Chaekgeori (scholarly accoutrement), late 1800s  Korea

The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens

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Long Ellis Foundation Gallery & Dolph Simons Family Gallery

The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens is organized by the Seoul-based Korea Foundation and features large-scale folding screens of still-life painting known as chaekgeori. These intricate, hand-painted works of art would typically have been found in study rooms of Korean homes and depict books and other objects that convey the great value that Korean people place on the acquisition of knowledge. The Spencer Museum is one of only three U.S. venues to host this exhibition.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Museum is hosting the conference Paintings in Brilliant Colors: Korean Chaekgeori Screens in the Joseon Dynasty on April 14 and 15. The conference is free and open to the public but registration is required.


Selected exhibition images