“Korean Art in Waseda” exhibition at the Korean Cultural CenterWed, Jul 27, 2016
The “Korean Art in Waseda” exhibition was held at the Korean Cultural Center’s MI Gallery in the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Japan from May 10 to 28.
Co-hosted by the Korean Cultural Center and the Aizu Museum, this exhibition celebrated the 37th anniversary of the Korean Cultural Center and mainly displayed Korea-related items from the Aizu Museum from the 2014 exhibition under the same title.
The Aizu Museum holds over 20,000 items related to Asian art, modern art, and archeological artifacts in their collection, including 900 from Korea. Approximately 50 items including porcelains, Buddhist statues, stone rubbings, and calligraphy pieces were selected for this exhibition.
In the opening ceremony on May 10, Aizu Museum Director Fumi Tsukahara delivered the keynote speech, and Executive Director Sungsi Lee joined the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The gallery was full of attendants, and Aizu’s curator Sachi Tokuizumi, who was responsible for the exhibition, explained the items on display.
A lecture by Aizu Museum Associate Director Akio Kawajiri and Executive Director Sungsi Lee was held on May 21 followed by another lecture by Niigata Sangyo University Professor Naoki Kataoka and Waseda’s Professor Emeritus Katsuaki Ohashi on May 28.
Our University has a long-established relationship with Korea, and we currently have 822 Korean students studying at Waseda (as of November 1, 2015). This exhibition became an opportunity to further deepen the bonds between the two countries and have the Aizu Museum collection be known to a broader audience.
The Korean Cultural Center has kindly shared their video with us of the exhibition and opening ceremony.
©The Korean Cultural Center, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Japan