Beyond Line: The Art of Korean Writing

June 16–September 29, 2019

(Los Angeles—May 14, 2019) The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Beyond Line: The Art of Korean Writing, the first major U.S. survey to examine the history of Korean calligraphy. Beyond Line explores the role of calligraphy in Korean society by looking at the lives and legacies of writers from prehistory until the present day, a narrative spanning nearly 2,000 years. Featuring nearly 90 works, the exhibition focuses on the people—royalty, scholars, diplomats, monks, and artists—who produced calligraphic works in a variety of mediums including paper, stone, ceramic, wood, metal, lacquer, and textile.

This exhibition is curated by Dr. Stephen Little, Florence & Harry Sloan Curator of Chinese Art and Head of the Chinese, Korean, and South and Southeast Asian Art Departments, and Dr. Virginia Moon, Assistant Curator of Korean Art. Accompanying the exhibition is a fully illustrated catalogue, making this the first published overview of the history of Korean calligraphy in any Western language.

Beyond Line is the first in a series of exhibitions as part of The Hyundai Project: Korean Art Scholarship Initiative, a key element of LACMA’s ongoing 10-year partnership with Hyundai Motor Company.

Image credit: Kyungwoo Chun, Light Calligraphy #2, 2004, Korean, chromogenic print, © Kyungwoo Chun, photo courtesy of the artist