After Bruno Taut (Beware the sweetness of things), 2007
Crystal, glass and acrylic beads on stainless steel armature, aluminum and copper mesh, PVC, steel and aluminum chains 258 x 200 x 250 cm.
Installation view: “On Every New Shadow” Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris Collection: Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg and Paris.
Courtesy: the artist and Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris Photo: Patrick Gries.
4 February through 27 May, 2012
Source: Mori Art Museum
Having set out on her career in the late 1980s, Lee’s maturation as an artist coincided with South Korea’s development in terms of democracy, modernization and economic strength. Lee tends to make reference to 20th century utopian theory, literature and politics in her work, and often imbues it with elements of South Korea’ s modern history as well as her own personal history. In this way, Lee has questioned the nature of human beings and their notions of ideal society with the aim of arriving at universal values.
This exhibition will include early performances using her own body, a series of works in which sculpture is presented as an existence transcending the human body, and also recent works reminiscent of architectural or urban planning models. Through her practice, Lee has sought to transcend both the human body and society as we know them, and this exhibition represents the first chance to get a full overview of that process. It will include around 45 works, several of which are new.
About the artist
Born 1964. Currently resides in Seoul. Majored in sculpture at Hongik University. Since the late 1990s, Lee has received high acclaim around the world and established herself within the post-globalization international art scene as one of Asia's leading artists. Lee has held solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art (New York, 1997), Le Consortium (Dijon, 2002), The Japan Foundation Forum (Tokyo, 2003), the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain (Paris, 2007-08) and elsewhere. She has been included in numerous group exhibitions in North America, Europe, Asia and elsewhere. In 1998, Lee was a finalist for the Hugo Boss Prize and she was also awarded a prize at the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999.