Monday, November 29

What will come out? Masterpieces of traditional folk tales await in Insa-dong on the weekend

A duck painting by Hwajo Yeongmodo from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century, which appeared before ‘Korean folk painting’. It was depicted as a humorous depiction of dipping its head into the water to eat a fish, or catching a fish in its beak and swallowing it.

The deeds of animals drawn on screens 100 years ago are comparable to comedians. A duck with a natural expression is about to swallow it while swimming by either sticking its head in the water or grabbing a fish with its beak. The mandarin duck, who pretends to be mean in the fresh water, also bursts into laughter. It’s like munching on petals that are sinking in the water with sharp little teeth sticking out of their mouths. This weekend, if you go to Insa-dong, Bukchon, one of the cultural streets of Seoul, you can see hidden masterpieces of traditional folk tales and rare modern household items from the early 20th century. The exhibition stage is Central Museum on the 1st basement floor of the cultural complex ‘Hello Insa-dong’ located on the northern side of Insa-dong Street. In addition, the special exhibition ‘Korean Folk Paintings in Colored Paintings’ accompanying the ‘2021 Insadong Antique & Art Fair’, which has been held as a marketplace for 18 antique art companies since the 10th, has been rumored to be a bizarre masterpiece of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

A mandarin fish picture from before 'Korean folk painting'.  A humorous line depicting a person eating a sinking petal with sharp teeth.

A mandarin fish picture from before ‘Korean folk painting’. A humorous line depicting a person eating a sinking petal with sharp teeth.

Jeju’s character maps from Hyundai Hwarang’s special exhibition.  It is characterized by the appearance of flowers in the upper part and seafood in the lower part, centering on the character map in the middle of the screen.

Jeju’s character maps from Hyundai Hwarang’s special exhibition. It is characterized by the appearance of flowers in the upper part and seafood in the lower part, centering on the character map in the middle of the screen.

The exhibited folk tales show the unexpected charm of ‘you don’t know what’s going to pop out’. Hwajo Yeongmodo, which depicts the rock formations in the background with soft swirling lines and ducks, mandarin fish, and rabbits that seem silly, is a masterpiece. The ‘Sosang Palgyeongdo’, which is a brief expression of a flock of geese flying with the traces of a bird’s footprints, an interesting text from Gangwon-do, and a modern Chaekado featuring a lady reading a book will make your eyes dazzle. At the Antique Fair, which was held for the first time this year, not only traditional folk crafts, but also relics such as modern bowls and various household items used in modern homes and offices, as well as relics such as Gyeongseong Imperial University Gyogi, are attracting attention. This market, hosted by the Insa Traditional Culture Preservation Association, runs until the 14th. The ‘Asia Hotel Art Fair (AHAF) Seoul 2021’, a marketplace selling contemporary art, will be held at the same place from the 17th to the 21st. Folklore lovers can enjoy the special exhibition ‘Letters Meet Modernity’, which will be held until the 14th at Hyundai Gallery in Sagan-dong, nearby. Luxury goods such as Baeksu Baekbokdo, Jeju Munsa Island, and Hwajo Munsa Island were released. Written and photographed by Noh Hyung-seok, staff reporter [email protected]



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