Absolutely Tschudi – Artists of the Gallery
21 December 2019–21 March 2020
b. 1957, Daegu (KR)Download CV
Currently based in Seoul and Paris, Kimsooja is an internationally acclaimed conceptual artist whose practice explores the conditions of humanity. Working with different media spanning painting, by sewing, installation, performance, video, sound and light, Kimsooja moves form into action, using the materiality of the mediums, and reaching into issues of aesthetics and humanism thereby bringing us to a state of heightened awareness.
In a persistent effort to pursue a transcendence from the material to the non-material, her work evokes the conceptual exploration of “non-doing” and “non-making”. Kimsooja’s work transforms simple and everyday actions into moments of meditation and transcendence. Wrapping and unfolding, tying and untying, connecting and disconnecting, Kimsooja’s art links various dualities and enacts a shift from material to immaterial.
After studying painting in Seoul, Kimsooja completed a residency at a lithography studio at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Paris (1984- 1985). She has been honoured with numerous renowned awards, among them Lucas van Leyden Fund (2020), the HO-AM-Prize, a lifetime achievement in the arts (2015), John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2013-2014), and most recently Okgwan, The Order of Cultural Merit, Seoul, Korea (2021).
Since the beginning of her artistic career in the 1980s she has explored alternative modes of expression, adopting new conceptual methodologies to her practice as a painter. Her work has been subject of numerous solo exhibitions in major international museums as well as site-specific installations, recently for example at The Cathédrale Saint-Etienne de Metz (2022), Traversées/Kimsooja in Poitiers (2019), The Peabody Essex Museum (2019), the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Chapel (2019), Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein (2017), Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2015), Centre Pompidou Metz (2015), Crystal Palace of Reina Sofia Museum(2006), MAC Lyon (2003), PAC Milan (2003), Kunstpalast Dusseldorf (2004), Kunsthalle Wien (2002), Kunsthalle Bern (2001) and MoMA PS1 (2001). She has been part of numerous biennials and triennials like BIENALSUR (2021), Documenta14 (2017), Venice Biennale (2013, 2007, 2005, 2001, 1999), Gwangju Biennale (2012, 2000, 1995 ), Lyon Biennale (2000), Sao Paulo Biennale (1998) and Manifesta 1 (1996).
21 January – 11 March 2023
Free and participatory workshop at Centre Pompidou-Metz
Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
Opens 3 December 2022artgallery.nsw.gov.au
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