Assistant Professor Sunglim Kim Co-Curator

With royal roots, these objects expanded in popularity and range from trompe l’oeil paintings of filled bookcases to idiosyncratic still-life compositions that defy the laws of physics and optics.


Chaekgeori: Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens 

Sat, 08/05/2017 to Sun, 11/05/2017

Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery | Gallery 010

Chaekgeori: Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens showcases a unique type of Korean still-life painting called chaekgeori (pronounced check-oh-ree), translated as “books and things.” They commonly feature scholarly objects, exotic luxuries, symbolic flowers, and gourmet delicacies.

This international exhibition explores the stylistic evolution of chaekgeori screens and reveals surprising artistic evidence of cross-cultural interaction between early modern Korea and the world. Chaekgeori artists drew inspiration from Chinese display cabinets of the Qing period (1644–1911), and adapted European painting techniques to produce striking illusionistic effects. These screens received high praise from King Jeongjo (reigned 1776–1800), and soon became popular among the educated elite. By the late 1800s, chaekgeori screens furnished the studies of scholars and aristocrats as well as the homes of middle-class merchants.

The exhibition is co-organized by the Korea Foundation and Gallery Hyundai and made possible in part by a gift from Joon-Li Kim and Robert Gudbranson.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this exhibition with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.