[LA TIMES] The 5 most beguiling-weird-curious works at LACMA’s new Korean show

July 16, 2014


[LOS ANGELES TIMES]  Depictions of torture in hell, a graceful screen of mountains that feels contemporary and a snarling lion holding a mirror that reflects your misdeeds. The L.A. County Museum of Art’s exhibition ”Treasures From Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910″ contains a bounty of incredible works — dozens of paintings, textiles, ceramics and more, from one of the most long-running Confucian dynasties in world history.

Curator Virginia Moon, who organized the exhibition, says the more than 500 years of continuous rule by 27 kings provided Korea with a “sense of stability bound by strict neo-Confucian principles.”

The show contains more than 150 objects — a lot to take in. So I’ve narrowed things down a bit. Herewith, five pieces that sucked me in with their beauty, their weirdness or their straight-up violence.