Five Buddhas Symposium

December 3, 2016 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Five Buddhas, unknown artist, 1725
Korea, unknown artist, Five Buddhas, 1725, ink and mineral pigments on hemp, Songgwangsa Temple; conserved by Robert and Sandra Mattielli

Five Buddhasa Korean Buddhist painting of exceptional beauty and rarity, was discovered in tatters in an antique shop in Seoul in the 1970s. Portlander Robert Mattielli rescued it from certain destruction and had it lovingly restored. Internationally renowned scholars Robert Buswell of UCLA and Maya Stiller of the University of Kansas unpack the cultural context of this remarkable work, on the eve of its repatriation to Korea.

This symposium is sponsored by the Korean Cultural Heritage Administration and the Mildred Schnitzer Asian Art Lecture Fund.

Adult: $30
Student with ID: FREE
Member: $10

Ticket price includes admission to the Museum for December 3 and 4.

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Following the symposium, there will be a celebratory dinner honoring Robert and Sandra Matteli, noted patrons of Korean art at the Museum.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.