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Artist

Lee Bul

About

Lee Bul (born 1964) is a contemporary sculpture and installation artist of international renown who originally studied sculpture at Hongik University in Seoul (1987). In 1999 she represented South Korea at the Venice Biennale, a move that brought international attention to her work.

Nationality

South Korean

Based In

Seoul, South Korea

Telephone

82 2 734 9467

Website

leebul.com

Lee Bul (born 1964) is a contemporary sculpture and installation artist of international renown who originally studied sculpture at Hongik University in Seoul (1987). In 1999 she represented South Korea at the Venice Biennale, a move that brought international attention to her work. Since then, Bul's work has been constantly evolving, and has been exhibited in numerous gallerys and museums around the world. 

Crafted from materials including metal, silicone, resin, chains, crystal beads, and organic matter, Lee Bul’s cyborgs, monsters, and glittering architectural structures may seem futuristic but are influenced by specters of the historical avant-garde, like 18th-century Italian artist Piranesi’s labyrinths; the Futurist dreams of Italian architect Antonio Sant’Elia; and Weimar architect Bruno Taut’s fantastic crystalline cities suspended in mid-air. Her early works were often interactive, inviting viewers to create private performances in sleek karaoke pods or to pump air into monumental balloons mimicking manga and anime heroines. Lee’s diverse body of recent work—including installations of sculptures, drawings, and maquettes—continues to cross genres and disciplines, exploring themes of beauty, corruption, and decay.

"Her [Bul's] work questions patriarchal authority and the marginalization of women by revealing ideologies that permeate our cultural and political spheres. These themes take form in cold, mechanical sculptures and installations that reflect the ideals of a futuristic society." - Whitney Chadwic

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