Tour of the Korean and other Asian Galleries at The British Museum 7th March 2014
Around 18 BKWS Members, family members and friends enjoyed an interesting and informative tour guided by Sascha Priewe, Curator of the Chinese and Korean collections, British Museum, and Yang Heechung, Korea Foundation Visiting Curator.
Sascha began by telling us about the recent development works taking place at the British Museum and showed us an incredibly detailed scale model of the entire museum and its grounds. We then began the tour in the Korea Foundation gallery, which opened in November 2000. The gallery displays the British Museum collection and major loans from the National Museum of Korea and the British Library. Sascha hi-lighted the importance of Korean porcelain and celadon influencing and inspiring other asian countries including Japan. We learnt that the British Museum is keen to continue to document the development of asian arts and is still keenly acquiring modern works by contemporary artists who use traditional techniques and style to created modern pieces.
We then moved to the beautiful reconstructed traditional scholars study, Sarangbang, where Miss Yang Heechung gave a very interesting talk about how the careful design of such traditional buildings were based on many environmental factors such as calculating the angle of the pitch of the roof to maximise light and heat from the sun in the winter and the shade and cool airflow in the summer.
After our tour we headed to local Korean restaurant Biwon, where we enjoyed great company and food for the remainder of the evening.
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