Lee Ufan

Born in 1936 in Haman-gun (Korea), LEE UFAN lives and works in Paris (France) and Kamakura (Japan). He is the main theorist and artist of the Mono-ha (« School of Things ») theory in Japan. His paintings greatly contribute to « Korean Monotone Art ». Kamel Mennour and Lee Ufan have been working together since 2013.

His work has been seen around the world, at institutions including the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, the Guggenheim Museum and the Dia:Beacon in New York, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels, the Yokohama Museum of Art, the Jeu de Paume in Paris, Centre Pompidou-Metz, the Kunstmuseum in Bonn, the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul; and at events including the Biennales of Venice (2007, 2011), Gwangju, Korea (2000, 2006), Shanghai (2000), Sydney (1976), São Paulo (1973) and Paris (1971). In 2014, Lee Ufan was the guest artist at Louis XIV’s very own park and palace, in Versailles.

He was awarded the Praemium Imperiale for painting in 2001 and the UNESCO Prize in 2000. In 2010, the Lee Ufan Museum opened at Benesse Art Site, in Naoshima, Japan.

In April 2022, the artist inaugurates the new foundation Lee Ufan Arles, housed in the Hôtel Vernon, a seventeenth century building located near the city’s Roman arena, remodelled by the artist’s friend, architect Tadao Ando.

The exhibition Lee Ufan “Requiem” curated by Alfred Pacquement in the ancient necropolis of Alyscamps, Arles, is currently on view until September 2022.

Works

Exhibition view, Lee Ufan Arles - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Lee Ufan Arles, 2022
Exhibition view, Lee Ufan Arles - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Lee Ufan Arles, 2022
Exhibition view, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2020
Exhibition view, Les Alyscamps, Arles - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Les Alyscamps, Arles, 2021
Exhibition view, Les Alyscamps, Arles - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Les Alyscamps, Arles, 2021
Exhibition view, Hirshhorn Museum - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Hirshhorn Museum, 2019
With Winds - © kamel mennour
With Winds, 1990
From Point - © kamel mennour
From Point, 1978
Dialogue - © kamel mennour
Dialogue, 2017
Exhibition view, Hirshhorn Museum - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Hirshhorn Museum
Exhibition view, Guggenheim, New York - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Guggenheim, New York, 2011
Dialogue - © kamel mennour
Dialogue, 2007
Dialogue - © kamel mennour
Dialogue, 2016
Exhibition view, Château de Versailles - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Château de Versailles, 2014
Relatum - Silence - © kamel mennour
Relatum - Silence, 2014
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2016
Dialogue - © kamel mennour
Dialogue, 2014
Exhibition view, Musée de la Chasse, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Musée de la Chasse, Paris, 2013
Exhibition view, Centre Pompidou-Metz - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2019
Dialogue - © kamel mennour
Dialogue, 2016
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2019
Exhibition view, Dia:Beacon, New York - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Dia:Beacon, New York, 2019
From winds - © kamel mennour
From winds, 1983
Dialogue - © kamel mennour
Dialogue, 2017
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2013
Exhibition view, Guggenheim, New York - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Guggenheim, New York, 2011
Installation view, Lee Ufan Museum, Naoshima - © kamel mennour
Installation view, Lee Ufan Museum, Naoshima
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2016
From Line - © kamel mennour
From Line, 1976
Dialogue - © kamel mennour
Dialogue, 2018
Dialogue - © kamel mennour
Dialogue, 2007
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2016
Exhibition view, Château de Versailles - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Château de Versailles, 2014
Exhibition view, Guggenheim, New York - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Guggenheim, New York, 2011
From Point - © kamel mennour
From Point, 1976
Exhibition view, Couvent de la Tourette, Eveux - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Couvent de la Tourette, Eveux, 2017
Dialogue - © kamel mennour
Dialogue, 2018
Installation view, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum - © kamel mennour
Installation view, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, 1971
Installation view, Lee Ufan Museum, Naoshima - © kamel mennour
Installation view, Lee Ufan Museum, Naoshima
Exhibition view, Château La Coste, Puy-Sainte-Réparade - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Château La Coste, Puy-Sainte-Réparade, 2016
Dialogue - © kamel mennour
Dialogue, 2019
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2013
Exhibition view, Chapelle Saint-Laurent, Arles - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Chapelle Saint-Laurent, Arles, 2013
Exhibition view, Serpentine Gallery, London - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Serpentine Gallery, London, 2018
Exhibition view, Centre Pompidou-Metz - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2019
Dialogue - © kamel mennour
Dialogue, 2009
Exhibition view, Château de Versailles - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Château de Versailles, 2014
Dialogue - © kamel mennour
Dialogue, 2019
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2016
Exhibition view, Centre Pompidou-Metz - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2019
Dialogue - © kamel mennour
Dialogue, 2014
Paper work - © kamel mennour
Paper work, 2017
Exhibition view, Chapelle Saint-Laurent, Arles - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Chapelle Saint-Laurent, Arles, 2013
Dialogue - © kamel mennour
Dialogue, 2018
Permanent work, Château La Coste, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade - © kamel mennour
Permanent work, Château La Coste, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, 2014
Dialogue - © kamel mennour
Dialogue, 2007
Exhibition view, Centre Pompidou-Metz - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2019
Exhibition view, Pinault Collection, Punta della Dogana, Venice - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Pinault Collection, Punta della Dogana, Venice, 2013
Exhibition view, Château de Versailles - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Château de Versailles, 2014
Exhibition view, Château de Versailles - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Château de Versailles, 2014
Exhibition view, Couvent de la Tourette, Eveux - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Couvent de la Tourette, Eveux, 2017
Dialogue - © kamel mennour
Dialogue, 2013
Dialogue - © kamel mennour
Dialogue, 2013
Exhibition view, Centre Pompidou-Metz - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2019
Exhibition view, Château de Versailles - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Château de Versailles, 2014
Dialogue - © kamel mennour
Dialogue, 2017
Exhibition view, Castello di Ama, Gaiole In Chianti - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Castello di Ama, Gaiole In Chianti, 2016
Exhibition view, Centre Pompidou-Metz - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2019
Exhibition view, Guggenheim, New York - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Guggenheim, New York, 2011
Exhibition view, CCCOD, Tours - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, CCCOD, Tours, 2017
Exhibition view, Centre Pompidou-Metz - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2019

Exhibitions & News

Bertrand Lavier, Lee Ufan, François Morellet - MAMC Saint-Etienne - © kamel mennour
Bertrand Lavier, Lee Ufan, François Morellet, Double je
20 November 2021 — 18 September 2022
Musée d'art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Étienne Métropole
Lee Ufan - Alyscamps - © kamel mennour
Lee Ufan, Requiem
29 October 2021 — 30 September 2022
Nécropole des Alyscamps, Arles
Centre Pompidou Shanghai - © kamel mennour
Daniel Buren, Michel François, Alberto Giacometti, Lee Ufan, François Morellet, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Zineb Sedira, Shen Yuan, Centre Pompidou × West Bund Museum Project
5 November 2019 — 19 November 2024
Shanghai
Self-History - What Museum - © kamel mennour
Daniel Buren, Lee Ufan, Ugo Rondinone, Self-History
25 September 2021 — 13 February 2022
WHAT MUSEUM, Tokyo
Fondation Opale - © kamel mennour
Anish Kapoor, Lee Ufan, Ugo Rondinone, Résonances
14 June 2020 — 4 April 2021
Fondation Opale, Lens
Lee Ufan - Mori Art Museum - © kamel mennour
Lee Ufan, STARS: Six Contemporary Artists from Japan to the World
31 July 2020 — 3 January 2021
Mori Art Museum, Roppongi
Lee Ufan - Hirshhorn Museum - © kamel mennour
Lee Ufan, LEE UFAN: OPEN DIMENSION
27 September 2019 — 13 September 2020
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Independence, Washington
Lee Ufan - Pompidou Metz - © kamel mennour
Lee Ufan, Habiter le temps
27 February — 30 September 2019
Centre Pompidou-Metz
Lee Ufan - PSA - Power Station of Art - © kamel mennour
Lee Ufan, The Challenging Souls - Yves Klein, Lee Ufan, Ding Yi
27 April — 28 July 2019
PSA - Power Station of Art, Shanghai
Art Cologne - Booth B009 - © kamel mennour
Lee Ufan, Solo Booth
11 — 14 April 2019
Art Cologne
Lee Ufan - Couvent de la Tourette - © kamel mennour
Lee Ufan, LEE UFAN CHEZ LE CORBUSIER - AU-DELÀ DES SOUVENIRS
20 September — 20 December 2017
Couvent de la Tourette, L'Arbresle
kamel mennour at Kraemer Gallery - © kamel mennour
Group show, kamel mennour at Kraemer Gallery
20 — 31 October 2015
Kraemer Gallery, Paris
kamel mennour at Abu Dhabi 2014 - © kamel mennour
Huang Yong Ping, Lee Ufan, François Morellet, kamel mennour at Abu Dhabi 2014
3 — 8 November 2014
Abu Dhabi Art Fair

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