The Wind in the pines. 5000 years of Korean art

“Exhibition of classical art Korea in the Hermitage long – awaited event. Long and long ago we worked with Korean colleagues on the fact that it was held and took place exactly as she appears before the audience in a solemn Nicholas hall.

The art and history of the East – an old and favorite theme of the Hermitage. However, it turned out that the cultural heritage of Korea in our collections are presented. Today and for several months this gap is filled with exceptional quality things, as originating from famous collections and high-level Museum work of the National Museum of Korea.

Without Korea our ideas about the art of the Far East is not just incomplete, they are flawed. Special stylistics of Korean culture and its specific roots are closely linked not only with the cultures of neighbors, but have clearly perceived the differences. They just feel and not just describable. In traditional Korean style the austere simplicity is combined with an air sophistication. In this sense, very characteristic of the various figures of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, telling us about a special and specific shade of Buddhism. The monumental bordering on stiffness, suddenly turns into an amazing tenderness in the turn of the head, movement of hands.

Five thousand years begin with the very ancient art, and with amazing clarity we see what they know in theory – a Central Asian nomadic cultures close to the Far East as the steppes of Siberia, the Urals and southern Russia. Amazing crown with the tree of life becomes easy in one number with the famous Hermitage exhibits of the Scythian circle. The exhibition of Korean fine dagger displayed next to fragments of a very similar dagger found in Central Asia and in the Hermitage collection. Korean Buddhism has given rise to the amazing “transparency” and tranquility samples contemplative art and the art of contemplation. They go far beyond religious aesthetics alone. Korean landscapes are amazing. They actually heard the music of the mountains, valleys, forests and individual trees, and romantic because the title of the exhibition is very appropriate.

Korean portraits together celebratory and psychological. They are difficult to take your eyes off. Portraits tell a lot about the person depicted, but for us they are still detailed and convincing image of Korean culture. Korean ceramics – it is also a special phenomenon, a special art music. Marshy-greenish vessels (celadon) is a well – known Korean contribution to the world Treasury. Today we have the opportunity to see the best of the samples, recognized masterpieces of this art-craft, and extra time to think about what differs the original from the replica. However, the palette is much richer Korean ceramics. It has a multitude of specific techniques and amazing original artistic techniques. In ceramics embodied the unity and diversity of the world, refined work and strict beauty.

Discovery follows discovery, and they are all joyful. Among them the history of the invention of the Korean alphabet, and his almost religious veneration in Korea. There are the amazing points of convergence with Russia. One of the masterpieces of the exhibition is a portrait of the great ruler, telangana Hayna Lee, whose son was supported by the Russian diplomatic mission during the Japanese invasion. Remember also that Korean museums have preserved relics of the cruiser “Varyag” who died heroically in a battle with Japanese Navy in the Korean Chemulpo Bay. We had the honor to show these relics in the St. George hall of the Winter Palace, where the Emperor was our honored heroes “Varyag”. Today’s exhibition is also the point of contact between our cultures, and we will continue to see remarkable results. Five thousand years pass before our eyes, and again I want to say thanks to everyone who made this exhibition possible.

In the Nicholas hall of the Winter Palace pine have become a symbol of Korean art and Korean music. Pine is a characteristic feature of the landscape North of St. Petersburg. They are not quite the same as in Korea, but if learning mindfulness in Korean art, to listen to them, we feel how the wind makes them similar music. Korean art teaches us to hear better its nature and its traditions.

In this lesson and the wisdom of millennia”. Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum all this and not only in the book “the Wind in the pines. ” 5000 years of Korean art

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