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German museums to hold exhibition of Korean relics

By Korea Herald

Published : Feb. 16, 2012 - 18:55

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Major museums in Germany will hold a joint exhibition of Korean relics, offering a rare chance to appreciate Korean art from the 11th to 20th centuries, the German Embassy in Seoul said.

The joint exhibition will tour four German cities, including Grassi Museum of Ethnology in Leipzig and East Asia Art Museum in Cologne from Feb. 17 to May 27. The touring exhibition will also be held at museums in Frankfurt and in Stuttgart, the embassy said in a statement.
A brush-stand from 19th century Joseon (Erhard Schwerin) A brush-stand from 19th century Joseon (Erhard Schwerin)

A total of 10 museums in Germany brought together their collections of Korean art for the joint exhibition and about 115 pieces will be displayed for the German viewers, it added.

This is the first time German museums have worked together to bring Korean relics, the embassy said. The exhibition is supported by Korea Foundation, affiliated with the Foreign Ministry.

“The exhibition offers good opportunities to introduce Korean history to German audiences,” said Ulrike Lebender, third secretary for press at the embassy.

“The display of Korean artwork will also show how Korea had cultural exchanges with neighboring countries,” she said.

The artwork includes some from the collection from Paul George von Mollendorff, a German diplomat who served as a foreign counsel to the King Gojong in the late 19th century.

By Cho Chung-un (