Artist

李禹煥/Lee Ufan

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Lee Ufan was born in South Korea in 1936. He studied painting at the College of Fine Arts at Seoul National University until he moved to Japan in 1956 and graduated from Nihon University, Department of Philosophy in 1961. Lee Ufan emerged as the leading theorist and main practitioner of the Japanese avant-garde art movement Mono-ha and has continued to be active in Tokyo, Seoul and Paris. Lee Ufan has been the subject of various solo exhibitions in major international museums including Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity, Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2011 and Lee Ufan Versailles, 2014. Lee is a recipient of numerous prizes and awards including 13th Praemium Imperiale (Painting), Tokyo, 2001 and UNESCO Prize at Shanghai Biennale in 2000.

EDUCATION

1956 Interrupted studies at Seoul National University and came to Japan
1961 Graduated from Nihon University, Department of Philosophy, Tokyo
1969 Awarded prize for critical writing ″From Object to Being″, Tokyo
Leads the Mono-ha movement after having successfully attracted artists following until then the vision tricks trends launched around 1968, Tokyo
1973 through 2007 Professor of Tama Art University, Tokyo
1997 Invited professor at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris
2000 UNESCO Prize (in Shanghai Biennale), Paris-Shanghai
2001 13th Praemium Imperiale (Painting), Tokyo
2005 Artists Summit, Kyoto

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1967 Sato Gallery, Tokyo
1970 74 Tamura Gallery, Tokyo
1971 Pinar Gallery, Tokyo
1972 Myong-Dong Gallery, Seoul
1973, 77, 80, 83, 86, 89, 91, 93, 95, 96, 99, 08 Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo
1975, 1977, 1980 Galerie Eric Fabre, Paris
1976, Gallery Spectrum, Antwerp
1976,78, 89, 95, 00, 06 Galerie m, Bochum, Germany
1978, 1984, 87, 90, 97, 03 Gallery Hyundai, Seoul
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark
The Antwerp Gallery, Antwerp
1978, 81, 84, 86, 89, 93, 98, 01, 06 Shirota Gallery, Tokyo
1979 Gallery Takagi, Nagoya
Marl Sculpture Museum, Germany
1980, 1983, 86, 89, 91 Gallery Ueda, Tokyo
1982, Studio Marconi, Milano
1984, 1986, 89, 92, 95 Galerie de Paris, Paris
1985, 1990, 99 Kamakura Gallery, Tokyo
1988, The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Japan
Galerie Anselm Dreher, Berlin
Padiglione D'Arte Contemporanea, Milano
1990, 1991, 94 Inkong Gallery, Seoul
1991, 97 Lorenzelli Arte, Milano
Hara Museum ARC, Japan
1992, 1996, 00, 01, 06 Konggan Gallery, Busan, Korea
1993 The Museum of Modern Art Kamakura, Japan
1994 Fondazione Mudima, Milano
The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
1995, Städtisches Museum Leverkusen, Germany
1996, Galerie J. Moussion, Paris
1997, Gallery Bhak, Seoul
Space Shimoda, Tokyo
1998 Städtisches Museum im STÄDEL, Frankfurt
Mitaka City Gallery of Art, Nigata City Art Museum, Japan
01 Sigong Gallery, Taegoo, Korea
1999 Liliane & Michel Durand-Dessert, Paris
2001 Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
2002 SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo
2003 Samsung Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
2004 Musée St.Louis Fernet Branca, Alsace
2005 Musée d'Art Moderne, Saint-Etienne
2006 Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp
IBU Gallery, Paris
2007 Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Wien
52nd La Biennale di Venezia, palazzo Palumbo Fossati, Venice
2008 The Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels
Dahlem Museum, BerlinPace Wildenstein, New York

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