THE EXHIBITION OF KOREAN TRADITIONAL CLOTHES "HANBOK AND I: A HEALING JOURNEY TO MYSELF" OPENED IN THE MUSEUM OF THE LIBRARY OF ELBASSY

On September 10, in the Museum of the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbassy opened an exhibition of Korean traditional clothes "Hanbok and I: a healing journey to myself", organized jointly with the Korean cultural center of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the framework of the international project of the Library of Elbassy, "Dialogue through culture" in honor of the 10th anniversary of the strategic partnership between the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Hanbok literally means "Korean suit". Varieties of male and female costumes are known. In the 20th century, the suit was transformed for more comfortable wearing. Currently, hanbok still holds a special place in Korean culture, inspiring artists to create.

The creative union of the artist Kwak Gongju and designer Ro Zhuyuhyun, whose works are presented at the exhibition, is aimed at rethinking the characteristics of the hanbok, its original composition. The artists position their works as autobiographical: "the works represent important periods of life relating to our past, present, and future." In general, the exhibition presents more than 10 hanbok costumes and 45 works of modern graphics on Korean paper "Hanji", revealing the artistic intent of the authors, who invite all viewers to reflect on how a personality is expressed through clothing.

The event was opened by Director of the Library of Elbassy Amerkhan Rakhimzhanov:

- The international project of the Elbassy Library "Dialogue through culture" has proved its relevance for many years. This event is our third joint event with the Korean cultural center. In particular, earlier the exhibition of Korean modern folk painting "Minhwa", the exhibition of the collection of sticks "K-Chopsticks: Connection" were organized, master classes on arts and crafts were held. Today we learn a lot about hanbok – Korean national costume. This is very valuable because in the modern conditions of globalization, the traditional costume still remains a kind of "anchor", which reminds each of us about the history and traditions of the people.

The opening of the exhibition was attended by ambassadors and employees of diplomatic missions of Azerbaijan, Vatican, India, Korea, Russia, Romania, Poland, Japan, representatives of museums and cultural centers, the Union of Artists of Kazakhstan, etc.

– First of all, I would like to thank the senior museum officials of the Library of Elbassy for their assistance in holding this exhibition. Also, my thanks to the designers who specially arrived from Korea to participate in its opening. I am very glad that recently people have become more interested in Korean culture through Korean TV series, music, and cultural events. Today you can see with your own eyes the beauty of the Korean national dress - hanbok, to trace how over time changed its design. ... I hope that visitors will enjoy our exhibition and cultural relations between Korea and Kazakhstan will continue to develop and improve. Once again I want to thank everyone who took part in the organization of the exhibition, and all the guests, - said Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to Kazakhstan Kim Dae Sik.

As part of the opening of the exhibition, a fashion show of the collection of traditional Korean clothes was held.

- I thank the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, the Korean cultural center and the Museum of the Elbassy Library for organizing the exhibition. Thanks to this event, I had the opportunity to visit Kazakhstan, get acquainted with its culture, nature, the life of Kazakhstan. In my graphic works presented at the exhibition, I expressed my vision and my experience of the way to myself. In Korean, the expression "draw a line" means not only the action but also our relationship with others: in some cases, we connect the lines to make a connection, and in others, with the help of these lines, we draw the boundaries of personal space. Lines are also threads that connect us with family, friends, and the world around us. Through my works, I can express the whole range of my feelings, emotions, experiences, realize myself and my way. I hope that thanks to this exhibition you will be able to find your own way of healing, the way to yourself, – said graphic designer Kwak Gongju.

The exhibition will run until November 5, 2019.