The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco is about to go into Grand Style. And it is in an exhibition.
This Friday, the museum is opening an exhibition that celebrates Korea’s historical distinctions in the memory a royal family’s rule, prevailing for over half a millennium, and leaving a cultural legacy that is alive to this day. It is a celebration of the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910), showcasing over 110 treasured objects, each displaying its glorious heritage, and serving as both a narration and illustration of the dynasty’s history of the twenty-seven kings and queens through their rituals.
In Grand Style, as the exhibition is titled, focuses on the dynasty’s celebrations, festivals, elaborate rites, dance, music, and processions. The featured art are lent from numerous institutions in Korea and the U.S., including the National Museum and National Palace Museum (both of Korea). Among the features of this exhibition includes a ten-panel jade book of praise for King Taejo (1335-1408), ink drawings of various welcoming ceremonies, and a colorful folding screen titled Sun, Moon, and Five Peaks.
In Grand Style is on view until January 12th. The exhibition also comes with a few related events, including a members’ preview on Wednesday, and a opening gala on the following day. Log on www.asianart.org for more information.