Kimsooja was born in 1957 in Taegu, South Korea. She earned a BFA (1980) and MA (1984) from Hong-Ik University, Seoul. Kimsooja’s videos and installations blur the boundaries between aesthetics and transcendent experience through their use of repetitive actions, meditative practices, and serial forms. In many pieces, everyday actions—such as sewing or doing laundry—become two- and three-dimensional or performative activities. Central to her work is the “bottari,” a traditional Korean bed cover used to wrap and protect personal belongings, which Kimsooja transforms into a philosophical metaphor for structure and connection.

photography by Viktor Bentley | 2015 ©
Taegu, 1957
Korea, South

Current Exhibitions

Kimsooja: To Breathe

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

30 Mar — 29 Sep
Kimsooja transforms Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s historic chapel with “To Breathe“, an enthralling installation using light and mirrors and the latest in a series of projects exploring...

Past Exhibitions

Infinitive Mutability

Axel Vervoordt Gallery
25/03/2019 — 01/06/2019

The Street. Where the World is Made

Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo – MAXXI
07/12/2018 — 28/04/2019

Kimsooja: To Breathe

Chiostri di di Sant’Eustorgio 10/03/2018 — 15/06/2018

Kimsooja: To Breathe – The Flags

Galleria Raffaella Cortese
14/03/2018 — 05/05/2018

Kimsooja: Geometry of Breath

28/04/2017 — 24/06/2017

Solo Shows

Weaving the World, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein Encounter – A Mirror Woman, Asia Corridor Contemporary Art Exhibition, Nijo Castle, Kyoto, Japan
Kimsooja: Geometry of Breath, Gallery Kewenig, Berlin

To Breathe – Zone of Zero, CAC Malaga, Spain
Weaving the World, CC Strombeek, Belgium
Site specific installation at Gangoji Temple, Comissioned by Culture City of East Asia, Nara, Japan

To Breathe, Centre Pompidou Metz, Metz, France
A Beggar Woman- Cairo, Smith College Museum of Art, Massachusetts, USA Thread Routes- Chapter III, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
Thread Routes, Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa, Bilbao, Spain

A Needle Woman: Galazy was a Memory, Earth is a Souvenir, Site specific installation for Intimate Cosmologies: The Aesthetics of Scale in an Age of Nanotechnology, 1st Cornell University Biennale Ithaca, New York, USA
To Breathe: Mandala, Kewenig Galerie, Palma, Majorca Bottaris, La Fabrica, Madrid, Spain
To Breathe, Raffaella Cortese Gallery, Milan, Italy

To Breathe: Bottari, The Korean Pavilion, 55th Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy To Breathe: The Flags, Site specific installation for Contemporary Art Trail, Aix-en-Provence, France
Kimsooja / Unfolding, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Group Shows

Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flanerie, Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
The Urge to Create Vision, Centrum Rzezby Polskiej, Oronsko, Poland
Bottari, Documenta 14, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel Intuition, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice Biennale, Venice

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
No Longer Empty: Jameco Exchange, Jamaica, Queens

Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art: Weaving & We, Zheijiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
Dancing with Myself, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Earth, Fire, Soul- Masterpiece of Korean Ceramics, Grand Palais, Paris, France

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Taegu Country of birth: Korea, South Date of birth: 1957 Lives in: New York