Los Angeles has embraced Korean art.
In May 1965, Park Jung Hee’s wife Yook Young Soo visited the newly-opened Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and was greatly disappointed that it did not have a substantial amount of Korean art. Thus, she donated 23 ceramic artworks spanning 1,000 years of Korean history.
Today, the LACMA collection has grown into one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive collections of Korean art outside of Korea. The museum’s Korean art gallery is made of over 500 ancient paintings including fine metalwork, stoneware, and painting of the Three Kingdoms Period (57 BC to 668 AD), the celadon-glazed ceramics of the Goryeo period (918 to 1392), and the white porcelain pottery and landscape paintings of the Neo-Confucian Joseon period (1392 to 1910).
Thanks to a grant from the National Museum of Korea, LACMA is host even more Korean masterpieces this summer. Visit this website for information on the exhibit, which is open until July 28.