Chase Cho looks at an exhibition catalogue featuring seven Korean artists active in the 1970s Dansaekhwa movement


The Art of Dansaekhwa
Image: Cover of The Art of Dansaekhwa.

In 2014, I decided to work in the art world. I saw it as a simple, yet effective way for me to contribute to a greater cause: I wanted to serve my country, South Korea, by nurturing a culture of art appreciation.

That year, I recall good news pouring out from the Korean art market. Dansaekhwa, a painting style that had first emerged in the 1970s, was the subject of several exhibitions, drawing international attention to Korean art. From the market to museums to talks, it seemed that this style of monochrome painting was on everyone’s mind.

Kukje Gallery’s The Art of Dansaekhwa (2014) had a great impact on me. It presented audiences with works that illustrated the core values of Dansaekhwa and showcased some of its leading practitioners: Park Seo-Bo, Lee Ufan, Chung Chang-Sup, Chung Sang-Hwa, Ha Chong-Hyun, Kim Guiline, and Yun Hyong-Keun. Through this exhibition, the public had the chance to connect with the past and to meditate upon more recent upheaval. What could have been nothing more than reckless speculation by a few collectors took hold in the culture, spotlighting a neglected chapter of South Korean art history.

Dansaekhwa is just one example of the countless histories that need our attention. The books housed in AAA Library, where I read the catalogue for The Art of Dansaekhwa, allow for a reappraisal of the past alongside the catalysing of the new ideas in the present. There is so much to discover; I look forward to engaging with more histories such as this one.


Chase Cho is AAA Development Intern.

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