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Discover Korea! – Treasures from German Museums

An exhibition by the Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig (GRASSI Ethnographical Museum in Leipzig)
17 February to 27 May 2012
Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig (GRASSI Ethnographical Museum in Leipzig)

The travelling exhibition that is shown in four stations in Germany, was initiated by the Korea Foundation. For the first time, outstanding Korean objects in the procession of German museums have been united and are presented to a broad public with the help of the Korea foundation.

Ten German museums having objects of Korean origin in their collection participate in the project. After the Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst (Museum of East Asian Art) in Cologne, the GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig (GRASSI Ethnographical Museum in Leipzig) is the second station of the exhibition. Afterwards, the show will travel to Frankfurt/Main and Stuttgart. A selection of 115 objects will be exhibited in each location. Due to conservatory reasons, several of the artworks are only allowed to be seen for a reduced time span. Exchanging the valuable objects will alter the appearance of the exhibition in the course of the run time.

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  • - Bild öffnet sich in einer Vergrößerungsansicht.


The Leipzig exhibition will be supplemented with holdings of both Saxon ethnographical museums in Leipzig and Dresden. The Leipzig collection, especially, owns rare and treasured objects in the area of court life and military history whose quality and number are hardly found outside of Korea. Jewels, insignia and everyday objects once in the possession of the former court and high Korean aristocracy count among the precious objects.