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November 18, 1997

Volume 44, Number 13

The 1922 fan with landscape, left, is by Chi Un-yong (1852-1935), in ink and colors on paper, 30.5 x 55 cm, at the University Museum.

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.

Talks: The Museum's Korean Arts and Culture Series presents two on Saturday, December 6, 1-3 p.m. in the Rainey Auditorium: Korea's Ceramic Tradition, by Robert D. Mowry of Harvard University, and Korea's Shamans and the Spirits of Capitalism, by Laural Kendall of the American Museum of Natural History.

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.

Talk: On Thursday, November 20, at 6 p.m., the ICA will present Junmo Chung, senior curator from the National Museum of Contemporary Art, on the Contemporary Art Scene in Korea.

Immortal Playing the Saenghwang under a Pine Tree , right, is a framed hanging scroll, in ink and light colors on paper by Kim Hong-do (1745-ca.1806) at the Arthur Ross Gallery.

To create Fluids (1995), below, Kim Young Jin combines invented projectors, sound sensor, compressor and timer; it's at the ICA.