Crashing: at Southbank, 30 Years of Provocations by Lee Bul
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Dreamlike, provocative, iconoclastic and spectacular - the art of Lee Bul, protagonist of the Asian art scene, acclaimed at the International Biennials and lauded by New York’s MoMa, which could do nothing less than give her a personal exhibition. 50 years from the founding of the Hayward Gallery and 30 from the debut of the South Korean artist, the exhibition space of the Southbank pays homage with a complete retrospective which embraces every dimension of her explosive journey - from the costumes of her first shocking performances on the streets of Tokyo to the cyborg bodies inspired by the theories of Donna Haraway, from the monstrous sculptures of mutant flesh to a gigantic dirigible and an installation of mirrors capable of projecting visitors onto the infinite streets of illusion itself. Science fiction, visionary architecture and personal experiences mix in the imagination of Lee Bul, taking form out of the most varied of materials - silk and mother-of-pearl, but also fibreglass, Swarovski crystal and silicon. Finally, her most recent works offer a truly personal exploration of the theme of landscapes. The work moves from daily life to fantasy, even offering unpredictable looks at the human body as well.