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Opening: South Korean Artist Lee Ufan in Arles

Published on , by Virginie Chuimer-Layen

Lee Ufan Arles has just opened in the Hôtel Vernon, a hôtel particulier (private mansion) where his minimalist works are in their element. A look back at this sumptuous collection that embodies the essence of his philosophy.

Lee Ufan (b. 1936), Relatum-Fontaine, stone. © Adagp Lee Ufan, photo archives kamel... Opening: South Korean Artist Lee Ufan in Arles

Lee Ufan (b. 1936), Relatum-Fontaine, stone. 
© Adagp Lee Ufan, photo archives kamel mennour, Courtesy the artist and kamel mennour, Paris

South Korean artist Lee Ufan no longer needs an introduction. Held in high regard by collectors and institutions worldwide, the leader and theorist of the Mono-ha movement—literally the "school of things"—is regularly celebrated by major exhibitions, including at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 2011, the Château de Versailles in 2014 and the Centre Pompidou-Metz in 2019. In France, where he set foot for the first time in 1971 to attend the Biennale de Paris, Lee Ufan had a small studio in Montmartre for about 30 years. After the creation of the Lee Ufan Museum in Naoshima (2010) and the Lee Ufan Space in the Busan Museum of Art (2015), the visual artist, now 86 and supported by the kamel mennour Gallery, among others, is setting down deeper roots in Europe with the establishment of a new space in Arles . The Lee Ufan Arles Endowment Fund resulted from encounters, harmony and lucky breaks in the historic, memory-filled Proven çal  city. “I first came to…
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