stellar minimalist light and space work by kimsooja in celebration of the 130th year of korean-french diplomacy. m.

Kimsooja’s solo exhibition Kimsooja – To Breathe takes place at the Centre Pompidou-Metz in France from October 26th this year to January 4th, 2016. The year 2015 marks the 130th year of Korean-French diplomacy, and this exhibition celebrates “Année France-Corée 2015-2016” along with numerous other events of cultural exchange between the two countries where France holds events from September 2015 to August 2016, and Korea throughout the year of 2016. Held with the invitation of Centre Pompidou-Metz, Kimsooja’s solo exhibition is anticipated as an occasion for introducing her vibrant works as well as supporting cultural exchange between Korea and France.

Having worked with a wide variety of different mediums throughout her influential 30-year long career, Kimsooja presents a piece that interprets space in her philosophy for her solo exhibition. Kimsooja first made use of mirrors for the Venice Biennale in 1999, where she reflected a loaded Bottari truck onto a wall-sized mirror that opened a virtual exit dedicated to the refugees from Kosovo. Since then she has been investigating the limitlessness of space, wrapping and unwrapping, and making space and the void. During an interview in 2006, she stated that “making space means creating a different space, rather than making a new one”, as “The space is always there in a certain form and fluidity, which can be transformed into a completely different substance” . Her deep interest in “Yin” and “Yang” is evident in her works such as To Breathe / Mirror Woman that breaks the boundary between interior and exterior by light penetrating the window, and To Breathe: Bottari that reveals spatiality through light reflected on mirrors.

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