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Gwangju National Museum

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Special Exhibitions

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특별전 <금용 일섭 - 근대 부처를 만들다>
Special Exhibition
  • Period 2018-05-18 ~ 2018-07-01
  • 내용 This exhibition was comprised of four parts. The first part, “Learning from Tradition,” introduced the early works of Ilseop that were created together with the prominent monks of the late Joseon Dynasty. Ilseop began producing Buddhist paintings in 1918, and traveled all over the country in search of those who could teach him how to paint. Even after meeting Boeung Munseung (1867-1954), who would become his lifelong teacher, Ilseop worked with many senior painters, from whom he learned various facets of Buddhist art including Buddha statues, paintings and dancheong (multicolor paintworks on wooden buildings).
    The second part titled “Leading the Buddhist Art Circles in Modern Times” shed light on the important events that occurred, which helped Ilseop established himself as a central figure in the Buddhist art circles after he began creating Buddhist artworks independent of his teacher.
    The third part, “The Path of Ilseop,” introduced the masterpieces Ilseop created in his 40s and 50s. This was the time period in which he engaged in prolific activities, leading numerous juniors and students. He created a massive Hubuldo that was more than 4m in height and produced all of the Buddha statues, paintings and dancheong of a Buddhist temple, thereby becoming a prominent all-round artist producing Buddhist works on large scale.
    The fourth part, “From Artisan to Artist,” focused on his diverse activities that contributed to the advancement of modern Buddhist art as well as his activities as an educator. In his later years, Ilseop made various efforts to further develop Buddhist art such as founding a Buddhist art organization, submitting his works to contests, and publishing a book. In addition, he was designated as Intangible Cultural Property No. 48 as a dancheong artisan in 1971. He also dedicated himself to fostering Buddhist painters among the younger generations, who are now actively involved in the Buddhist art circles under the name “Ilseopmundohoe.”
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특별전 <왕이 사랑한 보물 - 독일 드레스덴박물관연합 명품전>
Special Exhibition
  • Period 2017-12-19 ~ 2018-04-08
  • 내용 This exhibition was held as part of the exhibition tour in Gwangju organized by the National Museum of Korea to present 130 German royal artworks in baroque style dating from the 18th century that are housed by the Dresden State Art Collections, the oldest association of museums in Europe.
    Part 1 introduced “Augustus the Strong,” who was the star of the exhibition. The exhibits provided information on the significance of the “Strong,” and the image of an absolute monarch pursued by Augustus, who was Saxon elector and Polish king, as well as the hidden side behind this through the exhibits of the king’s military uniform, the sun mask, the ceremonial sword, and hunting tools. The exhibits mainly consisted of items from the Dresden Armory.
    The second part introduced the “Green Vault,” a chamber of treasures created by Augustus the Strong who collected and showcased artistic masterpieces in order to turn Dresden into the center of the arts in Europe. The exhibition consisted of the representative items from the collection of each room of the museum, Green Vault, and on display were pieces made of various materials such as ivory, bronze, gold, silver and diamond and crafts made with precious stones.
    The third part delved into the Porcelain Palace that August, who was the first to invent porcelain in Europe, aspired to created. The early Meissen porcelain, which was modeled after the 18th century Chinese and Japanese porcelains, was introduced according to the conception of the king. The exhibition centered on the collection of the Dresden Porcelain Collection.
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특별전 세계유산 고인돌, 큰 돌로 무덤을 만들다
Special Exhibition “Dolmens, a World Heritage: Making Tombs with Large Stones”
  • Period 2016-04-26 ~ 2016-07-31
  • 내용 This exhibition was organized to examine the research findings on the dolmens in Korea.
    The prologue section presents information on the significance and special features of the dolmens built in Korea amidst the diverse megalithic cultures of the world.
    The first part of the exhibition allowed an understanding of the most basic information about dolmens such as the definition, form, structure, and distribution patterns thereof. Also, it allowed the visitors to realize the advanced level of technology in the Bronze Age, based on the scientific principles applied to the construction of dolmens, and get a glimpse of how a sense of community was fostered and promoted through the erection of dolmens.
    The second part focused on comprehending the meaning of dolmens as a tomb, based on the artifacts such as the bronze violin-shaped dagger, polished stone dagger and polished red earthenware as well as petroglyphs and human skeletons that have been found. Also, the lifestyle of the people in the Bronze Age who built the dolmens was examined at the exhibition.
    The third part touched upon how dolmens have been perceived throughout history since the Bronze Age. Dolmens inspired a wide range of myths and legends, and even became an object of worship, as mystical objects that were thought to have indwelling spirits. To the westerners who visited Korea in the late 19th century, the dolmens were massive structures that were representative of Joseon. The full-fledged excavation surveys on the dolmens in Korea commenced in the Japanese occupation period, and various types of research were carried out after Korea was liberated from Japanese colonial rule.
    The epilogue of the exhibition endeavored to examine the current status of the dolmens in Korea that have been designated as World Heritage and the possibility of using them to create cultural content in addition to employing them as a theme for comics, movies and games.