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Exhibition Review


A Korean WRAPsody

Collette Chattopadhyay

HYUN-SHILL KIM, Flower Field, 1996, silk fabrics, 42 x 53 cm. Photograph C & S Chattopadhyay.

One of the major themes of twentieth-century art has been the considerable impact of industrialisation on traditional art and culture. A recent exhibition at the Korean American Museum in Los Angeles, entitled 'Korean WRAPsody: The Visual Legacy of "Pojagi" ', rekindled this topic, focusing on the centuries-old Korean wrapping cloth known as pojagi. Conventionally used to wrap, carry and store things in pre-modern Korea, pojagi - or 'po'…

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