Minhwa: The Beauty of Korean Folk Paintings
Opening Reception Event: Friday, October 4, 2019 at 6 PM
On View: October 4 - 21, 2019
Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C.
2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, D.C.
Join the opening reception, presentation, & workshop on Friday, Oct. 4!
Join us for the opening of Minhwa: The Beauty of Korean Folk Paintings, an exhibition of works by 19 living artists following in the footsteps of an iconic art tradition, in partnership with the Korean Minhwa Center at Keimyung University. This exhibition introduces minhwa, Korea’s traditional folk paintings that depicted people’s tangible hopes and dreams through unconventional yet artistic expressions. Popularized during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897), minhwa are known for their bright colors, humorous depictions, and various virtues embedded symbolically within the imagery.
Minhwa: The Beauty of Korean Folk Paintings comprises 20 paintings by 19 artists from the Keimyung University Korean Minhwa Center who have followed in the footsteps of traditional minhwa painters of previous centuries. Their work spans a variety of iconic styles and subjects, including flora, fauna, landscapes, iconology, and a traditional study complete with books and stationery. Through a broad sampling of minhwa’s major thematic elements, viewers will encounter this cherished art form in all its glory while also taking a glimpse at the mythology, beliefs and views of the Korean people throughout time.
The public opening reception event will also include a special introductory presentation by minhwa artist Stephanie S. Lee entitled An Introduction to Minhwa, and a free drop-in art workshop for guests.
Admission to the opening reception on Friday, October 4 at 6:00 p.m. is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Minhwa: The Beauty of Korean Folk Paintings remains on view through October 21, 2019.
Often the work of untrained, itinerant, anonymous artists, minhwa flourished in the 19th century and were gradually shared among a large segment of the Korean population, especially common people. Minhwa came to represent ordinary people’s freedom of expression, revealing their innermost thoughts and aspirations. Today, minhwa are both an essential part of Korean heritage and rich source material for pop culture and creative design.
Kwon Jungsoon, Kim Miroung, Kim Mijung, Kim Hyekyung, Kim Hyejeong, Park Kyungsook, Park Myeongho, Bae Hyangsuk, Song Kowoon, An Eulsoon, Woo Sukja, Yu Mira, Yoon Misun, Lee Sunghyeon, Lee Sookmi, Lee Younghee, Lee Changhee, Jang Jonghee, and Han Jinhee
Above from top, excluding headline image:Tiger and Magpie by Jungsoon Kwon, Yeonhwado by Jang-Jonghee, unidentified, and unidentified.
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