Exhibition: “Uri Korea – Serenity in the Fast Lane” | Germany

 

The Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg (Museum of Ethnology Hamburg, an ASEMUS member) currently presents a special exhibition entitled “Uri Korea – Serenity in the Fast Lane”. The exhibition opened in December 2017 and will be accessible until 2021.

“Uri Korea – Serenity in the Fast Lane” is a joint project of the Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg and the National Folk Museum of Korea in Seoul, another ASEMUS member. It attempts to understand the Republic of Korea and its historical and traditional roots.

The National Folk Museum of Korea shows aspects of everyday life and the recent history of the Republic of Korea and has assembled a collection of present-day objects illustrating this. The Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg shows a selection from its 100-year old Korean collection, prompting the question what role these historical objects– and the traditions they stand for –play in today’s Korea. The themes dealt with in both parts of the exhibition were developed together.

For more than two generations numerous Koreans, men and women, have made their home in Germany and, indeed, have contributed to the promotion of cultural knowledge in the Museum für Völkerkunde. But the Museum itself too has a long history of research and collection projects in Korea. These have been carried on since the 1970s in collaboration with Korean experts in the field. The Korean National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage has in turn been researching the Korea collection in Hamburg since 2014 and is publishing a catalogue. The exhibition also draws attention to the importance of this joint research work.

For additional information about “Uri Korea – Serenity in the Fast Lane”, please visit http://www.voelkerkundemuseum.com/1076-1-Uri-Korea—Ruhe-in-Beschleunigung.html

 

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