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PKM Gallery
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Lee Bul
Korean, b. 1964

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. Though Lee was academically trained in sculpture, 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.

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2019
Five Artists: Sites EncounteredM+
Interlude: PerduLehmann Maupin
2016
Connect 1: Still ActsArt Sonje Center
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Lee Bul
Korean, b. 1964

Sternbau No. 29, 2010

Crystal, glass and acrylic beads on steel and bronze chains, stainless-steel and aluminum armature
70 9/10 × 35 4/5 × 29 1/10 in
180 × 91 × 74 cm
PG
PKM Gallery
Medium
Lee Bul
Korean, b. 1964

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. Though Lee was academically trained in sculpture, 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.

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
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