Lee Bul "From Me, Belongs to You Only"

Mori Art Museum

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Since the 1990s, Lee Bul has built an international career as one of the leading contemporary artists from Asia. Her oeuvre is dominated by sculptures that demonstrate a mastery of materials and techniques, including her celebrated Cyborgs and Anagrams series, hybrid machine-and-organic forms referencing critical theory as well as dystopian cinematic worlds; karaoke "pods" that evoke space capsules for eternal sleep; and glittering, spectral gyres and cityscapes that seem to be falling into ruin. For over twenty years, it could be said that Lee, whose practice has spanned her home country's transition from military dictatorship to democracy, has been on a quest for an elusive something, the ultimate physical form perhaps, or the ideal society.

While showcasing her major works in the four sections "Ephemeral Presence," "Beyond Human," "Utopia and Dreamscape" and "From Me, Belongs to You Only," in the "Studio" section this exhibition will present the drawings and models that also form the font of her ideas. The subtitle "From Me, Belongs to You Only" is also a message from Lee: her attempt to find the "something" for which she is constantly searching in a personal relationship with each individual viewer.

Artist Talk (Japanese-Korean-English simultaneous interpretation available)
Lee Bul, who will visit Japan for the exhibition, discusses her own artistic activities over the last two decades.
Date: 19:00-20:30 Saturday 4 February, 2012
Venue: Academyhills49, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 49F
Capacity: 150 (bookings required)
Admission: General ¥1,000 MAMC Member free

Symposium (Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available)
Seeking an Ideal Society
In her series "Mon grand récit," and other works, Lee Bul has pursued an ideal vision of society with reference to the utopian theories and social political theories of the 20th century. The South Korea of the late 1980s, where she began her work as an artist, was experiencing a time of both hope and uncertainty as the country shifted towards democracy and existing value systems were being shaken up. The panelists at this symposium will be Lee Bul, who will visit Japan for the exhibition; Richard Noble a leading Western researcher into utopian theories; and Takahashi Toru, a scholar on cyborg theory, who considers future societies with reference to cyborg technology really does have the potential to create 'ultimate bodies.' These panelists will discuss Lee's artwork in the context of the 20th century, out of which utopian theories were born. In the present age of confusion, we invite you to come and think about the visions for ideal society that each of them describe.
Speakers: Lee Bul, Richard Noble (Head of Art Department at Goldsmiths College, University of London), Takahashi Toru (Professor, Waseda University)
Moderator: Kataoka Mami (Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum)
Date: 14:00-16:00 Sunday 5 February, 2012
Venue: Academyhills49, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 49F
Capacity: 150 (bookings required)
Admission: General ¥1,000; MAMC Member free

Curator Talk (Japanese only)
The exhibition curator discusses the sense of values that can be seen in Lee Bul's artworks, making reference to various theories of Utopia and "the ideal society."
Speaker: Mami Kataoka (Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum)
Date: 19:00-20:30 Wednesday 22 February, 2012
Venue: Mori Art Museum
Capacity: 80 (bookings required)
Admission: free (exhibition ticket required)

For the details for bookings, please visit Museum's website.


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From 2012-02-04 To 2012-05-27
March 20 (Tue) open until 22:00, March 24 (Sat) open until 6:00 the following morning due to "Roppongi Art Night 2012"


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