Born in 1964, Seoul, Korea
Lives and works in Seoul, Korea

Currently a professor of Stage Art in Sangmyung University, Cheonan, Korea


1996     Kunst Akademie Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
1987     Seoul National University, Department of Visual Arts, Seoul, Korea

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Gimhongsok, Kukje Gallery, Busan, Korea

EVERY, DAY, ACTS, LIKE, LIFE, Perrotin Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Dwarf, Dust, Doubt, Tina Kim Gallery, New York, US

Subsidiary Construction, Perrotin Gallery HK, Hong Kong

Xijing is Not Xijing, Therefore Xijing is Xijing, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan

World of Xijing, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

Blue Hours, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Good Labor Bad Art, PLATEAU Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
I love Xijing-Xijing School, H&R Block Artspace at Kansas City Art Institute and Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas, US

Ordinary Strangers, Artsonje Center, Seoul, Korea
Xijing, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy

Antithesis of Boundaries, Tina Kim Gallery, New York, US

In through the outdoor, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Neighbor's wife, CAIS gallery, Seoul, Korea

Cosmo Vitale, REDCAT Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Antarctica, Artsonje Center, Seoul, Korea

Retro Bistro, Space LOOP, Seoul, Korea

Heromaniac, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea

Selected Group Exhibitions

After Graybox: From Collecting to Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art Busan, Korea

The Chronicle of Lost Time, Seoul National University Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea 

Artists in Their Times: Korean Modern and Contemporary Art, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

2019 Title Match: Gimhongsok vs. SEO Hyun-Suk—Incomplete Ruins, SeMA, Buk-Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Animal Revolution: The Bremen Town Musicians in Art, Kitsch, and Society, Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Drawing-Korean Modern and Contemporary Drawings, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

The Street, Where the World is Made, MAXXI, Rome, Italy
Xijing Men, Theater of the World, SFMoMA, San Francisco, US
Xijing Men, Theater of the World, Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
Harbour Arts Sculpture Park, Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC), Central and Western District Promenade & Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Altering Home, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
Xijing Men, Dismantling the Scaffold, Tak Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong
Irony & Idealism, Kunsthalle Münster, Münster, Germany

Xijing Men, Culture City of East Asia 2017 Kyoto: Contemporary Art Exhibition, Nijo Castle (Nijojo), Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan
The 1st Oku-Noto Triennale, Suzu City, Japan
Xijing Men, Theater of the World, Guggenheim Museum, New York, US
Irony & Idealism, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea
Imaginative Geography: Intersecting Contemporary Art of Asia and Everyday Traditions of Europe and the Mediterranean, Space 4, ACC Creation, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, Korea

Alice in Crisis, DIO HORIA Contemporary Art Platform, Mykonos, Greece
The 3rd Nanjing International Arts Festival "HISTORICODE: Scarcity and Supply", Nanjing Bai Jia Lake Art Museum, Nanjing, China
As the Moon Waxes and Wanes, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

Space life, Ilmin Museum, Seoul, Korea

Zeitgeist Korea, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea Ebisu International Festival Art and Alternative Visions 2014: True Colors, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
Utopian days x Freedom, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
K-P.O.P., Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei(MOCATP), Taipei, Taiwan
The 5th Yokohama Triennale 2014, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan
Koganecho Bazaar 2014: Fictive Communities Asia, Koganecho Bazaar, Yokohama, Japan
Future Fictions, Z33 Kunstencentrum (Art Museum Z33), Hasselt, Belgium

Better Than Universe, Daegu Art Factory, Daegu, Korea
All You Need is LOVE, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Festival Bo:m 2013, Arthouse MOMO, Seoul, Korea
New START 2013, Museum of Art Seoul National University MoA, Seoul, Korea
Korean Art: Era of Grand Navigation, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea
ZIZHIQU-Autonomous Regions, Times Museum, Guangzhou, China
SITE: Places of Memories, Spaces with Potential, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan

APT7 – The 7th Asia Pacific Triennale of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Australia
Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Roundtable, Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea
Artist of the Year 2012, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Lady Dior As Seen By, Wako Namiki Building in Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
International Expo, Wumin Art Center, Cheong-ju, Korea
Oriental Metaphor – The 6th Move on Asia, Alternative Space Loop, Seoul, Korea

Abstract it!, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Deoksugung, Seoul, Korea
The Global Contemporary Art Worlds After 1989, ZKM, Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany
COUNTDOWN, Former Seoul Station Art Complex Culture Station Seoul 284, Seoul, Korea
LOL: A Decade of Antic Art, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, US

Tricksters Tricked, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Trust: Media City Seoul 2010, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Memories of the Future, Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Oblique Strategies, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Aichi Triennale 2010: Arts and Cities, Aichi Arts Center, Nagoya, Japan
Asian Arts Collection, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto CAMK, Kumamoto, Japan
Media Art from NMCA Collection <Out of the Silent Planet>, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Linguistic Morphology: Art in Context, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
Day of Confidence, Alternative Space Pool, Seoul, Korea

The 10th Lyon Biennale: The spectacle of the Everyday, The Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France
The 4th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale: Live and Let Live-Creators of Tomorrow, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
Your Bright Future: 12 Contemporary Artists from Korea, MFAH(Museum of Fine Arts, Houston), Houston, US

Laughing in a Foreign Language, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
Too Early For Vacation, The Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick, Ireland
Brave New Worlds, Fundacion/Coleccion Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico
Peppermint Candy, Museo Nacional De Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The 3rd Guangzhou Triennial: Farewell to Post-Colonialism, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
The 3rd Nanjing Triennial: Reflective Asia, RCM The Museum of Modern Art, Nanjing, China
Fiction and Non Fiction, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Platform 2008: I have nothing to say and I am saying it, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea
The Fifth Floor, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

Elastic Taboos, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Italy
All about Laughter : Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Somewhere in Time, Artsonje Center, Seoul, Korea
ART 38 Basel / Art Film, Stadtkino Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Charge Your Imagination, Gyunggido Museum of Art, Ansan, Korea
Soft Power, Hoam Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea
The 10th International Istanbul Biennial-Not Only Possible, But Also Necessary, Istanbul, Turkey
Peppermint Candy, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago, Chille
Beautiful New World: Contemporary Culture from Japan, Long March Space, Beijing, China
Brave New Worlds, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, US
Tomorrow, Artsonje Center, Seoul, Korea
Activating Korea: Tides of Collective Action, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
The 2nd APAP: Anyang Public Art Project 2007, Anyang, Korea
Beautiful New World: Contemporary Visual Culture of Japan, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

The 6th Seoul New Media Festival, Space LOOP, Seoul, Korea
Alllook same: ArtChinaKoreaJapannext, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
The 6th Gwangju Biennale: Fever Variations-Remapping Global Cities, Gwangju, Korea
Symptoms of Adolescence, Rodin Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Move on Asia 2006, Space LOOP, Seoul, Korea

Tirana Biennale: Sweet Taboos, National Gallery of Art, Tirana, Albania
The 3rd Valencia Biennale: Thoughts of a fish in deep sea, Convento di Carmen, Valencia, Spain
The 51st Venice Biennale, The Korean Pavilion, Venice, Italy
Seoul: Until Now!, Charlottenborg Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark

Contemporary Senses-Zone of Urgency, Villa Zerbi, Reggio Calabria, Italy

The 50th Venice Biennale-Dreams and Conflicts, Arsenal, Venice, Italy
Everyday-Contemporary Art from Asia, Kunstforeningen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Echigo Tsumari Triennale, Niigata, Japan

Under Construction, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Listening to New Voices, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, US
The 4th Gwangju Biennale: Pause, Gwangju, Korea
Fantasia-Under Construction, East Art Center, Beijing, China
ASIANVIBE, Espai d'Art Contemporani de Castello, Castello, Spain

Fantasia, Space imA, Seoul, Korea
My home is yours / Your home is mine, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Double Space, Young-Un Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwangju, Korea
My home is yours / Your home is mine, Rodin Gallery, Seoul, Korea
New Ventures: Towards a New Millennium, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Taipei Biennial The Sky Is the Limit, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

Selected Awards

Cite International des Arts, Paris, France

P.S.1 International Studio Program, New York, US

Mattress Factory Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, US

Art/Omi Artists Residency Program, New York, US

Ssamzie Studio Program, Seoul, Korea

Selected Public and Private Collections

Artsonje Center, Seoul, Korea
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan
Posco Museum, Pohang, Korea
Le Consortium, Dijon, France
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), US
National Museum of Contemporary Art (MMCA), Korea
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea
Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), Seoul, Korea
Leeum Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, US
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
ArtNow International, San Francisco, US
Kadist Foundation, San Francisco, US & Paris, France


Short People
Jun 26, 2020 - Sep 9, 2020

Blue Hours
Apr 10, 2014 - May 11, 2014

oblique strategies
Aug 31, 2010 - Oct 24, 2010

In through the outdoor
Apr 17, 2008 - May 19, 2008


A Fire(red)
150 x 112 x 132(H) cm
Edition of 3 + 1AP

The Fountain-no.7
resin, steel, microphone
7m(H), 65cm (diameter)

Camera Specific - Public Blank
single channel video, 16:9 ratio, color, sound
32:46 minutes
Edition of 3 + 1AP

English Text - Public Blank
single channel video, 16:9 ratio, color
32:46 minutes
Translation: Jeesun Park
Edition of 3 + 1AP

Public Blank
Pigment print
73 x 103 cm each (total 16 pieces)
Edition of 5 + 2AP

Access and Correspondence
Resin on canvas
171 x 133 ( cm )

Foreign, Foreigner
Polyester, resin, steel
228 x 60 x 60 ( cm )

This is a Rabbit
Fabric, foam rubber
245 x 70 x 70 cm

Text printed on steel plate / 60 x 60 cm each

Study on Slanted Hyperbolic Constitution - ACT
casted resin
105 x 90 x 307(H) cm

Canine Construction
cast resin
235 x 88 x 162(H) cm

The Bremen Town Musicians
mannequin(steel construction), fabric(artificial fur), steel,
polyurethane paint
260 x 210 x 250 cm (plinth 221 x 146 x 55 cm)
Text printed on steel plate (2 pieces)
100 x 90 cm each

Bearlike Construction
164 x 162 x 145(H) cm

cast resin
33 x 33 x 154(H) cm

urethane lacquer on canvas
300 x 225 x 5 cm

urethane paint on canvas
291 x 218 cm

Untitled (big black wall)
paint on wall
dimesions variable

15 breaths
32 x 32 x (H)285 cm
base: 50 x 50 x (H)6 cm

Lounge(Vientiane version)
bronze, fabric cushions
58 x 79 x (H)83.5 cm, 58 x 79.5 x (H)83 cm,
64.5 x 114 x (H)40 cm
edition of 5, 2AP

Untitled (112 hours)
steel storage cabinet
60 x 51 x 184(H) cm

urethane paint on wood
121 x 121 cm

Stone, urethane paint on stainless steel
111 x 50 x 37 cm

Cast resin
Sculpture Size: 49 x 27 x 69 cm
Plinth Size: 36 x 28 x 4 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Kukje Gallery

89 x 105 x 47 cm
Ed.6/6, 2AP


Installation Video
Gimhongsok : Short People

Virtual Exhibition
Gimhongsok: Short People

Teaser Trailer
Gimhongsok : Short People


Gimhongsok: Short People

Blue Hours

oblique strategies


In the through the out door


Exhibition: Short People

Exhibition: Blue Hours

Xijing Men