Collection of Special Exhibitions of Museum of Performing Arts of Korea(2011~2012)
Window to Iberian puppetry presents Spanish and Portuguese puppets, displays 165 pieces of artistic style from the 18th Century until our days. This exhibition shows many of the different techniques (string, rod, glove, etc.) that Spanish puppetry uses reflecting the unique aspect of marionettes and stage setting.
The Korean puppetry will provide an opportunity to see live images of “Baltal” (feet-mask) live performances which have been passed on as intangible cultural assets of Korea’s puppetry. Baltal technique consists of puppet actors and human actors using masks on their feet playing out various forms of stories and jokes. String and rod puppets’ methods are used accompanied by the music of five traditional musical instruments showing influences of puppetry and mask plays.
The original works of the great stage designers who directed the National Theater’s special group performances from the 1950s to the 1980s are exhibited. In the age before computers were introduced, stage designers produced the performances with their own hands, and that’s why they’re so important in Korea’s performance history. Here, they are being presented for the first time.
Korea National Opera was established in 1962 in order for acquirement of performance professionalism and advancement of standard. As it has been introducing major opera works of their birthplaces, the company sustains efforts to organize sophisticated operas with artistic value and popularity by producing creative operas embracing Korean culture and emotion.
Publishing : The National Theater of Korea
Publisher : Ahn ho-sang, Choe Seok-Yeong
Curator: Ha Eul-Ran
Editor: Seol In-Jae