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Lee Bul: “Willing To Be Vulnerable”, 2015–2016, Exhibition view “Crashing” Hayward Gallery, 2018. Photo: Maxie Fischer, photo courtesy: Gropius Bau
Lee Bul. Willing To Be Vulnerable, 2015–2016, Exhibition view “Crashing” Hayward Gallery, 2018

Lee Bul: Crash

Lee Bul is one of the most important Korean artists of her generation, having received significant international recognition for her formally inventive and intellectually provocative work. From 29 September 2018 to 13 January 2019, the Gropius Bau presents Crash, her first solo exhibition in Germany. This comprehensive survey is the first exhibition Stephanie Rosenthal has curated as the new director of the Gropius Bau.

Lee Bul’s diverse body of work comprises of performance and installation art that explores dreams, ideals and utopias influenced by futurist theories and science fiction, bioengineering and visionary architecture. Crash seeks to enthral and spark the imagination of many as a multi-sensory experience composed of several experimental elements. The works on display are characterised not only by sensual expressiveness and humour, but also by Lee Bul’s own experiences with and subtle allusions to the history and politics of Korea. Lee Bul's expansive stage sets and landscapes experiment with unusual materials such as mother-of-pearl, crystals, leather or velvet, revealing imaginative topographies and revisiting utopia. Throughout her now 30-year artistic career, Lee Bul has been witness to South Korea’s evolution – from military dictatorship to democracy in perpetual confrontation with North Korea, located only kilometres away. Her works attest to an intense reflection of both historical and political discourses, to the challenges of globalisation and technical progress, but also to the pursuit of ideals of human and social perfection, and their potential failure.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by Walther König and edited by Stephanie Rosenthal. With contributions from Yeon Shim Chung, Michaël Amy, Laura Colombino, Eimear Martin, Kim Sunjung, Lee SooJin, Bindi Vora.

Lee Bul
Museum bookshop price € 29,95
Regular price € 39,80
German Edition ISBN 978-3-96098-329-3
English Edition ISBN 978-1-85332-353-9

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An exhibition organised by the Hayward Gallery, London, in collaboration with the Gropius Bau, curated by Stephanie Rosenthal.

Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds
With kind support by Korea Foundation, Art Council Korea
Partners PKM Gallery, Lehmann Maupin, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Bouvet Ladubay
Media partners Wall, Visit Berlin, Alexa, Dussmann, Berlin Art Week,, York Kinogruppe, Tagesspiegel, Monopol, Interview Magazin, In Your Pocket,Exberliner, Berlin Art Link, Missy Magazine, Where Berlin, rbb-Kulturradio
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Tickets & Dates

Lee Bul: Crash


29 September 2018 to 13 January 2019

Gropius Bau

Opening hours:

WED to MON 10:00 to 19:00
TUE closed

Special opening hours:

TUE 25 and WED 26 December 2018
TUE 01 January 2019

MON 24 and 31 December 2018 closed


€ 11 / reduced € 8
Admission free up to 16 years of age

Groups of more than 5 people € 8
School and student groups of more than 5 people € 6

Combined ticket for “Lee Bul: Crash” and “Gurlitt: Status Report” at the ticket desk.

Christmas Special: every Monday in December regular / reduced € 5

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