An exhibition commemorating the first anniversary of the donation of artworks from the collection of the late Samsung Group Chairman Lee Kun-hee will be opened on April 28 for four months.
The National Museum of Korea (NMK) on April 27 announced its joint hosting of "A Collector's Invitation" with the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Held at the NMK's Special Exhibition Gallery, the event features 355 of the estimated 23,000 art pieces donated by Lee.
The seven institutions that received the donations -- Daegu Art Museum, Gwangju Museum of Art, Jeonnam Museum of Art, Park Soo Keun Museum in Yanggu-gun County, Gangwon-do Province, and Lee Jung-seop Art Museum on Jeju Island -- cooperated to arrange the exhibition.
Among the featured works are the masterpiece "Inwangjesaekdo" (Scene of Inwangsan Mountain After Rain) by painter Jeong Seon (1676-1759), and "Water Lily Pond" by Claude Monet (1840-1926), a work drawn from 1917-20.
Thirteen items from six national treasures to be displayed include "Ilgwangsamjonsang," a gilt-bronze standing Buddha triad from the Three Kingdoms era (57 B.C.-668 A.D.), and 15 items from 20 other national treasures including "Bongeupsamyeong Cheongdonghyangno," an incense burner from the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392).
Select paintings will be shown for only a month or two to prevent damage from exposure to light. "Inwangjesaekdo" will be displayed from April 28 to May 31 and "Chuseongbudo" (Theme of Chuseongbu, Sounds of Autumn) by 18th-century painter Kim Hong-do from June 1-30.
Tickets can be reserved through the online shopping site Interpark (www.interpark.com) or bought at the museums. A maximum of 100 people can enter per slot and 70 tickets will be sold online and 30 on-site. Reservations began on March 28 and most tickets through next month have been sold. Ticket sales for June will begin on May 2 at 2 p.m.