Kyungwoo Chun
South Korea, b.1969


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Kyungwoo Chun was born in Seoul. After his first study of Photography in Korea (1992) he moved to Germany, where he studied and started to work on his art projects in Europe. He has become known for his poetically blurred photographic portraits in a very unconventional way of dealing with time and space. He has been realizing participatory performances and collaborations in cities like Dueseldorf, Barcelona, Seoul, Berlin, Prague, Liverpool, Lisbon, Copenhagen and New York. His work has been presented in numerous solo exhibitions in Europe and Korea and he is the recipient of Danish Art Council grant DIVA(2007), Art Council Korea grant, grant by Ivory Press, UK, Hanmi Photography Award from the Museum of Photography Seoul(2007), winner of Public Art Competition in Bremen(2008). The artist's work is represented in major museum collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Museet for Fotokunst Odense(DK), the Museum of Photography in Seoul, National Museum of Contemporary Art of Korea, Museum fuer Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg among others.

Image Courtesy of the artist and Suwon iPark Museum of Art; Copyright on JD Woo.
Text Courtesy of the artist.

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Photography, Performance , Extended Exposure , Blurred Image , Communion , Psychological Communion , Psychological Change , Human Relations , South Korea

Curriculum Vitae

Educations
2000
Diploma, Kommunikationsdesign, Universitaet Wuppertal, Germany
1992
BFA, Photography, College of Arts, Chungang University, Seoul
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Solo Exhibitions
2016
Nueve Editoras, Galer?a Jos?delaFuente, Santander, Spain
2015
nine editors, Bernhard Knaus Fine Art, Frankfurt
2014
PORTRAITS, HADA Contemporary, London
2013
Interpreters, Gaain Gallery, Seoul
2012
Seventeen Moments, Galeria Nuble, Santander, Spain
Perfect Relay, Staedtische Galerie Delmenhorst, Germany
Response, Kunsthalle G?ppingen, G?ppingen, Germany
Versus, Galerie Andres Thalmann, Zurich
2011
Thousands, Kunsthalle Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany
San & Sebastian (2-person), Galeria Arteko, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain
2010
Thousands, Laznia-Center for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, Poland
Simultan, Bernhard Knaus Fine Art, Frankfurt
Thousands and other works, SKL Gallery, Palma, Spain
Being a Queen, The Museum of Photography, Seoul
Departure Songs, Galerie DNA, Berlin
2009
Being a Queen, Aarhus Kunstbygning, Center for Contemporary Art, Aarhus, Denmark
Burden or Support, video and performance, both exhibitions arranged by Galleri Image, Aarhus, Denmark
Thousands, Kunsthalle Emden, Emden, Germany
BreaThings, Gaain Gallery, Seoul
Thousands, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
Thousands-fragments, Galeria Raquel Ponce, Madrid
2008
Thousands-Miles, Centro Huarte-Centro de Arte Contempor?neo, Navarra, Spain
BreaThings, Bernhard Knaus Fine Art, Frankfurt
Thousands- fragments, Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp, Belgium
SAPPHO: OHPPAS, Kunstverein Ruhr, Essen, Germany
2007
Last Works, Galer?a Nuble, FOCONORTE-festival de fotograf?a y v?deo, Santander, Spain
Silence is Movement, Galerie DNA, Berlin
Projecting Life Indoors (2-person), Casa Asia, Barcelona
Versus & Believing is Seeing, Gallery Van Zoetendaal, Amsterdam
Believing is Seeing, Gaain Gallery, Seoul
Versus, Galeria Arteko, Donodtia-San Sebsatian, Spain
Versus, Galeria Raquel Ponce, Madrid
2006
screen sprit_continued/ KYUNGWOO CHUN, Staedtische Galerie im Buntentor Bremen, Germany
IN/FINITE, photography, video, Galerie Bernhard Knaus, Mannheim, Germany
Pseudonym, Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp, Belgium
2005
100 Questions - Photographs, Video Installation, Stiftung DKM, Duisburg, Germany
Dialog, Kuenstlerhaus Goettingen, Goettingen, Germany
A Naming Game (video, photographs, and performance), Galer?a Arteko, San Sebastian, Spain
2004
A Day in Seoul, Van Zoetendaal Gallery, Amsterdam
Kyungwoo Chun, the Museum of Photography (Hanmi Art Foundation), Seoul
Intervals, Galeria FF, Lodz, Poland
2003
Kyungwoo Chun ‘reMEMBERed’, Odense Foto Triennale, Brandts Klædefabrik Odense, Denmark
Eidolon, Pruess & Ochs Gallery, Berlin
2002
this appearance, Staedtische Galerie Delmenhorst, Germany
2001
Kyungwoo Chun 1998?2001, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul
Thirty Minutes Dialog, Galleri Image, Aarhus, Denmark
1998
Zeitraum im Verschwinden, Werkraum Uerdingerstrasse, Cologne, Germany
1994
Aura, Ba-Tang-Gol Gallery, Seoul
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Group Exhibitions
2017
Another Way of Telling, Suwon iPark Museum of Art, Suwon, Korea
2015
6th Moscow Biennale, Reverse Point Asia-Special Project, State Museum-Reserve “Tsaritsyno”, Moscow
SHOOT: About Performance, DNA, Berlin
Real in Irreal, Wooyang Museum of Contemporary Art, Gyeonju, Korea
2014
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
2013
Photography and Society - Social Art, Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, Korea
Still -Photography in the Museum, MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts, Debrecen, Hungary
Haein Art Project, Haeinsa Temple, Habcheon, Korea
2012
What is it to be Chinese?(Kyungwoo Chun, FX Harsono, Truong Ngu, Tintin Wulia, David Zink Yi), Grimmuseum, Berlin
5th European Month of Photography Berlin, IN TRANSIT-THE VIEW OF OTHER, Bahnhof Ostkreuz, Berlin
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, Manchester, UK
Blue Crystal Ball: Samsung Olympic Games Media Art Collection, De La Warr Pavilion, East Bexhill Sussex, UK
Portrait of Time, Can Foundation, Beijing
En samling, Galleri Image, Aarhus, Denmark
2011
Believing is Seeing, Ffotogallery at Turner House, Cardiff, UK
Series of Portraits - A Centry of Photographs, Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
Isabelle Huppert: Woman of Many Faces, The Museum of Photography, Seoul
Interview & Artists as an Interviewer, Arko Art Center, Arts Council Korea , Seoul
C Action Photo Virus, Langhans Galerie, Prague
2010
Liverpool Biennial : Media Landscape, Zone East, Contemporary Urban Centre, Liverpool, UK
Chaotic Harmony: Contemporary Korean Photography, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, USA
Man Ray and his heritage, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
Darmstaedter Tage der Fotografie, Darmstadt, Germany
Reflections, DNA, Berlin
ICONOTEXTES, Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju, Korea
2009
Chaotic Harmony: Contemporary Korean Photography, The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX
WHITE SPACES, a concert on the occasion of Gerhard St?bler's 60. Birthday, Wilhelm Lehmruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany
ARCHIVO, curarted by Willem van Zoetendaal, MK Galerie, Berlin
Hangul=Spirit: Inspired by Korean Characters, 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
TRIALOG III- video, music, performance with with Kunsu Shm and Gerhard Staebler, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul
2008
Liverpool Biennial: Fantasy Studio, A Foundation, Liverpool, UK
Verticals, Gallery Van Zoetendaal, Amsterdam
SAPPHO, video installation with live music/ with Gerhard Staebler, WDR Musik Fest, Duisburg Landschaftspark, Germany
2007
Writing Paintings, Painting Words, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
NY C Photo Exhibition, Phillips de Pury & Company, New York
Angelegenheiten, die sich daraus ergeben, Kuenstlerhaus Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Landscape of Korean Contemporary Photography, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
Soft Power Exhibition, Korea Foundation cultural center, Seoul
Statements, Bernhard Knaus Fina Art, Frankfurt
Slow, Miki Wick Kim Contemporary Art, Zurich
2006
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
Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu, Korea
TINA B. Contemporary Art Festival Prague, Gallery Nova sin, Prague
Artspectrum 2006, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul
2005
Paik and Beyond, Sonderschau Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Asia - the place to be?, Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin/ Beijing
2004
Galeris Neuvelles Images, the Hague, the Netherlands
Wirklichkeit des Individuums, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany
2003
Der Rest der Welt, Neuffer am Park Pirmasens, Germany
The Third Asian Photography, Guardian Garden, Tokyo
2002
Identitaet und Ideal, Museum f?r Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Perspektiven ?81. Herbstausstellung niedersaechsischer K?nstler, Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, Germany
portrait: portrait, Pruess & Ochs Gallery (formerly Asian Fine Arts Berlin), Berlin
International Young Art 2002, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York; Sotheby’s Amsterdam, Amsterdam; Sotheby’s Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv
2001
Bremer Foerderpreis fuer Bildende Kunst, St?dtische Galerie im Buntentor Bremen, Germany
Hall of Mirrors/Variants of the Portraits, Museet for Fotokunst, Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense, Denmark
2000
Internationale Photoszene Koeln 2000, Deutsches Sport & Olympia Museum, Cologne, Germany
1999
Schwarz und Weiss, Museum Schloss Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
Galerie im Funkhaus des MDR, Magdeburg, Germany
Artriumgalerie des Willy-Brandt-Hauses, Berlin
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Publications
2011
Kyungwoo Chun-Performance Raisonn? I (Text: Jiyoon Lee), IANN Books, Seoul
Kyungwoo Chun-Photographs (Text: Hyeyoung Shin), IANN Books, Seoul
bild.klang.los- Ein Trialog von Kyungwoo Chun, Kunsu Shim und Gerhard St?bler (Text: Hella Melkert, Peter Friese),
2009
PFAU Verlag, Saarbr?cken
Being a Queen-Kyungwoo Chun (Text: Louise Wolthers, Rune Gade, Nathalie Boseul Shin), Forlaget Vandkunsten, Copenhagen
Art.es ? project #26 (Text: Peter Friese), Madrid, Spain
2008
ARCHIVO-Thousands, Amsterdam (Text: Urs Stahel), the Netherlands
Kyungwoo Chun-Thousands (Texts: Wulf Herzogenrath, Nils Ohlsen, Jiyoon Lee, Urs Stahel), Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern
2007
Believing is Seeing (Text: Hyeyoung Shin), Gaain Gallery, Seoul
2005
KYUNGWOO CHUN-photographs, video performances (Texts: Stephan Berg, Minseong Kim, Susanne Pfeffer), Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern
Souvenirs (Text: Mika Elo), Sigongart, Seoul
2004
KYUNGWOO CHUN, the Museum of Photography (Text: Seungkon Kim, Hanmi Foundation of Culture and Arts), Seoul
INTERVALS (Text: Lech Lechowicz), FF Gallery, Lodz
2003
EIDOLON (Text: Enrique Ordonez, Jaana Pruess), Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin
2002
this appearance-Kyungwoo Chun, Staedtische Galerie Delmenhorst edition23, Delmenhorst
2001
KYUNGWOO CHUN 1998-2001 (Texts: Finn Thrane, Enno Kaufhold), Sunggok Art Museum, Seoul
1994
AURA (Text: Juseok Park), Batanggol Gallery, Seoul
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Grants & Awards
2015
Artist-in-residence, MAC/VAL mus?e d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, France
2009
Artist-in-residence, Centro Cultural Andratx, Majorca, Spain
2008
Public Art Competition, Bremen, Germany
Grant, Art Council Korea, Seoul
2007
Grant, Artists in Residence, DIVA Exchange Program, the Danish Arts Council (hosted by Galleri Image, Aarhus), Denmark
Grant, Ivory Press, London.
Hanmi Photography Prize 2007, the Museum of Photography (Hanmi Foundation for Arts and Culture), Seoul
2005
Grant, Korean Culture and Arts Foundation, Korea
2004
Artist-in-residence, Centro Cultural Andratx, Majorca, Spain
2002
Artist Scholarship from the City of Delmenhorst, Niedersachsen, Germany
2001
Grant, Korean Culture and Arts Foundation, Korea
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Collections
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
Fundaci?n Centro Ord?nez, Falcon de Fotograf?a, 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
Laznia-Center for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, Poland
Bank Vontobel, Zurich, Switzerland
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Another Way of Telling