An extensive body of Lee Bul’s work is currently on display at Berlin’s Martin Gropius Bau gallery. Titled “Crash,” the exhibition serves as Bul’s first solo show in Germany and explores themes of futurism, science-fiction, bioengineering, and visionary architecture through a number of multi-sensory installations.
Hailed as one of the most important Korean artists of her generation, Bul addresses the topics above through expansive stage sets, landscapes, and experiments with texture — mother of pearl, crystals, leather, and velvet are but some of the materials used.
Bul also draws a lot of inspiration from how South Korea has evolved over her 30-year artistic career, shifting from military dictatorship to a wealthy democracy, perpetually affected by its relationship with North Korea. Therefore political discourse, globalization, and ideas around technology, human and social perfection, also informs the work she creates.
“Crash” will run at Martin Gropius Bau until January 13.
Martin Gropius Bau
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