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Hallyu! The Korean Wave

March 24 - July 8

From tradition to trendsetting, today South Korea is a cultural superpower. But behind the country’s meteoric rise to the world stage—a phenomenon known as the Korean Wave, or hallyu—is the story of remarkable resilience and innovation. Just a century ago, Korea was in search of a new national identity, following its occupation by Japan and the Korean War. Harnessing cutting-edge technology, the country has rapidly transformed its economy and international reputation. At the same time, its creative outputs are deeply rooted in its past, with many contemporary artists, filmmakers, musicians, and fashion designers paying tribute to traditional values and art forms dating back to Korea’s dynastic kingdom days.  This exhibition features about 250 objects of costumes, props, photographs, videos, pop culture ephemera, and contemporary works. Additionally, objects from the MFA’s own renowned collection of Korean art will be exhibited.

Image: Lee Seung-ju for Darcygom, Saekdong jeogori (multicolouredstriped jacket), 2020. Vintage silk. Photo by Jihoon Jung, courtesy Darcygom.


March 24
July 8
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