Lee Bul

  • 20th Biennale of Sydney
    March 18, 2016 - June 5, 2016
    Cockatoo Island
    Sydney Harbour

    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.


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  • 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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    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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    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.

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  • 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.


    Photo: Swarovski Kristallwelten

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  • Biennale internationale design Saint-Étienne 2015
    March 12, 2015 - May 17, 2015

    On the occasion of the Biennale internationale design Saint-Étienne 2015 the Musée d'art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Etienne presents the prolific and multi-faceted work of one of the most important figures of Korean contemporary art scene: Lee Bul. From 12 March until 17 May, 2015 a selection of graphic works as well as several monumental installations of the past 20 years will form the first solo museum exhibition of the artist in France since her installation "On Every New Shadow" at the Fondation Cartier in Paris in 2007.

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  • Curators´ Talk
    October 20, 2014 - October 20, 2014
    Korean Cultural Centre UK, London, UK

    On 20 October 2014 at 7pm, the Korean Cultural Centre UK in London, currently presenting Lee Bul´s ambitious architectural installation "Diluvium" (2014), invites to a talk between curators of important retrospectives of Lee Bul in recent years. Mami Kataoka from Mori Museum and Jonathan Watkins from Ikon gallery will offer their unique insights into the works of Lee Bul. This talk will be moderated by Sook-Kyung Lee, curator of Tate Research Centre.

    Booking is required via info@kccuk.org.uk

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    September 30, 2014 - March 1, 2015
    The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea

    The MMCA Hyundai Motor Series, a long term project between MMCA and Hyundai Motor to foster Korean art, offers Korean audiences the rare chance to experience Lee Bul´s new works. Her large scale installations are presented from 30 September, 2014 until 01 March, 2015 at The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea.

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