Korea, Land of the Diamond Mountains features more than 60 works that represent the Museum’s holdings of nearly 500 Korean objects, showcasing the power and majesty of Korean art over the centuries. The installation celebrates the silver anniversary of the Museum's Korean Gallery and includes objects on loan from private collections, never before made available to the public.
The reinstalled permanent galleries, on the 3rd floor of the North Wing, consist of works ranging from 57 BCE to the present day—including Buddhist and Confucian ritual objects, Shamanic and courtly works, and contemporary art.
The Museum has being collecting Korean art since its founding in 1909, displaying special exhibitions featuring Korean art throughout its history. In 1989, the Museum established a dedicated gallery space to feature Korean art — one of the earliest institutions in the West to do so.