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Lee Bul

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January 11, 2017

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Video: Lee Bul’s Monumental Sydney Biennale Dreamscape Artinfo

April 14 2016

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'Embassy of The Real': a Biennale of Sydney satellite show on Cockatoo Island Wallpaper* Magazine

March 24 2016

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Artist Talk: Lee Bul 20th Biennale of Sydney

March 18, 2016, 1PM
Turbine Hall, Cockatoo Island, New South Wales, Australia

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Sydney Biennale review – contemporary art meets sci-fi in wide-reaching show The Guardian

March 18 2016

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Sydney Biennale Announces Artist List Artforum

October 28 2015

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Lee Bul’s Fog-Covered Installation at Palais de Tokyo ARTINFO

October 21 2015

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October 1, 2014

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September 11, 2014

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July 15, 2014

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June 10, 2014

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May 22, 2014

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May 22, 2014

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May 15, 2014

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May 5, 2014

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May 2014

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October 2013

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March 20, 2013

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March 14, 2013

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March 13, 2013

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March 13, 2013

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Art Asia Pacific Where I Work: Lee Bul

March/April 2013

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Lehmann Maupin's Inaugural Hong Kong Exhibition Features New Work by Leading Korean Artist Lee Bul 14 March - 11 May 2013

January 28 2013

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September 20, 2012

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Real Tokyo

April 5, 2012

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April 5, 2012

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February 29, 2012

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February 5, 2012

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January 2012

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April 30, 2011

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October 31, 2010

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October 31, 2010

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July 21, 2010

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June 3, 2010

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May 15, 2010

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April 9, 2010

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February 5, 2010

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August 31, 2008

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June 14, 2008

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June 9, 2008

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June 1, 2008

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May 30, 2008

Video: Lee Bul’s Monumental Sydney Biennale Dreamscape

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South Korean artist Lee Bul’s monumental installation for the 20th Biennale of Sydney 2016 (20BOS) is one of the major centerpieces of the three-month event.

 

Titled “Willing To Be Vulnerable,” the site-specific work is located in the Embassy of the Real on Cockatoo Island, a former convict settlement and shipyard in the middle of Sydney Harbour.

 

As the name suggests, the Embassy of the Real offers a space for artists to explore how we perceive reality in our increasingly digitised era.

 

“Willing To Be Vulnerable” continues recent focus on creating works that are forward-looking yet retrospective, seductive but suggestive of ruin.

 

Situated within the cavernous 1640-square-metre space of the Island’s Turbine Hall, her Biennale of Sydney installation transports visitors to a realm that is at once familiar yet alien.

 

Sitting at the nexus between the real and the imagined, the utopic and the dystopic, Bul’s surreal dreamscape is perhaps best described as a radically subverted circus or carnival scene.

 

Bringing together epic installation unites an assemblage of seemingly disparate yet interconnected forms. Balloon-like structures and landscape mirroring forms.

 

According to the 20BOS, Bul investigates the human condition contradictions of utopia, the concept that the ideal is always there, just beyond our grasp.

 

“Our plans about utopia are undoubtedly going to fail. But as human beings, just because it’s destined to fail doesn’t mean we should stop dreaming about it. We need to keep trying, don’t we?,” Bul has said.

 

Quote from: Emerson Rosenthal, ‘Lee Bul’s Labyrinth of Infinity Mirrors: Via Negativa II’, The Creators Project.