Anchor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which attracts more than six million visitors annually, has begun an extensive facelift of its Korea gallery. A new exhibition features rare royal paintings from the Joseon Dynasty while a traditional Korean music concert was held at the museum. KBS checked out the Met's Korean collection.
Our Kim In-kyung has more.
Report: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has launched an exhibition featuring 13 Korean art treasures as part of initial steps toward renewing the museum's Korea gallery.
The exhibition features rare royal paintings depicting a king's birthday celebration from the Joseon Dynasty and the gilt bronze Amitabha triad from the Goryeo Dynasty.
[Sound bite: Maxwell K. Hearn - Asian art curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art (English)]
"It is an exceedingly rare piece that is not in any American collection, so it's a real privilege for us to borrow this from Korea."
Maxwell Hearn, the Met's Asian art curator, explained that the Korea gallery will expand its collection extensively over the next three years by borrowing pieces from the National Museum of Korea on a long-term basis. He said a special exhibition in 2018 is also in the works to commemorate the Korea gallery's 20th anniversary.
Although the museum, which draws more than six million visitors annually, has an independent Korea gallery, many have pointed out that it is poorer in quality compared with other collections at the museum such as the Chinese wing.
Director Oh Seung-je of the Korean Cultural Center New York said South Korea will help the Met carry more exhibits from the country.
[Sound bite: Oh Seung-je - director, Korean Cultural Center New York (Korean)]
"The National Museum of Korea will dispatch curators to the Met to oversee exhibitions to highlight Korean culture."
[Sound bite: audio footage of a Korean traditional music concert]
In order to spark interest and investment in the Korea gallery, the Met also invited donors and critics and held a Korean traditional music concert at the museum.
Come 2018, visitors will be able to see a completely remodeled Korea gallery as the lighting, glass and method of exhibition will be refurbished.
Kim In-kyung, KBS World Radio News.