[KS] Daedongyeojido at Museum of Anthropology Hamburg, the only Daedongyeojido in Europe

Frank Hoffmann hoffmann at koreaweb.ws
Sat May 28 06:36:26 EDT 2011

Thank you for the posting.

I would like to add that the book you mention is 
actually a bilingual exhibition catalogue. It is 
an *ongoing* exhibition, curated by Dr. Ken Vos: 
"Entdeckung Korea! / Korea Rediscovered!"
Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst (Museum of East Asian Art), Cologne, Germany
- until July 17, 2011 -
Afterwards the exhibition will travel to museums 
in Leipzig, Frankfurt/M., and Stuttgart (2012-13).

   (... click small links below what must have 
been the inspiration for Pippi Longstocking's 

Further info, Korea Foundation Newsletter:

The museum in Hamburg mentioned by Kwang-On Yoo 
is, by the way, not the Museum of Anthropology -- 
that would be far too politically correct -- but 
the Museum für Völkerkunde, in English maybe 
better 'Museum of Ethnography,' but that is still 
too contemporary as a term. For a good reason the 
museum's home page avoids to translate the German 
term "Völkerkunde" into English (on their English 
language pages, I mean). The tradition that these 
kind of museums stand in goes back to 19th 
century views and German colonial and then Nazi 
ambitions. As a 1980s rock star 
(Müller-Westernhagen, for my generation 
insiders...he just left Hamburg for Berlin ... 
but did long live at Mittelweg, right next to 
that Völkerkunde Museum!) so nicely put it: 
"andere Länder - keine Sitten / kleine Hirne - 
große Titten." That's the context Korean and 
other "non-Western" "objects" from "collectors" 
and from "field study trips" were on display, 
*are* on display. What you have there is not 
"art" even if it is art, and are not works of 
"science" even if they are: these are by 
definition "folklore OBJECTS." It is then also no 
wonder that the museum had its greatest of all 
times during the Nazi period--and again right 
after its re-opening after the war, when people 
still had the same mindset. The museum had been 
bombed during the war, and a good part of its 
collection had been put into some off-site 
storage -- for decades -- still today. They are 
still today not so easily able to locate items, 
as I experienced last summer when looking for a 
some art work related to a 1930s exhibition. It 
comes then as no surprise that the mentioned 
"Taedongyôchido" map by Kim Chông-ho was not 
getting the prominent space and attention it 
deserved, be it because of its classification as 
a folklore object alone, be it because the museum 
has did not know what they have there.

    Within Europe this seems only available from 
the museum itself--not listed by any regular book 
seller like Amazon. (This is not the first Korea 
Foundation sponsored exhibition where this is the 
case. It is then easier to get the catalog of an 
exhibition in Germany from bookstores in Korea, 
same here. For an exhibition in conjunction with 
the 2005 Frankfurt Book Fair, for example, with 
Korea as the 'special guest,' the well-made 
exhibition catalogue became a obscure rarity, a 
collector's item, even while the exhibit was 
still going on. If some institution spends that 
much money to first propagate Korean culture 
overseas, it then seems a bit counterproductive 
to "hide" related publications so well.)

EDITOR:  Korea Foundation
TITLE:   Entdeckung Korea! Schätze aus deutschen Museen / Korea
          Rediscovered! Treasures from German Museums

404 pages, incl. about 360 photos, in German and English language
ISBN 978-89-86090-41-3
Order through: Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst 
Köln / Museum of East Asian Art Cologne
25 ¤

Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst Köln
Universitätsstraße 100
50674 Köln

Phone: [+49] (0)221-221-28608
Fax:  [+49] (0)221-221-28610
Email: mok at museenkoeln.de


Frank Hoffmann

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