Lee Yong-baek represents Korea at the 54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. The Korean pavilion showcases works in sculpture, video, photography, and painting by the Korean artist. Lee Yong-baek is known for using and combining a broad variety of mediums and technologies. Lee Yong-baek’s exhibition in Venice is titled The Love Is Gone but the Scar Will Heal.
Even before entering the pavilion, the visitor hears a deafening noise of shattering glass from the inside of the building. The sound belongs to Lee Yong-baek’s work Broken Mirror, showing a mirror that seems to break suddenly after being hit by a bullet. Also on display are the works Pieta: Self-hatred, Pieta: Self-death, Plastic Fish, In Between Jesus and Buddha, and the popular work Angel Soldier. Angel Soldier appears to be a still image filled with bright flowers. A closer look reveals a soldier creeping along in the background, camouflaged by the multi-colored flowers in the foreground.
Lee Yong-baek: Korean Pavilion at the 54th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia 2011. Venice / Italy, June 3, 2011.
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