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LACMA, 《Beyond Line: The Art of Korean Writing》

16 June 2019 - 29 Sep 2019


Kyungwoo Chun, 〈Light Calligraphy #1〉, 2004. © Kyungwoo Chun.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents 《Beyond Line: The Art of Korean Writing》, an exhibition explores the role of calligraphy in Korean society by shedding light on the lives and legacies of writers from prehistory through today. Featuring more than 90 works using paper, stone, ceramic, wood, metal, lacquer, textile and other medium, it includes works both in hanja (Chinese ideographic characters) and hangeul (the unique Korean phonetic script). The lives and legacies of writers and calligraphers will be examined through works by kings and queens, officials and scholars, painters and monks, and even slaves. The exhibition also explores Korea’s innovations in woodblock printing during the Goryeo dynasty (918–1392) and in movable metal type during the Joseon dynasty (1392–1897). 《Beyond Line: The Art of Korean Writing》 is the first in a series of exhibitions that are part of “The Hyundai Project: Korean Art Scholarship Initiative,” a key element of LACMA’s ongoing 10-year partnership with Hyundai Motor Company. The project is a global exploration of traditional and contemporary Korean art through research, publication and curation.

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