Generation to Generation introduces Inheritance system of important intangible cultural heritage of Korea. In a diverse collection of Korean traditional crafts from Cultural Heritage Administration in Korea, the exhibition highlights 21 works by authorised individual skill holders.
Intangible Cultural Heritage
Intangible Cultural Heritage are traditional products such as drama, music, dance, folk game and rites, martial art, handicrafts, and cuisine. They have high historic, academic, and artistic values and distinct local flavours. ‘Intangible’ in this case means artistic activity or technique that is formless. They are designated as cultural heritage when actualised by the people or the organisations that have artistic or technical ability. Simultaneously, such people are authorised as holders.
Intangible Cultural Heritage are learned, practiced, and inherited by people and organisations. The authorised individual (holders) or organisation with skill or ability is encouraged and supported to succeed in maintaining and preserving the traditional culture.
Inheritance System of Important Intangible Cultural Heritage
For the stable and systematic activity of cultural heritage, Korea Intangible Cultural Heritage system maintains a consistent inheritance procedure from skill holder-apprentice-graduate-scholarship student (general student).
The main responsibility of holder is to spread traditional culture and inherit their property to the next generation. Once certain individuals or organisations are acknowledged as holders, they select student with the will and the ability to inherit their skill and property. When the selected students completed the course of three years and reach up to the definite ability, they are recognised as graduate. Among these graduate, the most excellent will be selected as ‘apprentices’ by recommendation of holders and the evaluations of cultural experts. These chosen apprentices have the duty to assist the holders, as well as learn their skills.
As explained above, Korea’s inheritance system of Intangible Cultural Heritage has been providing and supporting a stable atmosphere for the inheritance of precious skills and properties.
Credit: Important Intangible Cultural Heritage in Korea, Cultural Heritage Administration
March – July 2018, Korean Cultural Centre Australia Gallery