The sounds of Korea
This exhibition proposes an approach to the sounds of Korea, and pays special attention to musical practices within a social framework, offering the possibility not only of observing the instruments, but also of manipulating some of them and learning to play them in the workshops that taked place during the exhibition.
Organized by the Museu de la Música de Barcelona and the National Gugak Center of Seoul, with the support of Korea Foundation and the collaboration of Fundación La Fontana and SAE Institute Barcelona.
The materials have been organized around of the musical practices and although these have diverse purposes inside of the same social fabric, have been presented in three areas that serve their primary purpose. Each category has been identified with a color according to a pattern.
- In red the musical practices and their sonorous objects whose main purpose is of ritual type (be these religious or not).
- In yellow are identified the sound objects and musical practices focused on social interaction.
- In blue we find the instruments and musical practices mainly related to one's own aesthetic enjoyment of music.
The ambit groups the practices whose main purpose is related to ritual situations, religious or otherwise.
This "lotus flower dance" was performed together with hakmu, "crane dance", at cutting banquets by two little dancers emerging from lotus flowers.
The ambit groups the practices whose main purpose is related to the aesthetic enjoyment of music and its codes.
The ambit groups the practices whose main purpose is related to the interaction between all those who take part in the music making.
Korean instruments donated to the Museu de la Música in Barcelona.
Rafael Caro Repetto
National Gugak Center