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Barrel-Shaped Bottle with Peony Motif 모란무늬 장군(액체를 담는 그릇). Korea, 1400s, Joseon dynasty (1392–1897). Buncheong with inlaid and stamped design. 8.75 × 6.25 in. dia. (22.2 × 15.9 cm dia.), National Museum of Korea: Bequest of Lee Kun-Hee, 2021. © National Museum of Korea

Perfectly Imperfect: Korean Buncheong Ceramics

December 3, 2023 – Ongoing
Location: Martin Building, Level 5

Perfectly Imperfect: Korean Buncheong Ceramics, co-organized with the National Museum of Korea (NMK), features exquisite works of Korean Buncheong ceramics from the 15th century to today, renowned for their white slip and adorned with diverse surface decorative techniques. The exhibition also includes 20th- and 21st-century paintings as well as 16 drawings by painters.

Sophisticated, playful, and engaging, buncheong ceramics became a uniquely Korean art form in the late 14th to 16th centuries. Elements of the buncheong style have remained relevant in modern and contemporary Korean art and have influenced other artistic expressions. Its refined and rustic aesthetic has been admired by generations of potters and artists in Korea and across the world.

Curated by Hyonjeong Kim Han, Joseph de Heer Curator of Arts of Asia, and Ji Young Park, National Museum of Korea Fellow of Korean Art at the Denver Art Museum, along with curators at NMK, Perfectly Imperfect inaugurates unique programs, exhibitions, and collaborations between the NMK and the DAM over the next three years.

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Shiva Holding a Trident, late 500s, Rajasthan Province southern, India, stone, 1982.15; Funds from Ruth Luby,Dorothy Hietler,Fay Carter & Norman Degan in loving memory of their parents, Nellie & Jesse Shwayder, & acquisition challenge fund

Arts of Asia Galleries

Location: Martin Building, Level 5

Originating with a major gift from Mr. Walter C. Mead in 1915, the Asian art collection is one of the earliest at the Denver Art Museum. It encompasses rare and important artworks from East Asia (China, Korea, and Japan), South and Southeast Asia, and Central and West Asia. Its holdings of some 7000 objects span nearly six millennia, from prehistoric to contemporary art. The collection boasts strengths in Chinese textiles from the Qing dynasty, South and Southeast Asian sculpture, ceramics from across the region, East Asian bamboo art, as well as Japanese Edo period painting and twentieth-century prints.

The reimagined Arts of Asia galleries showcase a breathtaking display of over 800 artworks collectively tracing visible and invisible links across time and space in the arts of Asia. Masterpieces include paintings by Edo master Itō Jakuchū, Northern Wei sarcophagus bearing animals of the cardinal directions, a ninth century BCE Assyrian bas-relief, and a Chola dynasty Dancing Śiva. Interweaved throughout are works by modern and contemporary artists such as Golnaz Fathi, Xu Bing, and Hamada Shoji.

The galleries also integrate exciting educational and interactive components, from immersive audiovisual assets to the well-loved touchable Ganesha sculpture, the remover of obstacles, and bringer of good fortune.

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