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Pyongyang City Screen: A Panoramic View of Life in 19th Century Korea

Tue, 19 Feb, 2013 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

HYONJEONG KIM HAN, ASSOCIATE CURATOR OF KOREAN ART, ASIAN ART MUSEUM OF SAN FRANCISCO

In 2003, the Oregon Korean Foundation gave the Museum a colossal Korean screen painting depicting a bird’s-eye-view of the city of Pyongyang. Combining elements of topographical and genre painting, the screen documents a grand festival on the Taedong River. One of only 20-some Pyongyang cityscapes known to be extant, this rare and important painting was once owned by the descendant of an American missionary who had lived in Pyongyang in the 1800s. The screen was heavily damaged and darkened by age, but thanks to a generous grant from the Korean National Research Institute of Cultural Properties, it was recently restored under the direction of Korea’s leading painting conservator, Dr. Chisun Park.

What precipitated the rise of this subject matter in 18th century Korea? For whom were these topographical cityscapes made? And how does the Museum’s Pyongyang screen compare to others of the same subject? Kim Han will discuss these issues as well as the conservation process.

Presented by the Asian Art Council in collaboration with the Institute for Asian Studies of Portland State University. Open to the public without charge.

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