Arts of Korea
This exhibition celebrates the magnificent collection of Korean art on loan from the National Museum of Korea, Seoul to Auckland Museum.
Comprised of fine ceramics and furniture pieces, the collection was gathered together over 25 years by New Zealander Peter Rule, who described the collection as:
‘Dating from about the 5th Century [and] represented by some Silla pots through to the Goryeo period (918 - 1392) with examples of the best and worst of that period, through to the early and late Joseon dynasty (1392 - 1910) period with their blue and white wares.
In addition there are some bronze items …and various chests and writing tables of the 18th century and later. Some incidental items like wood printing blocks, copper kettles and pictures complete the collection if I can call it such.
Peter Rule’s collection spans over 1500 years and contains the most significant examples of Korean historical material in New Zealand. Its particular strength lies in the celadon glazed wares. Many of our studio potters were to use this collection as firsthand teaching material. As such it played a crucial role in the development of the New Zealand studio ceramics movement.
The Arts of Korea exhibition is made possible in part by Asia 2000 Foundation of New Zealand, Museums Aotearoa, The Korean Society of New Zealand and the The Korea Foundation.