Mire Lee to create next Tate Modern Turbine Hall commission

Mire Lee. Photo: Melissa Schriek. Courtesy the artist and Tina Kim Gallery

Tate Modern and Hyundai Motor announce that Mire Lee will create the next annual Hyundai Commission. Lee, born in South Korea in 1988, lives and works between Amsterdam and Seoul. She uses industrial materials including steel, cement, oil, silicone and clay to create sculptures that which use kinetic, mechanised elements to invoke the tension between soft forms and rigid systems. The sculptures combine organic elements to create atmospheric sculptures and installation that feel alive and affecting.

Lee’s recent solo exhibitions include Black Sun (2023) at the New Museum, New York; Look, I’m a fountain of filth raving mad with love (2022) at ZOLLAMTMMK, MMK Frankfurt; HR Giger & Mire Lee (2022) at Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin; and Carriers (2020) at Art Sonje Center, Seoul. Her work was also featured in several group exhibitions including the 59th Venice Biennale Venice (2022); 11th Busan Biennale (2022), Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg (2021), Antenna Space, Shanghai (2020), the 15th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon (2019), Art Sonje, Seoul (2019), Sharjah Art Foundation (2019), and the 12th Gwangju Biennale Pavilion Project (2018). She has taken part in residencies at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam (2018); Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA Nanji Residency) (2017), and was the recipient of a Special Prize at the 2021 Future Generation Art Prize.

Karin Hindsbo, Director of Tate Modern, said ‘Mire Lee is one of today’s most intriguing and original contemporary artists and we are delighted she will be creating her first work in the UK here at Tate Modern. Lee produces powerful sculptures, and we look forward to seeing how she transforms the iconic Turbine Hall with her subversive, multi-sensory forms.’

Her Tate commission will run 8 October 2024 – 16 March 2025.

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