Lee Yongwoo

Art historian, Aesthetician, Curator

Room 215, Building D, CAUP, Tongji Univ.

Research Fields

  • Art Theory, Art Criticism, Curatorial Practice, Aesthetics

Professional Experience

  • Founding Artistic Director, Gwangju Biennale in 1995

  • President, Gwangju Biennale Foundation

  • President, International Biennial Association

  • Executive Director, Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai

  • Founder and Artistic Director, Shanghai Project

  • Asian Council Committee, Solomon Guggenheim Museum


  • Venice Biennale (2015), Kyoto Prize(京都, 2015), Asian Architecture Award (2020), Samsung Hoam Award (湖巖賞, 2011)


  • Korea University, Tokyo University of Arts, Shanghai University, Tongji University

Curated exhibitions

  1. Times Reimagined (Collateral Event of the 59th Venice Biennale, Palazzo Contarini Polignac, 2022)

  2. Huang Rui Retrospective (40 years of the Art-Life of Huang Rui, the founder of Stars Group, Beijing, the first avant-garde artist group in China (Jupiter Museum of Art, Shenzhen, 2021)

  3. Challenging Souls (Yves Klein, Lee Ufan, Ding Yi, PSA Shanghai (2018)

  4. Shanghai Project (Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai Century Park, etc.)

  5. Song of Living Beings (Meeting Dunhuang murals and contemporary art, Shanghai Himalayas Museum, 2016)

  6. Dansaekhwa (Collateral Event, 56 Venice Biennale, Palazzo Contarini Polignac, 2015)

  7. Flower of May (Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the 5.18 Democratization Movement of Gwangju, co-hosted by Gwangju Municipal City + Gwangju Biennale Foundation, including the May 18th Foundation and Gwangju Museum of Art, 2010)

  8. One Hundred Years Birth of John Cage (Gwangju Museum)

  9. Tiger’s Tail (Collateral Event of Venice Biennale, Palazzo Vendramin, 1995)

  10. Whitney Biennial Seoul (National Museum of Contemporary Art, 1993 Whitney Biennale Seoul Exhibition)

  11. Nam June Paik retrospective exhibition (National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, 1993)

  12. Recycling Through Art (Recycling Art Pavilion, 40 pieces including Nam June Paik's Fractal Turtle Ship, Daejeon Expo, 1993)

  13. Life of Hanji (Ministry of Culture and Tourism, co-hosted by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, participated by 60 artists from 20 countries around the world, Co-curated with Pierre Restany and David Bourdon, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, 1991)


  1. Times Reimagined (2022, Marsilio, Venice)

  2. Dansaekhwa (2015, Kukje Gallery, Seoul)

  3. Nam June Paik's fierce life and art (2000, Yeoleumsa, Seoul)

  4. On Video Art (1999, Munyemadang, Seoul)

  5. Information & Reality (1995, Fruitmarket Gallery, UK)

  6. Nam June Paik (1995, Samsung Publication, Seoul)