Château La Coste, in collaboration with Lisson Gallery and kamel mennour, presents an exhibition of new and recent work by Lee Ufan. Housed within a custom-built gallery space designed by French architect Jean Michel Wilmotte, this is the second exhibition in Château La Coste’s art programme launched in 2015. Based in Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, a few kilometres away from Aix-en-Provence in France, Château La Coste is home to a number of site-specific commissions by artists including Louise Bourgeois, Andy Goldsworthy, Tatsuo Miyajima, Richard Serra and Lee Ufan, placed alongside 125 hectares of vineyards and Villa La Coste, a new luxury hotel that will open to the public in summer 2016.
Lee Ufan’s solo exhibition at Château La Coste, the artist’s first in France following his presentation at the Palace of Versailles in 2014, is in many ways an extension of House of Air, a permanent commission unveiled at the château in 2014. Located within an intimate, chapel-like space, where the walls served as a canvas to which Lee applied his distinctive brush strokes, the work is marked by a large stone near the entrance to the building. In contrast to the artist’s carefully wrought paintings, the sculptures consist of objects to which, pointedly, no artistic action has been applied, offering instead a space for the contemplation of non-productivity and a rare moment of silent, solo interaction with a work of art. Ultimately, whether at a monumental or domestic scale, it is Lee’s hope that his work might “lead people’s eyes to emptiness and turn their eyes to silence.”
The house itself, designed specifically by Lee, offers visitors both a physical refuge and a place of reflection; a site of meditation and a pause for thought, where the views of the surrounding hills are framed by rows of vines. The immersion of Lee Ufan’s work within the landscape is a powerful illustration of his inner beliefs in the role of art and its ultimate evolution and dissolution into air – a theme further explored in Lee’s solo exhibition at Château La Coste through new paintings and sculptures.
The exhibition at Château La Coste coincides with two solo shows of Lee Ufan with kamel mennour in Paris. On show from 3 June until 30 July, the exhibition at the gallery’s new location at 28 avenue Matignon will feature drawings, while recent paintings will be on show at the gallery’s 6 rue du point de Lodi location.
- Lee Ufan, House of Air 2014 © Lee Ufan; Courtesy of Château la Coste. Photography: Andrew Pattman
- Lee Ufan, Dialogue 2014, oil on canvas, 218 x 291 x 6cm, © Lee Ufan; Courtesy Lisson Gallery. Photography: Jack Hems
- View of Château la Coste; Sean Scully-Boxes Full of Air 2015 / Tadao Ando-Art Centre 2011/ Louise Bourgeois-Crounching Spider 2003 © Château La Coste, Sean Scully, Tadao Ando, Louise Bourgeois Foundation. ADAGP Paris 2016; Courtesy of Château la Coste. Photography: Dronimage 2016