An Art Refusing to Stay in Tradition, and Coming into Our Daily Lives
The Nokcheongja (Green celadon) Museum, Seo-gu, Incheon
I “cannot say for certain,” but most children don’t have much interest in the museum. Many parents choose the museum for a field-trip to open their children’s knowledge and experience, but there are few kids to meet their parents’ expectation. When you are under time constraints or you want to make use of your spare time such as vacation, weekends or holidays, the museum would be the one of the “best” places. Yet, children are sick of it.
The answer to the question is that the museum isn’t alive. If our museum is as much dynamic as the movie, “Night at the Museum,” which is so popular that the threequel of the movie was released, no kids are indifferent to the museum. In addition, there are too many no-no’s. It is hard to take pictures and to touch something. It is big trouble for kids. They want to take pictures and feel it. Of course, the museum is a “hand-on experience,” but it’s not enough to excite children.
But it is not the case for the Nokcheongja (Green Celadon) Museum located in Gyeongseo-dong, Seo-gu in Incheon.
The Museum started out as “Nokcheongja Kiln Site Museum,” which was established for the study of a kiln site (historic site no. 211) and discovered green celadon.
In a decade, it has developed as the nation’s only green celadon museum, a type 1 special museum. By the way, what is the Nokcheongja? Is it kind of a green celadon?
It is a traditional ceramic fired with brownish green glaze on it from the Goryeo Dynasty. It is known for the first time when the green celadon kiln site was excavated by joint-research teams of the National Museum and Incheon Metropolitan City Museum.
Usually the ceramics of the Goryeo Dynasty remind us of a splendid and sophisticated inlaid celadon. But green celadon is rough and unsophisticated. It is, sort of, practical household-items made in a relatively short time rather than elaborate artworks which require long time and much effort.
Though few green celadon items left whole limit a valid judgment, it is safe to say that they look like going well with ordinary life. They are usually made for bowls, dishes, bottles, plates, and pots which are very useful in daily life. Their simplicity and plainness is of subdued style.
Anyway it is beyond my scope. Let’s move onto the story about the Museum.
The Museum, an interesting culture space, displays various relics that well show the features and history of green celadon. Visitors can have a first-hand experience through many programs.
As ceramics are in our daily life rather than remaining in the past, the museums are offering lessons us in everyday life.
The exhibition room on the first floor shows the evolvement of ceramics from its beginning to the present