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

Selected Solo Exhibitions & Site Specific Projects
2017
(upcoming) Kimsooja, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Germany

2016
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

2015
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
 
2014
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
 
2013
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
 
2012
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
 
2011 
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
 
2010
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
 
2009
Kimsooja: A Needle Woman, Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, UK
 
2008
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
 
2006
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
 
2005         
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
 
2004-2003
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
 
2003         
Kimsooja, 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
 
2002         
A Laundry Woman, Kunsthalle, Wien
 
2001         
A Needle Woman, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/ MOMA, New York
A Needle Woman, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern
 
2000         
A Needle Woman - A Woman Who Weaves the World, Rodin Gallery of Samsung Museum, Seoul
A Needle Woman, ICC, Tokyo

1999
A Needle Woman, CCA Kitakyushu

1997
Sewing into Walking, MAGASIN, Centre d’Art Contemporian National de Grenoble
A Laundry Field/Sewing into Walking Looking into Sewing, Oakville Gallery, Ontario
Deductive Object, Akira Ikeda Gallery, Nagoya
Bottari, Choreographed by Christopher House, Performed by Toronto Dance
Theater, Conceptual Scenic design by Kim Sooja, Harbourfront Premiere Dance Theater, Toronto

1994
Sewing into Walking, Gallery Seomi, Seoul

1992
Kim Soo-Ja, (The 11th Suknam Fine Art Awards show), Hankook Gallery, Seoul

1991
Kim Soo-Ja, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul

1989
Kim Soo-Ja, On Gallery, Osaka

1988
Kim Soo-Ja, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul

 
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017
Person of the Crowd, Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, USA
(upcoming) Proyecto Líquido, Foundation Alumnos47, Mexico City, Mexico
(upcoming) Socle du Monde Biennale, HEART Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark
(upcoming) Thread Lines, The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Kentucky, USA
(upcoming) Intuition, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy
(upcoming) Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Wilfredo Lam Havana, Cuba
(upcoming) City of Europe Biennale - Weaving Europe, Cyprus

2016 
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

2015
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
 
2014
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
 
2013
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
 
2012
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
 
2011
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
 
2010
Fast Forward 2. The Power of Motion – Media Art Sammlung Goetz, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
 
2009
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
 
2008
Street Art Street Life, Bronx Museum of Art, New York
 
2007 
ArTempo: where time becomes art, Palazzo Fortuny, The 52nd Venice Biennale, Venice

2006
Five Days Until the End of Art, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel
Kasper David Friederich Die Erfindung Der Romantik, Museum Folkwang, Essen
 
2005 
Always a Little Further, The 51st Venice Biennale, Arsenale, Venice
Art Circus-Jumping from the Ordinary, Yokohama Triennale 2005, Yokohama
 
2004
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

2003
Ideal City - Solares, The 2nd Valencia Biennale, Valencia
Lille 2004, Flower Power, Beaux-Art Museum, Lille
Don’t call it performance, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
As Heavy as the Heavens, Transformations of Gravity, County Museum Joanneum, Graz, traveled to Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense
Migration, Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein, Lichtenstein
Mind Space, Samsung Art Museum, Seoul
Identity and Otherness, Photoespaña, Circulo de Bella Artes, Madrid
Multitudes – Solitudes, Museum and Ar/ge Kunst Galleria Museo, Bolzano
Archives and Simulation, LisboaPhoto, Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisbon
Social Strategy, traveling show from University of California Art Museum, Santa Barbara to Austin Museum of Art, Austin
The 10th Biennial of Moving Images, Geneva
Pro Arte Video Festival, Hermitage Museum & Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
Walking in the Street, Apex Art, New York, Traveled to Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel
Serene Beauty, Jamaica Art Center, New York
Spotlight Reading, The Kitchen, New York
Motion Studies, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York
Traces of Friday - art, tourism, displacement, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

2002                 
Whitney Biennial, Central Park, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Tempo, Inauguration exhibition of MOMA Queens, New York
Memory of Water, Spoleto Festival USA 2002, Charleston
The 1st Busan Biennale, Metropolitan Museum, Busan
The 2nd Photo Festival, Ganna Art, Total Museum, Seoul
Refugee, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo
Expo 2002 - Money & Value/ The Last Taboo, Biel, Switzerland
Demeter, Tokachi International Contemporary Exhibition, Obihiro, Japan
Aubes, Rêveries au bord de Victor Hugo, Maison de Victor Hugo, Paris
Watching Ocean and Sky Together, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool
Global Priority, Jamaica Art Center, New York
Instruction for Actions, Kunsthalle Wien
Crossing Cultures - Elementary Particle Art, Kunsthaus Muerzzuschlag, Styria, Austria

2001
Markers, The 49th Venice Biennale, Venice
ARS 01, KIASMA, Helsinki    
Art through the Eye of Needle, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Hovikedden, Norway
Subject Plural, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
Asian Contemporary Art, Duke University Modern Art Museum, Durham
On the way to the Screen, International Artists House, Moscow
Antro-a-Polosias, Luis Adelantado Gallery, Valencia
IMAGO MUNDI, CAPC Bordeaux
Lost And Found, Apex Art, New York
Unrealtime Video, Fine Arts Center, Seoul
Going Places, Smart Art Space, Amsterdam
Girls in the Image, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

2000
Sharing Exotism, The 5th Biennale de Lyon 2000, Halle Tony Garnier, Lyon
Human-being and Gender, The 3rd Kwangju Biennale, Kwangju
The Sky is the Limit, The 2nd Taipei Biennial, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei
Echigo - Tsumari, Tsumari Art Triennale 2000, Echigo – Tsmari, Japan
Hypermental - Entre realite et chimieres 1950-2000, de Salvadore Dali a Jeff Koons, Kunsthaus Zurich Mutation, Arc en Reve d'Architecture, APC Bordeaux
Art and Social Reality, High Commission for Refugee, Geneva
From Here to There, Academie Scholoss Solitude, Stuttgart
Playground & Toys for Refugee Children, Red Cross Museum, Red Crescent Museum, Geneva, Traveled to UN, New York
Today’s Korea Contemporary Sculpture, Moran Museum of Art, Namyangju, Korea
Drive, Govette-Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
Likeness of Being, DC Moore Gallery, New York
Kim Sooja + Yang Pei Ming, Selfscape, Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrick, Odense

2000-1997
Cities on the Move, Cesession, Vienna, traveled to Louisiana Museum of Art Copenhagen, Hayward Gallery, London, CAPC Bordeaux, KIASMA, Helsinki, P.S.1, New York

1999
d'APERTutto, The 48th Venice Biennale, Venice
ArtWorlds in Dialogue - Global Art Rhineland 2000, Museum Ludwig, Cologne
The 3rd Asia - Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane
Kim Sooja + Jeannett Christensen, Inaugural Exhibition at Kunsthalle Feldbach, Feldbach

1998
The 24th Sao Paulo Biennale, Sao Paulo
Everyday, The 11th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney
Echolot, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel
Loose Threads, Serpentine Gallery, London
Warming, The Project, New York
Medialization, Edsvik Art Center, Stockholm, traveled to Eesti Kunst Museum, Tallinn
Slowness of Speed, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei
Frame, Kumho Art Museum, Seoul

1998-1996
Traditions/Tensions, Asia Society, Gray Art Gallery, Queens Museum of Art, New York, traveled to Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, to Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

1997
On life, beauty, translations and other difficulties, The 5th Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul
De-Genderism, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo
Des Histoire En Formes, Centre National D'Art Contemporain de Grenoble, Grenoble, France

1996
Manifesta 1, Museum Boymans Van-Beuningen, Rotterdam
Inclusion/Exclusion, Steirischer Herbst 96, Graz
The Scream -  Borealis 8, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen
Roles of the Couple, Soo Ja Kim / Toshihiro Kuno, Akira Ikeda Gallery, Taura
Do It / Home Version, Museum in Progress, Vienna
Home/Salon, The Clock Tower Gallery, New York
Ceremonial, Apex Art, New York
An Aspect of Korea Contemporary Art in the 90's, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, traveled to the International Museum of Osaka

1995
Division of Labor - Women's Work in Contemporary Art, The Bronx Museum of Art, traveled to MOCA, L.A.
The 1st GwangJu Biennale, KwangJu
Tiger’s Tail - 12 Korean Contemporary Artists, Palazzo Vendramin, Venice, traveled to the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwacheon
Circulating Currents - Korean & Japanese Contemporary Artists, Nagoya City Museum, Aichi Prefecture Museum of Art, Nagoya
6.Triennale Kleinplastik 1995, Sud-West L.B, Stuttgart
16th International Bronze & Small Sculpture Biennale, Padova
Light Box Project, Museum City Project, Fukuoka
Stage work for Drawing the Sound, Whanki Museum, Seoul
Information and Reality, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

1994
Women - The Difference and the Power, Hankook Gallery, Seoul

1993
Trade Routes, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
In Their Own Images, P.S.1 Museum, New York
Semblances, Ise Art Foundation, New York

1992
Triangle Workshop, Pine Plains, New York

1991
Ten Korean Women Artists, The National Museum Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., traveled to Seoul Arts Center, Seoul
Inaugural Exhibition of Korean Contemporary Art, SunJae Museum, Kyungju

1990
Impact 3 90, Gallery Humanite, Tokyo

1989
Berlin International Contemporary Art Festival, Municipal Museum, Berlin
Young Artist Festival, Trade Center Hyundai Gallery, Seoul

1988
88 Korea Contemporary Art Festival, National Museum of Modern Art, Seoul

1987
The 8th International Impact Art Festival, Municipal Museum, Kyoto

1985
1984-85 French Government Scholars Exhibition, Galerie Bernanos, Paris

1984
Korean Contemporary Art Festival, Municipal Museum, Taipei

1983
83 Seoul International Drawing Exhibition, Fine Art Center, Seoul

1979
Breath, Kim Soo-ja/ Lee Yun-Dong, Growrich Gallery, Seoul