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

Maya Stiller geumgangsan at gmail.com
Mon May 30 04:07:08 EDT 2011

Hi Frank,

several curators were involved in this major exhibition project. Dr. Uta
Werlich (Linden-Museum Stuttgart) and Dr. Petra Roesch (Museum fuer
Ostasiatische Kunst Cologne) greatly contributed to the success of this

The exhibition displays around 120 objects, depending on the exhibition
venue. German museums (ethnological museums and art museums) hold more than
8000 Korean objects in their collections. It can therefore be said that this
exhibition merely gives an overview of what German museums actually have in

As for the distribution of the catalogue: just ask Ms Min, the director of
the KF Berlin office. As far as I know, the catalogue can be bought for 25
Euros directly from the Korea Foundation.

Best wishes,

Maya Stiller

PhD candidate (ABD), Buddhist Studies, UCLA
Dr. phil., East Asian Art history, FU Berlin
herbstmond at ucla.edu

On Sat, May 28, 2011 at 3:36 AM, Frank Hoffmann <hoffmann at koreaweb.ws>wrote:

> 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).
> http://www.museenkoeln.de/ausstellungen/mok_1103_korea/e_start.asp
>  (... click small links below what must have been the inspiration for Pippi
> Longstocking's Horatio)
> Further info, Korea Foundation Newsletter:
> http://newsletter.kf.or.kr/english/contents.asp?vol=158&lang=English&no=2032
> 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.
> Catalogue:
>   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
> Softcover
> 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
> Thanks.
> Frank
> --
> --------------------------------------
> Frank Hoffmann
> http://koreaweb.ws
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