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Lee Ufan and His Friends III 《Christian Boltanski : 4.4》
Lee Ufan and His Friends III 《Christian Boltanski : 4.4》
  • Period 2021-10-15~2022-03-27
  • Work Type Internal
  • Artworks Count 43
  • Place 본관 3층, 이우환공간
  • Contact 051-744-2602
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Lee Ufan and His Friends III 《Christian Boltanski : 4.4》
“I don’t know where I want to die. I think I shall die somewhere, making a show…and I shall be in a country very far away. Making a retrospective in Ulaanbaatar. Like the old clown, traveling all the time and dying on the road.”
From a 2015 conversation with Hiroshi Sugimoto

As the third exhibition of the series Lee Ufan and His Friends, the Busan Museum of Art hosts “Christian Boltanski: 4.4” This is the artist’s largest retrospective held in Korea since a 1997 solo exhibition at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, as well as his first posthumous exhibition. The title of the exhibition, 4.4, refers to 1944, the year he was born. The artist once said that it is interesting that the number 4 symbolizes death in Korea since its pronunciation “sa (사, 死)” is identical to that of a Chinese character meaning death (“sa”: 사, 死). During the preparation of the exhibition, the artist was aware that he did not have many remaining days to live. He deliberately chose this title, because he thought that this moment to him was like “the last stage of life,” if life is divided into 4 stages. In addition, the period after the number “4” is also a signifier symbolizing the end of the artist’s life.

This exhibition consists of a total of 43 pieces ranging from Boltanski’s earliest to his most recent works. Before passing away on July 14 this year, he took care of everything from selecting the works to editing and updating them and designing the exhibition space. The exhibition is on the third floor of the main exhibition hall and the ground floor of Space Lee Ufan, where visitors are greeted by the Korean typography of “출발 (Départ/Departure)” and “도착 (Arrivée/Arrival)” and French one “Après (After)” designed by the artist himself. These are not words to delimit the sections of the exhibition, but rather guideposts to “life and death,” questions about which the artist throughout his lifetime has always posed to viewers. The artist is usually known as "an artist of Shoah” (השואה, literally ‘catastrophe’ in Hebrew, referring to the Holocaust that unfolded during the Second World War). Nevertheless, he reminds us of the implicit messages inside the works—about presence and absence, life and death, memory and oblivion. Even though death as an artistic theme is always uncomfortable to face, the artist ceaselessly sought after that uncomfortable truth.

Notably, he said that because of the current pandemic, death is no longer being hidden. In the East, death is accepted as part of life, whereas in Western society since capitalism, there has been complete in denial of it. Now, referring to Covid-19, the artist said that “because of this disease, death is being discussed again as something omnipresent surrounding us.”

As the title “4.4” suggests, in the awareness that this would be his last exhibition while he was still alive, the artist, through his works at the exhibition, poses questions of “death”, the theme he has been exploring throughout his life.


Work Introduction

  • 출발(Départ) 관련 첨부 이미지 크리스티앙 볼탕스키(Christian Boltanski)
    출발(Départ)
    2021
    전구(light bulbs)
    130x220cm
  • 기념비(Monument, M002TER)관련 첨부 이미지 크리스티앙 볼탕스키(Christian Boltanski)
    기념비(Monument, M002TER)
    1986
    금속 프레임, 전구(steel frames, light bulbs)
    300x127cm
  • 저장소: 퓨림 축제(Réserve: La Fête du Pourim)관련 첨부 이미지 크리스티앙 볼탕스키(Christian Boltanski)
    저장소: 퓨림 축제(Réserve: La Fête du Pourim)
    1989
    금속 상자, 사진, 램프(steel boxes, photos, lamps)
    178x195x21.5cm
  • 기침하는 남자(L 크리스티앙 볼탕스키(Christian Boltanski)
    기침하는 남자(L'Homme qui tousse)
    1969
    영상(video)
    가변크기(Environmental dimension)
  • 그림자 연극(Théâtre d 크리스티앙 볼탕스키(Christian Boltanski)
    그림자 연극(Théâtre d'ombres)
    1986
    피규어, 스포트라이트, 금속 구조물, 선풍기(figures, spotlights, metal structure, fans)
    가변크기(Environmental dimension)
  • 심장(Cœur)관련 첨부 이미지 크리스티앙 볼탕스키(Christian Boltanski)
    심장(Cœur)
    2005
    검은 유리, 사운드, 전구(black glasses, sound, light bulbs)
    가변크기(Environmental dimension)
  • 저장소: 카나다(Réserve: Canada)관련 첨부 이미지 크리스티앙 볼탕스키(Christian Boltanski)
    저장소: 카나다(Réserve: Canada)
    1988(2021년 재제작)
    의류, 전구(color clothes, light bulbs)
    가변크기(Environmental dimension)
  • 아니미타스(Animitas Chili)관련 첨부 이미지 크리스티앙 볼탕스키(Christian Boltanski)
    아니미타스(Animitas Chili)
    2014
    영상, 건초, 말린 꽃(video, hay, dry flowers)
    가변크기(Environmental dimension)
  • 잠재의식(Subliminal)관련 첨부 이미지 크리스티앙 볼탕스키(Christian Boltanski)
    잠재의식(Subliminal)
    2020
    영상(video)
    가변크기(Environmental dimension)
  • 황혼(Crépuscule)관련 첨부 이미지 크리스티앙 볼탕스키(Christian Boltanski)
    황혼(Crépuscule)
    2015(2021년 재제작)
    전구(light bulbs)
    가변크기(Environmental dimension)
  • 설국(Pays de Neige)관련 첨부 이미지 크리스티앙 볼탕스키(Christian Boltanski)
    설국(Pays de Neige)
    2021
    흰 천, 전구(cotton cloth, flexible neon led)
    가변크기(Environmental dimension)