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Beyond Hangeul: Contemporary Art Inspired by the Korean Alphabet

  • Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. 2370 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20008 United States (map)


Beyond Hangeul: Contemporary Art Inspired by the Korean Alphabet

Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 30 @ 6 pm

On View: Sept. 30 - Oct. 31

Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C.

2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Join us for the opening of Beyond Hangeul, an exhibition of contemporary works by six Korean artist inspired by the elegant, adaptable design of Korea's native writing system, hangeul. Not only to be appreciated by Korean speakers, this exhibition looks beyond hangeul as a functional communication tool to explore the past, present, and future of hangeul through its structural value as well as its aesthetic and formal beauty. Featuring works of installation, painting, calligraphy, and sculpture, this exhibition comes just in time for Hangeul Day, the Oct. 9 national holiday celebrating hangeul's creation in the 15th century. It has since stood the test of time as one of the world's most scientific, easily learned alphabets, profoundly impacting literacy and education when it was introduced.

Featured artists Ji Won BaekHee Sook KimJounghwoe KimDaechul LeeJiyoun Lee-Lodge, and San Lee each have different creative backgrounds and origins within Korea, yet all draw upon their cultural heritage, especially hangeul, to give form to their artistry. (Click here for details on the artists.) This exhibition demonstrates how hangeul can be integrated into contemporary art as a design element or stand alone as an expressive medium itself. Either way, each work is imbued with the rich history and philosophical underpinning of this remarkable writing system.

This exhibition is presented in collaboration with Art MORA, an arts organization based in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York that helps emerging artists nurture, develop, and expand the scope of their work.