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Portrait of the artist Young-Jae Lee. Photo: Haydar Koyupinar
Portrait of the artist Young-Jae Lee. Photo: Haydar Koyupinar

Young-Jae Lee was born in Seoul, Korea, in 1951. From 1968 to 1972 she studied there at the College of Art Education, before emigrating to Germany in 1972. In 1972/73 she worked as an intern under Christine Tappermann in Wallrabenstein, and from 1973 to 1978 she studied ceramics under Margot Münster and design under Erwin Schutzbach at Wiesbaden University of Applied Sciences. From 1978 she worked in her own workshop in Sandhausen near Heidelberg, and from 1984 to 1987 she was academic and artistic assistant to Ralf Busz at the University of Kassel. Since 1987 Young-Jae Lee has been head of the Ceramic Workshop Margaretenhöhe in Essen.

In 2015 she was visiting professor of ceramics at the Institute for Art and Design at the EWHA Womans University in Seoul, and in 2016 was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, Poland. Young-Jae Lee has received numerous distinctions for her work, e.g. the gold medal of the Bavarian State Prize, the prize for women artists awarded by the state of North Rhine Westphalia, the ceramic prize awarded by the Frechener Kulturstiftung, and the Richard Bampi prize. In addition, the Ceramics Workshop Margaretenhöhe won the 1st prize of the Hesse State Prize for German Crafts in 1997 and 2005, and the 1st Bavarian State Prize for Design in 2001. That same year, the workshop won the 1st prize Les Must de scènes d’intérieur in Paris.

Publications

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2020
Spinach Bowls

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

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2019
WerkKunst – Gefäße von Young-Jae Lee

Dommuseum Hildesheim, Hildesheim, Germany

2019
Young-Jae Lee. Emptying, Filling and Emptying

GMA Ha Jung-woong Museum of Art, Sangmu-daero, Seo-gu, Kwangju, South Korea

2019
Young-Jae Lee. Körper zu Körper

Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany 

2019
KÖRPER – Young-Jae Lee

Mischanlage der Kokerei UNESCO Weltkulturerbe Zollverein, Essen, Germany 

2018
Young-Jae Lee. Ceramics

Korean Cultural Center Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

2018
Young-Jae Lee. Arbeiten in Keramik

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2018
Young-Jae Lee. Ceramic Works

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2017
Hingabe - Gefäße von Young-Jae Lee

Gartenpavillon des Klosters Beuerberg, Diözesanmuseums Freising, Germany

2017
Young-Jae Lee – Gefäße

Hochschule für Bildende Künste (Oktogon), Dresden, Germany

2016
Young-Jae Lee - Vessels

Museum of Architecture, Wrocław, Poland

2016
Young-Jae Lee - Bowls

Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology, Kraków, Poland

2016
Not perfect

MAK - Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna, Austria

2016
Witness to an Ancient Truth

Pucker Gallery, Boston, MA, USA

2014
Young-Jae Lee - Keramische Gefäße

Lippische Gesellschaft für Kunst e.V., Schloss Detmold, Detmold, Germany

2014
Young-Jae Lee - Gefäße

Schloss Reinbek, Reinbek, Germany

2014
Vessels

LWL-Industriemuseum, Schiffshebewerk Henrichenburg, Waltrop, Germany

2013
Young-Jae Lee and Emil Schumacher

Emil-Schumacher-Museum, Hagen, Germany

2012
Gefäße - Keramische Arbeiten von Young-Jae Lee

Zeche Zollverein, Essen, Germany

2011
Behältnisse - Installation von Young-Jae Lee, 313 Gefäße

Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin, Germany

2010
Young-Jae Lee

Kunstverein Heinsberg, Heinsberg-Unterbruch, Germany

2010
Young-Jae Lee - Formen aus der Erde

Altana Kulturstiftung im Museum Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg, Germany

2010
Young-Jae Lee

Hyundai Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

2009
Young-Jae Lee 111

Galerie DKM, Duisburg, Germany

Group exhibitions
2020
Raimund Girke Schraffuren – Hommage zum 90. Geburtstag

KOLUMBA, Kunstmuseum des Erzbistums, Cologne, Germany

2019-20
Schönheit?!

Galerie Gisela Clement, Bonn, Germany

2018
YOUNG-JAE LEE I PETRA LEMMERZ

Bibliothek Sankt Georgen, Frankfurt a. Main, Germany

2017-18
Pas des deux

KOLUMBA, Kunstmuseum des Erzbistums, Cologne, Germany

2017
Ostinato - Young-Jae Lee / Christoph M. Loos

Galerie Uhn, Königstein, Germany

2017
CHRIS NEWMAN + YOUNG-JAE LEE I So machen wir das

Alexander Ochs Private, Berlin, Germany

2016
Ceramics and Glass. Sensual Areas

City Museum of Wroclaw Arsenal, Kraków, Poland

2014
Neuaufstellung der Schauausstellung Asien

Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst / Gegenwartkunst, Vienna, Austria

2013
Living Rooms (Robert Wilson)

Musée de Louvre, Paris, France

2013
Art Zone

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea

2013
circles

St. Stephanskirche, Bamberg, Germany

2012
Meditations

Biennale, Poznań, Poland

2011

Forum am Schillerplatz, Vienna, Austria

2010
Life in Ceramics: Five Contemporary Korean Artists

Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2008
Made in Korea

Palais de Bozar, Brussels, Belgium

2007
108 Schalen + Berg Ararat

Kunstraum Falkenstein, Hamburg, Germany

2007
Shapes of Motion

Koo New York, NY, USA

2000
Koreanische Keramik - Young-Jae Lee und Seung-Hong Yang

Rietberg Museum, Zürich, Switzerland

1995
Koreanische Keramik in Deutschland: Young-Jae Lee, Si-Sook Kang, Kap-Sun Hwang

Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landesmuseum, Cismar, Germany

1994
Zeitgenössisches deutsches Kunsthandwerk

7. Triennale, Frankfurt a. Main, Germany

1993
Triennale: Kunst aus Ton, Wege

Kloster Unserer lieben Frauen, Magdeburg, Germany

1991
Deutsche Keramische Kunst der Gegenwart

Stiftung Keramion, Zentrum für moderne und historische Keramik, Frechen, Germany

1990
Zeitgenössische Keramik aus Belgien, Luxemburg, den Niederlanden und Nordrhein-Westfalen

Stiftung Keramion, Zentrum für moderne und historische Keramik, Frechen, Germany

1989
Sonderausstellung 10 Jahre Meister der Keramik

VHS, Leverkusen, Germany

1988
Guest of Group 83

Bad Hersfeld, Germany

1988
Gedok, Gruppe angewandte Kunst

Cologne, Germany

1987
Guest of Group 83

Faenza, Italy

1986
Internationale Keramik

Seoul, South Korea

1986
Guest of Group 83

Sweden

1984
Deutsche Keramik heute

Hetjens - Deutsches Keramikmuseum, Düsseldorf, Germany

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