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Lee Bul
Willing To Be Vulnerable, 2015–2016
Installation view at the 20th Biennale of ...

Lee Bul

Willing To Be Vulnerable, 20...

Lee Bul
Installation view
Vancouver Art Gallery
October 30, 2015-January 10, 2016

Lee Bul
Installation view
Vancouver Art Gallery
October 30, 2015-January 10, 2016

LEE BUL

Civitas Solis III10, 2015

acrylic mirror, plywood...

Storylines: Contmeporary Art at the Guggenheim
Installation view
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museu...

LEE BUL
Aubade III, 2014
aluminum structure, polycarbonate sheet, metalized film, LED lighti...

LEE BUL
Aubade III, 2014
aluminum structure, polycarbonate sheet, metalized film, LED l...

LEE BUL
Via Negativa II, 2014
polycarbonate sheet, aluminum frame, acrylic and polycarbonate mirrors,...

LEE BUL
Untitled sculpture (M5), 2014
mirrored tiles, acrylic paint on polyurethane sheets, stainless...

Lee Bul
Installation view
Lehmann Maupin, 407 Pedder Building, Hong Kong
March 14 - May 11, 20...

Installation view

Lehmann Maupin, Chrystie Street, New York

May 2-June 21, 2014

Lee Bul
Installation view
Lehmann Maupin, 407 Pedder Building, Hong Kong
March 14 - May 11, 20...

Lee Bul, From Me, Belongs to You Only
Installation view
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Febru...

Lee Bul, From Me, Belongs to You Only 
Installation view
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

LEE BUL
Souterrain, 2012
plywood on wooden frame, acrylic, mirror, alkyd paint
107.87 x 141.73...

LEE BUL

Untitled drawing for Monster: Pink, 2011

india in...

LEE BUL
Sternbau No. 32, 2011
crystal, glass and acrylic beads on nickel-chrome wire, stainless steel...

LEE BUL
Untitled, 2010
polyurethane panels, mirrored tiles, acrylic paint
86.61 x 24.8 x 23.62...

Lee Bul
Installation view
Lehmann Maupin, 201 Chrystie Street, New York
April 21-June 19, 2010...

LEE BUL
Untitled sculpture W1, 2010
stainless steel, aluminum, mirror, wood, polyurethane sheet, glass beads, ac...

LEE BUL
Untitled sculpture W5-1, 2010
stainless steel, aluminum, mirror, wood, polyurethane sheet, acrylic mirro...

LEE BUL
Untitled, 2009
Obayashi Collection
Photo: Tomoki Imai
 

LEE BUL
After Bruno Taut (Negative Capability), 2008
crystal, glass and acrylic beads on stainless-st...

LEE BUL
Untitled (Infinity wall), 2008
wood, mirror, LED, glass, polyurethane and acrylic
63 x...

LEE BUL
Aubade, 2007
400 x 200 cm
Aluminum structure, LED lights, electrical wiring, crystal a...

LEE BUL
Sternbau No. 4, 2007
crystal, glass and acrylic beads on nickel-chrome wire, stainless steel ...

LEE BUL
Mon grand récit: Weep into stones . . ., 2005
Polyurethane, foamex, synthetic clay, st...

LEE BUL
Ein Hungerkünstler, 2004
hand-cut polyurethane panels on aluminum armature, acrylic paint, epoxy coating...

LEE BUL
Apparition, 2001
Crystal and glass beads, polyurethane on PVC and stainless steel armature

LEE BUL
Vanish (Jade), 2001
cast silicone mixed with pigment
23.5 x 18 x 12 inches
59.7 x 45.7 x 30.5 cm...

LEE BUL
Amaryllis, 1999
Hand-cut polyurethane panels on aluminum armature, enamel coating
210 ...

LEE BUL
Cyborg W1, 1998
Cast silicone, polyurethane filling, paint pigment
185 x 56 x 58 cm

Monster Black, 1998-2011
fabric, cotton filling, stainless-steel frame, sequins, acrylic paint, dried flower...

Gallery Exhibitions

Museum Exhibitions & Projects

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Echigo-Tsumari Art Tr...
Tokamachi City, Japan

July 26 – September 13, 2015

Biennial

Gwangju Biennale

September 5 – November 9, 2014

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Lee Bul

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Financial Times

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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The Korea Herald

October 1, 2014

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The Korea Herald

September 11, 2014

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The Brooklyn Rail

July 15, 2014

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Time Out New York

June 10, 2014

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The Creator's Project

May 22, 2014

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Time Out New York

May 22, 2014

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Artinfo

May 15, 2014

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Cool Hunting

May 5, 2014

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Art in America

May 2014

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Art Review

October 2013

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Whitewall

March 20, 2013

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Artinfo

March 14, 2013

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Time Out Hong Kong

March 13, 2013

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The Wall Street Journal

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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The Creator's Project

September 20, 2012

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Real Tokyo

April 5, 2012

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The Japan Times

April 5, 2012

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Art Asia Pacific

February 29, 2012

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The Korea Herald

February 5, 2012

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Artforum

January 2012

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Sculpture

April 30, 2011

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W Magazine

October 31, 2010

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Art + Auction

October 31, 2010

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Guardian

July 21, 2010

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Time Out New York

June 3, 2010

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Artnet

May 15, 2010

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The Japan Times

April 9, 2010

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The Korea Times

February 5, 2010

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Art In America

August 31, 2008

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Time Out New York

June 14, 2008

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The New Yorker

June 9, 2008

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Art + Auction

June 1, 2008

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The New York Times

May 30, 2008

Artist Bio

Lee Bul

Lee Bul (b. 1964, Seoul; lives and works in Seoul) works across a diverse range of media—from drawing, sculpture, and painting to performance, installation, and video—in examining the intricacies of shared human consciousness and the myths and folklore that accompany history. She 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. Though varied in material and content, the works are united in their exploration of structural systems—from the individual body to larger architectural frameworks that encompass cities and utopian societies. For Lee Bul, humankind’s fascination with technology ultimately refers to our preoccupations with the human body and our desire to transcend flesh in pursuit of immortality. This interest often materializes in her work in the form of a cyborg—a being that is both organic and machine—the closest thing to a human that truly achieves this ideal. Lee Bul considers the cyborg a conceptual metaphor in its personification of social attitudes to technology; simultaneously a paragon and a monster.

 

Lee Bul received a BFA in sculpture from Hongik University, Seoul, in 1987. Solo exhibitions of her work have been organized at Art Sonje Center, Seoul (2016 and 2012); Vancouver Art Gallery, (2015); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (2014); Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg (2013); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2012); Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris (2007); The Power Plant, Toronto (2002); New Museum, New York (2002); and The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1997). Her work has been included in important group exhibitions and biennials such as Score_ Music for Everyone, Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea (2017); X: Korean Art in the Nineties, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul (2016); The Future is already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed, 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016); Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2015); Burning Down the House, 10th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea (2014); Prospect 1: A Biennial for New Orleans, New Orleans, LA (2008); Not Only Possible, But Also Necessary: Optimism in the Age of Global War, 10th International Istanbul Biennial (2007); and dAPERTutto, 48th Venice Biennale (1999). Her work is in numerous international public and private collections, including Los Angeles County Museum of Art; M+, Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea; Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Modern, London; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.

 

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.