Kukje brings monochrome paintings to light
The gallery’s new exhibition “The Art of Dansaekhwa” features seven leading figures of the movement: Kim Guiline, Chung Sang-Hwa, Chung Chang-Sup, Ha Chong-Hyun, Lee Ufan, Park Seo-Bo and Yun Hyong-Keun.
“The representative characteristics of Dansaekwha are texture from the innovative use of materials; traces of repetitive actions to finish paintings, which are linked to training the mind and body in Buddhism and other religions; and spiritual qualities from the traces,” the show’s curator, critic Yun Jin-sup, said at the press preview.
“Some people criticize dansaekhwa for being indifferent to the social reality of that time - the military dictatorship,” Lee said. “But that’s not true. Dansaekhwa was a kind of anti-painting and a resistance toward a reality filled with many limits and censorship.”
Lee, one of the best-known Korean artists internationally, is currently showing work at France’s Versailles. He was the seventh contemporary artist to hold a solo show at the chateau.
BY moon so-young [firstname.lastname@example.org]
The show runs through Oct. 19. Admission is free. For more information call (02) 735-8449 or visit www.kukje.org