Mono Ha

Mono Ha

Mono-ha, also known as the 'School of Things,' was an innovative art movement that originated in Tokyo during the mid-1960s.

Mono-ha, or the 'School of Things,' was an innovative art movement that emerged in Tokyo in the mid-1960s. Instead of creating traditional representational artworks, artists of this movement delved into materials and their inherent qualities, reacting to what they perceived as the relentless development and industrialization in Japan.

Led by artists like Lee Ufan and Nobuo Sekine, Mono-ha was part of a broader trend of 'not making.' Lee Ufan, a founding member, recognized that technology had nullified the artist's role in creating things. Consequently, he rejected conventional notions of representation in favour of unveiling the world as it exists by engaging with materials and exploring their intrinsic properties. In 1968, Sekine exemplified this concept by exhibiting a 2.7-meter-high tower of dirt adjacent to an identically shaped hole in the ground.

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Parra's studio, with Parra at the centre, his back to the camera as he works on the large painting takes centre stage, showing a faceless blue woman in a striped dress, painted in red, purple, blue and teal. The studio is full of brightly coloured paints, with a large window on the right and a patterned rug across the floor under the painting.