Born in 1956 in Cheongdo, South Korea
Lives and works between Paris, France and Seoul, South Korea

李培 (李英培)

Lee Bae’s monochromatic practice is a formal and immersive journey into the abysses of blackness. Subtly blurring the lines between drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation, he has developed his abstract aesthetics across categories to imbue the noncolor with tangible depth and intensity. Charcoal, obtained by burning wood and used to revive fire, offers a powerful metaphor for the cycle of life that has further inspired him to expand his exploration to include the fourth dimension of time. Until the early-2000s, he worked exclusively with raw charcoal to create minimal, refined, mosaic-like assemblages of charred wooden shards or chunks on canvas, as well as larger sculptural arrangements of carbonized trunks. While he has moved on to solely working with carbon black, a substance close to soot, Lee Bae’s latest series of pictorial works crystallizes random elemental gestures, which he practices with charcoal ink on canvas and paper, recording his movement and time. 

Born in Cheongdo, South Korea, in 1956, Lee’s works have been the subject of solo exhibitions at museums and institutions worldwide. Among them are Phi Foundation, Montreal, Canada; Indang Museum, Daegu, Korea; Wilmotte Foundation, Venice, Italy; Paradise Art Space, Incheon, South Korea; Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul de Vence, France; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Vannes, France; and Musée Guimet, Paris, France. Lee’s works are included in public collections, notably the National Museum of Contemporary Art (MMCA), Gwacheon, South Korea; Seoul Museum of Art (SEMA), Seoul, South Korea; Leeum-Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea; Horim Museum, Seoul, Korea; Paradise Art Space, Incheon, South Korea; Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul de Vence, France; Musée Guimet, Paris, France; Musée Cernuschi, Paris, France; Baruj Foundation, Barcelona, Spain; Privada Allegro Foundation, Madrid, Spain; Medianoche Foundation, Granada, Spain; and Phi Foundation, Montreal, Canada.

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education

1981 B.F.A. Department of Fine Arts, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea 
1986 M.F.A. Department of Fine Arts, Hongik University, Graduate School of Art, Seoul, Korea

solo shows

2024
-La Maison de la Lune Brûlée, 60th Venice Biennale, Wilmotte Foundation, Venice 

2023
-Issu de Feu, Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center, New York, New York
-Lee Bae, Johyun Gallery, Busan, Korea

2022
- Souffle d'Encre, Perrotin, Shanghai, China
- Oblique, Johyun Gallery, Busan, South Korea 
- Black in Constellation, Perrotin, Paris, France
- Lee Bae, Indang Museum of Daegu, Daegu, South Korea

2021
- Union, Phi Foundation, Montreal, Canada
- Paradigm of Charcoal, Perrotin, Hong Kong

2020
- The Sublime Charcoal Light, Perrotin, Tokyo, Japan 
- Lee Bae, Johyun Gallery, Busan, South Korea
- Lee Bae, Gallery2, Jeju, Seoul, South Korea 

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

2018
- Black Mapping, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France
- Plus de lumière, Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France
- Overstated & Understated, Paradise Art Space, Incheon, South Korea

2017
- Mir Gallery, Pohang, South Korea

2016
- Johyun Gallery, Busan, South Korea
- La Cohue, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Vannes, France
- Issu du feu, Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, France
- Suspens, Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Bignan, France

2015
- Carte Blanche à Lee Bae, Musée Guimet, Paris, France

2014
- Fernet Branca Fondation, Saint-Louis, France
- Gallery Hyundai, Korea
- Contemporary Art Museum, Daegu, Korea
- RX Gallery, Paris, France
- Wooson Gallery, Daegu, Korea

2013
- Holly Hunt, New York, USA

2012
- P&C Gallery, Daegu, Korea

2011
- Musée d’Art moderne de Saint-Étienne Métropole, Saint-Étienne, France
- RX Gallery, Paris, France
- Galerie Nicolas Robinsons, New York, USA
- Galerie IBU, Paris, France
- Galerie Winter, Wiesbaden, Germany

2010
- Galerie Andrew shire, Los Angeles, USA
- Galerie 604, Busan, Korea

2009
- Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
- Mark / Motion / Imprint, Whitebox Art Center, New York, USA
- Gallery Seok, Daegu, Korea

2008
- Hakgojae, Seoul, Korea
- RX Gallery, Paris, France

2007
- Hakgojae, Seoul, Korea

2006
- RX Gallery, Paris, France

2005
- IBU Gallery, Paris, France
- Cigong Gallery, Daegu, Korea
- Gallery M, Daegu, Korea
- Kawafune Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2003
- Johyun Gallery, Busan, Korea
- Cigong Gallery, Daegu, Korea

2000
- Artist of the Year, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
- Cigong Gallery, Daegu, Korea
- Gana Art Center, Seoul, Korea
- Kongkan Gallery, Busan, Korea

1999
- Kongkan Galley, Busan, Korea
- Cigong Gallery, Daegu, Korea
- Gana Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1998
- Galerie Gana-Beaubourg, Paris, France

1997
- Cigong Gallery, Daegu, Korea

1996
- Willy d’Huysser Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
- Seomi Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1994
- Bellefroid Gallery, Paris, France

1993
- Espace Artsenal, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

1991
- Bateau-Lavoir Gallery, Paris, France

1988
- Soo Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1987
- Kyungin Gallery, Seoul, Korea

group shows

2023
- Origin, Emergence, Return, Rink Level Gallery, Rockefeller Center, New York, USA
- Black and White - an achromatic group show (of paintings), København K, Denmark
- 1.5 DEGREES, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
- A tie to all the Earth, Teagan Art Space, Beijing, China
- Dui-jipki, Esther Schipper gallery, Berlin

2022
- Contourless, Noblesse Collection, Seoul, South Korea

2021
- Resonance, Horim Museum, Seoul, South Korea
- Catastrophe and Recovery, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
- Inter-Mission, Paradise Art Space, Incheon, South Korea 

2019
- Venice Wood Water, Wilmotte Foundation, Venice, Italy

2018
- Overstated & Understated. Inaugural exhibition curated by Kuho Jung, Paradise Art Space, Incheon, South Korea

2017
- Art Central, Johyun Gallery, Hong Kong, China

2016
- Changwon Sculpture Biennale, Changwon, South Korea
- Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea
- Art Paris Art Fair 2016, Galerie RX, Grand Palais, Paris, France
- Winter, Galerie RX, Paris, France
- Nouvel acquisition, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea

2015
- Séoul – Paris – Séoul, Musée Cernuschi, Paris, France
- Biennale d’Issy, Issy les Moulineaux, France

2014
- Overcoming the Modern, Dansaekhwa, The Korean Monochrome Movement, Alexander Gray Gallery, New York, USA
- Busan Biennale, Busan Metropolitan Museum, Busan, South Korea
- Hong Kong Art Basel, Hakgojae Gallery, Hong Kong, China

2013
- International Drawing Exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Croatia
- "Les Nouvelles folies françaises", domain of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France. Musée d'archéologie national and château, within the "Le Nôtre Year" - Commissioner: Patrick Amine.

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

2011
- Artist of the Year, 1995-2010, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

2010
- International Architectural Ceramic exhibition, Clayrch Gimhae Museum, Gimhae, Korea

2009
- "Vide et plénitude", Espace Commines, Paris, France

2008
- Paris-Séoul, Seoul Museum (Hangaram), Seoul, Korea
- International Textile and Art Documenta, Daegu Art Center, Korea

2006
- Look on Korean Contemporary Art, Gallery Jean Fournier, Paris, France
- Christianity in Contemporary Art, Lumen Gallery, Paris, France
- Frontier, Montparnasse Museum, Paris, France

1999
- Nature in Modern Art, Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France
- Berlin-Seoul, Berlin Municipal Communal Gallery, Berlin, Germany
- Area of Painting, Cigong Gallery, Daegu, Korea

1997
- Independent, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo, Japan

1996
- 21st Century’s Prospect, Seoul, Korea
- Aspect of Korean Contemporary Art in the 1990s, Tokyo National Museum of Modern art, Tokyo; Osaka International Museum of Contemporary Art, Osaka, Japan
- Black and White, Seomi Gallery, Seoul, Korea
- Seven Spaces in One Place, Manufacture des Oeillets, Ivry, France

1995
- Atelier Opening, Ateliers Artsenal, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France
- Another Dimensions, Espace Artsenal , Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

1994
- Conspirator, Ateliers Artsenal, Issy-les-Moulineaux. France
- New and Powerful Art from Artsenal, Gallery Art Beam, Seoul, Korea
- ‘94 Daegu Work Shop, Cigong Gallery, Daegu, Korea
- Two-Days, Two-Nights, Ateliers Artsenal, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France
- Exhibitor for Opening de l’Espace Artsenal-Paris,
- Espace Artsenal-Paris, Paris, France

1993
- Three Korean Artists-Lee Bae, Kwon Soonchul, An Jongdae, Bellefroid Gallery, Paris, France
- Atelier Opening, Ateliers Artsenal, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

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

1991
- Europe Factory, Center for Contemporary Art, Pantin, France
- Young Artist, Center for Korea Culture, New York, USA

1988
- Korea Seen Through Contemporary Artists, Albert Chanot Art Center, Paris, France
- Origines, Seoul Arts Center Hangaram Museum, Seoul, Korea

1987
- The Korean Young Artists, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
- Heterodox, Center for Korea Culture, New York, USA

public collections

- National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
- Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
- Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea
- Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, Korea
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Dae Gu, Korea
- Jeju Museum of art, Jeju, Korea
- Leeum-Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
- Clayarch Gimhae Museum, Gimhae, Korea
- Musée d’art moderne Saint-Etienne, France
- Gyeongnam Art Museum, Gyeongnam, Korea
- Fondation Colas, France
- Privada Allegro Foundation, Madrid, Spain
- Baruj Foundation, Barcelona, Spain
- Ministry of Culture and Communication, Paris, France
- FNAC (Fonds National d’art Contemporain), Paris, France
- CNAP (Centre national des arts plastiques), Paris, France
- Fondation Carmignac, Paris, France
- Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul de Vence, France
- Musée Cernuschi, Paris, France
- Musée National des Arts Asiatiques – Guimet, Paris, France
- Artbank of South Korea, Gwacheon/Seoul, South Korea
- Musée des Beaux-Arts – La Cohue, Vannes, France
 

awards

2018
Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France

2013
National Association Price of Art Critics, South Korea

2009
Artist of the Year, Korean Cultural Center, Paris

2000
Artist of the Year, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon/Seoul, South Korea

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2023

MADSAKI, Takashi MURAKAMI, LEE Bae, Joaquín BOZ, Josh SPERLING, Paola PIVI

2023年12月2日 - 2024年1月13日

首爾

10 Dosan-daero 45-gil, Gangnam-gu

Zero, Ten

ELMGREEN & DRAGSET, JR, Koak, Jean-Marie APPRIOU, Iván ARGOTE, Daniel ARSHAM, Genesis BELANGER, Anna-Eva BERGMAN, Sophie CALLE, Julian CHARRIÈRE, Johan CRETEN, Jean-Philippe DELHOMME, Mathilde DENIZE, Lionel ESTÈVE, Jens FÄNGE, Bernard FRIZE, Laurent GRASSO, Vivian GREVEN, Hans HARTUNG, Charles HASCOËT, Thilo HEINZMANN, John HENDERSON, Leslie HEWITT, Gregor HILDEBRANDT, Dora JERIDI, Susumu KAMIJO, Bharti KHER, Klara KRISTALOVA, Georges MATHIEU, Takashi MURAKAMI, Sophia NARRETT, Katherina OLSCHBAUR, Danielle ORCHARD, Jean-Michel OTHONIEL, Paola PIVI, Gabriel RICO, Claude RUTAULT, Emily Mae SMITH, Jesús Rafael SOTO, Josh SPERLING, Tatiana TROUVÉ, Xavier VEILHAN, Bernar VENET, Pieter VERMEERSCH, LEE Bae, QI Zhuo, SHIM Moon-Seup

2023年10月16日 - 2023年11月10日

巴黎

60 RUE DE TURENNE 75003 PARIS
2BIS AVENUE MATIGNON 75008 PARIS

Matignon - October+ group show

Jean-Marie APPRIOU, Sophie CALLE, Johan CRETEN, Jean-Philippe DELHOMME, Jens FÄNGE, Laurent GRASSO, Hans HARTUNG, Thilo HEINZMANN, Gregor HILDEBRANDT, JR, Klara KRISTALOVA, LEE Bae, Gabriel DE LA MORA, Takashi MURAKAMI, Tavares STRACHAN, Pieter VERMEERSCH

2023年1月10日 - 2023年4月5日

巴黎

2BIS AVENUE MATIGNON 75008 PARIS

Salon Perrotin Matignon

2022

LEE Bae

2022年11月4日 - 2022年12月17日

上海

3/F, 27 Hu Qiu Road, Huangpu District

Souffle d’Encre

LEE Bae

2022年1月8日 - 2022年3月12日

巴黎

76 RUE DE TURENNE 75003 PARIS
10 IMPASSE SAINT CLAUDE 75003 PARIS

Le noir en constellation

2021

LEE Bae

2021年8月7日 - 2021年9月11日

香港

807, K11 ATELIER Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Paradigm of Charcoal

2020

Sophie CALLE, Johan CRETEN, Bernard FRIZE, Laurent GRASSO, Thilo HEINZMANN, KIM Chong-Hak, LEE Bae, Georges MATHIEU, Jean-Michel OTHONIEL, Park Seo-Bo, Maria TANIGUCHI, Xavier VEILHAN

2020年11月24日 - 2021年2月6日

香港

807, 8/F, K11 ATELIER Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road,Tsim Sha Tsui

Floating World

LEE Bae

2020年7月3日 - 2020年8月18日

東京

Piramide Building, 1F, 6-6-9 Roppongi, Minato-ku

THE SUBLIME CHARCOAL LIGHT

2019

LEE Bae

2019年11月2日 - 2020年2月1日

紐約

130 Orchard Street

Promenade

2018

LEE Bae

2018年3月17日 - 2018年5月26日

巴黎

76 RUE DE TURENNE 75003 PARIS

Black Mapping

"LE NOIR EN CONSTELLATION" AT PERROTIN PARIS

"LE NOIR EN CONSTELLATION" AT PERROTIN PARIS

LEE Bae

"THE SUBLIME CHARCOAL LIGHT" AT PERROTIN TOKYO

"THE SUBLIME CHARCOAL LIGHT" AT PERROTIN TOKYO

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