Dansaekhwa Movement and Chung Chang-Sup
Saturday 6 March 2021, 2-3 PM
In conjunction with #SouthSideSaturday
Axel Vervoordt Gallery Hong Kong
22/F, Coda Designer Center, 62 Wong Chung Hang Road
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On the occasion of Chung Chang-Sup’s solo exhibition at the gallery, Axel Vervoordt Gallery is pleased to present a talk between Doryun Chong (Deputy Director and Chief Curator of M+ Museum) and HG Masters (Deputy Editor & Deputy Publisher of ArtAsiaPacific) on the Dansaekhwa movement in Korea emerged in the late 1960s. The talk will address a series of questions, including the origin of Dansaekhwa; its connection with the other post-war avant-garde movements globally; its position in today’s art world; as well as Chung Chang-Sup’s contribution and legacy.
Doryun Chong is Deputy Director, Curatorial, and Chief Curator of M+, a new museum of visual culture that will open its Herzog & de Meuron–designed building in 2020, in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District. Appointed as the inaugural Chief Curator in 2013, Chong oversees all curatorial activities and programmes, including acquisitions, exhibitions, learning and public programmes, and digital initiatives encompassing the museum’s three main disciplinary areas of design and architecture, moving image, and visual art. Some of the exhibitions he has curated or co-curated at M+ include Mobile M+: Live Art (2015), Tsang Kin-Wah: The Infinite Nothing, Hong Kong in Venice (2015), Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief World Tour (2018), and Noguchi for Danh Vo: Counterpoint (2018). Prior to joining M+, Chong worked in various curatorial capacities at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (2003–2009) and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2009–2013).
HG Masters is the Deputy Editor & Deputy Publisher of art magazine ArtAsiaPacific. In addition to a wide range of reviews and feature-length articles on events and artists across Asia, he has written catalogue essays about artists including Ha Chong-hyun, Haegue Yang, Shinro Ohtake, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Hajra Waheed, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Nuri Kuzucan, Şener Özmen, Bosco Sodi and Tsherin Sherpa.
About the ExhibitionAxel Vervoordt Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Chung Chang-Sup (Cheongju, 1927 – Seoul, 2011) at the Hong Kong location. First presented at the gallery’s Kanaal space in July last year, the travelling exhibition features works from the artist’s forty-year quest to master his technique with tak, a natural material that’s made from the inner bark of the mulberry—a native tree in Korea. Works from Chung’s three most important series, Return, Tak, and Meditation are juxtaposed in the installation.
About DansaekhwaDansaekhwa is a Korean title that means ‘single-colour’ painting. It emerged in the late 1960s and began to take root in the early 1970s, but it was never an official movement. There was no consolidated group of artists who worked together toward actualising a manifesto. The artists to whom this rubric was retroactively attributed by critics like Lee Yil and Nakahara Yusuke, did, however, exhibit in the same shows and even occasionally painted together. What they all had in common was a commitment to thinking more intensively about mark, line, frame, surface, and space and to the process of a physical action that occupied a period of time and took place in a set space. Dansaekhwa can be interpreted as a modernised style of the traditional practice in East Asian art that pursues a meditative harmony by blurring the distinction between oneself and nature—the inner and the outer.