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Reminder: opening reception for Korean folk art exhibit at the Korean Cultural Center tonight (Dec. 15)

From: Adam
Sent on: Thursday, December 15, 2011 11:26 AM

Hi Everyone,

It's not too late to join us at the Korean Cultural Center tonight for the opening reception of The Silence of a Tiger by Im Taek Jun, an art exhibit that reimagines Korean folk art, known as minhwa (민화), and one of its most popular themes, the tiger. Featured artist Im Jun Taek will participate in a discussion of the significance of minhwa, and the tiger motif in particular, followed by a Korean dinner buffet. RSVP required at the link below!

When: Thursday, Dec. 15 @ 6:30 pm

Where: Korean Cultural Center (2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington DC 20008)

Event site & RSVP:


Korean folk paintings have remained a prominent symbol of Korean culture since the height of their popularity in the late Joseon Dynasty during the 17th to 19th centuries. In minhwa, the iconic stylized tiger remains silent but expressive, and often comical in its depiction. This playfulness alludes to the simple joys of the traditional Korean lifestyle, as minhwa was mainly an art form for the common people. In recent decades, popular and scholarly interest in Korean folk paintings has surged. Minhwa today influences contemporary art and has become a key cultural image of Korea.

Im Taek Jun (임택준), born in 1958, has been an active participant in contemporary arts in Korea since the late 1980s. His works include paintings, immersive installations, and performance art featuring himself. His art has been exhibited across Korea, as well in Japan and France. This exhibition, organized by the Korean American Cultural Arts Foundation, will remain on display through January 7, 2012.

Best regards,

Adam Wojciechowicz

Public Affairs Section
Embassy of the Republic of Korea
Korean Cultural Center (KORUS House)
2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC 20008
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