The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Friday, December 14, 2018

Exhibition of works by Lee Bul on view at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Lee Bul, Civitas Solis lll9, 2015. Acrylic mirror, plywood, anodized aluminium frame, 132 x 112 x 14,5 cm (51,97 x 44,09 x 5,71 in). Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London · Paris · Salzburg. © Lee Bul. Photo: Jeon Byung-Cheol.

LONDON.- Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac announces After Bruno Taut, an exhibition of works by Lee Bul running from 23 November 2017 to 10 February 2018 in the London gallery.

One of the foremost contemporary artists in Korea today, Lee Bul creates works that reflect her philosophical exploration of the 20th century cultural history. Exploring issues ranging from societal gender roles and the perceived failure of idealism to the relationship between humans and technology, she produces genre-crossing works rooted in critical theory, art history and themes from science fiction. In this presentation, Bul’s suspended sculptures are inspired by the futuristic spirit of prominent German architect Bruno Taut, who designed the Glass Pavilion, a prismatic glass dome structure, for the Cologne Werkbund Exhibition in 1914.

The sculptures presented in the exhibition After Bruno Taut (Beware the Sweetness of Things), (2006-2007) and State of Reflection (2016) construct a dreamlike scene resembling a frozen landscape of floating mountains with winding roadways across a land studded with stalactite-like shapes. This miniature world, which seems both ancient and futuristic, constructed and biomorphic, expresses what Lee describes as ‘the vision of a society exemplified by its architecture through transparency, lightness, and organic shapes’. These sculptures are inspired by Taut’s utopian visions of an ‘Alpine Architecture’, devised just before the end of the First World War and the collapse of the German empire. In an attempt to divert mankind’s energy away from war and conflict, Taut proposed the construction of dazzling cities in the Alps, made entirely of crystal and glass. Both delicate and ominous, the sculptures pay homage to Taut’s vision, while being highly experiential. Through their ethereal structure and reflective surfaces, the sculptures overwhelm the viewer and provoke a sense of wonder. This fragmentation created on the surface of the sculpture is true of Bul’s concept of self, as the artist states: ‘We can only gather knowledge of ourselves by reflection, so we cannot see ourselves directly’.

Lee Bul was born in 1964 in Seoul, Korea where she lives and works. She was academically trained in sculpture but her interest quickly diversified into other techniques including performance art. Through her mesmerizing installations, she investigates how visionary narratives and notions of progress affect the way our world is structured both in the present and the future.

Solo exhibitions of her work have been presented at museums throughout the world, including Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); MMCA, Seoul (2014); Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, (2014); MUDAM, Luxembourg (2013); Artsonje Center, Seoul (2012 and 2016); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2012); Fondation Cartier, Paris (2007); Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney (2004); New Museum, New York (2002); and the MoMA, New York (1997).

Her work has been included in important group exhibitions and biennials such as the 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016); 10th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea (2014); 10th International Istanbul Biennial (2007); Taipei Biennial (2006). On the occasion of the Gwangju Biennale, she received the Noon Award in 2014.

A survey exhibition of her work will open at The Hayward Gallery, London in Spring 2018 and will travel to Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin in the fall of 2018.

Today's News

December 2, 2017

Bodleian Libraries exhibition celebrates first graphic designers of English texts

V&A Gallery opens today at Design Society in Shekou, Shenzhen, as part of a unique international collaboration

Iconic paintings leave North America for the first time for Ashmolean exhibition

Exhibition at the Bruce Museum examines the print revival of the 1960s and '70s

Albert Einstein's letters are highlight of Christie's December online Auctions

Work by Morris Louis and photographic album by Ringl + Pit enter the collection of the National Gallery of Art

Phillips' Hong Kong Fall Auctions achieve US$41 million

Meadows Museum mourns the loss of curator Nicole Atzbach

Lévy Gorvy announces United States representation of François Morellet

'Two Decades: British Printmaking in the 1960s and 1970s' on view at Marlborough Fine Art

Artists and scientists' creative thinking challenged by the great questions posed by the Cosmos

Exhibition at Julie Saul Gallery highlights the continuing influence of the past on the present

Belgian artist freed after 19 days chained to marble block

Brazilian galleries bring over 140 artists to Miami's art fairs in December

The Ringling works toward $5 million goal to preserve historic Ca' d'Zan

GAK Society for Contemporary Art opens exhibition of works by Than Hussein Clark

Parafin opens new show 'Secular Icons in an Age of Moral Uncertainty' curated by Coline Milliard

Artist Heimo Zobernig's fourth solo exhibition at Galerie Chantal Crousel opens in Paris

Enrique Martínez Celaya solo exhibition features new large-scale outdoor installation

Eduard Planting Gallery in Amsterdam presents 'Celebrating Harvest'

US actor Jim Nabors, TV's lovable Gomer Pyle, dies at 87

Exhibition presents Irving Penn's and Andy Warhol's perspectives side by side

Sotheby's announces highlights from the inaugural History of Science & Technology auction

Exhibition of works by Lee Bul on view at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- The Morgan receives a major Renoir drawing unseen for over 50 years

2.- Recording console built by Elvis Costello and used to record Stairway to Heaven stars at Bonhams sale

3.- On December 9, estate jewelry & more goes up for bid at Turner Auctions + Appraisals

4.- French museum chief hits back at call to return African art

5.- David Castillo Gallery to present works by a stellar group of artists at Art Basel Miami Beach

6.- Ancient Chinese painting auctioned for almost $60 million at Christie's Hong Kong

7.- Exploring the watery remains of France's sunken Roman port of Olbia

8.- Exhibition examines eroticism in paintings and drawings of the male and female nude

9.- Thieves nab Pierre-Auguste Renoir painting from Vienna auction house

10.- Israeli archaeologists unveil rare stone mask dating to the Neolithic

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful