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SAMADHI + ART = SAGYEONG, Korean Traditional Illuminated Sutra Exhibition

Friday, October 12, 2012 - Sunday, December 30, 2012
Suggested Admission: $5/Members Free

Gallery Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 12-5pm

Opening Reception: Friday, October 12, 2012, 6PM
Exhibition Dates: Friday, October 12, 2012 - Sunday, December 30, 2012


The 1700-year old tradition of sutra transcription and illumination by hand, known in Korea as Sagyeong, is brought to life in this spectacular exhibition of 55 pieces of elegant calligraphy and painting in gold and silver. The exhibition Samadhi + Art = Sagyeong brings out the beauty and history of this unique art field, which transcends religious boundaries.

During the Goryeo period (918-1392), Buddhism was officially supported by the king and state, which led to a flourishing of Buddhist art. Many exquisite gilt-painted manuscripts, which were both costly and time-consuming to make, were commissioned. Unfortunately this delicate technique of Sagyeong was eventually replaced when printing became popular. Oegil Kim Kyeong Ho, whose work is on permanent exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has dedicated his career to rediscovering this past art. Kim is a sole holder of the distinguished title of Korea Traditional Skills Transmitter designated by the Korean Ministry.


Oegil Kim Kyeong Ho transcribing a sutra



The Fall 2012 Korean programs at Flushing Town Hall are supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism; Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation; Korean Culture Service NY; The Korea Times; Bloomberg Philanthropies; the Dominick and Rose Ciampa Family Foundation; and Traditional Art Society of Korea.