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Life with Culture: Highlights from late Lee Kun-hee's collection at Nat'l Museum of Korea, MMCA Updated: 2021-07-23 17:17:32 KST

It's Friday, and that means our weekly Life With Culture segment is ready for us. As always, our culture correspondent Kim Bo-kyoung is in the studio. Bo-kyoung, so all eyes are on the late Lee Kun-hee's collection, which was unveiled this week.

That's right, Conn-young, two national museums have lifted their curtains, and lots of people are hoping to get a glimpse of the masterpieces that had been in the hands of late Samsung Group Chairman Lee Kun-hee. Yet, due to the strict social distancing measures, museums can only allow a small number of visitors, so the tickets for the exhibition at the National Museum of Korea are sold out for the next month and the MMCA is also fully booked for the next two weeks. For those who missed out on tickets, I have prepared an in-depth explanation for some of the masterpieces on display.


The National Museum of Korea has presented 77 artworks and antiques from late Samsung Group Chairman Lee Kun-hee's art collection and experts agree that the most important masterpiece is Joseon-era painter Jeong Seon's "Clearing after Rain on Mount Inwang".
Jeong Seon is a landscape painter who opened up the Jinkyung era of depicting realistic landscapes, departing from the traditional Chinese style of depicting the subject conceptually.

"The latter Joseon Dynasty had gone through chaotic times after several wars, and to lift the country's identity and self-esteem, the new Jinkyung trend of seeing Joseon's own nature was founded, and Jeongseon was the pioneer of it."

"To him, Mount Inwang was a nearby hill. He knew every corner and fact about the mountain, how the waterfall is made when the rain comes, and it is significant that he drew what he actually saw on the canvas."

Right next to the masterpiece lies court painter Kim Hongdo's "Sound of Autumn".
This is a scene from "Ode to the Sound of Autumn" written by Song-era politician and writer Ouyang Xiu.

"Kim Hongdo portrays the sorrow and desolate feelings of the elderly. On the painting's left is Kim's writing of the poetry, and this artpiece is assumed to be the last dated piece of his extensive works."

Another 58 artpieces have been displayed at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art,including Lee Sangbeom's "Peach Blossom Spring" and Chang Uc-chin's "Jacks". These show the early painting styles of these artists.
The most noteworthy piece is "Women and Jars" by Korean abstract painting pioneer Kim Whanki.

"This large decorative wall painting with its unique pastel-tone background shows Kim's painting style during his prime time in Seoul before he went to New York."

Bulls are commonly seen as symbols of patience and endurance, and Lee Jungseop's masterpieces "Bull" and "White Bull", showing powerful images as if to start everything anew after the Korean War, are another highlight of the exhibition.
With all the explanation and background information, I think I'll be able to enjoy the masterpieces much better. Well, those in Korea will certainly want to check out those exhibitions, anything new for those living overseas?

As Korean movies and actors have been acclaimed worldwide recently, Korean films are gaining more and more reputation and attention from global moviegoers.
To offer more chances for Canadians to enjoy Korean films, Korea's embassy in Canada and the Korean Cultural Centre are hosting the K-Cinema festival cooperating with the Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal consulates' general.
The "K-Cinema Celebration in Canada" will introduce Korean films online to Canadians across the country from independent to recently-released films.
In honor of Youn Yuh-Jung who won the Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in "Minari", the festival will present her filmography too.
This online Korean film festival will go on until October 30th. Those interested should check out the festival's website.

Well, that's good news for movie lovers especially those starting to get interested in Korean films. Thank you Bo-kyoung as always for sharing this information.

Thank you.
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