Muninseok (scholar figures), 17th–18th centuries
On view December 14, 2007 to June 18, 2012
Located in the: Korean Art, Yu-Kil Chun Gallery of Korean Art and Culture
Newly redesigned and reinstalled, the museum’s Yu Kil-Chun Gallery of Korean Art and Culture features a new exhibition – Auspicious Wishes and Natural Beauty in Korean Art – exploring the use of symbols and natural materials in Korean aesthetic tradition. Drawing from PEM’s extensive collection, the exhibition features works from the 17th century to the present, many on view for the first time. Highlights from the new gallery include a pair of 5-foot tall carved stone scholars (17-18th century) created to guard the sacred space of a family tomb and an extraordinary model of the men’s quarters of an upper-class Korean home. Dating from around 1900, this 4½-foot long model is the only one of its kind known to exist. PEM's Korean collection, more than a century old, was the first of its kind in the United States and has grown to become one of the most important in the country.