Exhibitions with demonstrations of Korean traditional crafts.
An opportunity to see these artisan's work and participate in workshops.
Among the instruments created by man, there is one that is distinguished from others as a symbol of art and expression: it is the brush. It allows man to communicate, to express his dreams and his thoughts. Korean brushes made of goat, squirrel, marten or horsehair with a bamboo handle are used for painting and calligraphy.
Artist : Kwak Jong-Min
In the past Korean craftsmen and women developed a wide range of techniques to produce the items they needed at home. They also used their knowledge to produce items for their social value and signification. One example of them is the Korean knots, which were used primarily to hold hunting tools around the waist and their usage was initially limited to royal families to signify dignity and prestige. Spreading later to common people, they became a significant and an essential item for the Korean everyday life by decorating musical instruments, jewels or traditional dresses. They were also often used as a talisman or a lucky charm.
Artist : Yang, In-Sook
The fan holds an important place in the Asian culture. Since its first creations in Korea, fans have been more than just a useful accessory for cooling off during hot weather. From the beginning, the fans allowed to fulfill 8 great functions: to cool off, to make shade, to protect oneself from the sun, to hunt insects, to use them as a lid for a container when needed, to replace a pillow when they had to sit on the ground, to fan the fire, or to be used as a shovel or support when carrying something on the head. Fans also have an important place in the Korean tradition. They are very popular with shamans, dancers and singers.The fan allowed them to bring even more strength and power to their movements and interpretations. The fans were decorated with poems, pictorial works, calligraphy or ideograms that transformed this functional object into an important object of art.
Artist : Lee, Shin-Yip
Korean calligraphy is composed of dots and dashes. Less extensive than others, it offers us lighter, more airy spaces. Through the ink and its brush, one discovers the harmony between thewhite space and the brush marks.
Artist : Lee, Jong-Seon
The painting Min-hwa is a decorative painting. It represents the everyday life of the Korean people. It developed in the 15th century with the Choson dynasty. Most of the painters "Min-hwa" are unknown painters or vagabonds. There are several currents in this painting, within which there are different kinds. Each genre represents a symbol and according to the elements used by the artist in his painting, the message is different. It is like a message to be decoded by knowing the symbolism of each element of the work. Thus the peony symbolizes wealth. The carp and the morning sun must bring success and happiness to young couples. Pine, turtle, moon, sun, deer, crane, stones, water and clouds mean longevity and also serve as a wishing for a good year. The painting Min-Hwa also has an educational vocation for the people by representing scenes of everyday life, the manners of the Buddhist monks, the work of agriculture, hunting scenes. Some paintings also represent a person's life from birth to death and landscapes to eternally convey these memories to the Korean people.
Artist : Kim Run-Mi
The sculpture of ancient Korea was dominated by Buddhist themes such as figurines and monumental statues of the Buddha and his followers. Korean wood sculptors created their own unique style, such as masks, guardian figures for tombs, and carved poles (Jangseung), all of which were designed to ward off evil spirits. In Buddhism the fish which never sleeps, symbolizes wakefulness. It can also symbolize wealth and abundance
Artist : Choi Soo-il
Observe and participate in a Korean workshop.