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The colour red has a strong affiliation with China and it has played an important role in Chinese culture for centuries.
The colour remains significant to the Chinese today. It is the primary colour on the flag of People's Republic of China and the colour is seen everywhere during the Lunar New Year.
Most objects in the collection at the Museum of East Asian Art are of Chinese origin. Many are decorated with red colours, including ceramics, lacquerware, prints and paintings. This exhibition presents the materials used to produce red colours, explains the symbolism of the colour red and explores the rapid advancement of red wares during the Ming dynasty(1368-1644)
Rooster’s crow heralds the breaking of dawn signaling the beginning of a new day. The rooster has been a good friend of humans as a time-teller ever since man began to work when the sun rises and rested when the sun goes down.
In welcoming the New Year of the Rooster, National Folk Museum of Korea presents Rooster – Greeting the Dawn. The special exhibition features the rooster, a familiar animal companion, and its ecological and cultural significances under three themes – “Guardian of the West,” “Animal of Five Virtues,” and “Companion of Everyday Life.”
It is hoped that this exhibition will provide visitors with an opportunity to explore and discover the cultural symbols and significances associated with the rooster. We invite you to usher in the New Year with the powerful crow of the rooster.
This exhibition celebrates the art of nyona needlework, a vibrant part of Peranakan Chinese heritage. Spectacular curtains and hangings, deliate purses, handerchiefs, and slippers were painstakingly stitched with tiny beads, silk, and gold and silver threads for special occasions and as gifts.
Some of the finese examples of nyonya needlework, from the peranakan Museum and major international collections, will be displayed. Visitors can discover the ingenuity and skill embedded in the art, the importance of tradition, and the innovations inspired by the dynamic, multicultural environment of the region.
Opening of Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum
The National Museum of Korea is proud to present the special exhibition Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum in collaboration with the Brooklyn Museum in New York. The special exhibition features 229 objects from the ancient Egyptian collection from the Brooklyn Museum, which are the best-known highlights of the Museum’s collection. The Brooklyn Museum is also well known for its comprehensive Korean art collection and has a dedicated Korean Gallery space to display Korean art and culture.
Egyptian civilization, one of the four ancient civilizations in the world, is an ever-interesting theme for exhibitions. For centuries, Egypt has been a romantic excavation site for archaeologists, and has drawn international attention where ever there were new discoveries. As a result, numerous ancient Egyptian treasures have been collected and exhibited in the museums all around the world. Thus, Egyptian civilization which often referred to as “the gift of Nile” has become a gift to the whole world.
The theme of this special exhibition is "For an eternal life." It conveys the uniqueness of the ancient Egyptian civilization that can hardly be seen in other civilizations, such as Egyptian beliefs about the afterlife, the mummification for their eternal life, and mummies of divine animals.
Although the exhibition is entitled “Egyptian Treasures,” the exhibits are not just treasures as simple objects of admiration. They covey the creativity, artistry, and hope for eternal life of the ancient Egyptians. We hope that the visitors will take on a special journey in which they could encounter with the ancient Egyptians and their civilization.