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Moon jars in Seoul now, then heading to Paris

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Work by Korean ceramist Shin Gyung-kyun will be exhibited at Unesco’s headquarters in Paris. Provided by Gallery ArtLink

Korean ceramist Shin Gyung-kyun will exhibit his moon jars and other porcelain and pottery works in late March at Unesco’s headquarters in Paris.

But first, he is holding a preview of those works at Gallery ArtLink, in the art zone east of Gyeongbok Palace in central Seoul. One hundred works are on display, including 40 moon jars - white, round porcelain jars that look like a full moon. Such jars were first made in the Joseon period (1392-1910) and inspired many modern Korean artists.

Shin, 49, mastered the skill under the guidance of his late father Shin Jeong-hui, who was also a ceramist.

Shin’s porcelains and pottery will be on display from March 31 to April 4 in Miro Hall at Unesco’s headquarters. The hall is named after the renowned Spanish surrealist Joan Miro, who was commissioned in 1955 to paint the hall’s walls with murals.

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After the show at Unesco, some of his works will be donated to the organization.


The exhibition in Seoul runs to Feb. 8. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The gallery is closed Mondays and Jan. 30-Feb. 1 for the Lunar New Year. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 1 and walk for five minutes. For details, call (02) 738-0738.


BY MOON SO-YOUNG [symoon@joongang.co.kr]

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