Curator-led Exhibition Tour: Diamond Mountains: Travel and Nostalgia in Korean Art @THE MET

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 at 11 AM - 12 PM

The Met Fifth Avenue
(1000 Fifth Avenue) at Gallery 233

This program is free with admission

RSVP is required.

(This program is free and will take place in Gallery 233, located in the Asian Wing on the second floor of the museum. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis up to 30 people. Please note that your RSVP does not guarantee entry to the program; accepted attendees will receive a confirmation email.)

Join a conversational exhibition tour exploring Diamond Mountains: Travel and Nostalgia in Korean Art led by Soyoung Lee, Curator of Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. A Q&A session with the curator will be followed by the tour.


Figure 1 Jeong Seon. Mount Geumgang Viewed from Danbal Ridge, leaf from the Album of Mount Geumgang, 1711. Ink and light color on silk. National Museum of Korea, Seoul. Treasure no. 1875

About the exhibition

The Diamond Mountains—perhaps the most famous and emotionally resonant site on the Korean peninsula—is the theme of this international loan exhibition. Though the region has inspired cultural pride since ancient times, its location in what is today North Korea has kept it largely inaccessible in the modern era. Featuring nearly 30 works—from delicately painted scrolls and screens to monumental modern and contemporary art—the exhibition will present the visual imagery of this iconic site from the 18th century to the present. Among the highlights is a designated Treasure from the National Museum of Korea: an album by Jeong Seon (1676–1759), who revolutionized Korean painting. All loans from Korea are making their North American debut.   

The exhibition is part of a celebration marking the 20th anniversary of the establishment of The Met's Arts of Korea Gallery. The exhibition's opening month also coincides with South Korea's hosting of the Winter Olympics Games in PyeongChang.


About the curator: Soyoung Lee

Soyoung Lee, Curator in the Department of Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, has organized a number of critically-acclaimed  international loan exhibitions, including Silla: Korea’s Golden Kingdom (2013) and Poetry in Clay: Korean Buncheong Ceramics from Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art (2011). She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University specializing in cross-cultural exchanges in East Asian ceramics.


Korean Culture Day 2018

This conversational exhibition tour with Soyoung Lee at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is presented as a part of Korean Culture Day 2018 Program for February.




Miro Yoon