Atta Kim’s seven-year Museum Project series, begun in 1995, has nine distinct subsets and presents men and women on display in Plexiglas vitrines. In this photograph, the vitrine encases a nude Buddhist nun in front of a Buddhist altar. On the one hand, the subject is confined and vulnerable, suggesting a controlling society that allows for no individual self or private space. On the other, these encapsulated humans can be seen as “contemporary treasures,” preserved as precious museum artifacts worthy of contemplation.


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Artist
Atta Kim, Korean, born 1956
Title
The Museum Project #042
from the series Nirvana
from The Museum Project (1995-2002)
Date
1998
Medium
Silver dye bleach print
Dimensions
Overall: 19 15/16 × 23 15/16in. (50.6 × 60.8cm) Frame: 26 7/8 × 30 7/8 × 1 1/4 in. (68.3 × 78.4 × 3.2 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by Joan Morgenstern

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2000.771
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

The artist, Seoul, South Korea; purchased by MFAH, 2000.