Overview The Donated Works section displays treasures that have been generously donated to
the museum by individual collectors, including exquisite examples of painting,
ceramics, sculpture, lacquer ware, metal arts, tiles, and more.

Exhibition Scale 2,844.62㎡

Kim Chong-hak Gallery Exhibition Room Preview(VR)

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  • Born in Seoncheon, Pyeonganbuk-do in 1937, Mr. Kim Chong-hak (金宗學), one of Korea’s most renowned painters, continues to actively work as a painter. In 1989, he gave the National Museum of Korea around 300 items that he had collected throughout his lifetime.
  • The donated items are mostly woodcrafts from the late Joseon Dynasty, especially household goods and religious or ritual items. According to the Confucian social ethics that dominated the Joseon Dynasty, the living spaces of men and women were largely kept separate. Subsequently, household goods designed for either male or female living areas show very different characteristics. The donated items encompass a range of goods used by both genders, including objects traditionally found in a sarangbang (male study room) and items from the main room and kitchen, occupied by women. Buddhism and shamanism were also a major influence at the time, as reflected by the Buddhist woodcrafts, such as small statues and figures of people, typically used for funeral biers or shrines.
  • Mr. Kim’s donation was a tremendous boost to the National Museum’s woodcraft collection, and helped raise awareness and interest in traditional Korean wooden craft.