Elegant Simplicity: Furniture and Ceramics from the AMOREPACIFIC Museum of Art

Hammer Building, Level 2
January 15, 2011–September 12, 2011

Korean furniture and ceramics of the Joseon period (1392–1910) are distinctive for their simple yet elegant forms, natural beauty, and subtle use of materials. Korean furniture makers accentuated the natural wood grains, often mixing and contrasting various woods in their otherwise simple designs. Similarly, ceramicists sought natural and organic shapes suitable for plain and undecorated white wares.

This special installation features six pieces of furniture and seven ceramics on loan from the AMOREPACIFIC Museum of Art in the Republic of Korea. Made for everyday use, these objects served a variety of functions. Some pieces were used in the men's or women's quarters, which were separated in the traditional Korean home, while others were found in the kitchen or storage areas and some were even portable.







This installation was made possible by a generous grant from the Korea Foundation.
Image: Moon Jar, photographed by Bohnchang Koo (Korea, born 1953) Korea, Joseon period (1392-1910), 18th century, Porcelain with clear glaze, Lent by AMOREPACIFIC Museum of Art, L.2010.30.7, Photo courtesy and © BC Koo, © AMOREPACIFIC Museum of Art.