'Gyehoido' on Exhibition For First TimeWriters and scholars of the Chosun Dynasty loved to write and paint. After meeting, friends, officials, and retired officials would paint pictures, called 'Gyehoido,' as a way of expressing their delight at seeing each other and write poems as a way of promissing future gatherings. After finishing the paintings, every one of them brought the Gyehoido painting back home with them.
They portrayed feelings of sadness through composing and painting 'Farewell poem' and 'Farewell picture.'
Gyehoido originated from China and the culture of painting Gyehoido started in the Koryo period(918-1392) with its final form established in the 16th century, the period in which the school of Neo-Confucianism was completed.
'The Art of Meeting and Departing,' which will be shown at Hakgojae Gallery in Insa-dong, Seoul, from September 1 to 30, is a good opportunity to appreciate the changes in form Gyehoido went through since the Koryo Dynasty.
This exhibition, which is co-sponsored by Yoo Hong-june (a professor at Yeungnam University) and Lee Tae-ho (a professor at Chungnam University), is special in the sense that it is the first time ever that Gyehoido have been shown to the general public.
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by Cho Hyun-wook