Korean Paradise: Korean Traditional Folk & Court Art Exhibition is presented by the Singapore Association of Minhwa Art (SAMA), a group of Korean painters who are dedicated to promoting Minhwa or Korean folk art in Singapore. Minhwa can be traced back to the beginnings of early civilisation in the Korean peninsula. The art that will be showcased in ION Art gallery was mainly developed during the 17th century. Minhwa was commonly produced by travelling or unknown artists with or without formal training, who adhered to the styles, canons and genres inherited over generations.
Minhwa exemplifies the pursuit of paradise – considered a basic human desire. Its expression was heavily influenced by shamanistic beliefs passed down from generations before the Chosun dynasty. A longing for immortality in paradise was commonly expressed in paintings, and Minhwa served as a channel for the Korean people to overcome the woes of everyday life by looking to an after or alternate life. The Korean folk art highlights themes of success, love, luck and posterity to educate as well as offer an alternative space for an honest and earnest expression of basic human desire.
Venue: ION Art gallery, 2 Orchard Turn, Level 4 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
When: 17 - 23 Oct 2019, 10am - 10pm
By: ION Art Gallery