Korean Cultural Center
May 8th, 2015
Korean Cultural Center
Washington, D.C.
2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Dance of Light: 
the Artwork of Bang Hai Ja

 Opening Reception Event: 
Friday, May 8 @ 6:30 pm
Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C.
2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW
On view May 8 - 25
Join us for the opening of Dance of Light, a solo exhibition featuring 70 radiant, spiritual works evoking an abstract vision of the natural world by Bang Hai Ja, celebrated among the first generation of professional artists from Korea to embrace abstract art in the modern era. The opening night will also include introductory talks by the artist and French art critic Valère Bertrand

After migrating to France in 1961, Bang Hai Ja produced paintings and exhibited her work throughout Korea and France. She is often called the "artist of light" for her distinct visual style, featured in 80 individual and group exhibitions in France, Korea, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, the United States, Canada, and Japan. 

The works featured in this exhibition employ traditional Korean paper, non-woven fabric, and organic materials and vegetable dyes, representing life, light, and the universe. In Bang Hai Ja's own words, "Drawing a point is as planting a seed in the ground, drawing a circle is as becoming one with the universe, and drawing light is as giving out the peace and love to the world." Dance of Light is intended to provide a broad American audience the chance to experience the world of Bang Hai Ja's unique art, where light is the focus: its creation, extinction, and its intangible, universal energy. 
Admission to the opening reception is free but an RSVP is required. This exhibition will remain on view (no RSVP required) through May 25, 2015 (Mon - Fri, 9:00 am to noon and 1:30 - 5:30 pm).
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