Rhythm in Monochrome - Korean Abstract Painting

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery



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[Image: Lee U-Fan "From Line" (1976) mineral pigment, glue, canvas, 100.0x80.0cm, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery Collection, photo: Koichi Hayakawa]

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Korean abstract painting is a genre unique to Korea, absorbing new approaches to abstract painting that emerged in the West during the 1950s while embodying the spirit of the East. In particular, the Dansaekhwa (monochrome painting) movement born in 1970s Korea was a significant development on a par with the Mono-ha and Gutai movements in Japan. Dansaekhwa was the subject of a major exhibition in Venice in 2015, and international appreciation of this movement is growing rapidly, as demonstrated by increasingly high auction prices around the world. Korean abstract art is one of the core themes in Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery’s Terada Collection. The gallery has received donations of such paintings from collector Kotaro Terada since its establishment, and now holds one of the most substantial collections in Japan. Inspired by the recent popularity of Korean abstract painting, the gallery has put together an exhibition based on its collection and augmented by works on loan from other collectors. The exhibition provides a comprehensive look at these paintings, revealing their rich combination of tranquility and liveliness.


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from October 14, 2017 to December 24, 2017


Adults: ¥1200, University and High School Students: ¥800, Junior High School Students and Under and Persons with a Disability Certificate + 1 Companion: Free.

Venue Hours

From 11:00 To 19:00
fridays closing at 20:00, saturdays closing at 20:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:On a public holiday Monday, the museum is open but closed on the following Tuesday.


Address: 3-20-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-1403
Phone: 03-5777-8600

5 minutes walk from East exit at Hatsudai Station on the Keio New Line.

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