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Museum to Receive Gift of Important Korean Artwork

The Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri is pleased to announce a gift of  artworks from The Wind Institute including a traditional pottery moon jar by acclaimed artist Kim Jeong-ok. Jeong-ok has been named a master of intangible cultural property by the Korean government (the ONLY ceramicist so designated by Korea and UNESCO). Kim Jeong-ok’s ceramics are currently in the collections of the Smithsonian and the British Museum, among others.

Additional works being presented to the Museum include a ceramic Buncheong Bottle with Bat Design, also by Kim Jeong-ok, and an Imperial Jade work by master craftsman Suh Ji-Min with Jade Seal by master craftsman Han Yong-Taek. Suh Ji-Min’s jade jewelry is in the collections of the Don Bosco Museum in Italy and Vienna Museum of Natural History

The gift was arranged by Mrs. Kyungja Lee, founder of The Wind Institute, an independent institute collaborating with the University of Missouri’s Office of International Programs to encourage scholars in the global community to focus on global issues. “I was thrilled when Mrs. Lee approached us with this offer,” said museum director Alex Barker. “We continue to build our strengths in worldwide ceramics from antiquity to the present, and this gift represents a major addition to our holdings of contemporary Asian pottery.”

Provost Brian Foster and Vice Provost for International Programs Handy Williamson will accept the gifts on behalf of the Museum and the University of Missouri at a reception Wednesday, January 30, at 11:00am in the Museum’s Cast Gallery.

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