Rhythm in Monochrome | Korean Abstract Painting
In a nutshell
A beautiful collection of abstract paintings, many of which incorporate paper, fiber and hemp to create interesting textures and patterns. The website includes examples from each of the artists’ works but the color choices and surface texture needs to be experienced in person to appreciate.
The Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery is part of the Tokyo Opera City multimedia arts complex. The gallery is a generous space with exhibition rooms on two floors. Admission to Korean abstract exhibit includes admittance to Reminiscing NAMBATA Tatsuoki, works by the Japanese abstract artist from the collection of TARADA Kotaro, one of the operators of Tokyo Opera City.
If you like to take pictures of the art, make sure to go on a Sunday when photography is allowed.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
The gallery provides a really nice handbook with biographic information and a photo of an artwork for each artist. The information is in Japanese but an English translation is provided.
This type of abstract art isn’t for everyone but the monochrome patterns and the use of textures are unique and visually appealing.
For anyone curious about a different style of abstract art, this collection of contemporary Korean art is beautiful.
How far out?
Located in Nishi-Shinjuku, less than a five minute walk indoors from Hatsudai Station on the Keio New Line.
How much time?
About half an hour.
How much money?
¥1,200 for general admission
December 24, 2017
Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art
Worth a special trip if you like abstract art.