- 20.04.2024 - 24.11.2024

Lee Bae – La Maison de la Lune Brûlée



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From 20 April to 24 November 2024, during the 60th Venice Biennale, the Wilmotte Foundation will be presenting an exhibition by the famous Korean artist Lee Bae entitled "La Maison de la Lune Brûlée".

This exhibition is a captivating, participatory experience that seamlessly blends folk knowledge and heritage with contemporary art. At the heart of the exhibition is the deep connection between man and the natural world, exploring themes of renewal, circularity and the harmonious rhythms of nature. Lee Bae collects messages from all over the world, which are then transcribed onto hanji paper, a traditional Korean paper. These messages, which embody wishes for the New Year, become an integral part of the ritual of setting the House of the Moon ablaze, which takes place on 24 February in the town of Cheong-do. This recorded ceremony will be projected onto the walls above the exhibition hall in April 2024.


Curated by Valentina Buzzi. Organized by the Hansol Foundation – Museum San, the Fondation d’Entreprise Wilmotte, and with the support of Johyun Gallery. Supported by the Italian Embassy in Korea, the Korean Embassy in Italy, the Korean Cultural Center in Italy, the Italian Cultural Institute in Seoul, Perrotin, Esther Schipper Gallery, and the City of Cheongdo. Technical Partner, Fabriano – La Bella Carta dal 1264. 

We met Lee Bae in 1999. A beautiful complicity was born. Together we put on a highly acclaimed exhibition at the Fernet Branca Foundation. Lee Bae is first and foremost a poet. He expresses his poetry through different media, but always with sensitivity, finesse and subtlety.

Jean-Michel Wilmotte

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