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“Korean Classics Shine Anew in Denver: Special Exhibition of Buncheong Ceramics”

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Connecting the Art of Ceramics from Goryeo to Joseon, at Denver Art Museum

Denver Art Museum is proud to present a special exhibition titled “” in the Jackson Gallery of the Asian Art Department, starting from December 3, 2023. Co-curated with the National Central Museum of Korea, this exhibition features over 50 pieces of Buncheong ceramics from the Joseon Dynasty, known for their unique surface decoration techniques using white slip on grey clay. Additionally, the exhibition includes three abstract paintings and 16 drawings from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Audience Listening to Curator Park Jiyoung’s Explanation

Prior to the official opening, an event was held on the morning of December 2nd, inviting sponsors and dignitaries to introduce the Buncheong ceramics works. Korean television networks also visited on this day to cover the exhibition, demonstrating a high level of interest in the Buncheong ceramics exhibition.

Visitors had the opportunity to appreciate the historical significance of Buncheong ceramics and the works of contemporary artists while listening to explanations from curator Park Jiyoung, who is a fellow of the National Museum of Korea and currently active at the Denver Art Museum.

Following the exhibition viewing, an engaging program ensued, including a ceramics demonstration by artist Jo Hyangjin, allowing visitors to experience firsthand the process of creating ceramics. Jo Hyangjin provided clay and tools for coloring, patterns, and motifs, enabling visitors to participate directly in the creative process. The artist also showcases three of her own works in this Buncheong ceramics exhibition.

Modern Artists’ Buncheong Ware in a Korean Gallery(Photo by Hyunjin lee)

Buncheong ceramics, which existed between Goryeo celadon and Joseon white porcelain, are characterized by their use of white slip on a grey or dark clay surface. This exhibition offers a glimpse into the transitional style between celadon and porcelain through the diverse textures and tactile qualities of Buncheong ceramics.

Kim Hyunjung, the curator of Denver Art Museum’s Asian Art Department, mentioned that this exhibition includes a significant number of artifacts and artworks donated to the National Museum by the late Samsung Group Chairman Lee Kun-hee. This exhibition serves as an important opportunity to showcase the beauty and historical significance of Korean ceramic art, and Denver Art Museum plans to continue expanding its exhibitions of exquisite Korean artifacts while collaborating with local artists to create meaningful programs.

The special exhibition “” at Denver Art Museum’s Asian Art Department will be on display from now until December 7, 2025.
By Colorado Tmes

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