Hyundai Artlab

Lee Bul

MMCA Hyundai Motor Series
Civitas Solis II, 2014
Civitas Solis II, 2014
Polycarbonate sheet, acrylic mirror, LED lighting, electronic wiring, 330 x 3325 x 1850cm as installed. Photo: Jeon Byung-cheol, Courtesy: MMCA

MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2014: Lee Bul

September 30 2014 – March 29 2015, MMCA Seoul

About the Exhibition

For the inaugural MMCA Hyundai Motor Series, Lee Bul presented Civitas Solis II and Aubade III, two large installation works which were produced as part of the ongoing Mon Grand Récit series.Lee has been working on the Mon Grand Récit seriesfrom the mid-2000s which overlaps personal memories and experiences with historical events of mankind, and invites both introspection and criticism. With MMCA Hyundai Motor Series: Lee Bul, Lee took her metaphorical thinking and introspection on history steps further. Civitas Solis II, a spatial installation project in a maze form, consisting of mirrors that fill the entire space allowed viewers to experience a mysterious sense of infinite time and space through mirrored reflections, representative of their own inner world of imagination and ego. Bulbs installed flickering continuously through the mirrors shed light on the title Civitas Solis. Aubade III, a stunning vertical installation with flickering LED lights and fog that filled up the entire space, expanded the meaning of the beauty of life and the inevitability of death.

Lee Bul (born in Yeongju, Korea, in 1964) since the beginning of her career questioned and explored the universal context of society with extraordinary artistic sensibility and thought. During the 1980s and 1990s, Lee’s unconventional performances, installations and sculptures – including the internationally acclaimed Cyborg series – shared issues around beauty and destruction and her Mon Grand Récit series has continued from the mid-2000s. Her work is represented in museum collections including the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Tate and in recent years Lee held solo exhibitions at Seoul Museum of Art (2021), SCAD Museum of Art (2019), Martin-Gropius-Bau (2018), and Hayward Gallery (2018).