Hyun-Sook Lee

Seoul-based gallerist and champion of South Korean and international contemporary art

This twinkly-eyed dealer, collector and all-round grande dame of the Korean art scene has had a solid Year of the Monkey, with her gallery Kukje (meaning ‘international’ in Korean) sticking to what’s familiar and what works. This involves mounting solos for international artworld stars such as Anish Kapoor, currently showing recent works and his classic concave discs (Gathering Clouds, 2014), and Korea’s blue-chip names, including abstract artist Kim Hong Joo and Dansaekhwa master Chung Chang-Sup. The gallery, which also represents a midcareer generation of Korean artists such as Haegue Yang and Kimsooja, continues to promote the work of emerging practitioners. Its edgy summer show, Wellknown Unknown, featured experimental artists and collectives that work between disciplines, such as Min Oh, an artist influenced by design and music, and Kim Heecheon, an architect making artworks that reflect on urban experience.