Conference: Modernity in Korean Art Reconsidered! (Freie Universität Berlin)

Date of event:   27/01/2022 − 29/01/2022

Title: Modernity in Korean Art Reconsidered!
Format: online
Duration: 27-29 January 2022
Organized by: East Asian Art History division, Art History Institute, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

The conference focuses on the global effect of modernity on local Korean developments and artistic manifestations. The transcultural and transmedia aspects of modern Korean art is object to a multifaceted examination. Reconsidering latest research topics, the meeting relates to the translation of knowledge, social systems, aesthetic practices and artifacts across regions and times in the course of the development of modern Korean art, and the figures involved in the transmission, perception, translation, exhibition, production and modification of ideas and objects of modernity.


Thursday, 27 January 2022

11:00 – 14:00   Excursion to the Humboldt Forum (on invitation)
With guided tour by Uta Rahman-Steinert, curator of modern Chinese art and Korean Art

16:00   Opening Ceremony
               Juliane Noth: Welcome address
               Jeong-hee Lee-Kalisch: Thematic and methodological introduction: Modernity in Korean art

Friday, 28 January 2022

9:00–9:30   Keynote
               Sunpyo Hong: On “tradition” in modern Korean art

9:30–11:00   Panel I: New developments in traditional genres (Chair: Uta Rahman-Steinert)
               Burglind Jungmann: Minhwa and the modern gaze
               Ching-Ling Wang: A transcultural image: Rethinking chaekgeori
               Yeob Choi: The Buddhist paintings from the dawn of modern Korea

11:00–12:30   Lunch break

12:30–13:30   Panel II: Spaces of living and leisure under urbanization (Chair: Charlotte Horlyck)
               Kyungah Lee: Cultural hybridity of modern cities and architecture in Korea – Focusing on the expansion of Seoul and the development of residential districts during the modern era
               Jung-Hwa Kim: Modernity in Korean scientific gardens between the late 18th and early 20th centuries

13:30–13:50   Coffee break

13:50–14:50   Panel III: Refashioned images and identities (Chair: Juliane Noth)
               Sunglim Kim: Re-visiting of Korean modern girls in global context
               Soojin Jung: Bae Un-soung’s Family Portrait: The idealized self-identification of a marginal man

14:50 – 15:30   Discussion with students

Saturday, 29 January 2022

9:30–11:00   Panel IV: Reception of Korean arts in Japan (Chair: Burglind Jungmann)
               Woothak Chung: Reception of Korean Buddhist paintings in Japan during the Edo and Meiji periods
               Annegret Bergmann: Impact of modernity in the appreciation of Japanese tea utensils. Korean Tea Bowls as an example
               Keiko Ishida: Tomoyoshi Murayama and the Korean historical play the Chunhyangjeon

11:00–12:30   Lunch break

12:30– 14:00   Panel V: Korean artifacts to the West (Chair: Ching-Ling Wang)
               Pierre Cambon: France and Korean modernity during the Korean Empire (1897-1910)
               Charlotte Horlyck: The rise of the modern American collector of Korean art
               Miae Cha: An Essay on research into the provenance of Korean arms in overseas collections: Plundered items from the French attack in 1866 and the American attack in 1871 and objects displayed at world expositions

14:00–14:20   Coffee break

14:20–15:00   Discussion with students

15:00   Final remarks


The conference is organized by the East Asian Art History division of the Art History Institute at Freie Universität Berlin, with the generous support of the Korea Foundation and the Gerda Henkel Stiftung.

The conference takes place in a hybrid format. Due to health regulations, the onsite conference room will not be open to the public. To register for the online meetings (held via Webex), please send your name and e-mail address to Zora Steiner: