Dansaekhwa

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Exhibition

Dansaekhwa

25 January – 4 April 2020

The Columns Gallery is delighted to present Painting by artists Yun Hyong Keun, Park Seo-Bo, Ha Chong-Hyun, Lee Ufan, Kwon Young-Woo, Lee Dong Youb, Heu Hwang, Choi Myoung-Young and Chung Sanghwa. Documenting their life’s work from the 1970s to the present, the exhibition zooms in on their unique colors and lines each representing the versatile layers of Dansaekhwa painting.

Dansaekhwa, initiated by a handful of artists introduced a rather radical way of presentation. Instead of representing the object, the Dansaekhwa artists employed a method that is described as ‘meditational performance’ or ‘repetitive maneuver’. The trace of their physical act, the recurring brush work and repeated scraping or line drawing for instance were all collected on the canvas surface resulting in a body of work that appeared to manifest the breakup of established orders. It was in 1975 in Tokyo Gallery where their collective style gained international awareness through the exhibition Five Korean Artists, Five Kinds of White and since this show, Dansaekhwa was recognized as the first Korean art movement that earned global acclaim and which left profound influence on the Korean artistic landscape.