Lee Bul (b.1964) is a contemporary mixed-media artist from South Korea. This is the most comprehensive monograph presenting her iconic works over the last 30 years.
Considered as one of the foremost Asian artists to emerge from the international art scene in the 1990s, she represented South Korea in the 1999 Venice Biennale.
Drawing upon experiences of living under a military dictatorship, her work reflects images of totalitarianism, alongside contrasting visions of utopian architectural designs.
Exploring issues ranging from societal gender roles and the perceived failure of idealism to the relationship between humans and technology, she produces genre-crossing works rooted in critical theory, art history and themes from science fiction.
The survey includes an extensive illustrated interview investigating her life, aims and influences alongside an essay discussing the interplay between architecture, design and the human influence and another exploring the domestic and international context for her artistic vision.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition, Lee Bul: Crashing at Hayward Gallery, London (30 May – 19 August 2018), and continuing to Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (29 September 2018 – 13 January 2019).