Sung Hwan Kim was born in 1975 in South Korea; he lives and works in New York City. Kim studied architecture at Seoul National University in South Korea. He received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and art at Williams College, Williamstown, in 2000, and his master’s of science in visual studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, in 2003.
His solo exhibitions include a.o Sung Hwan Kim – Line Wall, Kunsthalle Bern (2011); Sung Hwan Kim, From the Commanding Heights, Queens Museum, New York (2011); A Still Window From Two or More Places, Tranzitdisplay, Prague (2010); Golden Times: Part 2, Haus der Kunst, Munich (2010); One from In the Room (music collaboration with David Michael DiGregorio aka dogr), New Museum, New York (2009); MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge (2009); Pieces from In the Room, Wilkinson Gallery, London (2009); Sung Hwan Kim: In the Room, Gallery TPW, Toronto (2009); and In the Room 3(with David Michael DiGregorio aka dogr), Gallery TPW, Toronto (2009).
Kim’s work has been featured in several group shows including The Other Tradition, WIELS Brussels, Brussels (2010/2011); TRUST, Media City Seoul 2010, Seoul Museum of Modern Art (2010); Art Premiere, Art Basel (with Joan Jonas); Montehermoso Cultural Center, Vitoria, Spain (2009); Monument to Transformation, City Gallery Prague (2009); The Demon of Comparisons, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam (2009); and, When things cast no shadow, 5th Berlin Biennale (2008).
Sung Hwan Kim is one of five artists commissioned by If I Can’t Dance to make a new work as part of Edition IV – Affect (2010–2012). Sung Hwan Kim is an artist currently based in New York. Previously, he lived and worked in the Netherlands over a period of four years, during which part of the time was spent as a fellow at the Rijksakademie.
Sung Hwan Kim’s research for his new commission takes as a departure point the notion of parting.
The new work is co-commissioned by If I Can’t Dance and Tate Modern, London.