Kyungwoo Chun


Kyungwoo Chun works with long exposure photography and appeals to portrait as a form of self-knowledge.


Kyungwoo Chun

b. 1967, Seoul, Korea


Korean artist Kyungwoo Chun (Seoul, 1969) 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."

K.Chun works with long exposure photography and appeals to portrait as a form of self-knowledge, a genre that helps him explore personal relationships more deeply and with which he achieves intriguing portraits and images that make us reflect on the relationships between individual existence and universal time.

Considered one of the most interesting artists on the international scene, (his work has been shown practically around the world) Kyungwoo Chun has been using long exposures since 1996 when he discovered that by lengthening the exposure time he could capture with his camera, more than an image, a pictorial portrait and the character of the portrayed.

The photographer alternates the use of video with photography and performance, three actions that allow him to prepare situations in which the public has a leading role. Chun starts from reality, later he manages to transform the meaning of the work thanks to the look he brings from a new reading and interpretation related to fragility, but not only of our identity, but also of our character and our will.

Kyungwoo Chun-Vice Versa, Laznia-Center for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, Poland
Kyungwoo Chun-Presences, Coreana Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

Kyungwoo Chun-Seoul Sazin, EfremidisGallery, Berlin, Germany

Kyungwoo Chun-Ordinary Unknown, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
Kyungwoo Chun-Face of Face, Bernhard Knaus Fine Art, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Kyungwoo Chun - The Most Beautiful Weight (artist in residence) , MAC-VAL - musée d'art contemporain Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France
Nueve Editoras, Galería JosédelaFuente, Santander, Spain

nine editors, Bernhard Knaus Fine Art, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

PORTRAITS, HADA Contemporary, London, UK

Interpreters, Gaain Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Seventeen Moments, Galeria Nuble, Santander, Spain
Perfect Relay, Staedtische Galerie Delmenhorst, Germany
Response, Kunsthalle Göppingen, Göppingen, Germany
Versus, Galerie Andres Thalmann, Zurich, Switzerland

Thousands, Kunsthalle Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany
San & Sebastian (2-person), Galeria Arteko, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain

Thousands, Laznia-Center for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, Poland
Simultan, Bernhard Knaus Fine Art, Frankfurt, Germany
Thousands and other works, SKL Gallery, Palma, Spain
Being a Queen, The Museum of Photography, Seoul, Korea
Departure Songs, Galerie DNA, Berlin, Germany

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, Germany
BreaThings, Gaain Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Thousands, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Thousands-fragments, Galeria Raquel Ponce, Madrid

Thousands-Miles, Centro Huarte-Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Navarra, Spain
BreaThings, Bernhard Knaus Fine Art, Frankfurt, Germany
Thousands- fragments, Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp, Belgium
SAPPHO: OHPPAS, Kunstverein Ruhr, Essen, Germany

Last Works, Galería Nuble, FOCONORTE-festival de fotografía y vídeo, Santander, Spain
Silence is Movement, Galerie DNA, Berlin, Germany
Projecting Life Indoors (2-person), Casa Asia, Barcelona, Spain
Versus & Believing is Seeing, Gallery Van Zoetendaal, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Believing is Seeing, Gaain Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Versus, Galeria Arteko, Donodtia-San Sebsatian, Spain
Versus, Galeria Raquel Ponce, Madrid, Spain

screen sprit_continued/ KYUNGWOO CHUN, Staedtische Galerie im Buntentor Bremen, Germany
IN/FINITE, photography, videoGalerie Bernhard Knaus, Mannheim, Germany
Pseudonym, Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp, Belgium

100 Questions - Photographs, Video Installation, Stiftung DKM, Duisburg, Germany
Dialog, Kuenstlerhaus Goettingen, Germany
A Naming Game (video, photographs, and performance), Galería Arteko, San Sebastian, Spain

A Day in Seoul, Van Zoetendaal Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Kyungwoo Chun, the Museum of Photography (Hanmi Art Foundation), Seoul, Korea
Intervals, Galeria FF, Lodz, Poland

Kyungwoo Chun ‘reMEMBERed,’ Odense Foto Triennale, Brandts Klædefabrik Odense, Denmark
Eidolon, Pruess & Ochs Gallery, Berlin, Germany

this appearance, Staedtische Galerie Delmenhorst, Germany

Kyungwoo Chun 1998–2001, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
Thirty Minutes Dialog, Galleri Image, Aarhus, Denmark

Zeitraum im Verschwinden, Werkraum Uerdingerstrasse, Cologne, Germany

Aura, Ba-Tang-Gol Gallery, Seoul, Korea

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 CoreaCasa 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

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



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Kyungwoo Chun

Selected Works | 2004-2008