Lee Ufan and Young Sook Park ceramics

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The Gallery Art Zone at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul offers a beautiful collection of Korean ceramics designed by renowned contemporary artists and ceramicists such as the legendary Lee Ufan and Young Sook Park who started collaborating in the early 1980s.

Lee Ufan (b. 1936, Haman-gun, Kyongsangnamdo, Korea) is the 2014 recipient of the Kanagawa Prefecture Cultural Prize and the 2001 Praemium Imperiale, awarded by the Japan Art Association. Lee’s work has been celebrated in numerous international solo and group exhibitions including the Gwangju Biennale (2000, 2006), São Paulo Biennial (1969, 1973) and Documenta (1977). His work is currently featured at the Palazzo Contarini-Polignac that is a collateral event of the Venice Biennale.

In April, the Busan Metropolitan Art Museum opened a permanent installation of Lee’s work in its new building and on its grounds. Spanning approximately 15,000 square feet of gallery space on two levels, the Lee Ufan Gallery includes painting and sculpture from different decades of his career. It is the museum’s only gallery dedicated to a single artist.

Lee has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions worldwide at institutions including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2011); Kunstmuseum Bonn (2001). His exhibition Resonance was part of the 2007 Venice Biennale.

In 2010, the Tadao Ando-designed Lee Ufan Museum opened in Naoshima, Japan.