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Donation of Artwork and Antiques with Historical Value to CNU

작성자대외협력과 작성일2019.08.27 17:12 조회107
Recently, an increasing number of citizens have donated to antiques and various modern works of art such as antique folding screens, paintings and calligraphy to CNU.

Professor Emeritus Kim Jae-jon of the School of Business Administration donated six valuable antique objects such as a folding screen, Maejakdo (a drawing of hawks amid plum blossom), and work of calligraphy. Some of the donated items were especially important artifacts of the Joseon and modern eras, including a late 19th century decuple-folded screen depicting Sipgunja (ten noble creatures) drawn by Kim Hong-ju (小舫 金洪柱). Another donated item was a decuple-folded screen of Sansuhwa (drawing of scenery) by produced by Im Shin (栖雲 林愼), a member of Yeonjinhoe, one of the most prestigious sects of India ink painting. He largely faded from public consciousness after departing for North Korea. Additionally, a donated double-faced octuplet-folded screen featuring calligraphy by Oh Eui-gyun (晩雲 吳毅均) is also drawing public attention.

Also, Maejakdo by Jeong Un-myun (東岡 鄭雲勉) and the calligraphy of Kim Gyu-tae (顧堂 金奎泰) are further recognizable additions to CNU's collections. These valuable artifacts were collected by Professor Kim’s grandfather, the late Kim Ha-guk, who socialized with local artists and scholars. 

Professor Choi Byung-cheol of the School of Mechanical Systems Engineering donated a transcribed Hangul manuscript containing Wonjaemun (letters of condolence), originally written by Chinese classics scholar Lee Won-woo. Lee prepared the manuscript in Bangeo-ri, Gyeongju in 1953 and it was later transcribed by Professor Choi’s mother, Lee Sang-bun. A description of the longing and sadness of Sari Chioi Sil (a woman who married into Choi’s family to Sari village) for her mother, it has historical significance since the whereabouts of the original script are unknown. Furthermore, it has important literary value highly aesthetic in ‘Gasache’ (prosaic verse) structure. (Refer to the attachment)

An additional calligraphic donation came from a Gwangju citizen Choi Young-ja donated a piece by Huh Baek-ryon (毅齋 許百鍊). This piece was a gift from Huh to Choi Won-taek, owner of Wanbyukdang gallery. It consists of his favorite lines from the ‘Four Books’ and the ‘Three Classics’. The donor, Choi, presented this valuable antique object in gratitude to the CNU Museum for classes she had taken there.

Experts in the field stated that many of these donated items are rare and historically significant, providing insight into both the cultural prosperity of Joseon and the modern era of local arts.
As CNU celebrated its 67th anniversary, as well as 110th anniversary of its predecessor, Chonnam Agricultural School. CNU members donated items that depict CNU’s history. Kim Mi-ryeong, a team manager of the CNU Human Rights Center, donated a collection of photographic postcards depicting CNU colleges in the late 1970s, Roh Jong-chae, a CNU retiree, donated various school newsletters, appointment letters, faculty notebooks, and graduation albums. The university headquarters also donated various citations and plaques, including plaques issued by the Hangeolum Volunteer’s Association.