Silla: Korea’s Golden Kingdom

The first-ever exhibition in the West to focus exclusively on the art of Silla will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, beginning November 4.  Co-organized with and drawn from the holdings of the National Museum of Korea and Gyeongju National Museum, Silla: Korea’s Golden Kingdom will feature some 100 objects, including spectacular gold regalia, exquisite Buddhist art, and exotic goods from the Silk Road, all created between about 400 and 800 A.D. The works on view will include designated National Treasures, as well as many objects that are being shown in the U.S. for the first time. Tracing the kingdom’s rise both on the Korean peninsula and within the broader Eurasia, the exhibition, together with its accompanying catalogue, will introduce this fascinating and complex culture of ancient Korea to visitors from around the world.  Organized thematically in three sections, the exhibition will also present videos featuring renowned burial and Buddhist monuments, including the eighth-century Seokguram Grotto that was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995.

The exhibition is made possible by Samsung.

Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

It was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in collaboration with the National Museum of Korea and Gyeongju National Museum, Korea.

Silla (57 B.C. – 935 A.D.), one among three kingdoms on the Korean peninsula, rose to prominence in the late fourth and early fifth century under the rule of a hereditary monarchy known today largely through material unearthed from elaborate burial sites. Located in its capital city, modern-day Gyeongju, the tombs of kings, queens, princes, royal relatives, and other elites have stood, from the time of their construction, as symbols of political authority and cultural grandeur. Silla gradually expanded its power and territory by defeating neighboring states and eventually conquered most of the Korean peninsula by the second half of the seventh century.

Exhibition Opening

Event Details:


  • When: 

    Monday, November 4, 2013

  • Where: 

    Metropolitan Museum of Art
    1000 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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