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Joseon Korea – its cultural traditions and its significance in contemporary Korean art

Ngee Ann Auditorium 23 Jun 2017 7 pm Dr Charlotte Horlyck
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Joseon Korea – its cultural traditions and its significance in contemporary Korean art
Charlotte Horlyck

This lecture explores the cultural traditions of the Joseon kingdom – a time that witnessed the flourishing of arts and literature. It also will address the enduring legacy and contemporary significance of Joseon art as reflected in works by contemporary Korean artists. During the Joseon period, Confucian teaching led to new iconographical traditions and aesthetic preferences. The royal family’s patronage of art gave rise to great cultural achievements, artistic innovation, and technological advancement. Yangban scholars’ pursuit of Confucian learning shaped their interest in calligraphy and painting, while sophisticated embroidered items tell of elite women’s artistic pursuits.

The legacy of the Joseon kingdom has survived till today, not least due to the many contemporary Korean artists who have referenced Joseon history and its cultural outputs. Some have appropriated Joseon art forms and techniques of making while others have sought inspiration in the history and people of this period.

About the speaker
Charlotte Horlyck received her PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and is now Lecturer in Korean Art History there. She has been curator of the Korean collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and has published widely on Korean pre-modern art, particularly ceramics and metal wares. More recently she has worked on modern and contemporary Korean art. Her monograph Korean Art from the 19th century to the Present (2017) is forthcoming. Her co-edited volume (with Michael Pettid, SUNY Binghampton) Death, Mourning, and the Afterlife in Korea from Ancient to Contemporary Times (2014) was selected for a Republic of Korea Ministry of Education Award (2015).


This lecture is free. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration is required.


Organised in conjunction with the exhibition
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Image: Literati Gathering of the Middle People. Yu Suk (1827–1873). Handscroll; ink and colour on paper, 1853. National Folk Museum of Korea.