Considered one of the most important Korean artists of her generation, Lee Bul (b. 1964) has received much international recognition for her formally inventive and intellectually provocative work. A mix of performance and installation art, her multifaceted output explores dreams, ideals and utopias influenced by futuristic theories and science fiction, bioengineering and visionary architecture, as well as Japanese anime and manga. During her 30-year artistic career, Lee Bul has witnessed South Korea’s evolution from a military dictatorship to democracy in constant confrontation with North Korea, located just a few miles away. Her works attest to an intense reflection on historical and political discourses, the challenges of globalisation and technical progress, but also the ideals of human and social perfection and their potential failure.
From 29 September 2018 to 13 January 2019, Martin- Gropius-Bau presents the first solo exhibition of Lee Bul in Germany. The comprehensive exhibition also includes a series of new works that Lee Bul created specifically for the Martin-Gropius-Bau.
An exhibition in collaboration with the Hayward Gallery London, curated by Stephanie Rosenthal. Made possible by the Capital Cultural Fund. Made possible by the Capital Cultural Fund.