Jiyoon Lee is a curator, art historian, managing director at MMCA Seoul. She is the founder of SUUM Academy & Project in London, 2004 and has been actively involved in the international art world for twenty years based in Europe.
She read Art History at Goldsmith College (MA, 96’), Museum and Gallery Management at City University (MA, 00’) and Art History at Courtauld Art Institute (Ph.D, 14’) in London.
Started as a coordinator of Korean collections in British Museum in 2000, she curated more than 50 international high profile art exhibitions which aim to link and understand Europe and Asia in a global cultural context. These exhibitions includes London Underground (Sungkok Art museum, 2001, Taipei fine art Museum, 2002), Seoul Until now (Charlottenborg, Copenhagen 2005), Busan Biennale (co-curator, 2006), Fantasy Studio (Liverpool biennale, 2008), Fantastic Ordinary (Saatchi Gallery 2010), A Positive View (Somerset House, London 2010), AttaKim:On-Air (Palazzo Zenobio, Venice Biennale 2009), and ZAHA_HADID 360° (DDP Inaugural exhibition, Seoul, 2014).
Her other roles include serious lecturer on ‘Creative Industries and art management’ as an adjacent professor for Yonsei University Business School in Seoul since 2011 and she has been invited as lecturer, speaker and moderator at many international forums including World Knowledge Forum, Jeju Forum, etc.
She has been appointed as a managing director of National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Seoul, Korea, since June 2014.