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역사와 문화가 살아숨쉬는 국립광주박물관
2023-04-07 ~ 2023-07-09
The 14th Gwangju Biennale, soft and weak like water, takes its inspiration from a chapter of Dao De Jing, a fundamental Daoist text, which speaks of water’s capacity to embrace contradictions and paradoxes. The Biennale proposes to imagine our shared planet as a site of resistance, coexistence, solidarity, and care, by thinking through the transformative and restorative potential of water as a metaphor, a force, and a method. It invites artists to engage with an alternative model of power that brings forth change, not with an immediate effect but with an endurance and pervasive gentleness that flows across structural divisions and differences.
The 14th Gwangju Biennale explores its main theme through four subthemes. As one of the venues for the biennial, the Gwangju National Museum is presenting a number of works related to the subtheme “Transient Sovereignty.” The exhibition highlights the ways in which postcolonialism and postcolonial art developed in relation to topics such as migration and diaspora. It also introduces pieces addressing human rights violations, thereby touching on issues such as oppression and discrimination. Also presented are works closely related to the history of Gwangju, taking consideration of the spatial characteristics of the museum.
Exhibitions at Gwangju National Museum
Time April 7(Fri.), 2023~ July 9(Sun.), 2023
Place Special Exhibition Gallery, Central Hall, Multipurpose room, and Garden
Nighttime Opening until 8 pm, Saturdays
Admission Fee Free
Guided Tour with Curator
Time Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Application On-site application
Exhibition-linked education programs
Activities resin art and grip toks based on the works of Yuki Kihara, writing captions for her works
Time April 22, May 13, May 20, June 17, June 24, July 8 / 14:00-16:00
Target Families with elementary school kids/30 people per session (up to 15 families)
Registration April 11 (Tuesday)~ until the session is full (first come, first served)
How to sign up Go to “http://gwangju.museum.go.kr” to sign up
* The Exhibition held as part of the 14th Gwangju Biennale being presented at the Gwangju National Museum was co-organized by the Gwangju Biennale Foundation and the Gwangju National Museum.
A Collector’s Invitation
2022-10-05 ~ 2023-01-29
Special Exhibition Gallery
Gwangju National Museum
This special exhibition at the Gwangju National Museum is organized based on A Collector’s Invitation from the National Museum of Korea. Taking place in Jeollanam-do Province, which has been nicknamed yehyang (literally, the hometown of art) for its rich artistic tradition, the exhibition has been newly produced to allow visitors to explore the quintessence of Korean traditional art through a selection of ceramics, paintings, and Buddhist crafts from among the works that were introduced at the exhibition at the National Museum of Korea.
Yeosu : The History of the Maritime City
2022-05-02 ~ 2022-08-15
Presented here is a city intertwined with the beautiful sea.
The thoughts and concerns of the people of the past now reside as memories in the cool waters and warm soils of the city.
They include stories of people who passed every day alongside the life of the ocean, harnessed the refreshing sea breezes for transportation, constructed tombs from large stones they infused with their wishes, and defended themselves in times of crisis.
Today, Yeosu shines in the brilliant sun and romantically embraces the past. Through this exhibition, we invite you to look back upon the past of Yeosu.
Goryeo Celadon and the Art of Tea and Wine
2021-12-13 ~ 2022-03-20
Prologue: Goryeo Celadon and the Fashion of Tea and Wine
Tea culture flourished during the Goryeo Dynasty due to the enthusiasm and passion for tea among the royal aristocrats and scholar officials. Diverse production techniques of celadon wares also accelerated the manufacture of varied teaware and utensils. Alcohol dinking culture also thrived during the Goryeo period. Alcohol was served not only in the official royal functions but at receptions of foreign envoys and when bestowing royal gifts. The Goryeo court had a special government bureau in charge of managing alcohol. This exhibition invites viewers to discover the tea and wine drinking culture of the Goryeo Dynasty through celadon wares.
Special Exhibition ‘The mystery of Sindeok ancient tombs’
2021-07-19 ~ 2021-10-24
All those who have lost a loved one try to keep him or her alive in their memory. They also wish for the deceased to enjoy peace and comfort in the next world. However, we still do not clearly know how the people of the past faced and coped with death.
Here on these open fields sleep distinctly shaped burial mounds that hold mysteries of ancient history. By chance we have been presented with a key that could unlock doors to an unknown world. What had been hidden and sealed away within is beginning to be revealed.
We invite you to discover these traces of lives from more than 1,500 years ago that have been stored in tombs dedicated to the deceased.
The 13th Gwangju Biennale - Minds Rising, Spirits Tuning
2021-04-01 ~ 2021-05-09
13th Gwangju Biennale
Minds Rising, Spirits Tuning
2021. 4. 1. ~ 5. 9.
Gala Porras-Kim, Cecilia Vicuna, Ali Cherri, Chrysanne Stathacos, Theo Eshetu, Trajal Harrell, Farid Belkahia
Gwangju National Museum, National Museum of Korea, Chuncheon National Museum, National Hangeul Museum, Gahoe Museum, Shamanism Museum
Minds Rising, Spirits Tuning, the central exhibition of the 13th Gwangju Biennale features a dynamic program that includes an exhibition, a performance program, a publishing platform, as well as online and offline series of public forums that bring together artists, theoretical scientists, and systems thinkers. Directed by Defne Ayas and Natasha Ginwala, Minds Rising, Spirits Tuning sets forth to examine the spectrum of the ‘extended mind’ through artistic and theoretical means.
The exhibition in Gwangju National Museum unveils a dialogue with conceptions of death and the afterlife, reparation of spirit-objects, corporeal limits of the body as well as acts of mourning through newly commissioned works by Theo Eshetu, Trajal Harrell, Gala Porras-Kim, and Cecilia Vicuna. From the ephemeral aura of a flower mandala by Chrysanne Stathacos to the loneliness of a desert necropolis by Ali Cherri, artistic and historical works will attune to linkages of ancestry, visions of the afterlife, non-western mappings of ailment and cure, and the foundational role of the undead in shaping registers of “the real” across the world(s) of the living.
Six Perspectives: Photo Exhibition of the Masterpieces from the Gwangju National Museum
2020-09-07 ~ 2020-11-08
The Gwangju National Museum is very pleased to present the special exhibition Six Perspectives: Photo Exhibition of Masterpieces from the Gwangju National Museum in the fall of 2020. Highlights from the museum’s collection selected by the curators and visitors are explored and documented through the viewfinders of six photographers: Koo Bohnchang, Kim Kwang Seop, Kim Sookang, Oh Sangjo, Rhee Jaeyong, and Jo Seongyeon. Viewers are invited to enjoy these masterpieces reinterpreted from the perspectives of these six veteran photographers of Korean cultural heritage.
Witnessing the Millenary Jeolla-do Buddhism
2020-05-11 ~ 2020-08-09
The Gwangju National Museum is pleased to present this year’s special exhibition titled Witnessing the Millenary Jeolla-do Buddhism: Donated Rubbings from the Namdo Buddhist Culture Research Society. This exhibition introduces works donated by the Namdo Buddhist Culture Research Society, which for nearly thirty years has been studying and taking rubbings of ancient inscriptions found around the Gwangju and Jeolla-do Province regions. Many ancient inscriptions remain in Buddhist temples in the Gwangju and Jeolla-do regions, including on epitaphs of eminent monks, pagodas, bronze bells, and steles recording about the construction of the temples. These inscriptions encapsulate the efforts of the countless people who have helped shape Buddhist culture in this area for over a thousand years. Moreover, they provide historical testimony on the traces of numerous people, including kings, officials, local political groups, eminent monks, and common devotees. This exhibition features forty-five Buddhist inscriptions that the Namdo Buddhist Culture Research Society has collected nationwide over the course of thirty years. It is hoped that visitors can appreciate this time-honored Buddhist culture and historical testimony from the Gwangju and Jeolla-do Province regions.
Korean Traditional Painters in the Modern Era, Honam and Seoul
2019-09-27 ~ 2019-11-24
Masterpieces of Cizhou Ware from China: The Art of Black and White
2019-05-28 ~ 2019-08-18
Gwangju National Museum and the Cizhou Kiln Museum are proud to present Masterpieces of Cizhou Ware from China: The Art of Black and White, a special exhibition of world ceramics. This 2019 joint exhibition is also a celebration of friendship between the two institutions, and it is particularly meaningful as it is the very first time the Cizhou Kiln Museum’s collection is being introduced in Korea. The Cizhou kilns―with sites dispersed around Cizhou (present-day Cixian) County in Handan, Hebei Province, China― manufactured massive quantities of ceramics over a period of some 1,500 years. The products of these kilns, collectively known as Cizhou wares, reflect the life and culture of the people of northern China. The most popular Cizhou ware was the type with black or brown decorations painted over the white slip ground of a coarse body. The free-spirited and unpretentious Cizhou wares reflect a penchant for bold and exuberant designs among the populace of Northern China. This exhibition introduces 117 superb examples of Cizhou ware selected from the collection of the Cizhou Kiln Museum. Visitors are invited to enjoy the epitome of Cizhou ware, a stunning and original ceramic type that embodies the long arc of history in Northern China.