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    Lee Bul

    Lee Bul, Via Negativa II (interior detail), 2014. © Lee Bul 2018. Courtesy: Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York and Hong Kong. Photo: Mark Blower.
    Mark Blower

    Lee Bul transformed Hayward Gallery into a spectacular dream-like landscape

    This exhibition featured monstrous bodies, futuristic cyborgs, glittering mirrored environments and an exquisitely surreal monumental foil Zeppelin.

    Installation view of Lee Bul, Willing To Be Vulnerable - Metalized Balloon, 2015-16 at Hayward Gallery, 2018. © Lee Bul, Photo: Linda Nylind
    Installation view of Lee Bul, Willing To Be Vulnerable - Metalized Balloon, 2015-16 at Hayward Gallery, 2018. © Lee Bul, Photo: Linda Nylind
    Installation view of Lee Bul, Willing To Be Vulnerable - Metalized Balloon, 2015-16 at Hayward Gallery, 2018. © Lee Bul, Photo: Linda Nylind

    Bringing together more than 100 works from the late 1980s to the present day, this exhibition explored the full range of Lee Bul’s pioneering and thought-provoking practice, from provocative early performances to recent large-scale installations that attempt to get our body and our brain ‘working at the same time, together’.

    For the past three decades, Lee Bul has drawn on diverse sources that include science fiction, visionary architecture and personal experience, whilst making use of deliberately clashing materials that range from silk and mother of pearl to fibreglass and silicone. At the core of her most recent work is an investigation into landscape, which for the artist includes the intimate landscape of the body, ideal or fictional landscapes and the physical world that surrounds us.

     

    Installation view of Lee Bul, Via Negativa II, 2014 at Hayward Gallery, 2018 (interior detail) © Lee Bul 2018  Photo: Mark Blower
    Installation view of Lee Bul, Via Negativa II, 2014 at Hayward Gallery, 2018 (interior detail) © Lee Bul 2018 Photo: Mark Blower
    Installation view of Lee Bul, Via Negativa II, 2014 at Hayward Gallery, 2018 (interior detail) © Lee Bul,Photo: Mark Blower

     

    This exhibition coincided with Hayward Gallery’s 50th Anniversary in July. In her ambitious site-specific installation Weep into stones (2017–18), Lee Bul responded to both the fabric of the Hayward and its radical design by draping the gallery in a shimmering curtain of fine steel wire, crystal and glass.

    The Lee Bul exhibition was generously supported by The Korea Foundation, Swarovski and The Henry Moore Foundation.

    Lee Bul: Beauty and Horror

    In this video curator Stephanie Rosenthal walks you through the exhibition, discussing Lee Bul's influences, themes and how the artist delves into dichotomy of beauty and horror through art.

    Watch: Lee Bull – Beauty and Horror
    ★★★★

    hugely powerful art

    Time Out
    ★★★★★

    It’s mad and brilliant and unmissable

    City A.M.