Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein is devoting an extensive solo exhibition to the Korea-born artist Kimsooja (b. 1957), who lives and works in New York and Seoul.

"I contain my projects in my body which I find as my studio."  Kimsooja

 

One day in 1983, Kimsooja was sewing a traditional bedcover together with her mother. When passing the needle through the fabric, she had a sudden sensation like an electric shock. "The energy of my body channeled through the needle, seeming to connect to the energy of the world. From that moment, I understood the power of sewing: the relationship of needle to fabric is like my body to the universe." This experience became a far-reaching crucial experience for Kimsooja's artistic work. In her performances, installations, sculptures, video and photo works she combines isolated, fragmentary observations to form a whole encounter of different places and people. Duration and time and the metaphorical intertwining of her own experiences, cultural backgrounds, and historical references all play a major role. The artist equates her task with a needle whose work brings together divergent elements, that is to say, different cultures or standpoints.

The thread that runs through the exhibition – as expressed by the title – is the metaphor of Weaving the World. The show features works from 1999 to 2017 from Kimsooja's highly varied and contemplative oeuvre that has received considerable international attention. Among them, the trailblazing video installation A Needle Woman (1999–2001) in which the artist stands still facing the waves of crowds in eight metropolises. Thread Routes – Chapter IV (China) of her latest 16mm film work Thread Routes (2010–ongoing) is shown for the first time. This distinct body of work, filmed in six chapters, each shot in a different cultural area of the world, weaves an impressive tapestry of textile traditions in all their beauty, at the same time reflecting the interaction with nature, architecture and agriculture. Thread Routes – Chapter I (Peru) and Thread Routes – Chapter II (Europe) are also on show at the exhibition.

The exhibition conceived in close collaboration with Kimsooja is a production of Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, curated by Christiane Meyer-Stoll.

A two-volume publication from Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, with an English and a German edition, will be released. It comprises all interviews with Kimsooja from 1994 to 2017 and an accompanying volume of illustrations.

More pictures to this exhibition

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    Exhibition view Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, photo: Aaron Wax, courtesy of Kimsooja Studio © Kimsooja, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
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    Exhibition view Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, photo: Aaron Wax, courtesy of Kimsooja Studio © Kimsooja, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
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    Exhibition view Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, photo: Aaron Wax, courtesy of Kimsooja Studio © Kimsooja, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
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    Exhibition view Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich, © Kimsooja, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
  • Opening
  • Thu, 21.9.2017
    18.00
  • Guided tours
  • Thu, 28.9.2017
    18.00
  • Thu, 19.10.2017
    18.00
  • Thu, 16.11.2017
    18.00
  • Thu, 18.1.2018
    18.00
  • Thu 21.9.

    Opening

    Kimsooja. Weaving the World
  • Thu 28.9.

    Guided tour

    Kimsooja. Weaving the World
    with Christiane Meyer-Stoll, curator of the exhibition
  • Wed 4.10.

    Introduction for Teachers

    Kimsooja. Weaving the World
    für Lehrpersonen aller Schulstufen aus FL, A, CH
  • Thu 5.10.

    Lecture

    Chinoiserien in Seide
    with Anna Jolly
    In Kooperation mit der Liechtensteinischen Kunstgesellschaft.
  • Wed 11.10.

    Holiday Workshop

    Zeit zum Betrachten, Entdecken unud Selber Tun!
    für Kinder von 6 bis 12 Jahren
  • Thu 12.10.

    Holiday Workshop

    Zeit zum Betrachten, Entdecken unud Selber Tun!
    für Kinder von 6 bis 12 Jahren
  • Thu 19.10.

    Guided tour

    Kimsooja. Weaving the World
    with Christiane Meyer-Stoll, curator of the exhibition
    In Kooperation mit dem Welternährungstag.
  • Sat 4.11.

    Workshop for adults

    Stilles Qigong Yangsheng
    mit Hanni Schierscher und Christiane Meyer-Stoll, Kuratorin der Ausstellung
    mit Anmeldung
  • Sun 5.11.

    One Hour

    Kimsooja. Thread Routes
    with Christiane Meyer-Stoll
  • Wed 8.11.

    Introduction for Teachers

    Kimsooja. Weaving the World
    für Lehrpersonen aller Schulstufen aus A
  • Thu 16.11.

    Guided tour

    Kimsooja. Weaving the World
    Öffentliche Führungen finden Sie in unserem Donnerstag-Abend-Programm, jeweils ab 18 Uhr.
  • Thu 23.11.

    Lecture

    Buddhism in Contemporary Art
    von Mary Jane Jacob, in englischer Sprache
    In Kooperation mit der Liechtensteinischen Kunstgesellschaft.
  • Thu 30.11.

    Take Away

    Kimsooja. Weaving the World
    Short guided tour during the lunch break
  • Sun 3.12.

    One Hour

    Kimsooja. Nadel und Faden
    mit Marion Malin
  • Thu 18.1.

    Guided tour

    Kimsooja. Weaving the World
    with Christiane Meyer-Stoll