Earth, Spirit, Fire: Korean Masterpieces of the Choson Dynasty


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Following the popularity of the Powerhouse’s first exhibition and publication on Korean art and design Rapt in Colour: Korean Costumes and Textiles of the Choson Dynasty, Earth, Spirit, Fire highlights the extraordinary creativity of male artists and craftsmen during the Choson dynasty (1392-1910).

Korean culture remains relatively unknown in the West, but it has exerted a significant influence on international artistic practice, particularly in the area of ceramics. The simplicity and elegance of these historic objects gives them a contemporary quality much aspired to in design today. Together with essays by Australian and Korean scholars, this beautiful publication presents fine examples of Korean ceramics, painting, calligraphy and furniture drawn from the National Museum of Korea, the Ho-Am Art Museum and a small number of other institutions and private collectors in Korea.

A co-production by the Powerhouse Museum & Queensland Art Gallery published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name at the Queensland Art Gallery 16 June – 21 August 2000 and the Powerhouse Museum 8 September 2000 – 28 January 2001.

Additional information

Weight 0.8 kg
Dimensions 28 x 22 x 1.3 cm
SKU: MAAS-PUB-0072 Category:


Claire Roberts and Michael Brand (eds)


978 186317 080 2 (186317 080 4)

Date Of Publication



New South Books


Powerhouse Publishing

Book Format

paperback with flaps

Number Of Pages



Over 85 illustrations


280 x 220mm