Colorful Korean traditional paintings on display at KCCLA

June 12, 2015
Cho Yeo-jung's "Go to the Moon."

Cho Yeo-jung’s “Go to the Moon.”

A colorful exhibit of Korean traditional paintings, opened inside the Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles Friday, will run through June 25 in a display titled “With the brilliant coloring of the Korean Minhwa.”

The opening of the exhibit will also serve as a celebration of the U.S. publication of “Chaesaekhwa: Polychrome Painting Korea,” a collection of vibrant traditional Korean paintings overseen by Gyeongju University Professor Chung Byung-mo.

Minhwa, a type of Korean folk art, depicts mythical scenes and creatures.

The exhibit is presented by the Hongik Minhwa Design Institute and the Pine Minhwa Institute, whose members contributed to the works on display.

Many of the pieces in the exhibit were based on those seen in Chung’s book.

Chung was invited to speak at the exhibition to discuss minhwa and its handling of color.

Exhibition organizers said they hope the renewed interest in minhwa in Korea spreads to the U.S. as well.

The opening will take place at 7 p.m. Friday inside the center’s Center Art Gallery following Chung’s speech at 6 p.m. in Ari Hall.

For more informatiion, call 323-936-3014. KCCLA is located at 5505 Wilshire Blvd.