Taenghwa, a type of Buddhist painting, helped propagate Buddhism and has served as an object of religion worship. Through our new program, we explore the Buddhist spirit and immerse viewers in the many faces and philosophies of Taenghwa - in how the art began during the Goryeo Era and developed with time. Man-bong, a devout Buddhist who has become an intangible cultural asset, demonstrates the process of creating Taenghwa. From the gathering of materials to the sketching and, finally, the coloring, he walks viewers through the art's procedure and significance. It's a process that unfolds along with the passing of the seasons and spans a year.
"Taenghwa: Another Nirvana" analyzes Buddhist paintings from Tibet, China, Korea and Japan. It examines the nature and meaning of Thangka (Tibetan Taenghwa) and a Tibetan lifestyle infused with such Buddhist traditions as distinct wedding ceremonies and festivals. The program features the distinct characteristics of Buddhist paintings from Chinese culture; pieces from the Goryeo era (works that are internationally renowned for their artistic excellence); and a Japanese Buddhism that focuses more on its statues than its paintings.
Finally, "Taenghwa" also spotlights paintings from the Goryeo era preserved now in Japan. The works are considered aesthetic, cultural legacies and have been cherished for more than 1,000 years.