Lee Bul

Lee Bul

Lee Bul was born in 1964 in Seoul, Korea where she lives and works. Lee Bul was initially academically trained in sculpture but her interest quickly diversified into other techniques including performance art. She incorporated her own body, contradicting general perceptions of idealized human appearance, sexuality, gender, and rebuking the repression of women within a patriarchal society. Her installation entitled Majestic Splendor (1997) at the Museum of Modern Art; rotting fish encrusted in sequins, a commentary on the ephemeral nature of beauty and the powerlessness of women, caused a furore and affirmed her global reputation as an intrepid emerging artist. 

Much of her attraction lies in her ability to bring together diverse themes, at once traditional, contemporary, provocative and timeless. 

Awards

2014


Noon Award, Gwangju Biennale, South Korea


Solo exhibitions

2018


Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany


Hayward Gallery, London, UK




2017


Lee Bul, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


2016


Cockatoo IslandSydney Harbour, 20th Biennale of Sidney, Sidney, Australia


Lee Bul, Artsonke Center, Seoul, South Korea


 


2015


Biennale internationale design Saint-Étienne 2015, Musée d'art moderne de Saint-Etienne, France
PKM Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Espai d'art contemporani de Castelló, Spain
Aubade III, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France


Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada


Chambers of Wonder, Swarovski Crystal Worlds, Kristallwelten Wattens, Innsbruck, Austria


 


2014


Lee Bul, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK


MMCA HYUNDAI MOTOR SERIES 2014: LEE BUL, The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, South Korea


 


2013


Pure Invisible Sun, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


Mudam-Musée d’art moderne, Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg


Inaugural Hong Kong Exhibition, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Hong Kong


 


2012


From me, belongs to you only, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan


Artsonje Center, Seoul, South Korea


 


2010


Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


2009


Paintings and Drawings Gallery, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


 


2008


Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


2007 


Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France


Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


PKM Gallery, Seoul, South Korea


Domus Artium 02, Salamanca, Spain


 


2005 


SCAI the Bathhouse, Tokyo, Japan


Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand


 


2004 


Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia


PKM Gallery, Seoul, South Korea


Deitch Projects, New York, NY, USA


  


2003 


Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington, USA


Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, UK


Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki, Japan


Japan Foundation, Tokyo, Japan


Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA


 


2002 


The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada


MAC, Galeries Contemporaines des Musées de Marseille, Marseille, France


Jean Paul Slusser Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA


Life Forever, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY, USA


Le Consortium centre d’art contemporain, Dijon, France


PKM Gallery, Seoul, South Korea


Rodin Gallery, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea


Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California, USA


 


2001 


Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA


SCAI the Bathhouse, Tokyo, Japan


San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California,


BAWAG Foundation, Vienna, Austria


 


2000 


Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan


Kukje Gallery, Seoul, South Korea


 


1999 


Korean Pavilion, 48th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy


Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland


 


1998 


Artsonje Center, Seoul, South Korea


 


1997 


Projects, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA


 


1994 


Unforgiven, A Space, Toronto, Canada


 


1988 


IL Gallery, Seoul, South Korea


Group exhibitions

2015


Space Age, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France


Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim, Guggenheim New York, NY, USA


Esprit Dior – Miss Dior, Beijing, China
Esprit Dior Seoul, Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park, Seoul, South Korea
Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2015, Echigo-Tsumari, Japan
SÉOUL, VITE, VITE!, Renaissance, Le Tri Postal, Lille, France


Swarovski Crystal Worlds, Innsbruck, Austria


 


2012


Bios – Konzepte des Lebens in der zeitgenössischen Skulptur, Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin, Germany


Invisible Cities, Mass MoCA, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, Massachusetts, USA


Lehmann Maupin at Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore


Nostalgia is an Extended Feedback, Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin, South Korea


 


2011


Countdown, curated by Sungwon Kim, Culture Station Seoul 284, Seoul, South Korea
Space Study, 
PLATEAU (formerly Rodin Gallery), Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
Contemporary Craft, Now & Here, 
curated by Chung Joonmo, Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2011, Cheongju, South Korea


 


2010


Tranformation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo  


Fantasmagoria, le monde mythique, Les Abbatoirs, Toulouse


New Décor, Hayward Gallery, London


Morality, Act VI: Remember Humanity, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam


The Flower of May, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea


New Art for a New Century: Contemporary Acquisitions2000 – 2010, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California


Itinéraires de l'élégance, entre l'Orient et l'Occident, Villa Empain, Boghossian Foundation, Brussels


A Fragmentary Anatomy of Every Settting Sun, permanent installation, Hara Museum ARC, Gunma, Japan




 


2009


Void of Memory, curated by Mami Kataoka and Sunjung Kim, Platform Seoul 2009, Kimusa (Former Defense Security Command Site), Seoul
, South Korea



2008


Prospect.1, curated by Dan Cameron, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


Life? Biomorphic Forms in Sculpture, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria



Fluid Street – Alone, Together, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
, Finland


Fragile Beauty, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf
, Germany


Mobile Art: Chanel Contemporary Art Container, Hong Kong, travelled to Tokyo, Japan and New York, NY, USA


Art is for the Spirit: Works from the UBS Collection, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan


 


2007


Tomorrow, Artsonje Center, Seoul, South Korea


Views from the Bosphorus, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul, Turkey


10th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey


Global Feminisms, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA


 


2006


Real Utopia, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan


Dirty Yoga, Taipei Biennial, Taiwan


The Past Made Present: Contemporary Art and Memory, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA


100 Years of Korean Art – Part 2, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea


Uneasy Nature, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA


 


2005


Baroque and Neo-Baroque: The Hell of the Beautiful, Domus Artium 02, Salamanca, Spain


Gorgeous Isn’t Good Enough, Spazio Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy


California Modern, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California, USA


Art Unlimited, Art 36 Basel, Basel, Switzerland


Visions of the Body, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea


IDYL, Openluchtmuseum voor Beeldhouwkunst Middelheim, Antwerp, Belgium


Encounters with Modernism, National Museum of Art, Deoksugung Palace, Seoul, South Korea


(My private) HEROES, MARTa, Herford, Germany


New Acquisitions 2004, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea


 


2004


The Nature Machine, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane


Encounters in the 21st Century: Polyphony – Emerging Resonances, 21st Century Museum of  Contemporary Art, Kanazawa 


Inaugural exhibition, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Modern Art, Seoul


Why Not Live For Art?, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo


Standing on a Bridge, Arario Gallery, Cheonan, Korea


Andererseits: Die Phantastik, Landesgalerie, Linz


Artes Mundi Prize, National Museum and Gallery, Cardiff


 


2003


world rush_4 artists, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia


Five: The Artsonje Collection, Artsonje Center, Seoul, South Korea


Girls Don’t Cry, Parco Museum, Tokyo, Japan


The Uncanny, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada


 


2002


Shape, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan


BINGO, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


Fusion Cuisine, Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece


Walk Around Time: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA


The Uncanny, Vancouver Art Galley, Vancouver; Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Canada


My Reality: The Culture of Anime, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA


 


2001


Record All Over, 9th Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland


ARS 01: Third Space, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland


Egofugal, 7th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey


Connivence, Curated by Laurence Hazout-Dreyfus, 6th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France


The Collection of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, 21st Century Museum of  Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan


 


2001


Body as Byte, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland 


01.01.01: Art in Technological Times, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, USA


My Reality: The Culture of Anime, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa, USA; Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY, USA


of Art, New York


Let’s Entertain, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany; Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida, USA


 


2000


Au-delà du Spectacle, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France


Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China


media_city seoul, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea


Lust Warande, De Oude Warande, Tilburg, the Netherlands


Air Air, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco


Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Selected by Nancy Spector, Echigo-Tsumari, Japan


Zeitwenden, Künstlerhaus Wien, Vienna, Austria; Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria


Tourlou, tourlou, Melina Mercouri Art Space, Hydra, Greece


Der anagrammatische Körper, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany


La casa, il corpo, il cuore, National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic


Continuum 001, Curated by Rebecca Gordon Nesbitt, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, UK


Let’s Entertain, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, USA


Slowness of Speed, Artsonje Center, Seoul, South Korea


 


1999


Zeitwenden, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany


Cities on the Move 7, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland


Der anagrammatische Körper, Kunsthaus Muerz in cooperation with Neue Galerie Graz, Austria


La casa, il corpo, il cuore, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria


dAPERTutto, 48th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy


Hot Air, Granship Center, Shizuoka, Japan


Slowness of Speed, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia


Cities on the Move 5, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humblebæk, Denmark


Cities on the Move 4, Hayward Gallery, London, UK


 


1998


Sarajevo 2000, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria


Slowness of Speed, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia


The Natural World, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada


Hugo Boss Prize 1998, Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York, NY, USA


Cities on the Move 3, capc Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux, France


Cities on the Move 2, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY, USA


Traffic Jam, Büro Friedrich, Berlin, Germany


 


1997


Cities on the Move, Secession, Vienna, Austria  


Fast Forward, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada


L’autre, Curated by Harald Szeemann, 4th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France


619 KBB 75, Car installation project with Pipilotti Rist, Georgina Starr, and others, Paris, France and Berlin, Germany


 


1996


Join Me!, Spiral/Wacoal Art Center, Tokyo, Japan


Arcos da Lapa, Public projection, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


 


1995


Information and Reality, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, UK


6th Triennale Kleinplastik, Südwest LandesBank Forum, Stuttgart, Germany 


Korean Contemporary Art, 1st Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea


 


1995


New Asian Art, Japan Foundation, Tokyo, Japan


Ssack, Artsonje Center, Seoul, South Korea


Body and Recognition, Korean Culture & Arts Foundation, Seoul, South Korea


 


1994


Technology, Environment & Information, Recycling Art Pavilion, Expo Science Park, Daejeon, South Korea


Untitled installation and performance, Before Building, Myeong-dong, Seoul, South Korea


This Kind of Art–Dish Washing, Kumho Museum, Seoul, South korea


Woman: The Difference and the Power, Hankuk Museum, Seoul and Yongin, South Korea


The Vision of the Next Generation, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea


 


1993


1st Asia-Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia


Plastic Spring, Duk Won Gallery, Seoul, South Korea


Conversation, Performance, Proto Theater, Tokyo, Japan


Impromptu Amusement, Performance, Kunitachi Art Hall, Tokyo, Japan


 


1992


Diet: Diagramming III, Performance, Sagak Gallery, Seoul, South Korea


Year of Ears: Diagramming II, Performance, Live House Nanjang, Seoul, South Korea


 


1991


At the Forest of Chaos, Jahamoon Gallery, Seoul, South Korea


DMZ: Art and Cultural Movement, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea


Dish Washing, Sonamu Gallery, Seoul, South Korea


BIO, Space Ozone, Seoul, South Korea


Interaction, Five-day performance with Chino Shuichi, Suwon Castle, South Korea


 


1990


Tokyo–Seoul Traffic, K Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


Sunday Seoul, Sonamu Gallery, Seoul, South Korea


Artoilet II, Performance, Space Theater, Seoul, South Korea


Song of the Fish, Performance, Dong Soong Art Center, Seoul, South Korea


Sorry for Suffering–You Think I’m a Puppy on a Picnic?, Twelve-day performance beginning in Gimpo Airport, Korea, and continuing throughout various sites in Tokyo, Japan 


 


1989


Cravings, Performance, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea


Abortion, Performance, Dong Soong Art Center, Seoul, South Korea


Korean Installation Art Festival, Total Art Museum and Sculpture Park, Jang Heung, South Korea


 


1988


U. A. O., Renoir Art Hall, Seoul, South Korea


Anti-Idea, Total Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea


Point of View and Point in Time II, Batang Gol Gallery, Seoul, South Korea


Hong Ik Sculpture Association Annual, Korean Culture & Arts Foundation, Seoul, South Korea


 


1987


Museum III, Soo Gallery, Seoul, South Korea


Print of Concept, P&P Gallery, Seoul, South Korea


Point of View and Point in Time, Batang Gol Gallery, Seoul, South Korea


Museum, Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, South Korea


Public and private collections

Australia


Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane


 


Austria


Bawag Contemporary - Bawag Foundation, Vienna


 


Italy


Trevi Flash Art Museum Of Contemporary Art, Trevi


 


Japan


21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art - Kanazawa, Kanazawa


 


South Korea


Leeum - Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul


Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), Seoul


Amore Pacific Museum, Yongin-si


 


United Kingdom


Tate Modern, London


 


USA


Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California


The Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY