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Kyungwoo CHUN

Kyungwoo Chun (*1969 in Seoul) has for many years now been working on photography projects and initiating performances in which the audience is actively involved. Chun attained international recognition through his portraits, many of which have a characteristic blurriness in their movements-the consequence of extended exposure times. As diverse as the artistic approaches seem at a first glance, Chun considers both the performances and the photographs to be in equal measure "visible manifestations of that which is not visible."
Ever since early 2000s, performance works have arisen in parallel to the photography. These are temporally limited processes which can be carried out individually or as a group. As author and initiator, Kyungwoo Chun withdraws to a large extent into the background. He establishes a framework in which the participants can act independently.They generally have the possibility of leaving behind something of their own. Sometimes it is a personal object, a photograph, or just the answer to a question. In other cases, their physical presence is already sufficient.
The sensitization to an altered perception of time and the intensification of a dialogue with oneself and with others are essential aspects of this artistic practice.

The oeuvre of Kyungwoo Chun has been presented in many solo and group exhibitions in Europe and Korea. Furthermore, he has realized numerous performances with participation of the public in many cities including Barcelona, Seoul, Berlin, Liverpool, Zurich, Mumbai, Bremen and New York. The artist's work is represented in major museum collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston(MFAH), Huis Marseille stichting voor fotografie in Amsterdam, Kunsthalle Emden, Museet for Fotokunst Odense, Musée Mac/Val in Vitry-sur-Seine, The Museum of Photography Seoul, National Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea(MMCA) among others.

Collection Related Publications

Born 1969 in Seoul, Korea, lives and works in Seoul
1992 B.F.A. in Photography, College of Arts, Chung-Ang University, Korea
2000 Diploma in Kommunikationsdesign, Universitaet Wuppertal, Germany

Selected Performances

Ordinary Uknonwn, Buk-Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
RUN (right ot left), Seoul Station Square/ Culture Station Seoul 294, Seoul, Korea
Pause, MMCA ( National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art), Seoul, Korea
Ordinary Unknown, Sunaparanta-Center for Arts, Goa, India
Happy Journey / Spaces in Transition, ArtOxygen/ CST Railway Station, Mumbai, India

Appearance, Gaain Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Translation, Gaain Gallery, Seoul, Korea Gute Nachrichten, Hanbit Media Gallery, Seoul and Museum Weserburg, GAK, Bremen, Germany
35 Senses, Galleri Image, Aarhus, Denmark
18x1Minute, Staedtische Galerie Delmenhorst, Delmenhorst, Germany
Versus at Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark
Versus in Zurich, Baerenwiese/ Galerie Anderes Thalmann, Zurich, Switzerland
Versus in Goeppingen, Rathausplatz/ Kunsthalle Goeppingen, Goeppingen, Germany

Versus in Times Square, Public Art Program by Times Square Alliance, New York, USA
100 Questions, Arko Art Center, Arts Council Korea , Seoul, Korea

Silence is Movement, Long Night of Museums,/ Laznia-Center for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, Poland

The Seven Chairs, Aarhus Kunstbygning-Center for Contemporary Art, Aarhus, Denmark
PERFORMAT I-Kyungwoo Chun, Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany
BreaThings, Gaain Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Greetings, Galeria Raquel Ponce, Madrid, Spain

Burden or Suport, Psi #14: Interregnum, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Bim Bim Blumen, Kunstverein Ruhr, Essen, Germany

Projects/ VERSUS, curated program by ARTE LISBOA, Lissabon, Portugal
VERSUS Seoul-Barcelona2, Festival Asia, Casa Asia, Barcelona, Spain
VERSUS Seoul-Barcelona1, Softpower exhibition, W Hotel, Seoul, Korea
Into (apoyo o carga), Gaain Gallery, Seoul, Korea
An Allegory of Failure, Galeria Arteko, Donodtia-San Sebsatian, Spain

O Minute , Busan Biennale 2006, Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, Busan, Korea
Into (apoyo o carga), National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
11 Allegories, soccer club Manheim in arrangement of Galerie Bernhard Knaus, Mannheim, Germany

O Minute -Video Performance, Artforum Berlin, Germany
O Minute, KIAF, Seoul, Korea
Into (apoyo o carga), Galería Arteko, San Sebastian, Spain

18 x 1 Minute, Fundación Centro Ordónez, Falcon de FotografÌa, San Sebastian, Spain
18 x 1 Minute, Street at Artinus Gallery, Seoul, Korea

18 x 1 Minute, ARCO Madrid - Art Unknown, 2003, Spain, curated by Bart de Baere, Barbara Steiner, Charles Esche

Selected Group Exhibitions and Collaborations

The Better Man 1948-2020, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

Beyond Line: The Art of Korean Writing, LACMA-Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
The Phenomenon of the Mind : Facing Yourself, Museum of Contemporary Art Busan, Busan, Korea
Persona grata?, MAC-VAL - musée d'art contemporain Val-de-Marne,Vitry-sur-Seine, France
Poetic Diction , Pohang Museum of Steel Art, Pohang , Korea

Exit from Paradine (public programme), Somerset House/Photo London, London, UK
Verborgene Gesichter. Portraits im Blickpunkt, Kulturstiftung Schloss Agathenburg, Agathenburg, Germany
The Portrait with(out) Artists , SeMA-Nam Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
186 FEUILLES , LA COLLECTION DE DESSINS ET DE PHOTOS DE VITRY-SUR-SEINEDEPUIS 1979, Galerie Municipale Jean-Collet, Vitry-sur-Seine, France

6th Moscow Biennale/ Reverse Point Asia-Special Project, State Museum-Reserve ·Tsaritsyno·, Moscow, Russia
SHOOT: About Performance, DNA, Berlin, Germany
Real in Irreal, Wooyang Museum of Contemporary Art, Gyeonju, Korea

Busan Biennale 2014 , Busan Cultural Center Grand Medium Gallery, Busan, Korea
Changwon Sculpture Biennale 2014, Moonshin Art Museum of Changwon, Changwon, Korea
Fluctuaciones y Perfiles Remotos , Galeria Nuble, Santander, Spain
Silence is Movement, Artclub 1563, Seoul, Korea

Photography and Society - Social Art, Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, Korea
Still -Phot ography in the Museum, MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts, Debrecen, Hungary
Haein Art Project, Haeinsa Temple, Habcheon, Korea

What is it to be Chinese?(Kyungwoo Chun, FX Harsono, Truong Ngu, Tintin Wulia, David Zink Yi), Grimmuseum, Berlin, Germany
5th European Month of Photography Berlin, IN TRANSIT-THE VIEW OF OTHER, Bahnhof Ostkreuz, Berlin, Germany
Project Daejeon 2012: Energy, Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, Korea
Growing Together, Galeria Nuble, Santander, Spain
Breda Photo-International Photo Festival, MOTI, Museum of the Image, Breda, the Netherlands
AND Festival-festival of new cinema, digital culture & art/ Blue Crystal Ball, Holden Gallery, Manchaster, UK
Blue Crystal Ball: Samsung Olympic Games Media Art Collection, De La Warr Pavilion, East Bexhill Sussex, UK
Portrait of Time, Can Foundation, Beijing, China
En samling, Galleri Image, Aarhus, Denmark

Believing is Seeing, Ffotogallery at Turner House, Cardiff, UK
Series of Portraits - A Centry of Photographs, Museum fuer Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
Isabelle Huppert: Woman of Many Faces, The Museum of Photography, Seoul, Korea
Interview & Artists as an Interviewer, Arko Art Center, Arts Council Korea , Seoul, Korea
C Action Photo Virus, Langhans Galerie, Prague, Czech Republic

Liverpool Biennial : Media Landscape, Zone East, Contemporary Urban Centre, Liverpool, UK
Chaotic Harmony: Contemporary Korean Photography, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, USA
Man Ray and his heratage, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Darmstaedter Tage der Fotografie, Darmstadt, Germany
Reflections, DNA, Berlin
ICONOTEXTES, Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju, Korea

Chaotic Harmony: Contemporary Korean Photography, The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX
WHITE SPACES, a concert on the occasion of Gerhard Stäbler's 60. birthday, Wilhelm Lehmruck Museum, Duisburg
ARCHIVO, curarted by Willem van Zoetendaal, MK Galerie, Berlin
Hangul=Spirit: Inspired by Korean Charlacters, Korean Cultural Centre, UK, London
TRIALOG I, II - video, music, performance with Kunsu Shm and Gerhard Staebler, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Gaain Gallery, Seoul, Korea
TRIALOG III- video, music, performance with with Kunsu Shm and Gerhard Staebler, Kumho Art Hall, Seoul, Korea

Liverpool Biennial: Fantasy Studio, A Foundation, Liverpool, UK
Verticals, Gallery Van Zoetendaal, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
SAPPHO, video installation with live music/ with Gerhard Staebler, WDR Musik Fest, Duisburg Landschaftspark, Germany

Writing Paintings, Painting Words, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
NY C Photo Exhibition, Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, USA
Angelegenheiten, die sich daraus ergeben, Kuenstlerhaus Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Landscape of Korean Contemporary Photography, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Soft Power Exhibition, Korea Foundation cultural center, Seoul, Korea
Statements, Bernhard Knaus Fina Art, Frankfurt, Germany
Slow, Miki Wick Kim Contemporary Art, Zurich, Switzerland

Tijdens fotomanifestatie Contrasten 1, museum goudA, Gouda, The Netherlands
White Spaces, Video Installation with concert (in collaboration with Gerhand Staebler), Tonhalle, Duesseldorf, Germany
Busan Biennale 2006, Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, Busan, Korea
El mar que tiene dos nombres. Videoarte de Corea, Casa Asia, Barcelona, Spain
Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu, Korea
TINA B. Contemporary Art Festival Prague, Gallery Nova sin, Prague, Czech Republic
Artspectrum 2006, Leeum / Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

Paik and Beyond, Sonderschau Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Asia - the place to be?, Alexander Ochs Galleries Berlin/ Beijing, Germany

Galeris Neuvelles Images, the Hague, the Netherlands
Wirklichkeit des Individuums, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany

Der Rest der Welt, Neuffer am Park Pirmasens, Germany
The Third Asian Photography, Guardian Garden, Tokyo, Japan

Identitaet und Ideal, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Germany
Perspektiven —81. Herbstausstellung niedersaechsischer Künstler, Kunstverein Hannover, Germany
portrait: portrait, Pruess & Ochs Gallery (formerly Asian Fine Arts Berlin), Berlin Germany
International Young Art 2002, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, Sotheby’s Amsterdam, and Sotheby’s Tel Aviv

Bremer Foerderpreis fuer Bildende Kunst, Städtische Galerie im Buntentor Bremen, Germany
Hall of Mirrors/Variants of the Portraits, Museet for Fotokunst, Brandts Klædefabrik
Odense, Denmark

Internationale Photoszene Koeln 2000, Deutsches Sport & Olympia Museum, Cologne, Germany

Schwarz und Weiss, Museum Schloss Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
Galerie im Funkhaus des MDR, Magdeburg, Germany
Artriumgalerie des Willy-Brandt-Hauses, Berlin, Germany


Artist-in-residence, MAC/VAL musée d·art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, France

Artist-in-residence, Centro Cultural Andratx, Majorca, Spain

Public Art Competition, Bremen, Germany
Grant, Art Council Korea
Commision by Duisbueger Philharmonie, Germany

Grant, Artists in Residence, DIVA Exchange Program, the Danish Arts Council (hosted by Galleri Image, Aarhus), Denmark
Grant, Ivory Press, London, U.K.
Hanmi Photography Prize 2007, the Museum of Photography (Hanmi Foundation for Arts and Culture), Seoul, Korea

Commission, Tonhalle Duesseldorf, Germany

2001, 2005
Grant from the Korean Culture and Arts Foundation, Korea

Artist-in-residence, Centro Cultural Andratx, Majorca, Spain
Commission, Fundación Centro Ordónez, Falcon de FotografÌa, San Sebastian, Spain

Artist Scholarship from the City of Delmenhorst, Niedersachsen, Germany

Selected Public Collections

LACMA-Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
Huis Marseille stichting voor fotografie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Museum fuer Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Germany
Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, The Netherlands
Vedder Collection, Zollikon, Switzerland
Museet for Fotokunst, Brandts Klaedefabrik Odense, Denmark
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, U.S.A.
Sammlung Alison & Peter W. Klein, Eberdingen-Nussdorf
The Caldic Collection, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Burger Collection, Zurich, Switzerland
Kunst en Complex Collection, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Haus Coburg, Staedtische Galerie Delmenhorst, Germany
Fundación Centro Ordónez, Falcon de FotografÌa, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain
Centro Cultural Andratx-CCA, Spain
Museum DKM, Duisburg, Germany
The Museum of Photography (Gahyeon Foundation of Culture), Seoul, Korea
Fortis Bank Collection, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Kunsthalle Emden, Emden, Germany
Kunsthalle Goeppingen, Goeppingen, Germany
Galleri Image, Aarhus, Denmark
Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, Korea
Seoul Museum of Art, Korea
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland
Laznia-Center for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, Poland
Bank Vontobel, Zurich, Switzerland

Selected Publications

Kyungwoo Chun-Performance Raisonné I (Text: Jiyoon Lee), IANN Books, Seoul, 2011
Kyungwoo Chun-Photographs (Text: Hyeyoung Shin), IANN Books, Seoul, 2011
bild.klang.los- Ein Trialog von Kyungwoo Chun, Kunsu Shim und Gerhard Stäbler (Text: Hella Melkert, Peter Friese),
PFAU Verlag, Saarbrücken, 2009
Being a Queen-Kyungwoo Chun (Text: Louise Wolthers, Rune Gade, Nathalie Boseul Shin), Forlaget Vandkunsten, Copenhagen, 2009 – project #26 (Text: Peter Friese), Madrid, Spain 2009
ARCHIVO-Thousands, Amsterdam (Text: Urs Stahel), the Netherlands, 2008
Kyungwoo Chun-Thousands (Texts: Wulf Herzogenrath, Nils Ohlsen, Jiyoon Lee, Urs Stahel), Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, 2008
Believing is Seeing (Text: Hyeyoung Shin), Gaain Gallery, Seoul, 2007
KYUNGWOO CHUN-photographs, video performances (Texts: Stephan Berg, Minseong Kim, Susanne Pfeffer), Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, 2005
Souvenirs (Text: Mika Elo), Sigongart, Seoul, 2005
KYUNGWOO CHUN, the Museum of Photography (Text: Seungkon Kim, Hanmi Foundation of Culture and Arts), Seoul, 2004
INTERVALS (Text: Lech Lechowicz), FF Gallery, Lodz, 2004
EIDOLON (Text: Enrique Ordonez, Jaana Pruess), Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin, 2003
this appearance-Kyungwoo Chun, Staedtische Galerie Delmenhorst edition23, Delmenhorst, 2002
KYUNGWOO CHUN 1998-2001 (Texts: Finn Thrane, Enno Kaufhold), Sunggok Art Museum, Seoul, 2001
AURA (Text: Juseok Park), Batanggol Gallery, Seoul, 1994