Tigers in East Asian Art: Korea, Japan, China

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The National Museum of Korea presents a special exhibition titled “Tigers in East Asian Art: Korea, Japan, China” on the occasion of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 in collaboration with the Tokyo National Museum of Japan and the National Museum of China. Given that Soohorang, the mascot of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, is a white tiger, which has long been considered a guardian animal, the exhibition focuses on the tradition and transformation of the tiger images in East Asian art.

The exhibition will be held in the Special Exhibition Gallery of the National Museum of Korea from January 26 to March 18, 2018. It will present forty works from Korea including Tiger Under Pine Tree and Tiger Under Bamboo by Kim Hong-do (1745~1806?), thirty works from Japan including three pairs of large screens each titled Dragon and Tiger, and thirty-five works from China including an ancient weapon ornamented with a tiger design and a terra-cotta figurine of the twelve zodiac animals, making for a total of 105 works. In jade objects and ornaments, ceramics, sculptures, and paintings, visitors can see various representations and meanings of tiger. They depicted as a guardian god of the primitive beliefs of ancient times and in later Taoist and Buddhist art; they symbolize protection against evil spirits, auspiciousness, man of virtue and benevolent rule; and they became the subject of tradition and transformation in works of modern and contemporary art. 

The AV room at the entrance to the Special Exhibition Gallery will run a high definition video that gives the audience a vivid experience about wild tigers, which inspired both awe and fear in the people of East Asia. 

This exhibition will be a wonderful opportunity to understand the universality and unique characteristics of cultures of Korea, China, and Japan through symbolism and art. 

Useful Info. 

- Date: January 26 (Friday) - March 18 (Sunday), 2018

- Location: Special Exhibition Gallery (1stfloor, Permanent Exhibition Hall)
- Parking Facilities: Available
- Phone : +82-2-2077-9046 (Korean, English) / 9045 (Japanese) / 9047 (Chinese)
- On display are 105 paintings, sculptures, and craftworks of tigers from Korea, Japan, and China 
- Co-organized by the National Museum of Korea, the Tokyo National Museum of Japan, and the National Museum of China
- In cooperation with the Cultural Foundation of National Museum of Korea

[Opening Hours]
- Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri    10:00~18:00
- Wed, Sat                  10:00~21:00
- Sun, Holidays           10:00~19:00
* The museum is open daily.
* Closed on January 1st, Lunar New Year’s Day and Korean Thanksgiving Day (August 15th in lunar calendar)
* Admission is free to the Main Exhibition Hall and the Children's Museum. 

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Collateral Events 

1. Special lectures 

  ○ First session
     14:00 ~ 17:00, January 26 (Friday), 2018
     Small auditorium
     Subject and Speakers
     - Tigers in the Art of Korea - Park Kyungeun(Curator,f National Museum of Korea) 
     - Tigers in the Art of Japan - Suekane Toshihiko (Curator, Tokyo National Museum) 
     - Tigers in the Art of China - Huang Yi (Curator, National Museum of China)

  ○ Second session
     14:00 ~ 17:00, January 31 (Wednesday), 2018
     Small auditorium
     Subject and Speakers
     - Tigers of Joseon and Modern Korea - Lee Hang (Professor, Seoul National University)
     - Recognition and Expression of Tigers in East Asia - Choi Seonju (Head of Asian Art Division, National Museum of  Korea)

2. History and Culture Class 
   14:00 ~ 16:00, February 21 (Wednesday), 2018
   Main auditorium
   Subject and Speakers: Tigers in Korean Folk Painting - Yoon Yeolsu (Director of Gahoe Musem)

3. Hands-on Exhibition, titled “Grrr, I Am a Tiger” 
   January 26 ~ May 31, 2018
   Children’s Museum
   This is a hands-on exhibition for children featuring pictures and stories in a tiger picture book.

4. Performance “Journey of Fantasy,” In Search of the Tiger, A Journey for the “Album of Paintings” by Kim Hong-do (New pansori, Korean folk opera) 
   March 9 ~ March 10, 2018
   Theater Yong 
   This is a story about Kim Hong-do going into the wild to find a tiger to do sketches for an album of paintings and his encounter with a tiger. 

1.jpg"Tiger", Anonymous, Joseon Dynasty, 18th century ⓐNational Museum of Korea, 2017


2.jpg"Dragon and tiger", Joseon Dynasty, 19th century ⓐNational Museum of Korea, 2017


3.jpg"Tiger·Vimalakirti·Dragon", Katsuta Chikuo·Kano Masanobu·Kano Kiyonobu, Edo period, 17th century ⓐTokyo National Museum, 2017


4.jpg"Dragon and tiger" Soga Chokuan, Momoyama-Edo period, 17th century ⓐTokyo National Museum, 2017


6.jpgRoof tile end with white tiger design, Han Dynasty ⓐNational Museum of China, 2017.


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137 Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, 04383, Republic of Korea
The National Museum of Korea 

[By Subway]

Take Line 4 or the Jungang Line (Munsan-Yongmun) to Ichon Station.
Go out Exit 2, and walk 150m toward Yongsan Family Park.

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