Splendor and Serenity: Korean Ceramics from the Honolulu Museum of Art

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    Cup and Cup Stand with Chrysanthemum Design, Goryeo dynasty, early 12th century. Stoneware with celadon glaze. Gift of Lt. Gen. Oliver S. Picher, USAF (Ret.), 1955 (2050.1ab)

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    Cup and Cup Stand. Goryeo dynasty, late 12th century. Stoneware with celadon glaze, black and white slip inlay. Gift of Lt. General Oliver S. Picher, USAF (Ret.), 1955 (2050.1ab).

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August 13, 2015 - November 08, 2015
Honolulu Museum of Art

Exhibition Overview

화려함과 단아함 – 호놀룰루미술관 소장 한국 도자 명품

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Korean ceramics have long been revered for their extraordinary beauty, distinctive colors, and skillful decorations. This exhibition, supported in part by the Korea Foundation and the National Museum of Korea, presents highlights from the museum’s internationally renowned collection of Korean ceramics, some of which will be displayed for the first time. Visitors can gain a deeper appreciation of one of the world’s most exquisite ceramic traditions as it developed over 1,000 years.

Korean ceramic art reached its first apex during the Goryeo period (918–1392). Goryeo celadon’s unique jade-colored glaze and complex inlay designs demonstrate a remarkably high level of achievement in ceramic technology. 

The fall of the Goryeo court resulted in social turmoil, but it also brought about a period of great creativity. From the late Goryeo into the early Joseon (1392–1910) periods, ceramics developed from celadon to buncheong ware, a grayish-green ceramic with powdered white slip that best reflects Korean artistic innovation. Joseon-period buncheongware is exceptional for its novel techniques, such as inlay, stamping, incision, sgraffito, brushwork, painting with iron pigments, and dipping.

While buncheong ware brought new life to Korean ceramics, white porcelain represents the signature aesthetic of the Joseon dynasty. Closely associated with the royal court and the educated elite, white porcelain reflects their commitment to Confucian values of frugality, resulting in a greater emphasis on the inherent nature of pure white clay than on colorful decorations adorning the surface of the works.

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September is Splendid Korea month

Throughout September, the museum celebrates Korean arts and culture through special events, see the full schedule.

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