Mire Lee

Mire Lee. Photo: Jihyun Kim

 

Works of Mire Lee (*1988) oscillate between horror and arousal, treating violence as a central component of subjectivity. In often monstrous creations made of industrial materials such as cement, wood, silicone, oil and clay, Lee confronts the boundaries between the abject and the arousing. The artist, born in Seoul and based in Berlin, fuses organic-appearing elements with motors or pumps, engaging viewers on a sensory level with works that feature fluids pulsating through tubes and gaping mouths of machines emanating raucous sounds. Exploring art as an intensely physical experience, her both riveting and repulsive sculptures and installations address themes of sexuality, violence, trauma and mental breakdown.

 

Mire Lee: Look, I’m a fountain of filth raving mad with love
MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, 2022
Video: Heinrich Schmidt
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Works
Mire Lee
Mire Lee
Look, I’m a fountain of filth raving mad with love, 2024

Mire Lee
Look, I’m a fountain of filth raving mad with love, 2024
Used formwork panels, cement mixers
Dimensions variable

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Mire Lee
Mire Lee
Untitled (burlap body piece with many holes) I, 2024

Mire Lee
Untitled (burlap body piece with many holes) I, 2024
Burlap, dried clay, wood
55 × 108 × 85 cm | 21 5/8 × 42 1/2 × 33 1/2 inches

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Mire Lee
Mire Lee
Untitled (burlap body piece with many holes) Concrete version, 2024

Mire Lee
Untitled (burlap body piece with many holes) Concrete version, 2024
Burlap, concrete
180 × 100 × 100 cm | 70 7/8 × 39 3/8 × 39 3/8 inches

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Mire Lee
Porridge, 2022

Mire Lee
Porridge, 2022
Concrete on wooden boards
45 × 121.5 × 5 cm | 17 3/4 × 47 7/8 × 2 inches

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Mire Lee
Eyes of Fountain of Filth VII, 2022

Mire Lee
Eyes of Fountain of Filth VII, 2022
Car oil on sculpted concrete
56.5 × 61 × 19.5 cm | 22 1/4 × 24 × 7 3/4 inches

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Mire Lee

Mire Lee
Look, I’m a fountain of filth raving mad with love, 2024
Used formwork panels, cement mixers
Dimensions variable

Mire Lee
Look, I’m a fountain of filth raving mad with love, 2024
Mire Lee
Mire Lee

Mire Lee
Look, I’m a fountain of filth raving mad with love, 2024

Mire Lee
Look, I’m a fountain of filth raving mad with love, 2024
Mire Lee
Mire Lee

Mire Lee
Look, I’m a fountain of filth raving mad with love, 2024 (detail)

Mire Lee
Look, I’m a fountain of filth raving mad with love, 2024
Mire Lee
Mire Lee

Mire Lee
Look, I’m a fountain of filth raving mad with love, 2024 (detail)

Mire Lee
Look, I’m a fountain of filth raving mad with love, 2024
Mire Lee

Mire Lee
Untitled (burlap body piece with many holes) I, 2024
Burlap, dried clay, wood
55 × 108 × 85 cm | 21 5/8 × 42 1/2 × 33 1/2 inches

Mire Lee
Untitled (burlap body piece with many holes) I, 2024
Mire Lee
Mire Lee

Mire Lee
Untitled (burlap body piece with many holes) I, 2024

Mire Lee
Untitled (burlap body piece with many holes) I, 2024
Mire Lee
Mire Lee

Mire Lee
Untitled (burlap body piece with many holes) I, 2024 (detail)

Mire Lee
Untitled (burlap body piece with many holes) I, 2024
Mire Lee

Mire Lee
Untitled (burlap body piece with many holes) Concrete version, 2024
Burlap, concrete
180 × 100 × 100 cm | 70 7/8 × 39 3/8 × 39 3/8 inches

Mire Lee
Untitled (burlap body piece with many holes) Concrete version, 2024
Mire Lee
Mire Lee

Mire Lee
Untitled (burlap body piece with many holes) Concrete version, 2024 (detail)

Mire Lee
Untitled (burlap body piece with many holes) Concrete version, 2024
Mire Lee

Mire Lee
Porridge, 2022
Concrete on wooden boards
45 × 121.5 × 5 cm | 17 3/4 × 47 7/8 × 2 inches

Mire Lee
Porridge, 2022
Mire Lee
Mire Lee

Mire Lee
Porridge, 2022 (detail)

Mire Lee
Porridge, 2022
Mire Lee

Mire Lee
Eyes of Fountain of Filth VII, 2022
Car oil on sculpted concrete
56.5 × 61 × 19.5 cm | 22 1/4 × 24 × 7 3/4 inches

Mire Lee
Eyes of Fountain of Filth VII, 2022
Mire Lee
Mire Lee

Mire Lee
Eyes of Fountain of Filth VII, 2022

Mire Lee
Eyes of Fountain of Filth VII, 2022
Mire Lee
Mire Lee

Mire Lee
Eyes of Fountain of Filth VII, 2022 (detail)

Mire Lee
Eyes of Fountain of Filth VII, 2022
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Current and Upcoming
Mire Lee
Keren Cytter, psycho the rapist, 2023

My Last Will
Group Exhibition
Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain, Luxembourg
Through September 8, 2024

In the exhibition and the eponymous artist’s book, My Last Will, 32 contemporary, international artists and artist groups respond to the question “What remains?”. They individually explore their legacy and try, each in their own way, to capture the core of what makes up their goals and interests with a central statement or a paradigmatic work. In doing so, they question their presumed significance for a future they will no longer experience and whose measures of value are still completely unknown to them.

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Connecting Bodies: Asian Women Artists
Group Exhibition
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Seoul
September 3, 2024–March 3, 2025

This international special exhibition will be focusing on the work of Asian women artists since the 1960s from a perspective of “transcorporeality.” The concept of transcorporeality bears connections with the feminist point-of-view, in that it emphasizes horizontal connections while resisting hierarchy. Focusing on subtopics that include “the body as heterogeneity,” “bodies as spaces of resistance,” “the body and technology,” and “women and community,” the exhibition attempts multidimensional exploration of Asian women’s art from a transnational, comparative cultural perspective, examining it in a new contemporary light.

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Mire Lee
Hong Lee Hyunsook, In the Neighborhood of Seokgwang-sa, 2020
Mire Lee
© Rikard Österlund

Mire Lee
Hyundai Commission: Mire Lee
Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London
October 8, 2024–March 16, 2025

Tate Modern and Hyundai Motor announce that Mire Lee will create the next annual Hyundai Commission. Mire Lee is known for her visceral sculptures which use kinetic, mechanised elements to invoke the tension between soft forms and rigid systems. Her new site-specific work for the Turbine Hall will be open to the public from 8 October 2024 to 16 March 2025. This will be the first major presentation of Lee’s work in the UK.

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Exhibitions at Sprüth Magers
Mire Lee

territory
Mire Lee, Liu Yujia, Gala Porras-Kim, Tan Jing, Zhang Ruyi
April 27–July 27, 2024
Berlin

On the occasion of Gallery Weekend Berlin 2024, Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers are pleased to present territory, a group show of works by Mire Lee, Liu Yujia, Gala Porras-Kim, Tan Jing, and Zhang Ruyi, curated by Shi-ne Oh. It will be Sprüth Magers’ first group exhibition focusing exclusively on female Asian artists. The title, territory, naturally associated with aggressive political policies and behaviours, questions the vast definitions of borders and boundaries and how they both limit and liberate our transgressive desires on physical as well as psychological terrain.

The five artists will transform all of the gallery’s spaces, premiering works that examine the bounds of the body, disgust and morality, and the restraints of language, history and memory. Diverse in media and approach, the artworks on view employ unpredictable materials to engage and challenge viewers’ senses.

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Press

Openings: Mire Lee
Artforum, article by Pablo Larios, April 30, 2024

Tate Modern Taps Fast-Rising South Korean Artist Mire Lee for Turbine Hall Commission
Artnet News, article by Andrew Russeth, February 14, 2024

Mire Lee’s Deep-Rooted Romanticism
Frieze, interview by Alvin Li, September 6, 2022

Biography

Mire Lee (*1988, Seoul) lives and works in Seoul and Berlin. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Department of Sculpture (2012) and in Media Arts (2013) from Seoul National University. Her recent solo exhibitions include Black Sun, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2023), and Look, I’m a fountain of filth raving mad with love, Zollamt – MMK, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main (2022).

Education
2012 BFA, College of Fine Arts, Seoul National University, South Korea
Awards, Grants and Fellowships
2023 Gold Art Prize, Gold House
2022 PONTOPREIS MMK
2021 Special Prize, Future Generation Art Prize, Victor Pinchuk Foundation
2018 Residency at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam
2017 SeMA Nanji Residency, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
Public Collections
Center Pompidou, Paris, France
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA
Fundacion Medianoche0, Granada, Spain
MMCA (National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art), Seoul, South Korea
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea