Won Ju Lim - Galerie Max Hetzler

Galerie Max Hetzler is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Korean-American artist Won Ju Lim.

Lim's show at Galerie Max Hetzler offers a departure in a group of eight rectangular light/shadow boxes in ranging sizes hung at picture height in the darkened gallery space.

Inside these boxes, Lim layers transparent and translucent materials in the shape of architectural abbreviations such as columns and capitals, cupolas, terraces, stairs or balconies.

The objects are lit from behind so as to throw shadows on the frosted Mylar screen that encloses the boxes. The way they are lit changes: the artist employs different kinds and a different quantity of light sources. Some lights are warm-toned while others are cool, creating a foggy and mystic atmosphere.

Her new works are containers of moods and memories. They differ from her past installations, which were large-scale room-sized multimedia works in which lights and slides were projected through Plexiglas constructions of imagined cities creating shadows on the walls.

By chosing the shared title Memory Palace for her new works, Lim refers to the italian born Jesuit Matteo Ricci and his Treatise on Mnemonics from 1596. In it he recreated the medieval European idea of a memory palace – an edifice you build in your mind and furnish with mnemonic devices.

It is Lim's desire to uncover the past in order to better understand the present.

Won Ju Lim, born in 1968, lives and works in Los Angeles. This is her second solo show at Galerie Max Hetzler.

She has exhibited internationally with solo and group shows, among them: Zwischenwelten (2004), Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld (Germany); ein-leuchten (2004), Museum der Moderne Salzburg/ Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna (Austria); Snapshot (2001), Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami/UCLA Hammer Museum, LA (USA); Museum für Gegenwartskunst (2001), Siegen (Germany).


A solo show at the Center of Contemporary Art in Salamanca (Spain) is scheduled for 2005.


For further information please contact the gallery at +49(0)30 229 24 37

Opening hours Tue – Sat 11 am – 6 pm

Forthcoming exhibition: Ulrich Lamsfuß, recent paintings, Dec 11-Jan 22, 2005