Rhythm In Monochrome
The Pivotal Korean Abstract Painting Movement On View at The Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
The Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery presents ‘Rhythm in Monochrome – Korean Abstract Painting’, a key and concise reflection of Korea’s unique abstract painting movement. Presenting artworks characterised by minimalism and repetition, from “the serene, refined air acquired by these artists as they overcame difficulties and struggles.”
The exhibition presents the development of Korean abstract painting (also known as the Dansaekhwa movement (Korean monochrome painting)) through the works of 19 artists, particularly those who were integral in it’s founding, such as Lee Ufan, Park Seo-Bo, Kwon Kim Whanki, Quac In-Sik, Lee Se-Duk, Young-Woo, Chung Chang-Sup, Yun Hyong-Keun, Chung Sang-Hwa and Ha Chong-Hyun.
The works hold a common thread of repetition and restricted beauty, all refined in their own individual way, through each artist overcoming their own difficulties and struggles post-war. During this influential post-World War II era, it was also a time that these artists fought against adversity to develop and shape Korean art as a form of national identity.
Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo
Saturday, 14 October – Sunday, 24 December, 2017