Lee Ufan

Lee Ufan est né en 1936 en Corée, il vit et travaille entre Paris, New York et le Japon. Il est l’artiste théoricien du mouvement d’avant-garde Mono-ha (« l’école des choses »), courant artistique japonais qui se développe parallèlement à des mouvements minimalistes et radicaux. Mono-ha est souvent considéré comme très proche des attitudes et des choix qui ont nourri en Europe l’Arte Povera.

Les sculptures de Lee Ufan se présentent comme des mises en relation de pierres ou de bois choisis dans la nature et de matériaux industriels, tandis que sa peinture tend vers un signe unique, vers la méditation et l’évocation du vide.

Biographie

1936
Born in Korea
1956
Interrupted studies at Seoul National University and came to Japan
1961
Graduated from Nihon University, Department of Philosophy, Tokyo
1969
Awarded prize for critical writing From Object to Being, Tokyo
1969
Leads the Mono-ha movement after having successfully attracted artists following until then the vision tricks trends launched around 1968, Tokyo
1973 - 2007
Professor of Tama Art University, Tokyo
1997
Invited professor at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris
2000
UNESCO Prize (in Shanghai Biennale), Paris-Shanghai
2001
13th Praemium Imperiale (Painting), Tokyo
2005
Artists Summit, Kyoto
2019
Lee Ufan: Open Dimension, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Dia Beacon, NY, USA
Acorns and Wildcat & Traces, Cahiers d’Art, Paris, France
Lee Ufan. Inhabiting time, Centre Pompidou Metz, France
2018
Serpentine Galleries, London, United Kingdom
2017
Pace Gallery, New York, USA
Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré, Tours, France
Couvent de La Tourette, Éveux, France
2016
Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Château La Coste, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France
Manufacture nationale de Sèvres, France
Castello di Ama, Siena, Italy
2015
Lisson Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Palazzo Contarini Polignac, Venice, Italy
Pace Gallery, New York, USA
Pace Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Pace Gallery, Hong Kong
2014
Château de Versailles, France
Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2013
Le Capitole, “Les Rencontres d’Arles”, Arles, France
Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, France
Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris, France
2012
Asia Society Texas Center, Houston, USA
2011
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
SCAI The Bathhouse Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea
2010
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
SCAI The Bathhouse Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea
2010
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA
Galería Elvira González, Madrid, Spain
2009
Kukje Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
2008
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium
Dahlem Museum, Berlin, Germany
Pace Wildenstein, New York, USA
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Lisson Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2007
Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Vienna, Austria
Resonance, 52nd Venice Biennale, Palazzo Palumbo Fossati, Venice, Italy
SCAI The Bathhouse Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2006
Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp, Belgium
IBU Gallery, Paris, France
Galerie m, Bochum, Germany
Konggan Gallery, Busan, South Korea
Shirota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Gallery Muramatsu, Tokyo
2005
Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan
Musée d’Art Moderne, Saint-Étienne, France
2004
Espace d’Art Contemporain Fernet-Branca, Saint-Louis, France
Lisson Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2003
Samsung Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea
2002
SCAI The Bathhouse Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2001
Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Germany
Sigong Gallery, Daegu, South Korea
Konggan Gallery, Busan, South Korea
Shirota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2000
Galerie m, Bochum, Germany
Konggan Gallery, Busan, South Korea
1999
Galerie Liliane & Michel Durand-Dessert, Paris, France
Kamakura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1998
Städtisches Museum im Städel, Frankfurt, Germany
Mitaka City Gallery of Art, Tokyo, Japan
Niigata City Art Museum, Niigata, Japan
Sigong Gallery, Daegu, South Korea
Shirota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1997
Gallery Bhak, Seoul, South Korea
Space Shimoda, Tokyo, Japan
Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
Lorenzelli Arte, Milan, Italy
Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea
1996
Lisson Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Galerie J. Moussion, Paris, France
Konggan Gallery, Busan, South Korea
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1995
Städtisches Museum, Leverkusen, Germany
Galerie de Paris, Paris, France
Galerie m, Bochum, Germany
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1994
Fondazione Mudima, Milan, Italy
The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
Inkong Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
1993
The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, Japan
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Shirota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1992
Konggan Gallery, Busan, South Korea
Galerie de Paris, Paris, France
1991
Lorenzelli Arte, Milan, Italy
Hara Museum ARC, Gunma, Japan
Inkong Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Gallery Ueda, Tokyo, Japan
1990
Inkong Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Kamakura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea
1989
Galerie de Paris, Paris, France
Galerie m, Bochum, Germany
Gallery Ueda, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Shirota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1988
The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Japan
Galerie Anselm Dreher, Berlin, Germany
Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
1987
Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea
1986
Galerie de Paris, Paris, France
Gallery Ueda, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Shirota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1985
Kamakura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1984
Galerie de Paris, Paris, France
Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea
Shirota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1983
Gallery Ueda, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1982
Studio Marconi, Milan, Italy
1981
Shirota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1980
Gallery Ueda, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Galerie Éric Fabre, Paris, France
1979
Gallery Takagi, Nagoya, Japan
Gallery Muramatsu, Tokyo, Japan
Jin Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten, Marl, Germany
1978
Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea
Galerie m, Bochum, Germany
Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
The Antwerp Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
Shirota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1977
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Galerie Éric Fabre, Paris, France
1976
Spectrum Gallery, Antwerp
Galerie m, Bochum, Germany
1975
Galerie Éric Fabre, Paris, France
1974
Tamura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1973
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1972
Myong-Dong Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
1971
Pinar Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1970
Tamura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1967
Sato Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020
STARS: Six Contemporary Artists from Japan to the World, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2019
The Challenging Souls: Yves Klein, Lee Ufan, Ding Yi, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
2017
Everything at Once, Lisson Gallery, London
Japanorama. Nouveau regard sur la création contemporaine, Centre Pompisou-Metz, France
2016
When Process Becomes Form: Dansaekhwa and Korean Abstraction, Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, Belgium
Dansaekhwa & Minimalism, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
Dansaekhwa & Minimalism, Blum & Poe, New York
2015
56th Venice Biennale, Dansaekhwa, Palazzo Contarini Polignac, Venice, Italy
Enrico Castellani and Lee Ufan: Surgaces et Correspondences, Lorenzelli Arte, Milan, Italy
Korean Abstract Painting: 45th Anniversary of Gallery Hyundai, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea
2014
From All Sides: Tansaekhwa on Abstraction, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA
The Art of Dansaekhwa, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Formes Simples, Centre Pompidou-Metz, France
Genius Loci (Spirit of Place), Palazzo Franchetti, Venice, Italy
Korean Beauty: Two Kinds of Nature, Seoul Museum of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Other Primary Structures: Others 2, Jewish Museum, New York, USA
2013
Mingei: Are You Here?, Pace London, London
Parallel Views: Italian and Japanese Art from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, Rachofsky, The Warehouse, Dallas, USA
Paradise, Pace Gallery, New York, USA
Takahashi Collection: Mindfulness!, Kirishima Open-Air Museum, Kagoshima, Japan
Prima Materia, Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy
2012–13
Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
2012
Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA
Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha, Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA
Summer Group Show 2012, The Pace Gallery, New York, USA
Art as Magic: Visionary Artists and Their Inner Supernatural World, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japan
2011
54th Venice Biennale, The World Belongs to You, Palazzo Grassi, and Personal Structures, Palazzo
Bembo, Venice, Italy
Beijing Voice: Leaving Realism Behind, The Pace Gallery, Beijing, China
Burning, Bright: A Short History of the Light Bulb, The Pace Gallery, New York, USA
Tricks & Humor, Yokosuka Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan
Pure Clay: Young Sook Park and Lee Ufan, RH Gallery, New York, USA
Silence and Time, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, USA
In Praise of Doubt, Punta della Dogana, Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice, Italy
2010
50 Years at Pace, The Pace Gallery, New York, USA
Painting: Process and Expansion: From the 1950s to the Present Day, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria
Personal Structures: Time-Space-Existence, Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn & Taxis, Bregenz, Austria
2009-2010
Essential Experience, riso Galleria Regionale della Sicilia, Palermo, Italy
2009
In-finitum, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy
Qui a peur des artistes ? Collection François Pinault, Palais des Arts, Dinard, France
2008
Sensitive Systems, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
La Sottile Linea d’ombra, Fondazione Mudima, Milan, Italy
Sotto voce, Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York, USA
1st Poznań Biennale, Poznań, Poland
2007
Elastic Taboos, Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria
Living in the Material World: “Things” in Art of the 20th Century and Beyond, The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
L’Art de Monet et sa postérité, The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
2006
La Force de l’art, Grand Palais, Paris, France
6th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea
Shelter, Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
2005
Reconsidering Mono-ha, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
2004
Rimpa – école de Rimpa, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
L’Art au futur antérieur, 1975-2004, Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble, France
2003
Happiness, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2002
The 4th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Les Années 70: l’art en cause, capc Musée d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France
2001
Century City, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom
Mono-ha – School of Things, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge and Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn, United Kingdom
Le Tribù dell’arte, Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome, Italy
Ikiro – Be Alive, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands
2000
Sarajevo 2000, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria
3rd Gwangu Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea
3rd Shanghai Biennale, UNESCO prize, Shanghai, China
Mr Paint (Bernard Frize, Katharina Grosse, Lee Ufan), Galerie Monika-Reitz, Frankfurt, Germany
1999
Kunstwelten im Dialog, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
1998
Contemporary Art of Korea Time, Hoam Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Korean Monochromism, Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, Busan, South Korea
1997
Made in France, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
1996
Japan 70: Matière et Perception. Le Mono-ha et la recherche des fondements de l’art, Musée d’Art Moderne, Saint-Étienne, France
Project 8, Total Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea
Small Truths, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, United Kingdom
1995
ASI ANA-Monoha, Palazzo Vendramin, Venice, Italy
Joongang Biennial, Hoam Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
70, Mono-ha, The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Japan
1994
Japanese Art After 1945: Scream Against the Sky, Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York, USA
Postwar Art in Japan, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan
1993
Spiritual in Art, Fukuyama Museum of Art, Fukuyama, Japan
1992
Working with Nature: Contemporary Art from Korea, Tate Gallery, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Seven Artists of Japan, Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan
Avanguardie giapponesi degli anni 70, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologne, Italy
1991-1992
Aspects of Contemporary Japanese Art, The Santa Monica Museum of Art, California, Portland Art
Museum, Oregon Art Institute, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, USA
1990
Blau, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, Germany
Minimal Art, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
1989
Croisement des Signes, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France
Biennale Middelheim-Japan, Middelheim Open-Air Museum, Antwerp, Belgium
Japan 1989, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent, Belgium
Effets de Miroir, Bibliothèque Louis-Aragon, Choisy, France
1988
Monoha, Museo Laboratorio di Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy
Symposium of Olympic Sculpture, Seoul, South Korea
1987
Mono-ha and Postmono-ha, The Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
Painting 1977–1987, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
1986-1987
Le Japan des avant-gardes, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
1986
Seoul-Paris, Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, France
Mono-ha, Kamakura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Contemporary Japanese Calligraphy and Painting, Galerie Nationale, Prague, Czechoslovakia
1985
40 Years of Japanese Contemporary Art, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Ecole de Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
1984
Wiesbadener Skulpturentage, Wiesbaden, Germany
Trends of Contemporary Japanese Art, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
1983
Ars 83, Helsinki, Finland
Tokyo Gallery in London, Juda Rowan Gallery, London, United Kingdom
1982
Meister der Zeichnung, Kunsthalle, Nuremberg, Germany
Material Gets Art, Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Japanese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Camden Arts Centre, London, United Kingdom
1980
Skulptur im 20. Jahrhundert, Wenkenpark, Basel, Switzerland
Contemporary Art in Japan, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
1979
11th International Biennial Exhibition of Prints in Tokyo, prize, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
1st Henry Moore Grand Prize Exhibition, prize, Hakone Open-Air Museum, Kanagawa, Japan
1978
Z. B. Skulptur, Städtisches Museum im Städel, Frankfurt, Germany
Focus 78, Centre Culturel du Marais, Paris, France
1977
13th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan, prize, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Documenta 6, Kassel, Germany
Drawing 5 Artists, Minami Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
100 Prints, Acquisitions 1973–1976, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
1976
Festival international de la peinture, Cagnessur-Mer, France
École de Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
2nd Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
1975
3rd Triennale-India, National Academy of Art, New Delhi, India
Contemporary Art of Japan, The Museum of Ietevorg, Stockholm, Sweden
Contemporary Art of Japan, Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway
1974
Japan traditionell Gegenwart, Städtisches Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany
Japanese Art in Louisiana, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
1973
11th Contemporary Art Exhibition, A Retrospective: 20 Years of Contemporary Japanese Art, Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan
12th Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
1972
2nd Seoul Print Biennial, Seoul, South Korea
Napoli International Exhibition, Naples, Italy
8th International Biennial Exhibition of Prints in Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
1971
7th Paris Biennale, Paris, France
1970
Aspects of New Japanese Art, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
7th International Biennial Exhibition of Prints in Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
1969
5th International Young Artists Exhibition, prize, Japan Cultural Forum, Tokyo, Japan
9th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan,
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
10th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil
Trends in Contemporary Art, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
1968
Contemporary Art of Korea, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

Public Collections

  • Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  • Asia Society Texas Center, Houston
  • Busan Municipal Museum of Art, Korea
  • Brooklyn Museum, New York
  • Castello di Ama, Siena, Italy
  • Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris
  • Commanderie de Peyrassol, Flassans-sur-Issole, France
  • Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas
  • Donjon de Vez, France
  • FNAC, Paris, France
  • Fondazione Mudima, Milan
  • Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids
  • Fukuoka Museum of Art, Japan
  • Galerie Nationale de Prague, Czech Republic
  • Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan
  • Hakone Open-Air Museum, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
  • Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
  • The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
  • Iwaki City Art Museum, Fukushima, Japan
  • Kröller-Müller Rijksmuseum, Otterloo, The Netherlands
  • Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Germany
  • Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland
  • Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
  • Kunstsammlungen der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
  • Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul
  • Lee Ufan Museum, Naoshima, Japan
  • Le Musée de Sculpture en Plein Air, Paris
  • M+ Museum, Hong Kong
  • Miyagi Museum of Art, Sendai, Japan
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Japan
  • Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama, Japan
  • The Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • The National Museum of Art, Osaka,
  • National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
  • National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
  • National Museum of Modern Art, Seoul
  • National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
  • Nationalgalerie, Berlin
  • Niigata Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan
  • Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan
  • Pinault Foundation, Venice
  • Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
  • Seoul Municipal Museum of Art, Korea
  • Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo
  • Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Nagano, Japan
  • São Paulo Art Library, Brazil
  • Situation Kunst, Bochum, Germany
  • Sonja Henle-Niels Onstad Museum, Oslo, Norway
  • Space Lee Ufan, Busan, Korea
  • Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany
  • Städtisches Museum Leverkusen, Germany
  • Städtisches Museum im Städel, Frankfurt
  • Stuttgart Staatsgalerie, Germany
  • Sundheim Collection, New York
  • Sunjae Museum of Art, Korea
  • Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, Japan
  • Tate Modern Gallery, London
  • Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Utsunomiya, Japan
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
  • Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan
  • Utsunomiya City Museum of Art, Tochigi, Japan
  • Worcester Art Museum, MA

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