If you’ve been on the museum’s second floor lately to enjoy our new installation of contemporary Korean art, you may have noticed a corresponding sudden lack of traditional Korean art in the adjacent galleries. Where did it all go?
In preparation for the exhibition Poetry in Clay: Korean Buncheong Ceramics from Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, museum staff have removed all of the permanent collection artwork from the Korean galleries and tucked them away in storage.
With the empty gallery as their canvas, curators from both museums took the time to lay out Poetry in Clay, finalizing the placement and orientation of each object. This is important because the earthquake mounts that stabilize each artwork are specific to both the artwork and its display position.
Once the layout was finalized, museum mountmakers jumped into action. Because we are located in an active seismic zone, the museum must make sure that every artwork is able to withstand some serious shaking. For many three-dimensional works, this means creating a seismic mount that secures the object to its display case.
Each mount is hand formed to fit the exact contours of the artwork, and crafted from conservation safe materials. It may take a skilled mountmaker an entire day to make a single mount. Once all the mounts are completed, we’ll be back upstairs installing these very special works.
Poetry in Clay opens to the public on September 16, 2011 and will remain on view until January 8, 2012.
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