Born 1957, Daegu, Korea
Lives and works in New York, Paris and Seoul

Artist in residence at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

Artist in residence at Musée d'Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne (MAC/VAL), Vitry-sur-Seine, France

1998 – 1999
Artist in residence for the World Views Program at the World Trade Center, New York, USA

1992 – 1993
Artist in Residence at MoMA PS1, New York, USA

Lithography studio at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts, Paris, France (French Government Scholarship)

MFA, Painting Dept., Hongik University, Seoul, Korea

BFA, Painting Dept., Hongik University, Seoul, Korea

Sowing into Painting, Wanås Foundation, Wanås, Sweden
To Breathe - RATP (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens); Public Art Commission, Mairie de Saint-Ouen metro station, Paris, France

Traversées / Kimsooja, Inaugural biennale featuring more than ten site-specific installations, Poitiers, France
Landscape of Beings, Le Confort Moderne, Traversées / Kimsooja, Poitiers, France
Kimsooja: To Breathe, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK
Kimsooja: Archive of Mind, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, USA

Kimsooja: Gazing into Sphere, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
Kimsooja: Zone of Nowhere, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, Western Australia
Kimsooja, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan, Italy
Kimsooja, A Site-Specific Installation at the Basilica Sant’Eustorgio, Milan, Italy

Weaving the World, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Geometry of Breath, Kewenig Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Encounter – A Mirror Woman, A Site-Specific Installation at Nijo Castle, Asia Corridor Contemporary Art Exhibition, Culture City of East Asia 2017, Kyoto, Japan
Kimsooja, Trish Clark Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

MMCA Hyundai Motors Series 2016: KIMSOOJA - Archive of Mind, MMCA, Seoul, Korea
Kimsooja - To Breathe - Zone of Zero, CAC Malaga, Spain
Kimsooja: Weaving the World - Thread Routes - Chapter II, CC Strombeek, Belgium
Kimsooja, Site Specific Installation at Gangoji Temple, Commissioned by Culture City of East Asia 2016, Nara, Japan

Kimsooja: Thread Routes, Chapter III, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
Kimsooja, Thread Routes, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
Kimsooja – To Breathe, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France
Kimsooja, A Beggar Woman - Cairo, Smith College Museum of Art, Massachusetts, USA
Kimsooja, A Needle Woman: Galaxy was a Memory, Earth is a Souvenir, A site-specific installation for Intimate Cosmologies: The Aesthetics of Scale in an Age of Nanotechnology, 1st Cornell University Biennale, Ithaca, New York, USA
Kimsooja, To Breathe: Mandala, Kewenig Galerie, Palma, Majorca
Kimsooja, Bottaris, La Fabrica, Madrid, Spain
Kimsooja, To Breathe, Raffaella Cortese Gallery, Milan, Italy
Kimsooja, To Breathe: Obangsaek, Gallery Tschudi, Zuoz, Switzerland
Kimsooja / Unfolding, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Kimsooja, To Breathe: Bottari, The Korean Pavilion, 55th Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Kimsooja, An Album: Borderlines, Mariposa Land Port of Entry, Ariozona, USA, commissioned by GSA Art in Architecture Program
Kimsooja: A Needle Woman, Miami Art Museum, Miami, USA
Kimsooja, D’Art Moderne de Saint Etienne, St. Etienne, France
Calm Chaos: Kimsooja’s Earth - Water - Fire - Air, Perm Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm, Russia
Kimsooja, Kunsthal 44 Moen, Askeby, Denmark
Kimsooja, To Breathe, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Kimsooja, Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea
Kimsooja, University Museum of Contemporary Art, Amherst MA
Kimsooja, Mumbai: A Laundry Field, Sullivan Gallery, School of the Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Earth - Water - Fire - Air, NPPAP - Yong Gwang Nuclear Power Plant Art Project, Organized by The National Museum of Contemporary Art, South Korea
Earth - Water - Fire – Air, Atelier Hermes, Seoul
Kimsooja: A Needle Woman, Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, UK
Kimsooja, Lotus: Zone of Zero, a site-specific installation at Rotonde Ravenstein, on the occasion of the Korean Art Festival, BOZAR, Brussels
Kimsooja, A Mirror Woman: The Sun & The Moon, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo
Kimsooja, To Breathe – A mirror woman, a site-specific installation at the Crystal Palace, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
To Breathe/ Respirare, A Site-Specific installation at La Fenice in conjunction with a joint Solo Exhibition at Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice
To Breathe: Invisible Mirror/Invisible Needle, Teatre du Chatelet, Nuit Blanche 2006, Paris
Kimsooja, Magasin 3, Stockholm
Kimsooja, Journey into the World, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens
Conditions of Anonymity, The 59th Minute & performance at Time Square, Creative Time, New York
Kimsooja, Conditions of Humanity, traveling solo show from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, to Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea(PAC), Milan, and
Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf
Kim Sooja, Zacheta National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Warsaw
A Mirror Woman-The Ground of Nowhere, Crossings 2003: Hawaii/Korea, a site-specific installation at Honolulu City Hall, Hawaii
A Laundry Woman, Kunsthalle, Wien
A Needle Woman, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/ MOMA, New York
A Needle Woman, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern
A Needle Woman - A Woman Who Weaves the World, Rodin Gallery of Samsung Museum, Seoul
A Needle Woman, ICC, Tokyo

Inifinitive Mutability, Axel Vervoodt Gallery, Hong Kong
Persona grata, itinérances, Maison de la Culture Amiens, Amiens, France
The Street. Where The World Is Made, MoCo La Panacée, Montpellier, France
S L O W, Salon Suisse, Venice, Italy
Kimsooja: Earth - Water - Fire - Air / Tierra - Agua - Fuego - Aire, PHotoESPAÑA, Madrid, Spain
Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today, Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, AR, USA
Clapping with Stones: Art and Acts of Resistance, Rubin Museum of Art, New York City, NY, USA
Della materia spirituale dell'arte, MAXXI, Rome, Italy
Drawing - Korean Modern and Contemporary Drawings, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

The Street. Where The World Is Made, MAXXI - Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome, Italy
Other Walks, Other Lines, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, USA
Persona grata, MAC VAL – Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France
THE FLÂNEUR: From Impressionism to the Present, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
A Laundry Woman, Biennale Internationale d'art Contemporain de Melle, Melle, France
Worlds Otherwise Hidden, Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, USA
Soft Power, Transpalette Centre d'Art Contemporain, Bourges, France
POLYPHON. Artistic Positions in the Viehof Collection, Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany
Second Yinchuan Biennale: Starting from the Desert - Ecologies on the Edge, MOCA Yinchuan, Yinchuan, China
Blooming at the Junction, Korean Cultural Center Hong Kong, China

Documenta 14: ANTIDORON – The EMST Collection, Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
Intuition, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy
Socle du Monde Biennale, HEART Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning, Denmark
Asia Corridor, Culture City of East Asia 2017, Kyoto, Nijo Castle, Kyoto, Japan
Weaving Europe: The World as Meditation, Pafos European Capital of Culture, Cyprus
Person in the Crowd, Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
The Show Must Go On, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland
1000 Patronen / Why Patterns, Texture Museum of Flax and River Lys, Kortrijk,Belgium
The 2nd Changjiang International Photography and Video Biennale, Changjiang Museum of Contemporary Art, Chongqing, China
Tous, des sang-mêlers, Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France
The Urge to Create Vision, Centrum Rzezby Polskiej, Oronsko, Poland
Thread Lines, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Kentucky, USA
Idioma, MUSEION, Bolzano, Italy

20 Bienal De Arte Paiz, Fundación Paiz, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Public to Private: Photography in Korean Art since 1989, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Urgent Converstations, National Museum of Contemporary Art - EMST, Athens, Greece
Enacting Stillness, The 8th Floor, New York, NY
No Longer Empty: Jameco Exchange, Jamaica, Queens
2016 Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art: Weaving & We, Zheijiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
Dancing with Myself, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Minus Ego, Goethe Institut, Barcelona, Spain
Rever D'Un Autre Monde, Centre D'histoire de la Résistance et la Déportation, Lyon, France
Earth, Fire, Soul - Masterpiece of Korean Ceramics, Grand Palais, Paris, France
Architecture of Life, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA), Berkeley, CA
30 Years - Artist of the Gallery, Galerie Tschudi, Zuoz, Switzerland
L'effet Vertigo, Musee d' art contemporain du Val-de-Marne MAC/VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine
Remember Lidice, Alte Weberei, Nordhorn

Fear Nothing, She Says, Museo Nacional De Escultura, Valladolid, Sapin
Le Monde Selon, FRAC - Franche - Comté, Besançon, France
New Hanging of Works in the Collection, Mac Val Musee d'art Contemporain du Val de Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France
Art_Textiles, The Whitworth at the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
Vanita/Vanitas, Museo Ettore Fico, Torino, Italy
Where Do We Migrate to?, Vérmlands Museum, Karlstad, Sweden
From the Collection: Ornament, Reduction, Continuum, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Remember Lidice, Edition Block, Berlin, Germany
L'Effet Vertigo, Musée d'art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France
Chambres d'enfants, Musée du Papier Peint, Mézières, Switzerland
Fashion as Social Energy, Palazzo Morando | Costume Moda Immagine, Milan, Italy
Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence, The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, Geneva, Switzerland
Proportio, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy
The XIV Biennial of Photography of Cordoba, Cordoba, Spain
The Soul Selects her own Society: Women Artists of the Miller Meigs Collections, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
True Colors, Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions 2014, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
The International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
Shades of Time: An Exhibition from the Archive of Korean-American Artists, Part 2, 1990-2001, AHL Foundation, New York, USA
Land-Sea-Sky, revisiting spatiality in video, Artsonje Center, Seoul, Korea
Art and Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence, The Menil Collection, Houston, USA
ISKELE2 / The Unanswered Question, TANAS, Berlin, Germany
Elle est retrouvée…, Courbet Museum, Ornans, France
Host & Guest, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Matrix – Textiles in Art and the Applied Arts from Gustav Klimt to Chiharu Shiota, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
Making Space, 40 Years of Video art, Museum of Fine Art in Lausanne, Switzerland
Le Pont, Museum of Contemporary Art Marseilles, Marseilles, France
The Lift, Bloomberg Building, New York, USA
ROUNDTABLE, The 9th Gwangju Biennale, Korea
Now Here is also Nowhere: Part 1, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, USA
Women in-Between: Asian Women Artists 1984-2012, Travelling show from Fukuoka Asian Art Museum; Okinawa Prefecture Art Museum; Tochigi Prefecture Art Museum of Fine Arts; Mie Prefecture Art Museum, Japan
Unfinished Journey, Copenhagen Art Festival 2012, Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, Copenhagen, Denmark
Shortening Distances, Asian Panorama of the MUSAC, Museo de Art Contemporaneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain
Lotus Zone of Zero, Space Study, Plateau, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul
Windflower: Perceptions of Nature, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo
Terre Vulnerabili - a growing exhibition, Hangar Bicocca, Milan
Fast Forward 2. The Power of Motion – Media Art Sammlung Goetz, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
Un certain état du monde: Sélection de la collection de la Fondation François Pinault, The Garage, Moscow
Your Bright Future: 12 Korean Artists, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles traveling to Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Against Exclusion, The 3rd Moscow Biennale, Garage, Moscow
Street Art Street Life, Bronx Museum of Art, New York
ArTempo: where time becomes art, Palazzo Fortuny, The 52nd Venice Biennale, Venice

Five Days Until the End of Art, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel
Kasper David Friederich Die Erfindung Der Romantik, Museum Folkwang, Essen
Always a Little Further, The 51st Venice Biennale, Arsenale, Venice
Art Circus-Jumping from the Ordinary, Yokohama Triennale 2005, Yokohama
Don’t Call it Performance, The Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Sevilla, El Museo del Bario, New York Traveled from Museo National de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
Enlightment, Jeu de Paum, Paris


Kimsooja : To Breathe
Aug 29, 2012 - Oct 10, 2012


Kimsooja, Thread Routes - Chapter 1, 2010, 16mm film
transferred to HD format, 29:31, sound
Courtesy of Kukje Gallery and Kimsooja Studio

Kimsooja, Thread Routes - Chapter 1, 2010, 16mm film transferred to HD
format, 29:31, sound
Courtesy of Kukje Gallery and Kimsooja Studio

Kimsooja, Thread Routes - Chapter 1, 2010, 16mm film transferred to HD
format, 29:31, sound
Courtesy of Kukje Gallery and Kimsooja Studio

Kimsooja, Thread Routes - Chapter 2, 2011, 16mm film transferred to HD
format, 23:40, sound
Courtesy of Kukje Gallery and Kimsooja Studio

Kimsooja, Bottari – Alfa Beach, 2001, single channel video projection,
6:18 loop, silent
Courtesy of Kukje Gallery and Kimsooja Studio

Kimsooja, Mumbai: A Laundry Field, 2008, 4 channel video projection,
10:25 loop, sound
Courtesy of Kukje Gallery and Kimsooja Studio

Kimsooja, To Breathe: Invisible Mirror/Invisible Needle, 2005, 10:01 min
loop, sound from Kimsooja's The Weaving Factory (2004) voice
performance, 9:52 min loop
Courtesy of Kukje Gallery and Kimsooja Studio

Kimsooja, To Breathe: Invisible Mirror/Invisible Needle, 2005, 10:01 min
loop, sound from Kimsooja's The Weaving Factory (2004) voice
performance, 9:52 min loop
Courtesy of Kukje Gallery and Kimsooja Studio


Kimsooja : To Breathe


2017 Art Basel Hong Kong Encounters

2016 MMCA 'Kimsooja - Archive of Mind'

2015 Centre Pompidou-Metz ‘To Breathe’

2013 Venice Biennial Korean Pavillion