Dansaekhwa

Collateral Event of the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia

8 May 2015 – 15 August 2015

We are very pleased to present Dansaekhwa, as part of the official Collateral Events of the 56th International Art Exhibition–la Biennale di Venezia.

Curated by Yongwoo Lee and organized by Boghossian Foundation together with Kukje Gallery, Seoul and Tina Kim Gallery, New York, Dansaekhwa is a landmark exhibition.

A seminal art historical movement in post-war Korea, Dansaekhwa is loosely related to the Western monochrome tradition and is sometimes translated as “the school of white.”

Dansaekhwa artists each have a unique philosophy but many overlapping concerns unite their work. These include a strong aesthetic ideal focused on the unity between artist and nature as well as a very refined approach to mark making. Many of these points of reference are rooted in traditional Taoist and Buddhist ideas. This emphasis on native cultural idioms was politicized during the 20th century when post-war Korean identity was in a state of radical flux. It is in these tumultuous times that Dansaekhwa evolved and helped shape modern Korean art history.

The exhibition will showcase the works of key masters who defined Dansaekhwa’s development in the 1970s, providing an essential conceptual framework to appreciate this important movement. A subject of renewed interest in both Korea and internationally, this is a timely exhibition that explores a group of artists whose exquisitely beautiful and politically engaged work continues to have a profound influence on contemporary art.

The exhibition will occupy all three floors of Palazzo Contarini-Polignac, the iconic 15th century Renaissance palace located on the Grand Canal. Yongwoo Lee has chosen to use the multi-storied building to organize the exhibition, employing each floor to frame a time period or specific artist. With this in mind the ground floor will be devoted to new, commissioned sculptural work by Lee Ufan.

General information

Dates : 8 May 2015 – 15 August 2015, from Tuesday to Saturday, 10AM – 6PM
Press and Preview : 6 and 7 May 2015, 10AM – 6PM
Opening : 8 May 2015, 7PM
Place: Palazzo Contarini-Polignac (874 Dorsoduro, 30123 Venezia)
Curator: Yongwoo Lee
Artists: Chung Chang-Sup, Chung Sang-Hwa, Ha Chong-Hyun, KIM Whanki, Kwon Young-Woo, Lee Ufan and Park Seo-Bo
Contacts : Alexandra Garcia Waldman (alex@tinakimgallery.com), Maria Elena Fantoni (marlene.fantoni@gmail.com)
Press contact: Zoe Chun (zoe@kukjegallery.com)

For more information, please click on the following links:
Press release Biennale 2015
Dansaekhwa website

Chung Chang-Sup, Wandering, 1965, Oil on canvas, 198 x 116,5 cm, private collection, photography by Sang-tae Kim
KIM Whanki, 17-IV-71 #201, 1971, oil on cotton, 254 x 202 cm, Copyright Whanki Foundation-Whanki Museum
Park Seo-Bo, Ecriture No. 89-79-82-83, 1983, pencil and oil on cloth, 194,5 x 300 cm, private collection
Kwon Young-Woo, Untitled, 1984, gouache, chinese ink on paper, 224 x 170 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Kukje Gallery, photography by Sang-tae Kim
Chung Sang-Hwa, Untitled 73-7, 1973, acrylic on canvas, 165 x 115 cm, courtesy of the artist and Kukje Gallery, photography by Sang-tae Kim
Group photography (from left) : Ha Chong-Hyun, Lee Ufan, Park Seo-Bo, Yongwoo Lee (curator), photographer Keith Park, copyright Kukje Gallery
Lee Ufan, From Point, 1974, Oil on canvas, 160 × 130 cm, Photography by Sang-tae Kim, Courtesy of Kukje Gallery

Dansaekhwa promotional video