Diamond Mountains, the Olympics, and Korean Art

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 233

 

 

Diamond Mountains: Travel and Nostalgia in Korean Art,” a melancholy beauty of a show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, reveals the indelible influence of this mountain range on Korean painting from the 18th century to today. Even before the division of the peninsula, Mount Kumgang inspired not just awe but also longing, wistfulness, regret. For artists of the late Joseon dynasty, for those living under Japanese occupation, and now for contemporary South Korean painters, the mountains have always constituted a thick tangle of natural beauty, historical legend and political symbolism.

Read more  at Review: When a Landscape (and Memory) Is All You Have
Diamond Mountains: Travel and Nostalgia in Korean Art

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