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Minhwa – Case Study of Joseon Chaekkado / Chaekkori

A reminder of the SOAS seminar on Friday: should be a good one – Dr Youngsook Pak on Chaekkori

Time: 17.00-19.00, 18 November 2011

Title: Folk Painting (Minhwa) – Case Study of Joseon Chaekkado / Chaekkori
Speaker: Youngsook Pak
Venue: Room G50, Ground floor, SOAS, Russell Square


A screen depicting bookshelves (ch’aekkado or chaekkori) known in contemporary Korea as minhwa folk painting, starts to appear in the eighteenth century in Korea. In the shelves one finds not just books, but all kinds of fine objects, ink stone and brush, seal and papers, flowers in pot, antique bronze vessels, porcelains, fans, exquisitely arranged, almost like a still-life. The genre is unmistakably Korean, but the objects found in ch’aekkori were all from China. The speaker will show that ch’aekkado produced in the late 18th century and early 19th century are not “folk painting” through the analysis of the iconography and function of ch’aekkado. The lecture will also investigate preference for Chinese items in the environment of Korean Confucian scholars in the latter period of the Chosŏn Dynasty.

Youngsook Pak has studied Eastern and Western art history at the Universities of Heidelberg, Koln, and Harvard. She has a PhD in East Asian Art History (Heidelberg 1981) on The Image of Salvation: Kshitigarbh in Koryo and Early Choson Period. She pioneered the teaching of Korean art history at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is the author of many publications; most recently, she authored “Distant Shores. Water-Moon Avalokiteshvara, Kim U-Mun and Other Court Artists” in 70 Masterpieces of World Art, published by Thames and Hudson. After SOAS, she was invited to Yale University to teach as KF Distinguished Visiting Professor.

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