

Available for
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Press
  • Briefings
  • Special Study Programmes
  • Short Term Consultancy
  • Long Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • East Asia
Country Expertise
  • Japan
  • Korea North
  • Korea South
  • Danish
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Korean


Authored Books

Horlyck, Charlotte (2020) Han’guk misul 19segi hyǒnjae kachi 한국미술 19세기부터 현재까지. Seoul: Jae Sung Book Gold Ltd.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2017) Korean Art from the 19th Century to the Present. London: Reaktion Books.


Horlyck, Charlotte (2021) 'The Moon Jar: The Making of a Korean Icon'. The Art Bulletin. [Forthcoming]

Horlyck, Charlotte (2014) 'The Eternal Link: Grave Goods of the Koryŏ Kingdom (918–1392 CE)'. Ars Orientalis, (44), pp 156-179.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2013) 'Desirable commodities – unearthing and collecting Koryŏ celadon ceramics in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (76) 3, pp 467-491.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2013) 'A Gilded Celadon Stand from the Goryeo period in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London'. Munmul, (3), pp 83-139.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2012) 'Gilded Celadon Wares of the Koryo Kingdom (AD 918-1392)'. Artibus Asiae, (LXXII) 1, pp 91-121.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2011) 'Korean Bronze Mirrors'. TAASA Review, The Journal of the Asian Arts Society of Australia, (20) 3, pp 11-13.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2010) 'Burial Offerings to Objets d’Art: Celadon Wares of the Koryŏ Kingdom (AD918-1392)'. Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, (73) 2008-2009, pp 79-89.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2010) 'On Celadon Wares of the Goryeo Kingdom'. Story of Korea.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2010) 'Goryeo Metalwork in the British Museum'. Orientations, (41) 8, pp 69-72.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2008) 'Confucian Burial Practices in the Late Goryeo and Early Joseon Periods'. The Review of Korean Studies, (11) 2, pp 33-58.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2008) 'Meaningful Commodities – Mirrors, Merchandise and Market Policies in the Koryŏ Period'. International Society for Korean Studies, (12), pp 239-257.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2003) 'Colour in Korean Textiles'. Arts of Asia, (33) 2, pp 110-117.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2002) 'Korean Bronze Mirrors and Their Chinese and Japanese Influences'. Orientations, (33) 9, pp 48-53.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2001) 'Tracking chronological changes within burials of the Koryŏ period'. Journal of East Asian Archaeology, (3) 3-4, pp 199-218.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2000) 'Combining the new with the old: collecting contemporary Korean art at the Victoria and Albert Museum'. Korean Journal of Museum Studies, (3), pp 130-145.

Horlyck, Charlotte (1999) 'Understanding Korean Ceramics'. Koreana, (13) 4, pp 4-11.

Edited Books or Journals

Horlyck, Charlotte and Pettid, Michael J., (eds.), (2014) Death, Mourning, and the Afterlife in Korea: Ancient to Contemporary Times. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press. (Hawaii Studies on Korea).

Book Chapters

Horlyck, Charlotte (2020) 'Arts of Refinement: Lacquer and Metalwares of Koryŏ'. In: Park, J. P. and Jungmann, Burglind and Rhi, Juhyung, (eds.), A Companion to Korean Art. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons, pp 235-262.

Horlyck, Charlotte and Priewe, Sascha (2018) 'Displaying a Nation: Representations of Korean art in the UK'. In: Steuber, Jason and Peyton, Allysa B., (eds.), Arts of Korea: Histories, Challenges, and Perspectives. Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press, pp 90-115.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2018) 'Arte contemporáde Corea del Sur: Una visión crítica de los principales temas y tendencias'. In: del Pilar Álvarez, Maria and Pérez Taffi, Verónica, (eds.), ¿Hallyu o Diplomacia Cultural? Corea del Sur y sus productos culturales. Buenos Aires: Universidad del Salvador, pp 79-111.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2017) 'Questioning Women’s Place in the Canon of Korean Art History'. In: Chiem, Kristen L. and Blanchard, Lara C.W., (eds.), Gender, Continuity, and the Shaping of Modernity in the Arts of East Asia, 16th–20th Centuries. Leiden: Brill, pp 224-250.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2014) 'Arts of the Goryeo Kingdom'. In: Starkman, Christine and Horlyck, Charlotte and Lena, Kim and Song-mi, Yi, (eds.), Tradition and Innovation in Korean Art. Houston: The Museum of Fine Arts, pp 26-45.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2014) 'Ways of Burial in Koryŏ Times (AD918-1392)'. In: Horlyck, Charlotte and Pettid, Michael J., (eds.), Death, Mourning, and the Afterlife in Korea: Ancient to Contemporary Times. Honolulu, HI: Hawaii University Press, pp 83-111.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2014) 'Las tradiciones de la cerámica en la península coreana'. In: Ojeda, Alfonso and Fernández del Campo, Eva, (eds.), Arte de Corea. Madrid: Ibersaf Editores, pp 61-85.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2013) 'Korean Art Objects at SOAS'. In: Jackson, Andrew David, (ed.), Key Papers on Korea: Papers Celebrating 25 Years of the Centre of Korean Studies, SOAS. Boston: Global Oriental; Brill, pp 275-296.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2011) 'Mirrors inlaid with mother-of-pearl in the Cotsen Collection'. In: Falkenhausen, Lothar von, (ed.), The Lloyd Cotsen Study Collection of Chinese Bronze Mirrors. Volume II: Studies. Los Angeles: Cotsen Occasional Press, UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, pp 160-169.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2011) 'Mirrors in Early Korea'. In: Falkenhausen, Lothar von, (ed.), The Lloyd Cotsen Study Collection of Chinese Bronze Mirrors. Volume II: Studies. Los Angeles: Cotsen Occasional Press, UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Pres, pp 120-129.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2009) 'The Spread and Assimilation of Chinese Bronze Mirrors in Early Korean Society'. In: DeCeuster, Koen and van den Haak, Martina, (eds.), Proceedings of the Association for Korean Studies in Europe, 24th Biennial Conference. Leiden: Association for Korean Studies in Europe.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2008) 'Looking at the Overlooked: Art by Women and for Women in Pre-Modern Korea'. In: Chinn, Lori, (ed.), The Offering Table. Women Activist Artists from Korea. Oakland, Calif.: Mills College Art Museum, pp 40-50.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2007) 'Kkoktu – Guides, Guardians and Keepers of the Soul'. In: Frederick, Carriere, (ed.), Korean Funerary Figures: Companions to the Journey to the Other World. New York: The Korea Society, pp 227-230.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2006) 'Purity of thought and emptiness of mind: The placing of mirrors in Korean relic deposits'. Cultural Interaction with Korea: from Silk Road to Korean wave. Proceedings of the World Congress of Korean Studies, vol.2. Seongnam: Academy of Korean Studies, pp 431-450.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2004) 'Celadons Koryo: el seu desenvolupament, ascension i declivi'. In: Cervera, Isabel, (ed.), L’art de ‘Àsia oriental. Barcelona: Fundació per a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, pp 9-20.

Book Reviews

Horlyck, Charlotte (2013) 'Review of: Kungnip haeyang munhwajae yŏn’guso (National Research Institute of Maritime Cultural Heritage of Korea). Taean Mado haeyŏk t’amsa pogosŏ (Survey report on the waters of Mado). Mokp’o: Kungnip haeyang munhwajae yŏnguso, 2011.'. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, (42) 2, pp 454-456.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2012) 'Korean Buncheong Ceramics from Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art. By Soyoung Lee and Seung-chang Jeon. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011'. The Journal of Asian Studies, (71) 2, pp 563-565.


This list was last generated on Wednesday, 29th June 2022, 17:36 Europe/London.