Mire Lee at the Turbine Hall

by Alain Chivilò


From 2000 the Turbine Hall area at Tate Modern, London, is permitting to contemporary artists new site specific works and installations. At the turn of two years, visitors can display and enter inside the creations.

Through the collaboration and partnership with Hyundai Motor, for now until 2026, the Hyundai Annual Commission creates new conceptualizations.

The next artist selected is the South Korean Mire Lee, scheduled from 8 October 2024 to 16 March 2025 in the first major presentation of her work inside UK.

Tensions and structures between soft forms and rigid systems. A sort of kineticity for industrial elements combined with machinery that activates fluids creating different perceptions and sensitivities. Sculptures and installations must enter the space and involve the viewer who enters these architectural forms through his senses.

Cement, silicone, clay, oil, steel bars are composed with effects desired by Mire Lee in swelling, dripping and dripping for an organic and raw appearance in its appearance.

The Hyundai Annual Commission at the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, is curated by Ann Coxon, Curator, International Art, Tate Modern, Alvin Li, Curator, International Art, supported by Asymmetry Art Foundation, Tate Modern and Bilal Akkouche, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern.

As commented the Director of Tate Modern Karin Hindsbo, “Mire Lee is one of today’s most intriguing and original contemporary artists and we are delighted she will be creating her first work in the UK here at Tate Modern”. Besides, as Hindsbo stated, “Lee produces powerful sculptures, and we look forward to seeing how she transforms the iconic Turbine Hall with her subversive, multi-sensory forms”.

Mire Lee (b. 1988, Seoul) lives and works between Seoul, South Korea and Amsterdam, Netherlands. She has a bachelor’s degree from the Department of Sculpture (2012) and a graduate degree in media art (2013) from the Seoul National University College of Fine Arts. Her recent solo exhibitions include Black Sun (2023) at the New Museum, New York; Look, I’m a fountain of filth raving mad with love (2022) at ZOLLAMTMMK, MMK Frankfurt; HR Giger & Mire Lee (2022) at Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin; and Carriers (2020) at Art Sonje Center, Seoul. Lee’s work was also featured in several group exhibitions including presentations at the 59th Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2022), 11th Busan Biennale (2022), Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg (2021), Antenna Space, Shanghai (2020), the 15th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon (2019), Art Sonje, Seoul (2019), Sharjah Art Foundation (2019), and the 12th Gwangju Biennale Pavilion Project (2018). She has taken part in residencies at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam (2018); Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA Nanji Residency) (2017), and was the recipient of a Special Prize at the 2021 Future Generation Art Prize.


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