Galerie Förster

Jinran Kim

Jinran Kim, trained as a sculptor at the prestigious Seoul Nation University and Berlin University of Art, practices in Berlin and Seoul producing objects, two-dimensional works, and, increasingly, public art and works with kinetic and media elements. Her work draws from classic sculpture, informed by the traditional arts of her native Korea, creating unique hybrids of Western and Korean traditions integrating traditional and industrial approaches to carpentry, metal and stone work as well as work with fabrics, media, and mechanical elements.

The themes in her work issue from everyday experience: eating, washing, Cleaning, gossiping, day dreaming, and inquire deeply into the prospects and purpose of women in contemporary Korean society, and those of a contemporary Korean woman in the global context. Never flashy but always deep and resonant, Jinran Kim’s work exudes a quiet power which speaks of patience and perseverance and more internally, perhaps even more silently, of her passion and of her rage.

Jinran Kim was born in Seul, Korea.


since 1994 Working and living in Berlin, Seoul
1994 - 1997 Universität der Künste Berlin,
Bildende Kunst FB1with Wolfgang Knapp, Monika Murasch
1996 Winchester School of Art in England 96/WS
1991 - 1993 M.A. course at Seoul National University
1987 - 1991 Studied Sculpture at Seoul National University

Prize Grant

1998 Junge Kunst Saar Ferngas Förderpreis
2004/2005 Cite International des Arts Paris studio program
2006 Tokyo Wonder Site residency program
2007 Korean cultural foundation
2008 Kyunggi cultural foundation
2009 Seoul cultural foundation
2010 Korean cultural foundation

Solo exhibitions

1999 Heidelberger Kunstverein
2005 Cite International des Arts, Paris, France
2006 GLS Campus solo exhibition, Berlin, Germany
2006 Tokyo Wonder Site open studio
2007 GLS Campus solo exhibition, Berlin, Germany
2008 Gallery Robrecht, Berlin, Germany
2009 Gallery Wohnlabor, Berlin, Germany


2001 Museum of Contemporary Art MMK, Frankfurt am Main
2003 Korean embassy Switzerland
2004 Nam Jun Pack Museum


2002/2003 SSammzi Art Space Project program
2003 Coex Intercontinental Hotel Seoul permanent installation
2003 Gwangju new city hall permanent installation
2004 Acrovista floor design permanent installation
2004 Gwangju Biennale Theme park permanent installation
2004/2005 Residency program Cite international des Arts, Paris, France
2006 Berlin GLS facade Project, permanent installation
2010 TC Company Building, Pohwang, Permanent installation

Exhibitions [Selection]

2010 Wasser Museum, Stadbad in Steglitz, Wannsee, Berlin, Germany
“beRuf Kuenstlerin“ Frauen Museum in Bonn, Germany
Gallery Futura, Berlin, Germany
2009 Let’s go Home, DWI Building, Hamburg, Germany
Frauen Blick Gallery Wedding, Berlin, Germany
Kunstraum in Masoleum, Alter St. Matthaeus Kirchhof, Berlin. Germany
Sinseagae Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2008 Gallery La Condition Japonese, Berlin, Germany
MBC Broadcast, Daegu, Korea
2007 Yoeuido Park outdoor project, Seoul, Korea
“Shall we smell” koreana Museum, Seoul, Korea
SSammzi Art Space open Studio, Korea
2006 German contemporary exhibition, Jeonjoo Museum, Jeonjoo, Korea
2005 Tradition und Zeitgeist, Muenchner Kultfabrik(White Box), Muenchen, Germany
Tradition und Zeitgeis, Gallery Hellhof, Kronberg, Germany
2004 Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea
Apeldoorn Modern Art Museum opening show, Holland
Exhibition Gallery Robert Dree, Hannover, Germany
2003 Tradition&Innovation III, Hyundai Gallery, Korea
2002 International Arts festival Venray, Holland
Tradition&Innovation II, UN building, Switzerland
Tradition&Innovation II, Zollverein, Essen, Germany
2001 Presentation Art Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Heimat Kunst, Zehnscheuer Kunstverein, Rottenburg am Neckar, Germany
International Arts Festival Exit/Via, Creteil, Maubeuge, France
Presentation Art Cologne Koln, Germany
2000 Presetation Art Form Berlin, Germany
“Heimat Kunst” Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
“Expo 2000” Kestner Museum, Hannover, Germany
Tuchfuhlung 2, Kunsthaus Langenberg EV, Germany
Presentation Art Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
1999 Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, Germany
Museum Brandenburgische Kunstsammulungen, Cottbus, Germany
Exhibition Gallery Nagonaja, Moscow, Russia
Exhibition Gallery Kunstraum, Berlin, Germany
Exhibition, Junge Kunst Saar Ferngas Forderpreis Saarland Museum, Germany
1998 Schlosspark Museum, BadKreuznach, Germany
Stadtmuseum, Osaka, Japan
Gallery Asian Fine Arts Berlin, Germany
“Observe” Kulturamt Treptow, Berlin, Germany
Prisma Haus, Berlin, Germany
“Neue Kunstler in Wedding”
Schering Kunstverein und Kunstraum Berlin, Germany
Presentation ARCO Madrid, Spain
1997 Project Exhibition “Sicherheit”, HdK, Berlin, Germany
Group Exhibition Dong-Ah Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Exhibition with Annie Wu, Gallery Asian Fine Arts Berlin, Germany
Group exhibition, City Hall, Schwalbach, Germany
Exhibition “Das kleine Gluck die grosse Sehnsucht”, Darmstadt, Germany

Further information you can get directly at Galerie-Förster.
Web-Site of the artist: www.jinrankim.com