Korean Art, Old and New
Only partly by design, the art of Korea is on display in three of Penn's main venues just now.
The Arthur Ross Gallery and the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology knew they would collaborate when an opportunity came for the first U.S. showing of The Fragrance of Ink: Korean Literati Paintings of the Choson Dynasty (1392-1910). A special traveling exhibition on loan from the Korea University Museum, it is one of the most important collections in Korea. Fifteen exquisitely painted fans are at the Museum and a wide variety of hanging screens, scrolls, and albums are at the Arthur Ross Gallery.
Meanwhile the ICA, in collaboration with the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, conveys a contemporary view of this culture in Inside Out: Four Artists from Korea. The four are Lim Young Sun, Kim Young Jin, Bae Bien-U and Park Kwa Young--all chosen for their use of international artistic styles that deal with specific cultural issues of their homeland.
To create Fluids (1995), below, Kim Young Jin combines invented projectors, sound sensor, compressor and timer; it's at the ICA.