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Museum Exhibitions

Lee Bul The Met Facade Commission 2024

12 September 2024—27 May 2025
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

For the 2024 Facade Commission, South Korean artist Lee Bul (born 1964, Yeongju, based in Seoul) will create four new sculptures that combine figurative and abstract elements for The Met Fifth Avenue’s facade niches. The commission will be Lee’s first major project in the United States in over 20 years. The Facade Commission: Lee Bul will be the fifth in the series of contemporary commissions for The Met’s facade.

With a career that spans four decades, Lee is widely recognized as the preeminent artist from South Korea. She is known for her sophisticated use of both highly industrial and labor-intensive materials, such as fabric, metal, plastic, silicone, porcelain, and glass, incorporating artisanal practices as well as technological advancements into her work. Her sculptures, often evoking bodily forms that are at once classical and futuristic, address the aspirations and disillusions that come with progress.

The Facade Commission is part of The Met’s series of contemporary commissions in which the Museum invites artists to create new works of art, establishing a dialogue between the artist’s practice, The Met collection, the physical Museum, and The Met’s audiences.

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