2004 *"Ceremony for a new life"(White space, The Nethrlands)
*"The power of blood-sisters meet brother" (Changdong studio center gallery, Seoul)
*Anecdotes: The war for peace!?(Gallery at Korean delegation to UN, New York)
2003"Circular movement for world peace" at the opening ceremony of Zurich International art fair(Kongresshaus, Zurich, Switzerland)
2002"Meditation for world peace through GongMyungPilSun" at the opening ceremony of Zurich International art fair(Kongresshaus, Zurich, Switzerland)
She participated in more than 400group exhibitions in Korea, France, Spain, Germany, Japan, China, Tiwan, USSR, Mongol, Oman, India, USA, and Arab Emirates.
The articles about her art work were published more than 130 times in Korea, in USA and in Switzerland .
Now she belongs to 10kinds of artist associations.
She was selected as one of the important judge members in Cheonranamdo art competition ,Public officials art competition and juvenile art competition titled "War" and she also had a role of vice chairperson of Korea fine artists association.
*president of Samsim art *adjunctive professor of Kyunghee University
National museum of Contemporary art /Kyunggido Museum, Korea National theater /Seoul Art Center
Gongpeong Art Center /Museum of Sunggyunkwan Univ./Museum of Korea Univ.
Hankuk Yokurt building/Blue hospital/Dong-A Museum/Art forum New gate
Gallery Jung/ Museum of Park, Soo Keun/Bleuel electronic AG(Zurich,Switzerland)
New vision to the contemporary art from Asia Asia ,from Korea, Korea
"Tradition to Tomorrow"-'Resonance among lights'
Oriental art from the Eastern point of view
The Structural Duality of Chaos and Cosmos: Animus and Pathos
The language of MinJoo Lee is strait forward and appealing. It is delivered immediately. It faces her surroundings and the reality. She contemplates and solves problems on her own. the answers are then embodied in her paintings as a way back to the outer world. I carefully make comments of her paintings. They contain abundant forms, diverse meanings and many surrealistic symbols. I become skeptical about making any statement. Then I'm urged to tell everything I share with her. Maybe I was taken over by her revealing messages. Or the messages themselves are reaching and penetrating.
She deviates from the restrictive classification of materials and instruments. She utilizes the extremely civilized multimedia and the very traditional ones inherent to the traditional oriental painting to gain maximal expression of her inner world. She is very proactive. Could we ever see the frontier of her art world in terms of the artistic method and the area of concern itself?
Cosmos or Chaos
You may not be introduced to her art word casually. You should pass tension and nirvana then the metaphor of a void and a fullness, and finally the sophistication. Then you would see all the energy, rhythm, liveliness and motion. The strokes are traditional and liberal; The canvas is emotional and impulsive at one time and very moderate the other times.
The seemingly chaotic status does not reveal the lack of others. It rather represents the conflicts among immature orders to achieve the integration of the energy. They altogether connote some maximal plastic possibility. In her art, cosmos and chaos are not contradictory: they are complementary and resonant.
The artist has been using various art media and materials such as Indian painting, calligraphy, seal engraving, cubic, and even handmade paper paste relief. The aesthetic achievements of the traditional art world have been well integrated in her original art forms.
The artist is concentrating more on Indian ink and its automatism now. Her bold and drastic strokes might reinstate previously deconstructed objects back onto the canvas. Yet, in her divertimento with Indian ink, the ink itself has tempered and deep power, differentiated from other plain ebony colors.
Requiem for Father
Her artistic motives have included her ego, our society, our country, people, the world and the universe. Now her empirical meditation leads her to the search for animus and fatherhood. Her thought is very realistic and salutary. Why would it be that she commemorates her father now ten years after he passed away?
"My father was very practical and progressive. He pursued peace and integration yet, formally and informally, privately and publicly. It does not mean he was a pacifistic. He respected tradition but he was free from old legalism. He might have been paternalistic in that he worked and supported his family himself all his life. But he was a true feminist abolishing the discrimination of women. He loved his family dearly but lived and worked propatria.. He contributed the development of deserted bank of Hangang River. He initiated the globalization designing airports and constructing airstrip. His patriotism has been penetrating into me as water does into a piece of sponge. To me, fatherhood is patriotism and my country is my fatherland."
Her ego is very important to the art but she knows how to respect objective values. She is self-confident and consistent. She is also adaptable. She is an elite advocating what is righteous. As a person she is considerate. She reminds of a personality, well disciplined, positive, sincere, moderate and generous, what she calls fatherhood.
Why is it that there is some pathos of Electra? As a woman and artist, representing double minority in this society, she should be strongly encouraged as a true humanist.
Minjoo Lee(이민주, 李珉柱)
Artists in Residence programs(Stand studio-Den Haag, The Netherlands/Changdong studio-Seoul, Korea/Vermont studio-Vermont,USA)1982 M.F.A. Graduate school, Seoul National Univ.
1980 B.F.A. The department of painting, College of fine art
Minjoo Lee had solo exhibitions 34times in Seoul, Daejeon, Pohang(Korea),NewYork, Vermont, Philadelphia(USA), Berlin, Krefeld, Forchheim(Germany)and Madrid(Spain).She has awarded in Paris, Vermont, Tokyo and Seoul about 15times.
And she participated in more than 400group exhibitions in korea,Japan,China,Taiwan,France,Spain,Germany,Russia,Mongolia,Oman,India,UAS,United Arab Emirates, Switzerland,The Netherlands and Austria. The articles about her art workswere published more than 200times in Korea, USA, Germany, Switzerland , and so on.
Barcelona Art Expo, MAC21(Spain)/Europ'Art Geneva, International Art Zurich,Art Show Zurich, (Switzerland),/Innsbruck Art Fair(Austria)/International Art Expo at Carnegie hall, New York Art Expo(USA)/Montreal Art Expo(Canada)/Puertorico Art& wine FairPpuertorico)/KIAF, MANIF(Korea) and etc.
National museum of contemporary art(Korea), Kyunggido Museum(Korea)
Park, Sookeun museum/Seoul art Center/Korea national theaterGeorge Mason University(USA)/Korean cultural center in New York(USA)Korean Embassy in Geneva(Switzerland)/BB International fine Arts GMBH(Switzerland) and etc.
20th Vice chairperson of Korea fine arts Association(Korean National committee of IAA)
President of Samsim Art/ Adjunct professor of Kyunghee University