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  • Special Exhibition

Chaekgeori: Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens

Saturday, August 5–Sunday, November 5, 2017
Location:  010 Focus Gallery
Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery

About The Exhibition

Chaekgeori: Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens showcases a unique type of Korean still-life painting called chaekgeori (pronounced check-oh-ree), translated as “books and things.” They commonly feature scholarly objects, exotic luxuries, symbolic flowers, and gourmet delicacies.

This international exhibition explores the stylistic evolution of chaekgeori screens and reveals surprising artistic evidence of cross-cultural interaction between early modern Korea and the world. Chaekgeori artists drew inspiration from Chinese display cabinets of the Qing period (1644–1911), and adapted European painting techniques to produce striking illusionistic effects. These screens received high praise from King Jeongjo (reigned 1776–1800), and soon became popular among the educated elite. By the late 1800s, chaekgeori screens furnished the studies of scholars and aristocrats as well as the homes of middle-class merchants.


The exhibition is co-organized by the Korea Foundation and Gallery Hyundai and made possible in part by a gift from Joon-Li Kim and Robert Gudbranson.

Logotype for Korea Foundation in grey, with a large red KF ligature
Logotype in sans serif font for Gallery Hyundai with Hyundai in bold

    The Cleveland Museum of Art is funded in part by residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

    This exhibition was supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    logotypes for Cuyahoga arts and culture and the Ohio Arts Council