Korea In Full Spectrum At The Philadelphia Museum Of Art
by Lissa Alicia
Running in tandem with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Korea: The Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910, exhibition is the Korean Film Series. Every Wednesday in the month of April, the Art Museum will screen classic and contemporary Korean films that tie into the art exhibition displaying ancient artifacts from Korea.
The Joseon Dynasty, which formed in the southern peninsula of Korea, ruled its growing population for 518 years. Displayed in the exhibition are yards of scrolls depicting a royal procession, silk and gold robes, and fine detailed dining tools among other relics belonging to one of the most powerful dynasties in the continent of Asia.
The Korean Film Series serves as a bridge connecting centuries-old Korea to the present day. One film that secured the link between the two eras was Sunny. The movie, based around the life of a group of adolescent friends that reunite in adulthood for the sake of a dying member, exemplifies a modern side of Korea not seen in the exhibition. The movie goes back and forth between highlighting the young women singing and dancing along to their favorite ‘80s tunes as if not to have a care in the world, and reuniting for the sake of their dying friend while finding that not all of the gang ended up with the perfect life.
The teased hair and synthesized music of the ‘80s and technology of present day seem to be, and are, centuries apart from the Joseon Dynasty. Yet, the film still highlights the growth of the nation that blossomed from a powerful ancestry.
Both Korea: The Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty and the Korean Film Series will be running now until April 30th at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Visit www.koreanfilmseries.tumblr.com to learn more.
Photography by K.D.Morris.