From 14 October 2015 to 22 February 2016.
Drawing from its rich collection of Korean paintings, one of the most important outside Korea, the Guimet National Museum of Asian Arts recounts the designs and evolution of five centuries of painting in Korea. Scrolls, books and folding screens offer a panorama, sometimes coloured, sometimes delicately painted in ink, of Korea, from the 14th Century to the beginning of the 20th Century. Exploring in turn religious painting, scholars’ painting, decorative art, sometimes nearly popular, this set strikes by its eclecticism and modern inventiveness. Genre scenes and popular ceremonies illustrate the life and beliefs of a Confucian society which adopted the Palace’s codes. Seeking its own path towards modernity, the Korean society tended to distance itself from its illustrious model, China. Its singular repertoire is full of delicacy, humour and poetry, and the unlikely dialogue between a tiger and a sparrow, so frequent in Korean painting, is a perfect example.