Archives 2nd half of 2013
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The South Korean artist Lee Bul finished her studies in sculpture in Seoul in 1987, a time when, following a period of dictatorship and military rule, democratic reforms began opening up the economically emergent country, and visions of the future were painted both in the most glowing and the most sombre colours. As a performance artist, Lee Bul flew in the face of the artistic conventions of her native land, at first conceiving strongly physical or even guerilla-
Exhibition 5 October 2013 -
Extending the body—as represented in the works of Lee Bul by the organic growths of fabric in Monster: Black or Monster: Pink and by the technoid additions of the Cyborgs—constitutes an old dream, or nightmare, of humanity that was to make the theme of utopia and dystopia a central motif in Lee Bul's oeuvre. The artist draws her formal and thematic inspiration from a wide diversity of sources, ranging from films to literary and architectural history, from European intellectual history to the political and cultural history of her own country.
After the "Cyborgs" (1997–2011) and "Anagrams" series, Lee Bul turned to making complex, model-