Lee Bul investigates the liminal space between binaries such as the individual and the collective, and contradictory feelings such as isolation and claustrophobia. Her installations and sculptures explore universal themes such as the utopian desire to achieve perfection through technological advances, and the dystopic suspicions and failures that often result.  In 1999, Lee Bul was awarded an honorable mention at the 48th Venice Biennale for her contribution to both the Korean Pavilion and the international exhibition curated by Harald Szeemann. In 2014, she received the Noon Award at the 10th Gwangju Biennale, given to an established artist who has produced the most experimental work that embodies the theme of the biennale.

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Lee Bul
Seoul, 1964
Korea, South

Current Exhibitions

Lee Bul: Crash

Gropius Bau

29 Sep — 13 Jan
Hosted at Martin Gropius Bau, Crash is the first solo exhibition dedicated in Germany to Lee Bul, one of the most important Korean artists of her generation. The exhibition Crash expresses Lee...

Solo Shows

2017
After Bruno Taut, Thaddeus Ropac, London, United Kingdom
Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY

2016
Lee Bul, Artsonje Center, Seoul, South Korea

2015
Lee Bul, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Lee Bul: Aubade III, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Lee Bul, PKM Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Espai d’art contemporani de Castelló, Castelló, Spain
Into Lattice Sun, Swarovski Crystal Worlds, Innsbruck, Austria
Musée d’art modern de Saint-Etienne, Saint-Priest-en-Jarez, France

2014
Korean Cultural Centre, London, United Kingdom
MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2014: Lee Bul, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, United Kingdom

2013
MUDAM – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
Pure Invisible Sun, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
Inaugural Hong Kong Exhibition, Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong, China

2012
Artsonje Center, Seoul, South Korea
From me, belongs to you only, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Group Shows

2017
Discordant Harmony, Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing, China
Highlights: La Collection de la Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
Score_ Music for Everyone, Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea

2016
X: Korean Art in the Nineties, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
SPLIT. Spiegel. Licht. Reflexion, SCHAUWERK Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany
Fired Up: Women in Glass, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
30th Anniversary Group Exhibition: As the Moon Waxes and Wanes, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, South Korea
The Future is already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed, 20th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Intriguing Uncertainties, Musée d’art Moderne et Contemporain de Saint-Etienne Métropole, Saint-Priest-en-Jarez, France

2015
Beyond Public Art, Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
How to live? – Images of the Future from Malevich to Fujimoto, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany
Renaissance, Lille3000, Lille, France
Space Age, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
Uproarious, Heated, Inundated, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
Echigo-Tsumari Art Trienniale, Echigo-Tsumari, Japan
Miss Dior, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Collection 1: Where you meet with narratives, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Espirit Dior, Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul, South Korea
Artists for Ikon, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Making Traces: Magda Cordell and Lee Bul, Tate Modern, London, UK
Future Seasons Past, Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY
In Search of Meaning – The Human Figure in Global Perspective, Museum De Fundatie, Zwolle, the Netherlands

2014
The Art of Our Time: Masterpieces from The Guggenheim Collections, Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
Now-ism: Abstraction Today!, Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH
Burning Down the House, 10th Gwanju Biennale, Gwanju, Korea
Beyond and Between, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
Late Modern and Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Blood Flames Revisited, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
Esprit Dior – Miss Dior, Shanghai Sculpture Art Center, Shanghai, China
Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada

2013
Espirit Dior-Miss Dior, Galerie Courbe, Grand Palais, Paris, France
Awakening-Where Are We Standing?- Earth, Memory, and Resurrection, Aichi Trienniale 2013, Nagoya, Japan

2012
(Im)Possible Landscape, PLATEAU, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea Misled by Nature, Art Gallery of Alberta, Alberta, Canada
BIOS – Konzepte des Lebens in der zeitgenössischen Skulptur ,Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin, Germany
Nostalgia is an Extended Feedback, Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin, Korea Invisible Cities, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA Wide Open School, Hayward Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Seoul Country of birth: Korea, South Date of birth: 1964 Lives in: Seoul, South Korea