Lee Ufan, South Korean (1936 - )

b. 1936, Kyongsangnamdo, South Korea

Education

1956 Seoul National University, moved to Japan
1961 Nihon Univerity, Philosophy
1973-91 Professor at Tama University
2001 Awarded Praemium Imperiale in painting by Japan Art Association

Solo Exhibitions

1967 Sato Gallery, Tokyo
1970 Tamura Gallery, Tokyo
1972 Myong-Dong Gallery, Seoul
1973 Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo
1974 Tamara Gallery, Tokyo
1975 Galerie Eric Fabre, Paris
1976 Gallerie m, Bochum, Germany
Spectrum Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium (Exh. cat.)
1977 Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo
Galerie Eric Fabre, Paris
1978 Galerie m, Bochum, Germany
Hyondae Gallery, Seoul (Exh. cat.).
Düsseldorf Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany (Exh. cat.)
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark
Antwerp Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
1979 Gallery Takagi, Nagoya, Japan
Muramatsu Gallery, Tokyo
1980 Marl Sculpture Museum, Germany
Gallery Ueda, Tokyo
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo
Galerie Eric Fabre, Paris
1982 Studio Marconi, Milan, Italy
1983 Gallery Ueda, Tokyo
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo
1984 Hyondae Gallery, Seoul (Exh. cat.)
Galerie de Paris, Paris
1985 Kamakura Gallery, Tokyo
1986 Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo
Gallery Ueda , Tokyo
Galerie de Paris, Paris
1987 Hyondae Gallery, Seoul (Exh. cat.)
1988 The Museum of Fine Art, Gifu, Japan
Galerie Anselm Dreher, Berlin
Padiglione D’Arte Contemporaneo, Milano ( Exh. cat.)
1989 Galerie m, Bochum, Germany (Exh. cat.).
Galerie de Paris, Paris
Gallery Ueda, Tokyo
Shirota Gallery, Tokyo
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo
1990 Kamakura Gallery, Tokyo
Inkong Gallery, Seoul
Hyondae Gallery, Seoul (Exh. cat.)
1991 Lorenzelli Arte, Milan (Exh. cat.)
Gallery Ueda, Tokyo (Exh. cat.).
Hara Museum ARC, Japan
1992 Galerie de Paris, Paris
SAGA - mmg, Grand Palais, Paris
Space Gallery Pusan, Korea (Exh. cat.)
1993 The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, Japan
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo
Kamakura Gallery, Tokyo
Shirota Gallery, Tokyo
1994 The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
Fondazione Mudima, Milan
1995 Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo
1996 Lisson Gallery, London
1997 Jeu de Paume, Paris
1998 Bilder und Skulpturen, Städelsches Kunstinstitut und
Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt am Main
1999 Liliane & Michel Durand - Dessert, Paris
2001 Kunstmusum Bonn, Bonn
2002 SCAI the Bathhouse, Shiraishi Contemporary Art Inc; Tokyo, Japan
2003 Samsung Museum of Modern Art, Seoul, Korea
Correspondance, Lisson Gallery, London
2004 Moderato cantabile, Lee Ufan, simon Callery, Nishikawa, Galerie Philippe Casini,
2005 Lee Ufan; The Art of Margins, Yokohama Museum of Art
Exposition Lee Ufan, Musee D’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne Metropole,
2006 Lee Ufan Silence, Galerie m Bochum’ Bochum
Lee Ufan, Galerie Micheline Szajcer, Antwerp
Lee Ufan, Galerie Nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna
2007 Lee Ufan, Resonance, Palazzo Palumbo Fossati, San Marco 2597, 30124 Venice
SCAI the Bathhouse, Shiraishi Contemporary Art Inc., Tokyo, Japan

Group Exhibitions

1968 Contemporary Art of Korea, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
1969 São Paulo Biennale, São Paulo, Brazil (Exh. cat.)
5th International Young Artists Exhibition, Japan Culture Forum, Tokyo.
The 5th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum,
Tokyo
Trends in Contemporary Art, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
1970 Aspects of New Japanese Art, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
1971 7th Paris Biennale, Paris (Exh. cat.)
1973 11th Contemporary Art Exhibition: A Retrospective 20 Years of Contemporary
Japanese Art, Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan
São Paolo Biennale, Brazil (Exh. cat.)
1974 Japan Traditional Gegenwart, Stadtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany
1975 3rd Triennale India, National Academy of Art, India
1976 International Painting Fair, Cagnes sur Mer, France
1977 Documenta VI, Kassel, Germany (Exh. cat.)
13th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan, The National Museum of Modern Art,
Tokyo.
100 Prints Acquisitions 1973-1976, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
1978 Z.B. Sculpture, Stadtische Galerie im Stadelschen, Frankfurt (Exh. cat.)
6th Brussels International Art Fair, Brussels, Belgium (Exh. cat.).
Focus 78, Centre Culturel du Marais, Paris, France (Exh. cat.).
1979 11th International Biennale Exhibition of Prints, The National Museum of
Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
First Henry Moore Grand Prize Exhibition, Hakone Open-Air Museum,
Kanagawa, Japan
1980 Skulptur im 20 Jhrhundert, Basel, Switzerland (Exh. cat.).
Japan Kalojdoskop, Sweden (Exh. cat.).
1982 Meister der Zeichnung”, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Germany (Exh. cat.).
Material gets Art, National Gallerie, Berlin, Germany (Exh. cat.).
Japanese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Camden Arts Center, London (exh. cat.)
1983 ARS 83, Helsinski, Finland.
M. Kawabata, Lee Ufan and Y. Saito Exhibition, Juda Rowan Gallery, London
(Exh. cat.).
1984 Wiesbaderner Skulpturentage,Wiesbaden, Germany (Exh. cat.).
1985 40 Years of Japanese Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan.(Exh. cat.)
1986 Seoul-Paris, Centre Natoional des Arts Plastiques, Paris, France (Exh. cat.).
Mono-Ha, Kamakura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
Contemporary Japanese Calligraphy and Painting, Galerie Nationale de Prague
(Exh. cat.).
1986-7 Le Japon des Avants-Gardes, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (Exh. cat.).
1987 Mono-Ha and Post-Mono-Ha, The Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
Painting 1977-87, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan.
1988 Monoha, Museo Labatorio di Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy.
Symposium of Olympic Sculpture, Seoul, Korea (Exh. cat.).
1989 Croisement de Signes, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France ( Exh. cat.).
Biennale Middleheim Japan, Middleheim Open-Air Museum, Antwerp, Belgium
(Exh. cat.).
Japan 1989, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Gent, Belgium.
Effets de Miroirs, Bibliotheque Louis Aragon, Ile-de-France, Choisy, France (Exh.
cat.).
1990 Blau, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, Germany (Exh. cat.).
Minimal Art, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan.
1991-2 Aspects of Contemporary Japanese Art, The Santa Monica Museum of Art,
Santa Monica, California. (travelled to The Portland Art Museum, Oregon Art
Institute, Oregon; Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City Contemporary Art
Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.), (Exh. cat.)
1992 Contemporary Art from Korea, Tate Gallery, Liverpool, England (Exh. cat.).
7 artists of Japan, Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan.
Avanguardie Giapponesi degli anni 70, Galleria d’ Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
(Exh. cat.).
Anschitssachen, Gallery m Bochum, Germany (Exh. cat.)
1993 Spiritual in Art, Fukuyama Museum of Art, Hiroshima,Japan.
1994 Japanese Art after 1945, Scream against the ski, Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan
Japanese Contemporary Art, Guggenheim’s Soho Museum, New York.
1995 Asiana, Venezia, Italy.
1996 Japon 1970, Mono-Ha, Musee d’ Art Moderne, France.
1997 Jeu de Paume, Paris
2001 Mono-ha - school of things, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge & Newlyn Art Gallery
2002 Les années 70: l’art en cause, Musée d’art contemporain Entrepôt, Bordeaux, France
2003 Happiness, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2005 (In) Visible/ // (In) Corporeo, Museo d’Arte Provincia di Nuoro
2006 Motion on Paper, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London

Bibliography

1969 São Paulo Biennale, Brazil (Exh. cat.)
1970 “Giappone”, D’ Ars, No. 55, Italy.
Joseph Love: “Exhibition in Tokyo - Lee Ufan”, Art International, Vol. XIV,
Switzerland
1971 Joseph Love: “ Tokyo Letter”, Art International, Vol.XV, Switzerland,
7th Paris Biennale, (Exh. cat.)
1973 São Paolo Biennale, Brazil (Exh. cat.)
1974 “Lee Ufan”, Revue de la Pensee d’ aujourd’ hui, France, June.
“Lee Ufan”, Review, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark.
1975 Joseph Love: “Exhibition in Tokyo”, Art Spectrum, Switzerland, January.
1976 Solo Exhibition, Galerie Spectrum, Antwerp, Belgium (Exh. cat.).Text by Joseph
Love.
1977 Documenta VI, Kassel, Germany (Exh. cat.).
“Kunstbrief aus Tokyo”, Das Kunstwerk, Germany, October.
Yvone Friedrich: “Lee Ufan”, Das Kunstwerk, Germany, October.
1978 Z.B. Sculpture, Städtische Museum Frankfurt des Städel, Germany (Exh. cat.)
The World of Lee Ufan, Dusseldorf Kunsthalle, Germany (Exh. cat) Texts by
Joseph Love and Lee Ufan.
6th Brussels International Art Fair, Brussels, Belgium (Exh. cat.)
Lee Ufan, Hyondae Gallery, Seoul, Korea (Exh. cat.). Texts by Lee Ufan (Lee III)
Focus 78, Centre Culturel du Marais, Paris, France (Exh. cat.)
“Lee Ufan”, Canal, No. 2, France.
T.J.G. Harris: “Lee Ufan”, Art International, Vol. XXII, Switzerland, May.
1979 Rene Micha: “Lettres de Paris”, Art International, Vol. XXIII, Switzerland,
Summer.
1980 Maiten Bouissiet: “Lee Ufan”, Opus, No 78, France.
Sylvie Opus: “Lee Ufan”, Art Press, France, May.
Skulptur im 20 Jarhundert, Basel, Switzerland (Exh. cat.).
Japanskt Kalojdoskop, Sweden (Exh. cat.). Text by Joseph Love.
1981 Irmtraud Schaarschmidt - Richter:” Kunstbrief aus Tokyo”, Das Kunstwerk,
Germany, January.
1982 Loredana Parmesani: “Lee Ufan”, Flash Art, Italy, Summer.
Meister der Zeichnung. Kunsthalle, Nurberg, Germany (Exh. cat.).Text by
Toshiaki Minemura.
Japanese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Camden Art Center, London (Exh. cat.).
Material gets Art, Berlin National Galerie, Germany (Exh. cat.).
1983 Aomi Okabe, Shigeo Chiba: “Dossier Mono-Ha”, Artistes, No.16, France.
Three Men Exhibition, Juda Rowan Gallery, London (Exh. cat.)
1984 Michel Nurisdany: “Lee Ufan”, Art Press
Shigeo Chiba: “Modern Art from a Japanese Viewpoint”, Artforum, U.S.A.
Seobo Park: “Meeting Lee Ufan”, The Gallery, No.45, Seoul, Korea: Hyondae
Gallery.
Wiesbadener Skulpturentage, Germany (Exh. cat.)
Lee Ufan, Hyondae Gallery, Seoul, Korea (Exh. cat.).Text by Lee Ufan. (Lee III)
1986 Shigeo Chiba: “Japanische Kunst heute”, Noema, No.5, Germany.
Seoul - Paris., Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris (Exh. cat.)
Contemporary Japanese Calligraphy and Painting, Galerie Nationale de Prague,
Czechoslovakia (Exh. cat.)
Japon des Avants - Gardes 1910-1970, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (Exh.
cat.).
1987 Lee Ufan, Padiglione d’ Arte Contemporanea, Milano.(Exh. cat.) Texts by Pierre
Restany and Elena Pontiggia.
Arturo Silva: “MONOHA”, Art Forum, U.S.A., January.
Irmtraud Schaarschmidt - Richter: “Austellungs-Rückshau”, Das Kunstwert,
Germany, Jan.
Arturo Silva: “Tokyo, Lee Ufan”, Art Forum, U.S.A., February.
James Robert: “Tokyo Report”, Art Scribe, May.
Minemura Toshiaki: “The cosmos and the meteoric”, November.
1988 “Lee Ufan”, Hara Museum Review, No. 7, Japan, Summer.
Martina Corgnati: “Lee Ufan”, Flash Art, Italy, December.
Gabriella Dalesio: “MONOHA”, Nike, Germany, September.
Ex Oriente, Milano, Italy (Exh. cat.). Text by E. Pontiggia.
Symposium of Olympic Sculpture, Seoul, Korea. (Exh. cat.)
1989 Croisement de Signes, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris (Exh. cat.).Text by Pierre
Restany
20th Biennale Middleheim -Japan, Open Air Museum, Middleheim, Antwerp
Belgium.(Exh. cat.). Text by Toshiaki Minemura.
Markus Siegmann: “Lee Ufan”, Das Kunstwerk, Germany, September.
Katharina Schneider: “Biennale in Middleheim”, Das Kunstwerk, Germany,
December.
Effets de Miroir, Arts Plastiques Ile-de-France (Exh. cat.). Text by Michel
Nurisdany.
Lee Ufan, Galerie m Bochum, Germany (Exh. cat.).
1990 Blau, Heidelberger Kunstvereins, Germany .(Exh. cat.).
Lee Ufan, Hyondae Gallery, Seoul, Korea (Exh. cat.).
Catherina Francblin: “Lee Ufan”, Art Press, France, January.
Yongik Kim, Bum Moon: “Dialogue with Lee Ufan”, Space, Korea, September.
Janet Koplos: “Contemporary Art in Japan”, Art in America, U.S.A., April.
1991 Tsuyuhiko Hinatsu: “Fighting Spirit”, Asahi Daily News, Japan, June
Janet Koplos: “Contemporary Japanese Sculpture”, Abbeville Press, U.S.A. With
winds, Gallery Ueda, Tokyo Gallery.(Exh. cat.). Text by Arturo Silva.
Lee Ufan, Lorenzelli Arte Milano, Italy. Text by Flaminio Gualdoni.
Seven Artists, Aspects of Contemporary Japanese Art, Santa Monica Museum of
Art. (Exh. cat.). Text by Kazuo Yamawaki
“Lee Ufan “, Hara Museum Review, Japan, No.16, May.
Julia Cassim: “Encountering passive abstraction”, The Japan Times, Japan, June.
1992 Kung Yong Lee: “Lee Ufan”, Art Now, Korea, Spring.
Lee Ufan, Space Gallery Pusan, Korea (Exh. cat.).
Working with Nature, Tate Gallery Liverpool.(Exh. cat.). Text by Lewis Biggs.
1994 Lee Ufan, Fundazione Mudima, Milano (Exh. cat.). Texts by Gino di Maggio.
1995 Robert Reed: “Stroke of the Orient”, The Daily Yomiuri, Tokyo, Japan,
November.
Arturo Silva: “Lee Ufan in confrontation with himself”, The Japan Times, Tokyo,
Japan, November.
Joel Perron: “Mono-Ha takes matter into account.”, The Daily Yomiuri, Tokyo,
Japan, November.
“Lee Ufan”, Le Figaro Magazine, Paris, September.
“Lee Ufan”, Liberation, Paris, September.
Werner Stretelz: “Spannung in der Stille”, Waz, No. 222, Germany, September.
1996 Pierre Restany: “Lee Ufan and the Mono-ha revolution”, Domus, No. 779, Italy,
February.
Lee Ufan: “On Infinity”, Domus, No. 779, Italy, February.
Richard Cork, “Never call them the gentler sex”, The Times, London, 5
November
“Lee Ufan”, Time Out, 13 November
1997 Godfrey Worsdale, “Small Truths”, Art Monthly, No. 204, March
Ian Hunt, “Looking Back”, Art Monthly, No. 204, March
Lynn MacRitchie, “Lee Ufan at Lisson”, Art in America, April
2001 Emma Safe, “Mono-ha - School of things”, Art Monthly, July-Aug 01, pp. 34-35
2006 Jonathan Goodman, ‘Il Lee, Chun Kwang-Young and Lee Ufan’ Art Asia Pacific,
no 51 Winter 2007, pp 98-101

Selected TV Productions

1977 Asahi Television, Art Report Series: The Painting of Rythm, (15 mins.), June
1978 Fuji Television, Television Art Museums Series: The World of Lee Ufan, (30
mins), July 16.
1979 Asahi Television, The World Art Report Series: 3D with Iron and Stone, (15
mins), July 15.
Asahi Television, The World Art Report Series: 3D with Iron and Stone, (15
mins), August 12.
1981 N.D.R. Hamburg, The Art of Lee Ufan, October
1984 K.B.S. Seoul, An Artist of Encounter, (50 mins.), January 3
1986 K.B.S. Seoul, Modernization and Folk Art Movement in Japan, (50 mins.),
January 23-25.
1989 N.H.K. Channel 3, Sunday Museum: Paintings of Lee Dynasty, (45 mins.),March 4
N.H.K. Channel 3, Journey to the Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu,
(45 mins), July 30.
1990 K.B.S. Seoul, Television Art Museum: The World of Lee Ufan, (50 mins),
September 2.
1992 M.B.C. Masan, The World of Lee Ufan, (50 mins), March 19.
M.B.C. Masan, The Art of Lee Ufan, (30 mins), October 24.

Public Collections

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
Berlin National Galerie, Berlin, Germany.
Busan Municipal Museum of Art, Korea.
The Brooklyn Museum, New York, U.S.A.
Centre Georges Pompidou, Musee National d’ Art Moderne, Paris, France.
Chiba City Museum of Art, Japan.
Chiba City Museum of Art, Japan.
FNAC, Paris, France.
Fukuoka Museum of Art, Fukuoka, Japan.
Galerie National de Prague, Czechoslovakia.
Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan.
Hoam Art Museum, Seoul, Korea.
Hakone Open-Air Museum, Kanagawa, Japan.
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan.
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
Iwaki City Art Museum, Iwaki, Japan
Kroller-Müller Rijksmuseum, Otterloo, Holland.
Kunstsammlungen der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany.
Le Musee de Sculpture en Plein Air, Paris, France.
Miyagi Museum of Art, Sendai, Japan.
Mudima Foundation, Milano, Italy.
Niigata Prefectural Museum of Art, Niigata, Japan
Ohara Museum of Art, Kurakishiki, Japan.
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.
Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Nagano, Japan.
Saô Paulo Art Library, São Paulo, Brazil.
Sonia Henle-Niels Onstad Museum, Oslo, Norway.
Staadtisches Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Dresden, Germany.
Staadtisches museum Leverkusen, Germany.
Stadt Nürnberg Kunsthalle, Nurnberg, Germany.
Staadtisches Museum Stadel, Frankfurt.
Staadtisches Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany.
Stuttgart Stadts Galerie, Stutgartt, Germany.
Sunjae Museum of Art, Korea.
Tate Gallery, London, Britain
The National Museum of Modern Art, Seoul, Korea.
The National Gallery of Prague, Czechoslovakia.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Japan.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, U.S.A.
The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, Japan.
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan.
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan.
The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan.
The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan.
Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Utsunomiya, Japan.
The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, Japan.
Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, Japan
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Total Contemporary Museum, Seoul, Korea
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota, Japan.
Utsunomiya City Museum of Art, Utsunomiya, Japan

 

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