Chung Yangmo

Chung Yangmo (born 1934) is a South Korean art historian, known for his expertise in Korean ceramics.

Chung Yangmo
Born1934 (age 85–86)
NationalitySouth Korean
Alma materSeoul National University
OccupationArt historian
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJeong Yangmo
McCune–ReischauerChŏng Yangmo

Personal lifeEdit

Chung Yangmo was born in 1934 as the fourth and final son of Chung Inbo (정인보; 鄭寅普), a historian and author during the Japanese colonial period.[1] He is an admirer of the works of Joseon Dynasty landscape painter Jeong Seon.[2] He received his B.S. degree in History from Seoul National University in 1958.

Chung's family was divided by the Korean War: his father and elder sister Chung Kyung-wan were taken to North Korea in 1950. In 2004 he received news that Kyung-wan was still alive.[3] One of his other elder sisters, Chung Yang-wan (정양완), became a scholar of Korean literature with the Academy of Korean Studies.[4] He met the woman who would become his wife, Ewha Womans University student Lee Jung-won (이중원; 李仲瑗), in 1964 when she was preparing to write her thesis on pottery.[5] He gave up on his plans to study abroad in order to marry her in 1967, and the couple went on to have two sons and a daughter.[1][6]

Chung is a close friend of ceramicist Min Young-ki (민영기; 閔泳麒) and painter Chun Sung-woo (전성우; 全筬雨). In 1998, Min and Chun jointly made a Buncheong-style stoneware bowl for him, which is on display at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.[7]


Chung began his career in the National Museum of Korea in 1962.[8][9] For much of his early career he worked under Choi Sun-u (최순우; 崔淳雨), then one of the country's foremost experts on Korean ceramics.[10] In 1963, while holding the position of assistant researcher in the art department of the museum, he participated in fieldwork led by Choi in Yangju, and discovered a kiln from the late Goryeo Dynasty in a village near Dobongsan.[11]

From 1984 to 1986, Chung served as director of the Gyeongju National Museum. He went on to become the director of the National Museum of Korea, serving from 1993 to 1999.[12][13] In May 2003, he was appointed as the new commissioner of the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea's Cultural Properties Commission.[14] He served in that position until 2005, when he was succeeded by Seoul National University professor Ahn Hwi-joon (안휘준; 安輝濬).[15]

Awards and honoursEdit

In 2005, Chung received the Silver Crown of the Order of Cultural Merit from the government of South Korea.[16] In 2013 his fellow scholars published a Festschrift in his honour to celebrate his eightieth year of life (in East Asian age reckoning).[17]



  • Smith, Judith G. (coordinating editor); Chung Yang-mo; Ahn Hwi-joon; Yi Sŏng-mi; Kim Lena; Kim Hongnam; Pak Youngsook (1998). Arts of Korea (3rd printing ed.). New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art. ISBN 9780870998508.
  • 정양모 [Chung Yangmo] (1 March 1991). 한국의 도자기 [Ceramics in Korea]. South Korea: 문예출판사 [Munyea]. ISBN 9788931000009.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "後孫漢學者爲堂鄭寅普 선생" [Classical scholar Widang Chung Inbo]. Kyunghyang Sinmun. 8 February 1984. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  2. ^ "가슴속 그림 한폭: 정양모 전 국립중앙박물관장" [A painting in one's heart: former National Museum director Chung Yangmo]. Seoul Sinmun. 31 January 2006. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  3. ^ "북 누나 생존 확인한 정양모 위원장" [Commissioner Chung Yangmo's elder sister confirmed alive in North]. Hankyoreh. 12 February 2004. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  4. ^ "정양완교수 완역 정인보 '담원문록' 한글본 출간" [Professor Chung Yang-wan publishes complete hangul translation of Chung Inbo's 'Damwonmunrok']. Jeonbuk Ilbo. 6 June 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  5. ^ "정양모(국립중앙 박물관장)—이중원씨" [Chung Yangmo (National Museum director) and Lee Jung-won]. Dong-A Ilbo. 25 May 1996. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  6. ^ "鄭良謨 중앙박물관장 부인" [The wife of National Museum director Chung Yang-mo]. JoongAng Ilbo. 10 May 1995. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Collection details". Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  8. ^ "'외관보다 內實다질 차례' 鄭良謨 새 국립중앙박물관장" ['Interior first, then exterior': Chung Yangmo, new National Museum of Korea director]. Kyunghyang Sinmun. 26 March 1993. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  9. ^ "한국박물관 100년의 사람들: <4>정양모 前국립중앙박물관장" [100 years of Korean museums, #4: Chung Yangmo, former National Museum director]. Dong-A Ilbo. 2 April 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Crepuscle on Cultural Past: Chung Yang-mo, Chief Curator, National Museum of Korea". Koreana Quarterly. 5 (3). Autumn 1991. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  11. ^ "楊州에麗末의民間陶窯址" [In Yangju, a pottery kiln from the late Goryeo]. Dong-A Ilbo. 12 February 1963. Retrieved 19 November 2015. Accompanying photo: "발견자 鄭良謨씨" [Discoverer Chung Yangmo]. Dong-A Ilbo. 12 February 1963. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  12. ^ Zhang, Zixuan. "Mystery of the cup holder". The nation. China Daily. Retrieved 18 November 2015.
  13. ^ "정양모 중앙박물관장 사표제출" [National Museum director Chung Yangmo submits resignation]. Yonhap News. 14 December 1999. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  14. ^ "문화재위원장 정양모 박사 '문화재는 새로 만들수 없죠'" [Cultural Properties Commissioner Chung Yangmo: 'cultural heritage cannot be remade anew']. Dong-A Ilbo. 15 May 2003. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  15. ^ "문화재위원장에 서울대 안휘준 교수 선출" [Seoul National University professor Ahn Hwi-joon chosen as Cultural Properties Commissioner]. Seoul Broadcasting System. 6 May 2005. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  16. ^ "정양모 前관장 은관문화훈장 서훈" [Former director Chung Yangmo receives Silver Crown of the Order of Cultural Merit]. Kyunghyang Sinmun. 5 December 2005. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  17. ^ "정양모 전 국립중앙박물관장 '한국 깊이있게 알리려면 문화재 보여줘야'" [Chung Yangmo, former National Museum director: 'To let people know Korea deeply, protect its cultural heritage']. Kukmin Ilbo. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  18. ^ Cotter, Holland (12 June 1998). "Art Review: A Jewel Box Of Korean Culture". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 November 2015. The Arts of Korea exhibition -- organized by Wen C. Fong, consultative chairman in the Met's department of Asian art, and Chung Yang Mo, director general of the National Museum of Korea

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