The Korean Gallery

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The Korean Gallery presents an intimate, home-like space that expresses the living philosophy of its inhabitants.

The Korean Gallery allows you to see what a traditional Korean home, or hanok, looks like, designed with the idea of “borrowing from nature its beauty”. The Korean Gallery presents an intimate, domestic space expressing the life philosophy of its inhabitants. Importantly, the exhibition combines 19th century design with contemporary Korean design inspired by tradition. Divided Space – Male/Female. The gallery symbolically represents two spaces – saranbang, the male part, and anbang, the female part. The division of the Korean home is associated with strictly defined social roles in a patriarchal society. The arrangement of objects represents the functions of the interior such as work, meals, and toileting and reflects the Confucian idea of moderation. Traditional beliefs permeate the interiors in the form of symbols of luck – carp, butterflies, bats – reproduced in the ornaments.

Most of the Korean collection consists of wooden furniture from the 19th and 20th centuries, finely crafted and carved and decorated with metal fittings. The collection is complemented by antique and modern ceramics, decorative elements and contemporary metal and plastic furniture inspired by traditional design. The Korean Gallery is Poland’s largest collection of artifacts from Korea.

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