Daehyung Lee is a former art director of Hyundai Motor Company. Daehyung Lee led Hyundai Motor’s global art initiatives under the umbrella of ARTLAB. ARTLAB aims to nurture the development of a sustainable art scene globally, delivering inspirational and unique experiences worldwide, and making art accessible to all.
Lee also oversaw the Hyundai Blue Prize, promoting and supporting young and upcoming contemporary art curators in China and the brand’s support for the Sydney Biennale and Korean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and Hyundai’s partnership with Bloomberg on their ‘Art+Technology’ project.
In 2017, Lee curated “Counterbalance: The Stone and the Mountain” for the presentation of the Korean Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.
He has been a jury member for the STARTS Prize since 2018. Prior to joining Hyundai Motor, Lee curated “Korean Eye: Moon Generation” in 2009 and co-curated its continued exhibition until 2012 at the Saatchi Gallery, London.
In cooperation with SKIRA, he worked as the chief curator and author of “Korean Eye: Contemporary Korean Art I” in 2010 and “Korean Eye: Contemporary Korean Art II” in 2012.
Further significant projects include “Daegu Art Forum: Future of Techno-Imagination” with Propon Kumjin, Wu Takun, Enin Supriyanto, Taro Amano; “The Future of Museum” with Dr. Mino Yutaka (Founder of Kanazawa 21st Century Museum); “WOMAD CODE” (Woman Nomad Code), Louis Vuitton Espace, LVMH, Hong Kong; Hyundai Card & MoMA Curatorial Exchange Programme with Paola Antonelli; Doho Suh: “Speculation Project”, SUN Contemporary, Seoul; “3 Faces & 3 Colours: Fang Lijun, Yue Minjun, Zhang Xiaogang”, ARTSIDE, Seoul, Korea; “Unmask the Mask: Zeng Fanzhi”, ARTSIDE, Seoul, Korea.
Daehyung majored in Kunstwissenschaft (BA) at Hongik University, Seoul and holds a master’s degree in Curatorial Studies from Columbia University in New York.