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Exhibition of Artist Lee Bul to be Held in St. Petersburg

Left: Willing To Be Vulnerable, 2015–2016
Photo by Myung Yi Shik
Right: Civitas Solis II, 2014
Photo by Linda Nylind

Utopia Saved” is the first personal exhibition of Lee Bul in Russia. The artist's works over the past fifteen years will be presented together with the works of Russian authors who have become a major source of her inspiration. The exhibition will run from November 13th until January 31st, 2021, at the Manege Central Exhibition Hall in St. Petersburg.

Architectural sculptures, spatial installations, and drawings created by Lee Bul since 2005, including some drawings, and models that have never been presented to audiences before, will become central works of the exhibition. In the mid-2000s, Lee Bul began to create architectural models and images inspired by constructivism, so an important part of the project lies in the visualization of the creative dialogue between the artist herself and representatives of the Russian avant-garde movement. Lee Bul uses the symbols and metaphors of utopian modernism, which she transforms, allegorically depicts, and connects in her works.

Lee Bull was born in 1964 and lives and works in Seoul. She was educated as a sculptor in the 1980s during a period of profound social and political changes in South Korea. At the beginning of her career, she created performances using soft “sculptural” costumes. Since the 2000s, she has been under the influence of the history of modernism, therefore her works include reflections on personal memories, experiences, and events of the past. Recently, Lee Bul has been creating immersive installations.

More details are available on the website manege.spb.ru.