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GOOD NEWS FROM NORTH KOREA

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Monuments from North Korea’s medieval city of Kaesong were recently granted World Heritage status by UNESCO. Twelve monuments including tombs, fortress walls, and a 700 year old school at Kaesong were included. Kaesong, called Songdo while it was  the capital of Korea under the Koryo dynasty (918-1392) is close to the border  with South Korea. Koryo artists are famous for their  celadon and sanggam – inlay technique where  the designs are carved or stamped in the body and a slip of contrasting color is applied.

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I found this photo of royal tombs of the Koryo dynasty but do not know if these tombs  are  part of the World Heritage monuments.

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Cheers,

Elisabeth and Natasha

Art Museums in South Korea

I recently read that South Korea does not impose any taxes on transactions imposing art property, and that works of art are exempt from transfer and inheritance taxes.

I also read that six South Korean art museums came into existence through the help of chaebol (conglomerates). Chaebol are major collectors, and their families run, or are involved with the six museums. Likewise, three of the largest sponsors of the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art in New York) are Korean: Samsung, Hyundai Card and  Hanji.

Several South Korean artists are also well known, Lee Bul, and I previously featured Lee-Ufan and his sculptural pieces.

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Lee Bul, famous South Korean contemporary artist

Cheers,

Elisabeth and Natasha

A VISUAL AND SENSORY JOURNEY TO NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA

February 7, 2013 Leave a comment
February 5 to March 7, 2013
 
An invitation by the MUSEM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON
 
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This is the time when I wish I would live in Boston — I wish somebody could take notes and photos for me…would share the course fee with you…
Cheers,
Elisabeth and Natasha
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Join us for intriguing lectures related to the Museum’s special exhibitions and timely art topics. Speakers include artists and art experts from around the world. Or expand your art horizons with one-day to ten-session offerings designed to complement the latest MFA special exhibition or explore art-related themes. Sundays feature special events celebrating holidays, music, writers, and technology. The Looking Together program encounters the MFA’s collections in small groups led by knowledgeable, enthusiastic instructors that engage in discussion, conversation, and activity.

This four-session course explores the history, art, and culture of two remarkable nation-states: South Korea, the economic powerhouse, and the mysterious and deeply isolated North Korea.

Tuesdays, February 5–March 5
10:30 am–Noon
Remis Auditorium
OR
Thursdays, February 7–March 7
7–8:30 pm
Alfond Auditorium

Four-Session Course Tickets
$80 MFA members, seniors, and students; $96 nonmembers
Order at 1-800-440-6975 or in person at any MFA ticketing desk

Individual Session Tickets
$25 MFA members, seniors, and students; $30 nonmembers
Online: using the link in the red box
By phone: call the MFA Ticket line at 1-800-440-6975
In person: at any MFA ticketing desk

Ticketing desk hours: Mon, Tue, Sat, and Sun, 10 am–4:15 pm; and Wed–Fri, 10 am–9:15 pm

In This Series

NEW KOREAN ART GALLERY AT THE PACIFIC ASIA MUSEUM IN PASADENA, CALIFORNIA

Not many museums have a special gallery dedicated to Korean Art. The Pacific Asia Museum will introduce its new gallery with an inaugural exhibit of The Arts Of Korea with paintings and objects from Buddhism, Confucianism and Shamanism.

The museum is very active and has a wide selection of art and ethnographic pieces from Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Enjoy!

-Elisabeth

http://pacificasiamuseum.org/_on_view/exhibitions/2012/korea.aspx