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Korean Dreams: Paintings and screens of the Joseon Dynasty

April 2, 2009

The U-Fan Lee Collection in the Guimet Museum, Paris at the National Gallery of Victoria

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In its first showing of traditional Korean painting, the Art Gallery of New South Wales presents Korean Dreams. The exhibition comprises screens, hanging scrolls and album leaves dating from the 17th to 19th centuries. The collection is the result of years of assemblage by leading contemporary artist Lee U-Fan. U-Fan, who was born in Korea but grew up in Japan, is a minimalist painter and sculptor who arrived at his practice through the study of comparative philosophy. Korean Dreams is regarded by specialists as one of the most important collections ever assembled by a single connoisseur.
The exhibition communicates the principal themes concerning Korean painters during the later period of the Joseon Dynasty: an appreciation of landscape, an empathy with shamanist beliefs, a lively heritage of folk traditions and a Confucian inspired love for books, learning and literature.
For more information see www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au.

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