Exposition : « Land of the Morning Calm. Korean Art in the 18-19th centuries », Hopp Ferenc Museum of Eastern-Asiatic Arts, Budapest

 

 

Korean women. Copyright Dr. Dezső Bozóky, 1908, Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts

 

 

A view of Seoul. Copyright Dr. Dezső Bozóky, 1908, Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts

 

Special Exhibition : Land of the Morning Calm. Korean Art in the 18-19th centuries

Ferenc Hopp Museum of EasternAsiatic Arts, Budapest

from 22th June 2011-2013

The current exhibition at the Ferenc Hopp Museum of EasternAsiatic Arts offers a general introduction into the hardly-known world of Korea by presenting artifacts from the Joseon period (1392-1910).

 

This important collection consists of mora than 200 objects from the 2nd half of the Joseon period (from the 18th century to the beginning of the 20th century), including in particular furniture, paintings, ceramics. Most of the artifacts related to traditional ways of living had never been displayed before.

 

The exhibition is divided into 7 thematic units and shows various aspects of Korean art and culture during the Joseon period :

1. Introduction with geographical background

2. Summary of Hungarian travellers’ experiences about Korea and presentation of their observations for the contemporary Hungarian audience (with photographical data)

3.  The world of Buddhist religion

4. Way of living of scholars

5. Interior of women’s life

6. Wedding ceremony and female clothing

7. The world of unique Korean ceramics

 

Curators of the exhibition: Ildikó Nagy and Virág Hársvölgyi

 

The whole Korean collection of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts will be  published soon  in English and in Hungarian. Editors: dr. Györgyi Fajcsák, director of the Museum and dr. Beatrix Mecsi, art historian, Korean Art specialist, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest.

Three museum-pedagogical brochures were also published under the name of Symbols of Korea: I. Szimbolikus növények (Symbolic plants), II. Szimbolikus állatok (Symbolic Animals), III. Ragyogó fényességű Csillagfény Buddha és a Göncölszekér. (Trinity of the Buddha Polaris).

 

Supporter of the exhibition and publications: Korean Cultural Heritage Funds, NKA (National Cultural Fund), Museum of Applied Arts, NEFMI (Ministry of National Resorces)

 

Daedongmun gate in Pyeongyang, North Korea. Copyright Ferenc Hopp, 1901, Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts

 

Beatrix Mecsi

Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE)

 

Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts

Address: 1062 Budapest, Andrássy út 103. Tel.: (06 1) 322-8476

Mailing address:1450 Budapest, Postafiók 3. Fax: (06 1) 218-7257


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