Relatum (formerly Phenomena and Perception B)


Glass, stone

Stone: 36 x 48 x 40 cm (14 3/16 x 18 7/8 x 15 3/4 in.) Glass: 1 x 200 x 240 cm (3/8 x 78 3/4 x 94 1/2 in.)

A massive rock is placed on a sheet of broken glass: a destructive act by the artist or the accidental result of this contradictory encounter? At any rate, this fracture sets up a sensitive dialogue between the fragility of glass, an industrial product, and the solidity of natural rock. Thus, Relatum (formerly Phenomena and Perception B) expresses all the philosophical poetics of Lee Ufan, oriented towards a constant search for balance.

A Korean who studied and has always worked in Japan, Lee Ufan is considered the foremost representative of the Tokyo-based Mono-ha movement that at the end of the 1960s proposed a reflection on the natural and industrial materials and the relationship between the work of art and its surrounding space. It was in the late 1960s that the artist launched his Relatum series, using the philosophical term that describes the union of things or events.

Lee Ufan’s sculpture Relatum (formerly Phenomena and Perception B) belongs to the Pinault Collection. It was first shown at the “Prima Materia” (‘Raw Material”) exhibition at the Punta della Dogana.
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