Through 30 radiant objects, many on
view for the first time, you’ll discover the painstaking techniques used to
create a flawless, gleaming surface filled with almost microscopic details. You’ll
also get a close-up look at abalone shell, the stunning
natural phenomenon that gives these works their iridescent luster. And an in-gallery
video will share the conservation procedures that preserve the art’s beauty and
The works featured in this exhibition are mostly drawn from
the museum’s collection, in addition to objects on loan from the Los Angeles
County Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
A related display of five contemporary artworks of various mediums is on display in the adjacent Korean art galleries. Influenced by traditional Korean mother-of-pearl lacquerware, these works demonstrate the vitality of this vibrant art form today.At the Asian Art Museum, we’re longtime leaders in Korean
art. The first Western art museum to establish a Korean department with a
dedicated full-time curator, we have a distinguished history of presenting
groundbreaking Korean exhibitions. With Mother-of-Pearl
Lacquerware from Korea, we continue our
commitment to advancing international scholarship in this important field.
Be sure to check out our exhibitions of Chinese and Japanese lacquerware, on view now.Read even more in our 2008 publication The Conservation of Asian Lacquer: Case Studies at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Download...