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Hasenkamp-Nam Collection of Korean Art


Wine cup and stand
Korean, Goryeo Period (918–1392), 12th century
Stoneware with celadon glaze
UMMA, Gift of Bruce and Inta Hasenkamp and Museum purchase made possible by Elder and Mrs. Sang-Yong Nam

Thanks to the generosity of two families of donors—Bruce and Inta Hasenkamp of Hillsdale, California, and Elder and Mrs. Sang-Yong Nam of Ann Arbor—UMMA has acquired a major collection of Korean art, consisting of nearly 250 works of Korean ceramics, metalwork, paintings, and other decorative arts. With this single extraordinary collection, the Museum will be known for the excellence of its holdings in Korean art.

The collection—henceforward known as the Hasenkamp-Nam collection—is particularly rich in Korean ceramics, with examples from over 2,000 years of Korean history. No other art form captures the breadth of Korean history, or the genius of its craftsmen, so well as ceramics, seen as the defining art form for Korea and the area in which its artists have made their greatest contribution. Accordingly, the collection was sought after by museums across the United States. The Hasenkamp-Nam collection includes fine examples of the characteristic shapes and techniques used in each of the key periods of Korean history and creates an inclusive survey of this superb art form, known for its richly delicate glazing and surface decorations, which have themselves evolved over time. The collection features a magnificent selection of thin-bodied gray stoneware pieces made for the elite and for funerary rituals, such as the sculpted equestrian oil lamp seen here. Selections from the collection are on view in the Woon-Hyung Lee and Korea Foundation Gallery of Korean Art.

The Hasenkamps, who collected these extraordinary objects over many years, recognized that their collection of Korean art would have a transformative impact on UMMA and offered it to the Museum in a gift/purchase arrangement. Recognizing the immense significance of the collection to the future of Korean studies at UM, the Korean Studies Program helped the Museum secure essential financial support from Sang-Yong Nam, a UM alumnus and prominent leader in the local Korean-American community. Sang-Yong Nam and his wife, Moon-Sook, readily agreed to underwrite the purchase portion of the collection. This partnership with the Korean Studies Program exemplifies a new and effective level of fundraising collaboration between the Museum and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, to which the Nams have been deeply committed. Thanks to the collective efforts of all, Korean art can finally take its rightful place among the superb collections of Asian art at UMMA.