KUKJE GALLERY
Koo Bohnchang
(Korean, 1953)
 
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Lives and works in Seoul, Korea
 
2010-present     Professor, Kyungil University of Photography & Video, Daegu, Korea
 
2000-15            Chairman, Geonhi Art Foundation, Bundang, Korea
2008                Art Director, Daegu Photo Biennale 2008, Daegu, Korea
2004                Guest Professor, Pentiment, Hamburg Summer School, Hamburg, Germany
1999-01            Professor, Kaywon College of Art and Design, Anyang, Korea
1999                Visiting Professor, Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design, London, UK
1997                International Fellowship, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, London, UK
1992                Guest Professor, Pentiment, Hamburg Summer School, Hamburg, Germany
1986-98            Lecturer, Chung-Ang University and Seoul Institute of the Arts Seoul, Korea
1980-85            Diploma Fotodesign, Fachhochschule, Hamburg, Germany
1971-75            Bachelor of Business Administration, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
 
AWARDS
2014                Dong Gang Photography Award, Korea
2003                Gangwon Documentary Prize, Korea
2000                Lee Myoungdong Prize, Korea
 
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018            
‘Koo Bohnchang’, Changseong-dong laboratory, Seoul, Korea
‘Aqua’, Acquario Civico Milano, Milano, Italy
‘The Hidden Face’, Gallery 343, Seoul, Korea

2016           
‘花’, Shinsegae Gallery Incheon, Incheon, Korea
‘花’, Shinsegae Gallery Gwangju, Gwangju, Korea
‘Vies silencieuses’, Galerie Camera Obscura, Paris, France
‘White Vessels’, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2015            
‘Porcelain Time’, Yido Gallery, Seoul, Korea
‘Koo Bohnchang’, Nanohana Gallery, Hakone, Japan

2014            
‘White on White’, Villa Flor, S-chanf, Switcheland
‘Open End’, Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milano, Italy
‘Dong Gang Photography Award Exhibition <KOO Bohnchang>', Dong Gang Museum of Photography, Yeongwol, Korea
‘Koo Bohnchang Archives: 18 Exhibitions’, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
‘Jung Hai-chang: an Encounter with the Still Life Works of Koo Bon-chang’, Trunk Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2013            
‘Slow Talk’, Madrid, Spain
‘Interpretation of Surface’, Bundo Gallery, Daegu, Korea
‘The Interpretation of Landscape', J - Hee Gallery, Gwangju, Korea
‘Happy Memories', Ryugaheon gallery, Seoul, Korea

2011            
‘Bohnchang Koo’, Kukje gallery, Seoul, Korea
‘The Baptist’, Nuda gallery, Daejeon, Korea
‘Snow, Jeju Island’, Trunk gallery, Seoul, Korea

2010                   
‘Plain Beauty: Korean White Porcelain/Photographs by Bohnchang Koo’, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA
‘Masks’, Stone Art Museum, Duson Art Museum, Jeju, Korea

2009                      
‘Vessel · Soap · Interiors’, Galerie Camera Obscura, Paris, France,
‘Purity’, Galerie Raum mit Licht, Vienna, Austria
‘Pencil of Nature’, Gallery Bow, Ulsan, Korea

2008                      
‘In the Beginning’, Trunk Gallery, Seoul, Korea
‘Coolness and Passion’, MBC Gallery M, Daegu, Korea

2007                      
‘Bohnchang Koo’, Goeun Museum of Art, Busan, Korea Galerie 206, Berlin, Germany
‘Soap’, Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2006                      
Hasted Hunt Gallery, New York, USA
‘Vessel’, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea
‘Koo Bohnchang’, Kahitsukan, Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyoto, Japan

2005                  
‘Portraits of Time’, White Room Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
‘La beaute endormie’,  Langon, France
‘Stilled’, Gallery 339, Philadelphia, USA

2004                      
‘Masks’, ‘White’, Galerie Camera Obscura, Paris, France

2003                
‘Bohnchang Koo: Recent work’, Ricco Maresca Gallery, New York, USA
‘Masks’, Museum of Photography, Seoul, Korea
‘White’, ‘In the Beginning’, Picture Photo Space, Osaka, Japan

2002             
‘Fragile Tremors’, San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, USA
‘Masterworks of Contemporary Korean Photography’, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, USA
‘In the Beginning’, Shadai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2001              
Base Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Prinz Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
Samsung Rodin Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2000                      
‘White Series’, Ricco Maresca Gallery, New York, USA
‘Good-Bye Paradise’, Galleri Image, Aarhus, Denmark

1999                      
‘Flow’, Gallery Won, Seoul, Korea

1995                      
‘In the Beginning’, Gallery Ississ, Kyoto, Japan
‘Breath’, Seomi Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1993                      
‘Good-Bye Paradise’, Seomi Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1990                      
‘The Sea of Thought’, Seomi Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1988                       
‘Veiled Pursuit in the Long Afternoon’, Gallery Busan, Busan, Korea 

1987                      
‘One Minute Monologue’, Gallery Wide, Tokyo Photo Interform, Osaka, Japan

1985
‘Twelve Deep Sighs’, Hanmadang Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1984                      
Fotogenes, Hamburg, Germany

1983                      
Pine Hill Gallery, Seoul, Korea
 
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
 
2018                  
‘Water, Embracing Life’, Gallery Hyeyum, Gwangju, Korea
‘The Portrait With(out) Artists’, Nam Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
'Blooming at the Junction', Korean Cultural Center Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2017                  
‘Uri Korea – Ruhe in Beschleunigung’, Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg, Germany
‘Wintering’, National Folk Museum of Korea, Seoul, Korea
’秋’ 달항아리를 품다’, GalleryWe, Seoul, Korea
‘Vogue lika a painting’, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
‘사진공감’, Chuncheon Culture & Arts Center, Gangwon-do, Korea
‘Coordination of energy’, Arts Center KUH, Daejeon, Korea
‘A JOY of SPRING: Scenery, Blossom and Delicacy’, National Folk Museum of Korea, Seoul, Korea
‘室礼展 -Offerings-III’ Terminal Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
‘Time, Visibilizing the invisible’, Centro Cultural PUCP, Lima, Peru
‘Body, The Language of Sensation’, Muan Seungwoo Oh Museum of Art, Muan, Korea
‘DNA of Coreanity’, Wooyang Museum of Contemporary Art, Gyeongju, Korea

2016                  
‘The Colors in Korean Life and Culture’, National Folk Museum of Korea, Seoul, Korea
‘Ordinary’, Korean Cultural Centre Gallery’, Sydney, Austraila
‘DNA of Coreanity’, Milad Tower, Tehran, Iran
‘Getxophoto 2016’, Gexto, Spain
‘Unconscious Aesthetics, Breathing Heritage: Contemporary Korean Ceramics’, The Fondation Bernardaud, Limoges, France
‘Noonbit Collection of Korea Photographer’s Work’, Ryugaheon gallery, Seoul, Korea
‘Public to Private: Photography in Korean Art since 1989’, The National Museum of
Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
‘Chefs-d'œuvre de la céramique coréenne’, Grand Palais, Paris, France
‘室礼~Offerings~Ⅱ’, Terminal Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
‘청출어람’, Hyundai Department Gallery H, Daegu, Korea

2015                 
‘한국현대미술의 흐름Ⅷ - 사진의 여정’, Gimhae Arts Center, Gimhae, Korea
'People, remembered ', Art Space J, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
'A Homage to Korean Architecture-Wisdom of the Earth', Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
‘Simsimhada’, Doosung Paper Gallery, Seoul, Korea
‘In the Spirit of George Rose’. KF Gallery, Seoul, Korea
‘조선 백자의 혼을 담다.’, Choi Sunu House, Seoul, Korea
‘Le Parfum dans tous les sens’, Jardins du Palais Royal, Paris, France
‘BODY’, Handok Museum of Medicine and Pharmacy, Eumseong 
‘Simple Forms: Contemplating Beauty’, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
‘OBIECTA’, Giacomo Guidi, Rome, Italy

2014                      
‘Korean Beauty Two Kinds of Nature’, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
‘The Other & Me’, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE
‘Dual Natures in Ceramics’, SFO Museum, San Francisco, USA
'Admiration of White Porcelain’, Seoul Museum, Seoul

2012                             
‘Mega Seoul 4 decades’, The Museum of Photography, Seoul, Korea
‘달하 노피곰 도다샤 어긔야 머리곰 비취오시라’, Ilwoo space, Seoul, Korea
‘Books & Objects’, Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea
‘FOLD lll: USELESS / Upcycling in Art + Design’, Art+Shanghai Gallery, Shanghai, China

2011                      
‘Korean Spirit; Six Photographers’, Goyang Aram Nuri Arts Center, Goyang, Korea
‘Books & Objects’, Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea
‘紙花’, Kokdu museum, Seoul, Korea

2010                   
‘Korean Contemporary Art – Plastic Garden’, Mingsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
‘Chaotic Harmony: Contemporary Korean Photography’, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, USA
Biennale Internationale de l’Image a Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Laos

2009                      
‘Chaotic Harmony: Contemporary Korean Photography’,
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
‘Met First, Yet Familiar, Korean Contemporary Photograph’, 798 Space, Beijing, China
‘Odyssey’, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea

2008                     
‘Contemporary Korean Photographs 1948-2008’, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
‘Inspired Simplicity: Contemporary Art from Korea’, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA
Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea

2007                  
‘Chuseok - Korean Harvest Festival’, British Museum, London, UK
‘Void in Korean Art’, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2004                      
‘Water’, FotoFest Biennial 2004, Houston, USA
‘What happens between Art and Popular Culture’, National Museum of Contemporary and Modern Art, Gwacheon, Korea

2003               
‘Facing Korea’, Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
‘East of Eden’, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London, UK

2002                
‘Two Korean Photographers’, Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
‘Now, What is Photo’, Gana Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea
‘Floating’, Art Center Silkeborg Bad, Denmark
'Everyman: A Search for the Male Form’, Camera Work, San Francisco, USA

2001               
‘Awakening’, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Australia

2000               
‘Standing on the Threshold of Time’, Odense Foto Triennale, Odense, Denmark
‘Contemporary Korean Photographers’, FotoFest 2000, Houston, USA

1999               
‘Phenomena’, Friends of Photography, Ansel Adams Center, San Francisco, USA
‘Fragments of Document and Memory’, 3rd Tokyo International Photo-Biennale, Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan

1998               
‘Landscape and Man’, Ostasiatiska Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
‘Alienation and Assimilation’, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, USA

1996                     
A.O.I. Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1995              
Gwangju Biennial 1995, Gwangju, Korea
Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Gyeongju, Korea
‘Body or Gender’, Gallery Nun, Seoul, Korea

1994              
Pima Community College Art Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, USA

1993              
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

1990              
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, USA

1988               
‘The New Wave of Photography’, Walkerhill Art Center, Seoul, Korea

1987                      
‘Lying Down as if Being Dead with Half-closed Eyes’, Hanmadang Gallery, Seoul, Korea
 
COLLECTIONS
The British Museum, London
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Asian Art Museum, S.F.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California
Seattle Asian Art Museum, Seattle
Philadelphia Museum of Art
National Folk Museum of Korea, Seoul
Denver Art Museum
Museum of Art and Craft, Hamburg
Musée Carnavalet, Paris
Musée Guimet, Paris
Fondation Herzog, Basel
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
State Library Victoria, Australia
Reykjavik Museum of Photography, Iceland
Kahitsukan, Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyoto
Shadai Gallery, Tokyo
Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
Municipal Museum of Art, Daejeon, Korea
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul
Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Gyeongju, Korea
The Museum of Photography, Seoul
The Amore Museum, Seoul
Busan Museum of Art, Busan
Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art, Jeju, Korea
Goeun Museum of Photography, Busan
 
BIBLIOGRAPHY
2015        ‘White Vessels’, yido of Yi, Yoonshin Co.,Ltd, Korea
2014        ‘DMZ’, Noonbit, Korea
              ‘Vessel + White‘, Danilo Montanari Editore, Italy
              ‘How to Capture the Touching Moment’, Culturegrapher, Korea
2013        ‘Slow Talk’, Ivorypress, Spain
2010        ‘Koo Bohnchang’, Kukje gallery, Korea
2009        ‘Purity’, Galerie Raum mit Licht, Austria
2008        ‘A Perspective on 1980s’, Wow Image, Korea
2007        ‘Everyday Treasures’, Rutles, Japan
              ‘Vessel’ Rutles, Japan
2006        ‘Koo Bohnchang’, The Kahitsukan, Japan
               ‘Deep Breath in Silence’, Hangil Art, Korea
               ‘Revealed Personas’, Hangil Art, Korea
               ‘Vessels for the Heart’, Hangil Art, Korea
2004         ‘Portraits of Time’, Homi, Korea
                ‘Koo Bohnchang: Mask', Museum of Photography Seoul, Korea
                ‘Koo Bohnchang’, Youlhwadang, Korea
2003          ‘Bohnchang Koo, Hysteric Nine’, Hysteric Glamour, Japan
1998          ‘In the Beginning’, WorkShop 9, Korea
1994          ‘Art Vivant’, Contemporary Korean Artists, Sigongsa, Korea
1992          ‘The Sea of Thought’, Hanglim, Korea