Dansaekhwa | Monochrome Painting

One of the many things I love about my blog is this facet right here. To be able to talk about one of my first loves, second to music, Art.

Have you ever heard of Dansaekhwa? Dansaekhwa is a new form of artwork that is literally sweeping the art community internationally but it’s especially becoming popular in Korea. It literally translates to, “monochrome painting”. But, whereas it is simple is design, the thought behind it is not as simplistic. I stumbled across an article on The Korea Times that went into a lot of detail on this type of artwork and it’s name origins.

Apparently, the name was given to this art by a professor at Honam University. That professor was Yoon Jin-sup. Yoon came up with the term 15 years ago during the 2000 Gwangju Biennale exhibition “The Facet of Korean and Japanese Contemporary Art” that he organized.

“Yoon saw repetition in the artwork as a result of endless searching for neutrality and transcendence. ‘The school is devoted to the process of repetition and specificity of material based on meditative nature, which is the opposite of the Western Minimalism and monochrome’s rationality and logic,’ Yoon said. The abstract paintings are seemingly similar to Western Minimalism or monochrome paintings, but they were inspired by Korea’s political, social and cultural situations in postwar years.”

(source: The Korea Times)

I also thought it was interesting to note that Lee Yong-woo, who is the curator of the Dansaekhwa exhibition being created in Venice, said that the birth of Dansaekhwa “is closely related to Korea’s postwar sentiment and rapid economic growth” and that it “can be thought of as Korea’s postwar modernism”.

The simple beauty of these pieces is what makes so aesthetically appealing and popular. If you haven’t seen it before, check out the video below and follow the exhibition. And see more of this story at The Korea Times.com.


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