This summer from June 17 to November 2, the Palace of Versailles presents ten sculptural works by Korean-born artist Lee Ufan throughout the palace's historic grounds.
Lee Ufan emerged in the 1960s as one of the leading proponents of the Japanese avant-garde and has dedicated his post-minimalist practice to distilling the relationship between space, perception and object. Inspired by the radicalism of Arte Povera in the 1960s, Lee was at the forefront of Japan’s first internationally recognized movement, Mono-ha, which translates to ―Object School or ―School of Things, emphasizing an appreciation of nature and materials. Using only two materials ―steel and stone ―Lee creates contemplative sculptures that correspond with the palace's majestic gardens.
Lee is the fourth guest artist selected for Versailles's prestigious contemporary art program. Past artists include Jeff Koons (2008), Takashi Murakami (2010), Joana Vasconcelos (2012) and Giuseppe Penone (2013).
Read Le Monde's interview with the artist, here.
For more on how to visit the exhibition, check out Versailles' website, here.