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Korean-American exchange with a difference


Art Across America

Sino-American museum relations took a decidedly friendly turn at the end of 2012 when two delegations of leading US museum directors travelled to Shanghai and Beijing to meet their counterparts and discuss exchange exhibitions among other things. But the future isn't all about China and America. US art will travel to South Korea and in exchange Korean art will be coming to America as never before. “Art Across America” is the first, in-depth survey of American paintings and decorative art to be seen in Korea. Drawn from the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Terra Foundation, the show is due to open at the National Museum of Korea, in Seoul, on 4 February (until May 19) before heading to the Daejeon Museum of Art. Meanwhile, "The Art of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910", is the working title of the first major exhibition of cultural heritage of the world’s longest-ruling, and for centuries somewhat reclusive, Confucian dynasty. Featuring works from the collection of the National Museum of Korea, the show is due to open in Philadelphia in March 2014 before travelling to Los Angeles and Houston.

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