Erschienen am 16. Dezember 2018 auf YUN Journal.

Lee Bul is one of the most important Korean artists of her generation. The Martin-Gropius-Bau presents her first solo exhibition in Germany and a comprehensive survey of her work. “Crash” is open until 13th January 2018.

Arriving at the first floor of the Martin-Gropius-Bau we are met with the sight of a huge silver Zeppelin balloon hanging from the ceiling in the middle of the rotunda. We follow the path around its circumference, eyes locked on the huge shining object in the middle of the room. Below people wander through another exhibition: “Restless Times. Archaeology in Germany.” Past times meet future ideas; everything seems to go hand in hand. An ideal introduction into Lee Bul’s work. She brings together the past, the present and the future – and she wants us, the visitors, to be involved as much as possible. 

Lee Bul’s diverse body of work comprises of performances, installations and sculptures, as well as paintings and amorphous objects used as costumes. Throughout her now 30-year artistic career, she has explored dreams, ideals and utopias influenced by futurist theories and science fiction, bioengineering and visionary architecture, mainly concentrating on two topics: the female body, or better to say, women’s roles in society and allusions to the history and politics of Korea.

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