The traditional Korean crafts, a body of creative disciplines more than five thousand years old, will be presented in a major art exhibition at a major venue of the internationally-acclaimed Milano Design Week.
Under the theme of ‘Su-su Deom-deom Eun-eun’ (Simple, Calm, Subtle) directed by Park Ryu Sook, this exhibition will feature one hundred ninety works, in six categories, by twenty-three artists, merging the graceful, classical beauty of traditional Korean crafts with modern aesthetic sensibilities. These artists are perpetuating and extending Korean craft traditions in metal, ceramics, paper, textile, bamboo, and lacquer.
Major works in the metal presentation includes Lee Yong Gu’s brass kettle and brass pot; Kim Soo Young’s Anseong Brassware, and his lacquer brassware in collaboration with designer Cho Ki Sang (in association with Yeol); and Lee Gyung No’s silver inlaid brazier and boxes.
The ceramics includes Park Sung Wook’s inscribed Deombeong Bunchung and pagodas; Lee Seung Hee’s white porcelain plate and ceramic painting; Ree Soo Jong’s Cheolhwa Bunchung pots; Lee Se Yong’s white porcelain bowls; Roe Kyung Jo’s coarsely brushed Bunchung ceramic container; Lee Hyun Bae’s tall pots, used for storing tiny shrimp; and Ahn Si Sung’s rectangular bottles.
The paper craft exhibit includes Lee Young Soon’s Woven Mulberry Paper Jar and Oh Jea Hwan’s Shield Kite. The textile craft category includes Kim Hyun Hee’s patchwork wrapping cloth and Kim Hae Ja’s Nubi clothing. Bamboo craft is represented by Cho Daeyong’s woven screen. The lacquerware includes Kim Seol’s dry lacquered bowl, Yang Yoo Jeon’s lacquered bowl with a lid, Choe Young Keun’s lacquered painting, Park Gang Yong’s and Jung Sang Gil’s lacquered woodenware, and Choi Sang Hoon’s lacquered bowl inlaid with mother-of –pearl. And finally, there will be a special presentation of Kim Chang Duk’s Wax Flower Arrangement.
This exposition will offer people from all over the world the opportunity to experience the best of Korea’s exquisite traditional craft culture.