- At the Venice Biennale
- May 11, 2019 - November 24, 2019
58th International Art Exhibition
Giardini & Arsenale
We are delighted that Korean artist Lee Bul has been invited by this year's curator Ralph Rugoff to be part of the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, entitled May You Live in Interesting Times. Her works will feature across both locations at the Giardini and the Arsenale.
For the past three decades, Lee Bul has drawn on diverse sources that include science fiction, visionary architecture and personal experience, whilst making use of deliberately clashing materials that range from silk and mother-of-pearl to fiberglass and silicone. Her recent acclaimed exhibitions include the Hayward Gallery, London (2018), and Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2018-2019).
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- September 29, 2018 - January 13, 2019
The Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin presents Cash, Lee Bul’s first solo exhibition in Germany. This comprehensive survey is also the first exhibition Stephanie Rosenthal has curated as the new director of the Gropius Bau.
Lee Bul is one of the most important Korean artists of her generation, having received significant international recognition for her formally inventive and intellectually provocative work. The show Crash seeks to enthral and spark the imagination of many as a multi-sensory experience composed of several experimental elements. The works on display are characterised not only by sensual expressiveness and humour, but also by Lee Bul’s own experiences with and subtle allusions to the history and politics of Korea.Read more
- Lee Bul: Crashing
- May 31, 2018 - August 19, 2018
For the past three decades, Lee Bul (b. 1964, Seoul, South Korea) has explored questions of intimacy, gender, technology and class – as well as the tension between despair and hope, horror and beauty – through works that range from provocative guerrilla performances to large-scale installations that attempt to get our body and our brain working ‘at the same time, together’.
Taking over the entire Hayward Gallery, Lee Bul: Crashing brings together more than 100 works from the late 1980s to the present day, including a new sculptural work and a site-specific commission, in order to explore the full range of her pioneering, thought-provoking and highly inventive practice.Read more
- 20th Biennale of Sydney
- March 18, 2016 - June 5, 2016
Korean artist Lee Bul’s multifaceted artistic practice spans more than 20 years, encompassing drawing, performance, sculpture, installation and video. She is recognised for her technically precise, futuristic sculptures and architecturally influenced, large-scale, immersive installations. Lee Bul’s works deal with visionary narratives, and themes such as the legacy of modernism, the potential of technology, gender and sexuality, the limits of the human body and its interface with the mechanistic, the role of popular culture in the formation of identity, and humankind’s obsession with perfection.
In recent years, Lee Bul has engaged more deeply with the exploration of social structures and ideas surrounding our pursuit of utopia through increasingly large-scale installations that incorporate significant structural elements, often referencing science fiction and the innovations of modernity. Willing To Be Vulnerable, 2016, is a new, site-specific work created for the Turbine Hall of the Industrial Precinct on Cockatoo Island, a central focus of the Embassy of the Real. The work is monumental in scale, filling the cathedral-sized, 1640-square-metre industrial space with forms that echo the shapes of the landscape, creating a network of memory that is emblematic of the dreams and aspirations of humanity.
- Aubade III
- October 21, 2015 - January 10, 2016
- Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
As part of the France-Korea Year, the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, in collaboration with the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA), presents an installation by Lee Bul. The work entitled Aubade III was first presented at the MMCA from September 2014 to March 2015.
In Aubade III, Lee Bul engages with societal complications that was brought on by modernity. Its immense metal structure was inspired by architectural and engineering utopias of the early 20th century.
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- SÉOUL, VITE, VITE!
- September 26, 2015 - January 17, 2016
- Le Tripostal, Lille, France
In the context of the cultural programme lille3000 : RENAISSANCE Lee Bul will participate in the group show SÉOUL, VITE, VITE! at the Tripostal in Lille, France. The exhibition will immerse the visitor in the energy, dynamism, hyper-modernity and popular culture of the capital of South Korea, in the worlds of different and surprising artists.
Lee Bul will present a monumental CIVITAS SOLIS landscape as well as a VIA NEGATIVA, a labyrinth composed of fragmented polycarbonate mirror.
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- Esprit Dior
- June 20, 2015 - August 25, 2015
Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)
281 Eulji–ro, Jung–gu, Seoul
Discover the work by Korean artist Lee Bul in the upcoming exhibition Esprit Dior at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) in Seoul. The Esprit Dior exhibition invites the visitor to immerse into the extraordinary world of Christian Dior and to discover all the virtuosity of the deeply French label.
Reinforcing the link between Dior and Art, the creations take on all their dreamlike, artistic and cultural meaning through the works of six major Korean artists including Lee Bul.
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- LEE BUL
- June 12, 2015 - September 27, 2015
- Espai d'art contemporani de Castelló, Castelló, Spain
After its great success at IKON Gallery (Birmingham, UK) in 2014, the solo exhibition Lee Bul now moves on to the Espai d'art contemporani de Castelló in Castelló, Spain. Dedicated to the works of this important Korean artist, the show features some of Lee Bul´s sculptural output in which she explores what she sees as the failings of utopian optimism, generating forms more proper to a beautiful imaginary future she knows to be impossible. For more information about the show please click here.Read more
- Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim
- June 5, 2015 - September 9, 2015
- Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
From 5 June until 9 September 2015 several works by Lee Bul will be presented at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, USA. The exhibition Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim brings together over one hundred works from the Guggenheim’s contemporary collection, examining the diverse ways in which artists today engage narrative through installation, painting, photography, sculpture, video, and performance.
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- Swarovski Crystal Worlds
- From April 30, 2015
On the occasion of its 20th anniversary the Swarovski Crystal Worlds opens on 30 April 2015 five Chambers of Wonder which were redesigned by such internationally renowned artists as Lee Bul. For Into Lattice Sun, Lee Bul drew inspiration from modernist architecture, transforming this room into a metropolitan, dramatic, and utopian landscape. Here, the Chamber of Wonder explores the interactions between visitor and space – wandering through this encompassing landscape the visitor´s notion of heights and depths is exposed to dazzling effects.
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