“Galerie RX”

Opening of the Galerie RX in the Marais, with Bae Bien-U

Since 20 October, the Galerie RX has opened a space with six exhibition rooms in Paris, in the Marais district. Four rooms allow for simultaneous displays, instilling dialogue between works by different artists from the gallery or by guests. Two basement levels, a video-projection room, and a large reserve where works will be shown on picture rails, with a drawing table and walls for hanging, fill out the exhibition offer. Two years of searching were needed to find this 640 m² space – formerly the Hôtel Gegault de Crisenoy, located between the Musée Picasso and the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature. The gallery kicks off with an exhibition by Korean photographer Bae Bien-U – undeniably the greatest photographer from the Land of the Morning Calm with forty or so years of practice behind him. In addition, the gallery has announced that it will now be representing artist Joël...

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Focus on Lee Bae at two exhibitions in France

Lee Bae’s work is currently the focus of two exhibitions in France: a retrospective at Fondation Fernet-Branca (Saint-Louis) — running until 31 August —, and a view of his new works at Paris’s Galerie RX, which is on display until 12 July. The Korean artist’s work takes multifarious forms: from painting to drawing, to video and installation sculpture. He does, however, retain a consistent focus on the natural form of coal, which he employs both in its charcoal form, as a tool in his drawings, or in its raw state in installations. For the exhibition at Galerie RX, “Charbon 2000 – Médium Acrylique 2014”, Lee Bae uses charcoal to create a powerful contrast between the deep black of his markings and the milky surfaces of his canvases. Fondation Fernet-Branca presents four of Lee Bae’s installation works, as well as eighty works displaying the artist’s aptitude across an array of media. The retrospective presents material from 1997 to the present day. Lee Bae was born in South Korea in 1956 and lives and works in Paris. He is represented both in France (by Galerie RX), and in Korea (by Hakgojae Gallery). Formerly the assistant of Lee Ufan — considered one of the era’s most significant South Korean artists —, the pair are often likened to one another in their artistic...

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