Korean Dreams

Paintings and screens of the Joseon Dynasty

The U Fan Lee Collection in the Guimet Museum, Paris. This exhibition, the first showing of traditional Korean painting in the Gallery, will comprise Korean screens, hanging scrolls and album leaves dating from the 17th to 19th centuries.

Art Exhibition previously on at Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney precinct, New South Wales, Australia.
From Thursday 05 March 2009 to Monday 08 June 2009

The ten symbols of longevity (Shipjangsaeng-do) (detail) image

Published by Art Gallery of New South Wales on Thursday 23 October 2008.
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The paintings in this collection represent popular decorative traditions used in Korean homes, rather than the Chinese literati style favoured by officials in the Confucianism-dominated society. Themes covered will include calligraphy, landscape, bird-and-flower, mythical animals, and portraits. A popular subject represented with some fine examples is the so-called book screen (Chaek’kori), a genre adopted with relish by Koreans, artist and patron alike.

Asian gallery, ground level