Majesty and Grace: Korean Art

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 to Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Exhibition:“Majesty and Grace: Korean Art”  will be on display between the dates 18th June and 29th September in 2013 at The Privy Stables of The Topkapi Palace Museum. The Exhibition is being jointly organized by the Korean Culture, Sports and Tourism Ministry, the Korean National Museum and the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry.

The exhibition, featuring artifacts from various periods in Korean history, aims to promote the culture of Korea, reflecting the history of the country to Turkish people. In return, Korea hosted the Turkish exhibition, “The Civilizations of Turkey, Emperors in Istanbul,” which was organized at the National Museum of Korea and the Busan Museum, the country’s two largest museums, between April 30, 2012 and Jan. 27, 2013.

This was the first major exhibition of Turkey in Korea. It focused on the abundant cultural heritage of Istanbul, from the Hittite Empire to its days as the capital of the Greek and Roman Empire, the Eastern Roman Empire, and finally, the Ottoman Empire. Turkish treasures from the Topkapı Palace Museum and other institutes were shown for the first time in Korea, including artifacts from ancient civilizations well known through myths, such as Troy, Anatolia, and Persia, as well as fine Greek and Roman sculptures, holy relics of the Eastern Roman Empire, and national treasures from the court of the Ottoman sultans, the Eastern Roman Empire, and the splendor of the Ottoman Empire.

National treasures of Korea 

“Majesty and Grace: The Art of Korea” displays a total of 153 artifacts, including the ones regarded as the national treasures of Korea, under five different sections. Among these items are objects unearthed from royal graves, traditional accessories symbolizing power, objects symbolizing Buddhism, the first religion in old Korea and pots and porcelains reflecting the local life in Korea.