Discover art from the longest-ruling dynasty in Korean history

June 16, 2014

Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910
On view at LACMA from June 29 to Sept. 28, s
ponsored by The Korea Times





A collection of 150 pieces of Joseon art, coming to LACMA on June 29, will illustrate 500 years of Korean culture through an exploration of its society, religion and royalty.

The exhibition, called “Treasures From Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty,” will be the museum’s first special display of Korean art since “Your Bright Future: 12 Contemporary Artists from Korea” in 2009.

Pieces in the collection, many of them on-loan national treasures, include examples of Joseon pottery, calligraphy from the dynasty’s nobility and illustrated books, as well as costumes, accessories, painted screens and ritual wares.

The Joseon dynasty was the longest in Korean history and ran for 518 years with 27 kings.

According to LACMA, in addition to an illustrated catalogue published by Yale University Press, the exhibition will have five themes: the king and his court, Joseon society, rituals and values, Joseon Buddhism and Joseon in modern times.

Sponsored by The Korea Times, the display will run through Sept. 28, with an opening reception for the community on June 25.

Planned through a collaboration between LACMA, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the exhibit was first introduced in Philadelphia and will go on to Houston after its L.A. visit.