In the Palazzo Contarini-Polignac (the old British Embassy), by the Accademia in Venice, there is a quiet but powerful exhibition of Korean art: Dansaekhwa. Dansaekhwa means ‘single-coloured’.

According to the catalogue: “Arising out of the hardship and deprivation of WWII and the Korean War, it is an art movement that honestly grapples with the value of tradition and the role of beauty in the face of tragedy. For Korean artists, modern art allowed for a radical reappraisal and renewal giving space for democratic ideals and foreign influences to synchronise with the rich traditions of an ancient culture….Dansaekhwa..can be conceived as both a physical practice, consisting of repetitive generative actions, and as a kind of spiritual and emotional practice devoted to making paintings that activate the canvas’ plane in order to communicate directly with the viewer.”

In welcome contrast to the maelstrom of visitors, heat, commerce and movement outside the building, this was an oasis of calm. Here are some of my favourites.

  1. Jane said:

    Those are really beautiful, Bron. Can’t wait to ask you all about them!

  2. Amazing, powerful work. Hoping to hear more when you get back!

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