The Legend of Fans
- June 20, 2011-
- Key Works:
- Fans (Taeguk, Dui Rim, Maechang, Crane, Lacquered Fairy Fans-New Year Flying Dragon, and Lacquered Ha Nui-Peony)
The second THE PLAZA EXHIBITION showcases fans crafted by fan master Bang Hwa-seon. The daughter and successor of the late fan master Bang Chun-geun, she has brought back the art practiced by Koreans in the past, keeping the craft alive while also adding new touches to them. She has been designated intangible cultural asset No. 10 fan master by North Jeolla Province, South Korea.
Fans have long been considered a symbol of wealth and power, and thus well-used as accessories of high-ranking government officials. Also, fans made with material that is easy to find have been beloved by ordinary people, and used in a wide variety of ways, including fanning flames, sifting grain, and be sat on instead of cushions. The craftworks were thus called "Paldeok (eight virtues)," meaning that fans can be useful in eight ways. We hope our exhibition will provide a glimpse into the wisdom and way of life for Koreans in the olden days.