• Price
  • Medium
LEE Yongbaek


Lee Yongbaek visualizes political and cultural issues of Korea as well as the narratives of existence and intuition of human beings in his very own unique ways: his medium includes single channel video, performance, sculpture, and painting. By crossing over distinctive mediums and showing experimental works that are intertwined—Lee constructs his unique structure in Korean contemporary art. 

Lee’s works can be categorized into four categories. series frankly expresses the social condition of our generation through drastic contrast between an angel and a soldier. is simply comprised of a mirror, a flat screen, and a computer. This particular series focus on existence—displaying a mirror seeming to suddenly break with earsplitting sound. When standing in front of it, the viewer questions whether this breaking of the mirror is real or an illusion. paintings portray real, live fish capturing artificial fish for survival, then abducted by its own attempt to survive, and a human being who would be holding a fishing pole between the two; this harsh paradox of existence is cruel pain, like an eternal punishment that has to be carried upon all living creature’s shoulders. sculpture series metaphorically unfolds contradictions of human existence and the barbarism of civilization by portraying the Virgin Mary and Jesus in two contrasting compositions. 

Born in 1966 in Gimpo, Korea, Lee Yongbaek graduated from the Department of Painting at Hongik University in Korea in 1990, the Department of Painting at Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design in Germany, and the Department of Sculpture at the Graduate School of the same university in 1995. Since graduation, he has been actively working in Korea and abroad. He held solo exhibitions at Alternative Space Loop, Arario Gallery in Beijing and Seoul, and in 2011 Venice Biennale, he was appointed for Korea Pavilion.



1966     Born in Gimpo, Korea 

1990     BFA Painting, College of Fine Arts, Hongik University, Seoul

1993     Freie Malerei, Staatliche Akademie der bildenden Künste Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

1995     MFA Bildhauerei, Staatliche Akademie der bildenden Künste Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

Lives and works in Seoul



Solo Exhibitions

2018     Korean Mosaic, Maehyangri Studio, Hwaseong, Korea

2016     An Unfamiliar Path, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul

2014     Handheld Shooting, Spinnerei Halle 12 - WERKSCHAU, Leipzig, Germany

2011     New Angel, PIN Gallery, Beijing

             54th Venice Biennale Korean Pavilion - The Love is Gone, but the Scar will Heal, Venice

2006     Angel-Soldier, +Gallery, Nagoya, Japan

2005     Angel-Soldier, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei

1999     Tactile Documentary, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul

1993     Installation and Drawings, Gallerie Zehentscheuer, Munsingen, Germany

1990     Material and Immaterial, Sonamu Gallery, Seoul



Selected Group Exhibitions

2016     Before the Beginning and After the End, K Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul

             Please Return to Busan Port: 21 Korean Contemporary Artists, Vestfossen Museum, Vestfossen, Norway

             Nanjing International Art Festival (NIJAF), Nanjing, China

             Suncheon Bay International Eco-Environment Art Festival (SEEAF), Suncheon, Korean

             Seoul ArtStation Project, Seocho T-Center, Seoul

2015     Paradox of Place: Contemporary Korean Art, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Seattle, U.S.A.

             Brilliant City, Sejong Hyundai Motorgallery, Seoul

             7th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, Paju, Korea

             Malmo Photo Biennale, Malmo, Sweden

             The 70th Anniversary of Liberation Day: NK Project, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

             Have a Good Day Mr.Kim!, Choi & Lager Gallery, Cologne, Germany

             Singapore Open Media Art Festival (SOMAF), Singapore

             brilliant memories, Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul

             Media Salon de SeMA: SeMA's New Acquisitions 2014 , Seoul Museum of Art (Buk Seoul Museum of Art), Seoul

2014     2nd Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale, Shenzhen, China

             The Moment, We Awe, Sanshang Contemporary Art Museum, Hangzhou, China

             Prism – Nam June Paik and New Media Art, Gyeongnam Art Museum, Changwon, Korea 

             Liquid Times, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul 

2013     Distilling Senses: A Journey through Art and Technology in Asian Contemporary Art, Hong Kong Arts Center, 

             Hong Kong

             NO Questions, Klingental Exhibition Space, Basel, Switzerland

             The Moment, We Awe, HOW Art Museum, Wenzhou, China

             A Soldier's Tale: 130 Years of Friendship, 60 Years of Memories, Asia House, London

             Transform, Korean Cultural Center, Bangkok

             The Moment, We Awe, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul

             Biennale Cuv ée, OK Center for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria

             Either – Or, Nikolaj Contemporary Art Centre, Copenhagen; Haus am Waldsee, Berlin 

             Avesta Art 2013, Avesta, Sweden

             Move on Asia. Video Art in Asia 2002~2012, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany

2012     Global Groove, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, U.S.A.

             Road to 12 – 104 miles: Palais de Glace, Buenos Aires

             The Digital Aesthetic 2012, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, U.K.

             Cynical Resistance, Canvas International Art, Amsterdam

             One Must Imagine Sisyphus Happy, House of the Nobleman, London

             Thoughts on Body, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul

             ReBooting, Yanhuang Art Museum, Beijing

             Dare to Share, Barents Spectacle 2012, Norway

2011     Together – Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Dr. Park Gallery, Yangpyeong, Korea

             3rd DMZ Korean International Documentary Festival Special Section – We Are Who You Are, Gallery 

             Jijihyang, Paju, Korea

             Root of Imagination, Gallery Absinthe, Seoul

             Fool the Eye, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Seoul

             Abstract it! – National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

             Chimera, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore

2010     Spring and Autumn, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul

             Plastic Garden: Korean Contemporary Art, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai

             A Different Similarity, Bochum Art Association, Bochum, Germany

2009     Image Nation, Salon de H, Seoul

             Boondocks, Kunsthalle Faust, Hanover, Germany

             A Different Similarity, SantralIstanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

             Moscow Biennale, Moscow

             Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia

             Korean Eye: Moon Generation, Saatchi Gallery, London

             Passage_09, Universal Cube, Leipzig, Germany; Spinnerei Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

             Beginning of New Era, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul

             IDA project: Vernacular Terrain Video and New Media, China; Japan; Australia

             APT Project, Artist Pension Trust, Beijing

             Peppermint Candy: Contemporary Korean Art, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, 

             Gwacheon, Korea

2008     Modest Monuments Contemporary Art from Korea, King's Lynn Art Centre, Norfolk, U.K.

             3rd Nanjing Triennale – Reflective Asia, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, China

             5th Busan Biennale – Expenditure, Busan, Korea

             Fantasy Studio Project, The Blade Factory, Liverpool, U.K.

             Extended Senses: Present of Korea, Japan Media Art, Alternative Space Loop, Seoul

             Peppermint Candy: Contemporary Korean Art, National Museum of Fine Arts Argentina, Buenos Aires,


             Re-view: As a Characteristic of the Contemporary Art, Gyeongnam Art Museum, Changwon, Korea

2007     Trans Pop: Korea Vietnam Remix, Arko Art Center, Seoul

             Soft Power, Korea Foundation Cultural Center, Seoul

             Peppermint Candy: Contemporary Korean Art, Santiago Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago

             Tina B. The Prague Contemporary Art Festival, Prague

2006     Through the Looking Glasses, Asia House, London

             ALLLooKSAME/TUTTTUGUALE: Art China Korea Japan Art, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy

             Spotlight 30 Women, Papertainer Museum, Seoul

             Softness, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul 

             Circuit Diagram_London, Project Space CELL, London

             Circuit Diagram_Seoul, Songwon Museum of Art, Seoul

             SLOW TECH, Museum of contemporary Art, Taipei

             EXPOSED: Black Box And Crystal Ball, Debating Chamber, London County Hall, Harrods  Department Store, 

             LG i Gallery, London

             The Art of Passat-ism, Utsunomiya Museum of Art, gallery Q, Tokyo

             On Difference, Würtenbergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

             Chunggye Media Theater, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

             5th International film festival on clay and glass, Le Corum, Montpellier, France

2005     Two Asia, Two Europe, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai

             Banana Surfer, Ieum Gallery, Beijing

             Post IMF, Art Ark Gallery, Shanghai

             From Berlin to DMZ, Seoul Olympic Museum, Seoul

2004     Exhibition JACK!, Contemporary Art and Spirits(CAS), Osaka, Japan

             Digital Sublime in the 2nd Media City Seoul Biennale in Taipei, MoCA, Taipei

             Unusual Combination, +gallery, Tokyo

             Out of the Window, The Japan Foundation Asia Center, Tokyo

             Hommage A PAIK, Space C, Seoul

2003     Mobile Project 01 Milano 'Pronto', Alternative Space Care of, Milano, Italy

             Modern Art in Hardcore Dior, Won Gallery, Seoul

             S.O.S, Galerie Weisser Elefant, Berlin

             Jeonju International Film Festival, Jeonju, Korea

             Electronic Power, KEPCO art center, Seoul

             Crossing 2003: Korea/Hawaii I, Hawaii Art Gallery, Hawaii, U.S.A.

2002     8th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition, Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu, U.S.A. 

             2nd International Media Art Biennale – Media City 2002, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

             5th Gwangju Biennale Project 4 – Pause, Gwangju, Korea

             The Color of Korea, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

             Nam June Paik & Media Art, Yonsei University, Seoul

             Media Art, Daejeon-NewYork, Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, Korea

             CRASTO Festival, Chung Ang University, Seoul

             Reconsideration of Media, Ichon Contemporary Art Center, Ichon, Korea

             Intersection: Architecture and Art, Space imA, Seoul

2001     A Second, Alternative Space Loop, Seoul

2000     Seoul International Performance Art Festival, SIPAF, Seoul

             Venice Biennale 2000 (Archtecture), Arsenale, Venice, Italy

             Media City Seoul 2000: Digital Alice, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

             Enfant Terrible, Ssamzie Space, Seoul

             Artificiality Emotion, Gallery Fusion, Seoul

             Discussion, Exhibition of Small Group 80', The Korean Culture & Arts Foundation, Seoul

             Daejeon Media Art 2000, Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, Korea

             Shamanism of Cyber Space, Hanwon Museum of Art, Seoul

1999     The Turn of the Century, Sungkok Museum, Seoul

             Media & City: Century of Light, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

1998     Media In & Out, Seonam Museum, Seoul

1996     Technology Vs. Anti-Technology, The Korean Culture & Arts Foundation, Seoul

             96’Science and Art Show, Interactive Gallery COEX, Seoul

             10th Anniversary Exhibition, Gallerie Zehentscheuer, Munsingen, Germany

1995     Skulpturen und Objekte, Kunst Haus, Ullum, Germany

             Bereuhrung, Stadtmuseum Esslingen im Gelben Haus, Esslingen, Germany

             Touching, Esslingen National Museum, Esslingen, Germany

             Music and Video, Willhelum Teather, Stuttgart, Germany

             Sculpture, Glasskasten, Stuttgart, Germany

             Academy 3rd Prize, Vereingung von Freunden Academie der Bildenden Keunste, Stuttgart, Germany

1994     In der Feme so Nah, Am Boschwerk, Stuttgart, Germany

             Academy Group Prize, Vereiningung von Freunden der Akademie der Bildende Keunste, Stuttgart, Germany

1991     Standard-bearer of contemporary Art in Korea, Galleria Gallery, Seoul

1990     90’s Contemporary Art Exhibition Toward the Unification, TaRe Gallery, Seoul

             The 2nd Gold-Apple, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul

             Collection Group, Sam Jeong Gallery, Na Gallery, Seoul

             What Group Printmarking, Gallery 2000, Seoul

             Nu-Reum Group Printmarking, Kwan Hoon Gallery, Seoul

             Noise/OUT Group, Young Artist Gallery, Seoul

             Dong-A Fine Art Festival: Special Prize, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

1989     The 9th Exhibition of Korea contemporary Prints Public Subscription: Special Prize, Art Center of the Korean & 

             Culture Foundation, Seoul

             Korea-Japan Exchange Exhibition, Fukuoka University Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan

             The 13th Independents, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

1988     The 12th Independents, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

             Dong-A Art Festival, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea



Public Collections

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea

Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea

Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, Korea

ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Denmark,

Deutsche Bank Collection, Germany

Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum fur Gegenwart, Germany

Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany

The Sachsen Bank Art Collection, Germany

Sammlung Bankhaus Sal. Oppenheim. Koln, Germany

Sammlung Essl - Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Austria

Sammlung Rheingold GbR, Dusseldorf, Germany

The Scheringa Museum of Realist Art, Spanbroek, The Netherlands

The Rubell Family Collection, Miami

Fondazione Orsi, Milan, Italy

Tiroche Deleon Collection, Israel

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, U.S.A

HOW Art Museum, Shanghai





Why I Work With Dull And Tiring Themes


Aluminum, sponge(absorbing material)

380(h) x 170 x 30 cm / 970 x 380 cm

What makes the Earth Go Around?


HD video


Broken Mirror


HD video (3'43"), mixed media

1240(h) x 1900 cm

The Best Known Secret: Blind Landscape


Bakelite(plastic), aluminum

228(h) x 430 x 36 cm

An Unfamiliar Path


Aluminum, glass, motor controller

Dimensions variable

가로모드를 지원하지 않습니다.