Republic of Korea Provides $1 Million Award for Korean Art and Scholarship
The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery have been awarded a grant of more than $1 million from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea.
“I am thrilled to be working with the ministry on this important project,” said curator J. Keith Wilson, the Freer|Sackler curator of Ancient Chinese Art, who will lead the new Korean art and culture program. “As the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art, we have always featured Korean art in our collections. Now we have the ability to share some of Korea’s most revered artworks through the masterworks exhibitions, increase scholarly understanding of these and other Korean art objects and introduce visitors to the extraordinary richness of Korean art and culture.”
During the five-year program, two masterworks from the National Museum of Korea will be on exhibit, senior scholars will be in residence and the Freer|Sackler’s annual Korean Film Festival and other public programs will contribute to raising the profile of Korean art and culture on the National Mall. The first masterwork exhibition will be held in 2019 at the Freer|Sackler.
“Today we lay the foundation for a great new chapter of working toward our shared goals,” said Myeongsun Park, director of the Korean Cultural Center in Washington, D.C. “We hope that this grant from Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will help sustain and grow the museum’s Korea programs for years to come. We also trust it will further strengthen the Korea-U.S. relationship, which is so vital in the world today.”