Cultural Dialogue Between East and Western Asia
Gallery Damdam, Berlin
15 February – 4 March 2019
Working in cooperation with the Iranian Cultural Institute in Berlin, the Korean Cultural Centre will be showing calligraphic penmanship from East and Western Asia. The exhibition will reference the history of artistic interaction between Korea and Iran, which were linked to a network created by the Silk Road. The relationship between the two countries is shaped by this connection to the present day.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is separated from the East Asian Republic of Korea by more than 6,000 kilometres as the crow flies. This direct route involves crossing Afghanistan, a small area of India and the whole of China. Despite the distance, the relationship between the two countries spans more than a thousand years, which will be reinforced in an artistic sense by the exhibition in the Korean Cultural Centre. At the heart of the show is the exchange of the culture of writing in the two countries.
On display are contemporary works that push the boundaries of calligraphy and adapt characteristics of painting, specially created styles of writing, and colourful calligraphy from the context of religious worship. The tools, methods, and languages of form used differ from artist to artist, yet the juxtaposition of the Korean alphabet and Persian script is a symbol of a peaceful relationship between the underlying cultures.
The exhibition will open on Thursday, 14 February 2019 at 7 pm with a lecture by the curator, a Korean-Iranian musical recital, and a live calligraphy performance. Over the next few days, there will also be two calligraphy workshops which will demonstrate details within each culture’s style of writing.
Admission to the exhibition is free of charge.