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S. Korea completes restoration of Swiss museum's Korean Buddhist painting

All Headlines 15:15 April 12, 2019

SEOUL, April 12 (Yonhap) -- The National Museum of Korea said Friday it has completed the restoration of a 19th-century Korean Buddhist painting from the Joseon Dynasty that is in a Swiss museum's possession, as part of its efforts to help overseas museums preserve Korean cultural artifacts.

The portrait of Ven. Chupadang is the only Korean Buddhist painting that is kept by the Rietberg Museum in Zurich. Opened in 1952, the Swiss museum displays Asian, African, American and Oceanian art.

Ven. Chupadang is believed to have been a real person, but it has yet to be confirmed who he was as there are no written records related to him.

When the Swiss museum acquired the portrait, it was damaged by mildew and water stains on its front, and a scroll that accompanied the painting was missing.

It took two years for the South Korean museum to complete the restoration of the Korean artifact that involved techniques to remove the stains and mildew. The museum also recreated the missing scroll.

An official at the museum in Seoul said, "The fact that we have restored a Korean Buddhist painting at an overseas museum in accordance with a Korean traditional style carries significant weight."

The restored painting is expected to be given to Khanh Trinh, a curator from the Rietberg Museum, at the Seoul museum Monday before being transferred to Switzerland the next day.

This image, released by the National Museum of Korea on April 12, 2019, shows the portrait of Ven. Chupadang, a 19th century Korean Buddhist painting from the Joseon Dynasty. (Yonhap)


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