LEE BAE

Presentation

The pictorial and abstract universe of LEE Bae, a Korean artist, concentrates on one evocative power: the material. He creates with perfect alchemy an essential equilibrium between charcoal’s profound black for his abstract forms, and the milky white color obtained thanks to resin and extremely smooth successive layers of acrylic paint, that make the real skin of his paintings. These gracious lines are like shadows in weightlessness; without references, they are mental images that the artist repeats on canvas in a methodic way in order to give them life and reveal this striking contrast between force and lightness. This abstract form is self-sufficient without an anecdotal or narrative aspect. It demonstrates its real nature, its essence, offering to the painting a zone of energy, purity and spirituality.

Biography

Born the 25th of October, 1956 in Chung-Do, South Korea; Lives and works in Paris, France.

1979
MFA Department of Fine Arts; University of Hongik Graduate School of Arts in Seoul, South Korea.

1990
Begins to work in Paris, France
 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021
- UNION, Fondation Phi, Montreal, Canada.
- Lee Bae, Gallery Perrotin, Hong Kong, China.

2020
- Lee Bae, Perrotin Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
- Lee Bae, Johyun Gallery, Busan, South Korea.
- Lee Bae, Gallery 2, Seoul, South Korea.

2019
- Promenade, Perrotin Gallery, New-York, USA.
- Venice Wood Water, Wilmotte Foundation, Venice, Italy.

2018
- Plus de Lumière, Maeght Foundation, Saint Paul de Vence, France.
- Black Mapping, Perrotin Gallery, Paris, France.

2017
- Mir Gallery, Pohang, South Korea.

2016
- Domain of Kerguéhennec, Bignan, France.
- Chaumont-sur-Loire Castle, Chaumont-sur-Loire, France.
- Museum of Fine Arts of Vannes, Vannes, France.

2015    
- Guimet Museum, Paris, France.

2014    
- Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea.
- Art Museum, Daegu, South Korea.
- Wooson Gallery, Daegu, South Korea.
- Fernet Branca Foundation, Saint-Louis, France.
- Galerie RX, Paris, France.

2013    
- Holly Hunt, New York, USA.

2012    
- P&C Gallery, Daegu, South Korea.

2011    
- Modern Art Museum, Saint Etienne, France.
- Nicholas Robinson Gallery, New York, USA.
- Galerie RX, Paris, France.
- Galerie IBU, Paris, France.
- Winter Gallery, Wiesbaden, Germany

2010    
- 604 Gallery, Busan, South Korea.
- Seok Gallery, Daegu, South Korea.
- Andrew Shire Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.

2009     
- Today Art Museum, Beijing, China.
- White Box Gallery, New-York, USA.
- Art Paris Solo Show, Paris, France.
- Seok Gallery, Daegu, South Korea.

2008     
- HakGoJae Gallery, Seoul, South Korea.
- Galerie RX, Paris, France.
- Artist of the Year, Korean Cultural Center, Paris, France.

2007    
- HakGoJae Gallery, Seoul, South Korea.

2006     
- Galerie RX, Paris, France.

2005     
- Ci-Gong Gallery, Daegu, South Korea.
- Gallery M, Daegu, South Korea.
- Kawafune Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
- IBU Gallery, Paris, France.

2004    
- FIAC, Ci-Gong Gallery, Paris, France.

2003    
- Jo-Hyun Gallery, Busan, South Korea.
- Ci-Gong Gallery, Daegu, South Korea.

2000    
- National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, South Korea.
- Ci-Gong Gallery, Daegu, South Korea.
- Gana Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea.
- Gong-Gan Gallery, Busan, South Korea.

1999    
- Ci-Gong Gallery, Daegu, South Korea.
- SIAF, Gana Art Center, Seoul, South Korea.
- Gong-Gan Gallery, Busan, South Korea.

1998     
- Gana-Beaubourg Gallery, Paris, France.

1997    
- Ci-Gong Gallery, Daegu, South Korea.
- Williy d'Huysser Gallery, Brussels, Belgium.

1996     
- Seo Mi Gallery, Seoul, South Korea.

1995
- Ci-Gong Gallery, Daegu, South Korea.

1994    
- Bellefroid Gallery, Paris, France.

1993     
- Espace Artsenal, Issy-Les-Moulineaux, France.

1991    
- Espace Bateau-Lavoir, Paris, France.

1988     
- Soo Gallery, Seoul, South Korea.

1986     
- Kyung-In Gallery, Seoul, South Korea.

1983    
- Ci-Gong Soo, Daegu, South Korea.

1982    
- Ci-Gong Kwan- Hoon, Seoul, Korea.
 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
- EXPO Chicago, Galerie RX, Chicago, USA.

2018
- Hong Kong Art Basel, Johyung Gallery, Hong Kong, China.
Overstated & Understated. Curator : Kuho Jung, Paradise Art Space, Incheon, South Korea.

2017
- FIAC, Galerie Perrotin, Grand Palais, Paris, France.
- Hong Kong Art Basel, Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong, China.
- Art Central Hong Kong, Johyun Gallery, Hong Kong, China.

2016
- ART 16London's Global Art Fair, Olympia of London with Galerie RX, London, United Kingdom.
- ArtParis, Art Paris Art Fair 2016 with Galerie RX, Paris, France.
Festival Chaumont-sur-Loire, France.
- Festival for the France-Korea Year at the Domaine de Kerguenec, France.
Winter, Galerie RX, Paris, France.
- KIAF, Johyun Gallery, P&C Gallery, Seoul, South Korea.
- Changwon Sculpture Biennial, Changwon, South Korea.
- Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, South Korea.

2015    
- Séoul – Paris – Séoul, Cernuschi Museum, Paris, France.
- Issy Biennial, Issy les Moulineaux, France.

2014  
Overcoming the Modern, DansaekhwaThe Korean Monochrome Movement, Alexander Gray Gallery, New York, USA.
- Busan Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Busan, South Korea.
- Hong Kong Art Basel (Galerie Hak Go Jae, Séoul), China.

2013     
Année Le Nôtre, 1613 - 2013, les nouvelles folies françaises, Domaine national de Saint-Germain-en Laye, France.
Festival international de dessin, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Rijeka, Croatia.

2012
Pleasure, Galerie RX, Paris, France.
- Dansaekhwa : Korean Monochrome Painting, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon/Seoul, South Korea.
- Nature in Contemporary Art, Museum of the City of Yang Pyung, South Korea.

2011    
Artist of the Year 1995-2010, National Museuml of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, South Korea.

2010    
- International architectural ceramic exhibition, Clayarch Gimhae Museum, Gimhae, South Korea.
- Newera, Galerie RX, Paris, France.
- Art Paris, Galerie RX, Paris, France.

2009    
Emptiness and Fullness, Espace Commines, Paris, France.
- Paris – Seoul, Hangaram Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea.

2008    
- International textile and art documenta, Daegu Culture and Arts Center, South Korea.
- Art Paris-Abu Dhabi, Galerie RX, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
- KIAF, Galerie RX, Paris and Hak Go Jae Gallery, Seoul, Seoul, South Korea.

2007    
- Abu Dhabi Art Fair, UAE.  
- Art Paris, Galerie RX, Paris, France.
- Show Off, Galerie RX, Paris, France.
- Art Paris-Abu Dhabi, Galerie RX, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
- Foire de Shanghai, Galerie Hak Go Jae Gallery, China.
- Arco, Hak Go Jae Gallery, Madrid, Spain.
- Art Paris, Galerie RX, Paris, France.
- KIAF, Galerie RX, Paris, France.

2006    
Look on Korean Contemporary Art, Gallery Jean Fournier, Paris, France.
Christianity in contemorary Art, Lumen Gallery, Paris, France.
Frontier, Montparnasse Museum, Paris, France
- I BU Galerie, Paris, France.
- Show Off, Galerie RX, Paris, France.
- Art Cologne, Galerie RX, Cologne, Germany.

2005
- KIAF,Ci-Gong Gallery, KOREX Seoul, South Korea.

2004
- KIAF, Ci-Gong Gallery, KOREX Seoul, South Korea.

2003
- FIAC, Ci-Gong Gallery, Paris, France.

2001
- FIAC, Ci-Gong Gallery, Paris, France.

1999    
Nature in Contemporary, The Museum of Natural History, Paris, France.
Berlin-Seoul, Berlin Municipal Communal Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
- Area of Paniting, Ci-Gong Gallery, Deagu, South Korea.

1998
- FIAC, Ci-Gong Gallery, Paris, France.
- New York International Art Fair, New York Convention Center, USA.

1997    
- Independant, Tokyo Metropolitan Musuem, Tokyo, Japan.
- FIAC, Ci-Gong Gallery, Paris, France.

1996    
21st Century’s Prospect, Korex, Seoul, South Korea.
Aspect of Korean contemporary Art°'90, Tokyo National Musuem of Modern art, Tokyo; Osaka International Museum of Contemporary art, Osaka, Japan.
Black and white, Seo Mi Gallery, Seoul, South Korea.
- Seven spaces in one places, Manufactures des Oeillets, Ivry, France.
- KIAF, Ci-Gong Gallery, KOREX Seoul, South Korea.
- Art Cologne, Arichi-Paris Gallery, Allemagne

1995    
Another dimension, Espace Artsenal, Issy-Les-Moulineaux, France.

1994    
New and powerful art from Artsenal,  Issy-Les-Moulineaux, France.
94 Daegu workshop, Galerie Ci-Gong, Daegu, South Korea.
- Deux Jours comme Deux Nuit, Ateliers Artsenal, Issy-les-Moulineau, France.
- Inauguration of l’Espace Artsenal-Paris, Paris, France.
- Le Complot, with Faust Cardinali and Jean de Piépape, Artsenal-Paris, Paris, France.

1993    
- Three Korean Artsits, Bellefroid Gallery, Paris, France.
- Biennial sud 92, Issy-Les-Moulineaux, France.
- Artistes d’Artsenal, Korean Cultural Center, Paris, France

1992
Paris-Over There, Kwok On Museum, Paris, France.

1991 
Europe Factory, Center for Contemporary Art, Pantin, France.
Young artists, Korean Cultural Center, New York, USA.

1988    
Korea Seen Through Contemporary Artists, Albert Chanot Art Center, Paris, France.
- Origines, Seoul Art Center Hangaram Museum, Seoul, South Korea.
- C-519, Galerie Kwan Hoon, Seoul, South Korea.

1987    
The Korean Young, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, South Korea.
Heteredoxe, Korean Cultural Center, New York, USA.
- Haut Bas, Galerie Baek-Song, Séoul, Corée du Sud.
- Représentation 87, Galerie Baek-Song, Séoul, Corée du Sud.
- Nouvel Esprit, Galerie Trois, Séoul, Corée du Sud.
- Relation entre la peinture moderne et primitive, Galerie Baek-Song, Séoul, Corée du Sud.
 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

- Artbank of South Korea, Gwacheon/Seoul, South Korea.
- Baruj Foundation, Barcelona, Spain.
- Busan Museum of Art, Busan, South Korea.
- Clayarch Gimhae Museum, Gimhae, South Korea.
- CNAP(Centre National des Arts Plastiques), Paris, France.
- Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, South Korea.
- Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, South Korea.
- FNAC (Fonds National d’art Contemporain), Paris, France.
- Fondation Carmignac, Paris, France.
- Fondation Colas, Paris, France.
- Gyeongnam Art Museum, Gyeongnam, South Korea.
- Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju, South Korea.
- Leeum-Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea.
- Ministry of Culture and Communication, Paris, France.
- Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Saint-Étienne, France.
- Musée des Beaux-Arts – La Cohue, Vannes, France.
- Musée National des Arts Asiatiques – Guimet, Paris, France.
- Museum of Art of Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea.
- National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon/Seoul, South Korea.
- Privada Allegro Foundation, Madrid, Spain.
- Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea.
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Dae Gu, Corée du Sud.
 

PUBLICATIONS

 

2018
- Plus de Lumière, Maeght Foundation.

2017
Art et nature à Chaumont-sur-Loire, Flammarion, Paris.
- Lee Bae, Contemporary Artist Archive, Seoul, South Korea.

2016
- Lee Bae, Johyun Gallery, Busan, South Korea.
- Lee Bae, Fine Arts Museum – La Cohue, Vannes, France.

2015
- Carte Blanche à Lee Bae, National Museum of Plastic Arts – Guimet, Paris, France.
- Lee Bae, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea.

2014                    
- Lee Bae, Hyundai Gallery, South Korea.
- The streams rise in the firmament, Daegu Art Museum, South Korea.
- Lee Bae, Fernet-Branca Foundation, Saint-Louis, France.

2011     
- Lee Bae, Ed. Skira. Museum of Modern Art, Saint Etienne, France.
- Lee Bae, Nicolas Robinson Gallery, New York, USA.

2009
- Lee Bae, Ed. White Box, limited edition (numbered catalog).
- Lee Bae, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China.

2008
- Lee Bae 2008.9.3 – 9.25, Ed. HakGojae Gallery, Seoul, South Korea.
- Vers l’intérieur LEE Bae, Ed. Korean Cultural Center, Paris, France.

2007
- Lee Bae, text by Philippe Piguet, Ed. HakGoJae Gallery, Seoul, South Korea.

2005
- Lee Bae, rencontre, texts Henri-François Debailleux, Ed. Ci-Gong Gallery.

2000
- Artists of the Year 2000 Lee, Bae, National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea, Ed.Jung, South Korea.

AWARDS

2018
- Chevalier de l’Ordre of Arts and Letters, France.

2013     
- Price from the National Association of Art Critics, South Korea.

2009     
- Artist of the Year, Korean Cultural Center, Paris, France.

2000     
- Artist of the Year, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, South Korea.