Goryeo Buddhist paintings are Korean cultural artifacts and the best of oriental paintings that are admired by the world. However, in Korean art history, little is known about Goryeo Buddhist paintings. This is because most of the paintings have been taken out of the country.
The Painting of Water-Moon Avalokitesvara that is more commonly known as the water drop Avalokitesvara is a precious work of art that has never been revealed to the public in Japan.
Many Buddhist paintings, including the Painting of Water-Moon Avalokitesvara, that are being recognized for their absolute value are scattered around Japan and Europe. Koreans never had the opportunity to enjoy their beauty or recognize their precious value.
Goryeo Buddhist paintings that have been scattered around Japan and Europe are taking a trip back home.
October 11, 2010.
A historical exhibition has opened at the National Museum of Korea.
After waiting for 700 years, we are finally coming face to face with Goryeo Buddhist paintings.
We’ve come across the opportunity to experience the artistic value, the faith of Goryeo Buddhism, and the religious message through Goryeo Buddhist paintings, and the opportunity to listen to the sound of dharma’s preaching with Goryeo Buddhist paintings.
It is said that with works of art, you see as much as you know.
Viewers who have not had the opportunity to come across Goryeo Buddhist paintings can widen their perspective on the religious and artistic value of Goryeo Buddhist paintings and listen to the 1000 year old message that the Goryeo Buddhist paintings convey.
Goryeo Buddhist paintings that had to depart this country due to the sufferings of our history are leaving once again, leaving behind many stories.
Now, it is time that we take a step closer to the Goryeo Buddhist paintings.
We must find a way to restore them to their rightful place, and it is our duty to learn more about the value of these paintings.