New wave of Korean contemporary ceramics in White on White at the Oriental Museum

By Culture24 Reporter Published: 16 July 2013

Exhibition preview: White on White, Oriental Museum, Durham, until September 22 2013

A photo of a large white ceramic jar
© Durham University Oriental Museum
If artists cannot always be credited with setting purity and modesty as priorities, the prominence of white – a colour associated with Confucian philosophy – makes these works by contemporary Korean ceramic artists a flourish of conceptual wholesomeness.

They first appeared earlier this year at the Saatchi Gallery in London, where another lunar-shaped exhibition, Moon Jar, is currently proving quietly inspirational at the Korean Cultural Centre (read our review).

Continuing the traditions of ceramics from Korea while making subtle departures from age-old conventions, their key innovation lies in the techniques developed by the seven young practitioners, who are all based in Seoul.

The porcelains of the Joseon Dynasty between the late 14th and early 20th centuries are the starting points for a show described by curator Dr Craig Barclay as a “new wave” of “vibrant, pioneering ceramic art”.

  • Open 10am-5pm (12pm-5pm Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays). Admission £1.50/75p (free for under-5s). Follow the museum on Twitter @dumuseums‎.
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