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Treasures from Korea:
Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty

Rare look into Korean art and culture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Treasures from Korea

Ceremonial robes worn by Hyeon Baek-Un, a high-ranking government official in the late Joseon period. Credit: Dangook University Seok Juseon Memorial Museum, Yongin


March 2-May 26, 2014


Get a rare look at Korean art and culture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty 1392-1910 is the first full-scale survey in the United States to focus on the art of the celebrated Joseon dynasty.

The rule of the Joseon dynasty lasted for half a millennium (1392-1910), and the influence of the era remains even in modern-day Korea.

Within the expansive exhibition, see more than 150 works culled from collections around the world, including many treasures from the National Museum of Korea, as well as both public and private collections.

From gorgeous paper screens and silk robes to ancient portraits and manuscripts, the art and artifacts on display aim to offer a comprehensive view of the dynasty through a focus on five themes: the role of royalty, the taste for simplicity, social order, ritual and worship and, finally, the influence of Western civilization.

A multi-institutional collaboration between the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Museum of Korea (NMK), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) and the Terra Foundation for American Art, the exhibition will make only three United States stops.

Philadelphia will be the first city to host what promises to be a extraordinary exhibit before it travels to Los Angeles and Houston.

During it’s stay in Philadelphia, a number of special events are planned to engage members and the public alike. Look out for the seven-week Korean Drama Series showing Sungkyunkwan Scandal, a South Korean drama from 2010, a K-Pop (Korean pop) dance party and fashion show on Friday, March 28 and much more.

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Admission to Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culsture of the Joseon Dynasty 1392-1910 is included with general admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but advance reservations are required.

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