BAE BIEN-U

Presentation

Bae Bien-U has practiced the art of photography for the past 40 years. Today, he has become incontestably the biggest photographer from Korea. Recognized around the world, his work above all reflects in a universal language the preoccupation of the Korean people to live in harmony with nature.

Bae Bien-U panoramic photographs show nature in perpetual movement. His emblematic series of sacred trees, the ocean and the Orums – volcanic hills on a Korean island – encourages the spectator to pause to better escape to and meditate on the landscape.

Biography

Born in 1950, in Yeosu, South Korea; Lives and works in Seoul, South Korea

1981 – Present      
Professor of Photography, Seoul Institute of the Arts, Seoul, South Korea

1988 – 1989                           
Research Faculty, Photography & Design Department, University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany

1978                                      
MFA, Hongik University, Seoul, South Korea

1974                                      
BFA, Hongik University, Seoul, South Korea
 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (selection)

2018
-Cycle, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

2016
- L’esprit du lieu, Musée de la Mer, Cannes, France
- PART :MEET, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong, China

2015
- Museum of modern and contemporary art, Métropole, Saint Etienne, France
- Bae Bien-U, Domaine National de Chambord, France

2014                      
- Bae Bien-U: Pins de Gyeon Gju, Domaine de Chaumont sur Loire, France
- Conterbalance, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

2013      
- Chaumont sur Loire, France
- Windscape, Gana Art Center, Seoul, Korea

2012                       
-Windscape, Galerie RX, Paris, France.
-Sailing the seas, GS Yeulmaru, Yeosu, Korea

2011                       
-Bae, Bien-U, Art Sonje Museum, Gyeongju, Korea
-Convexconcave, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

2010                      
-Where God and Man Collide, The House for Mozart for Salzburg Festival, Salzburg, Austria

2009                      
-Soul Garden, National Museum of Contemporary Art in Deoksugung, Seoul, Korea
-Soul Garden, Museo de Bellas Artes de Granada in Palacio de Carlos V. La Alhambra, Granada, Spain
-Sacred Wood: Bae Bien-U, Aando Fine Art, Berlin; Galerie Zur Stockeregg, Zurich, Switzerland

2008     
-Bae Bien U, Phillips de Pury & Company, London, UK
-Timeless Photography, Bozar Center for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium

2006                      
-Bae, Bien-U, 9th Photo España, Thyssen Museum, Madrid, Spain

2005                     
-Bae, Bien-U, Pollar Gallery, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

2003                      
-Tahiti Festival de la Photographie, Tahiti

2002                      
-Bae Bien-U, Art Sonje Center, Seoul, Korea

2001                      
-Bae, Bien-U, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, USA

1998                      
- Photographies de Kyungju, Galerie Jean-Luc & Takako Richard, Paris, France

1993                      
-Meeting and Departure, Seoul Art Center, Seoul, Korea

1989                      
-Landscapes, Hochschule Gallery, Bielefeld, Germany

1988                      
-Korean Landscapes, Raiffeisen Bank Gallery, Bamberg, Germany

1985                      
-Marado, Hanmadang Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1982                      
-Seascapes, Kwan Hoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection)

2019
- Oeuvres Choisies, Galerie RX, Paris, France.
- EXPO Chicago, Galerie RX, Chicago, United States.
- Paris Photo, Galerie RX, Grand Palais, Paris, France.

2018
-Oeuvres Choisies. Lee Bae, Bae Bien-U, Elger Esser, Hermann Nitsch, Galerie RX, Paris, France.
-Fotografías Circa XX Pilar Citoler. Naturalezas Y Arquitecturas, Museo Barjola, Gijón, Spain.
-Arts & Nature Social Club, Circle Culture, Berlin, Germany.
-Time Frames: Contemporary East Asian Photography, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, USA.
- EXPO Chicago, Galerie RX, Chicago, USA.

2017
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Photo London Public Commission Project, Somerset House, London, United Kingdom.
-PARIS PHOTO 2017, Galerie RX, Grand Palais, Paris, France

2016      
- ART 16, London's Global Art Fair, RX Gallery, London, UK.
- ArtParis, Art Paris Art Fair 2016, RX Gallery, Paris, France.
- Public to Private: Korean Contemporary Photography since 1989, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea.
-Biennale de Venise, Palazzo Fortuny, Italie, Commissariat : Axel Vervoordt
-Winter, Galerie RX, Paris
-Paris Photo, Galerie RX, Paris

2015
- A Homage to Korean Architecture – Wisdom of the Earth, Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea.
- Biennale: Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy

2014                      
- Lost in Landscape, Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy
- Korean Beauty: Two Kinds of Nature, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

2013                      
-L’Arbre qui ne meurt pas, Théâtre des Sablon, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

2012                      
- The Aged Future, Culture Station Seoul 284, Seoul, Korea

2011                       
-TRA: Edge of Becoming, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy
- 38°N Snow South: Korean Contemporary Art, Galleri Charlotte Lund, Stockholm, Sweden

2010                      
-The Wind in the Pines: 5000 years of Korean Art, Hermitage Art Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
-Eternal Blinking, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii, USA

2009                      
-Infinitum, Palazzo Fortuny, the 53rd Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

2008                      
-Bozar Festival: Made in Korea, Bozar Center for Fine Arts, Brussel, Belgium

2007                      
Void in Korean Art, Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea

2006                      
-Simply Beautiful, Centre PasquArt, Biel, Switzerland

1998                      
-Alienation and Assimilation, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA
-Contemporary Art from Korea, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
-Slowness of Speed, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

1997                      
-Fast Forward, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada
-Inside Out, ICA, Philadelphia, USA

1996                      
-An Aspect of Korean Art in 1990's, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

1995                      
-Territory of Mind, Mito Art Tower, Ibaraki, Japan

1992                      
-Horizon of Korean Photography, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

-Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
-National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
-National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea
-National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
-Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, USA
-Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, Chicago, USA
-21C Museum, Kentucky, Kentucky, USA
-Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

-Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

-Domaine de Chaumont sur Loire, France
-The Sol LeWitt Collection, USA
-Elton John Collection, UK
-Afinsa Collection, Germany
-Isac Andic Ermay, MANGO Collection, Spain
-SISLEY Collection, Italy
-Calder Foundation, USA
 
PUBLICATIONS

2018
- And pines embroidered the sky, Arnaud Bizalion Editeur, France.

2015
- Bae Bien-U, D’une forêt l’autre, Somogy Editions d’art, France.

2014                      
- Elements between the sea and the sky of Jeju, P.I.E. Books, Japan;

2011                       
- Windscape, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Germany.
- Baram, Hangilart, Korea.

2010                      
- Painting with Light, Culturebooks, Korea.

2009                      
-Changdeokgung, Seoul, Culturebooks, Korea.
-Alhambra, Jardín del Alma – Soul Garden, Patronage of Alhambra and Generalife, Spain.

2008                     
- Sacred Wood, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Germany.

2005                     
- The Beauty of Korea, Youlhwadang Publishers, Korea.
- Bae Bien-U, Hong Design, Korea.

1999                      
- Horizon, Hong Design, Korea.

1998                      
- Chongmyo Royal Ancestral Shrine of the Chosun Dynasty, Samsung Foundation of Culture, Korea.

1995                      
- Art Vivant-Bae Bien-U’s Works, Sigongsa, Korea.

1993                      
- Sonamu, Ahn Graphics and Books, Korea.

1985                      
- Marado, Ahn Graphics and Books, Korea.

1982                     
- Works - Bae Bien-U, Madang Publishing Company, Korea.