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Korean artists showcase life in Korea

Thirty-three artists came together and shared their craft totaling to 74 artworks that are set in a hanok, Korean traditional house for the exhibition. They unleashed their creativity in various spaces in a home where viewers can feel Korea’s unique ambiance.

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Habjukseon-Hundred Folding Fan (50 ribs) by Kim Dong-sik.

Still in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Philippine and Korean bilateral relations, the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines has teamed up with the renowned Korea Craft and Design Foundation to launch the “Korean Life Aesthetics” craft exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum.

The exhibit opened on 14 November and will run until 31 January 2020. It gives a peek on the contemporary design and crafts in the form of furniture and household objects that mirror Korean aesthetics and enrich people’s daily lives.

Thirty-three artists came together and shared their craft totaling to 74 artworks that are set in a hanok, Korean traditional house for the exhibition.

They unleashed their creativity in various spaces in a home where viewers can feel Korea’s unique ambiance. These four sections are the Elegant Boudoir, Simple Study, Table Set of Accommodation and Naturalistic Rest.

Craft has long been known in connecting people by adding the lifestyle of culture to time-honored skills. In turn, the expertise and aesthetic are passed down to the next generation, which then forms the cultural identity of a nation.

Participating Korean artists, namely, Kim In-ja, Lee Hun-chung, Kim Wan-kyu and Kang Shin-jae discussed the core of the exhibit and how culture is deeply ingrained in arts and crafts.

Modern hanbok by Kim In-ja.

To further the cultural exchange, an educational program titled “Life Aesthetics” of Korean Crafts took place on 16 November at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila’s gallery lobby and exhibition hall, wherein the participating artists and the exhibition director Jin Hyo-seung discussed about the history of their artworks.

Apart from showcasing talent and mastery, the exhibit and the educational program is set to give the audience in Manila a valuable perspective on the aesthetics and functionality of Korean design and crafts for everyday living. Making this creative gathering even more meaningful is the fact that it caps off the year-long celebration of the 70 years of friendship between the Philippines and Korea.

Made possible by the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines together with Korea Craft and Design Foundation, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Metropolitan Museum Manila, the Korean Life Aesthetics craft exhibition will also continue the collaborative artistic and cultural exchange between the two countries.

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