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김유연 Yu Yeon Kim

Summarized Biography

Yu Yeon Kim (김유연 - born, South Korea) is an independent curator based in New York City, USA and Seoul, Korea. Kim has curated and been a commissioner of many distinguished international exhibitions of contemporary art.

International Biennales

Kim was a principle curator of the 1st Mediation Biennale 2008, Poland and Curator/International Researcher for the Liverpool Biennale 2004, England. Kim was also the Commissioner/Curator for the 1st Mexico Painting Biennale (Cinco Continentes y Una Ciudad ) in Mexico City and the Commissioner/Curator for Latin America for the 3rd Gwangju Biennale 2000 in South Korea and a principle curator of the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale, South Africa, 1997-1998, (for which she curated "Transversions" at the Museum Africa)

Curatorial Projects

  • 2019 "One Breath Infinite Vision 一 息千面" at Ink Studio Beijing, Peoples Republic of China
    (Artists: Choi Ildan | Cho Duck Hyun | Jeong Gwang Hee | Kim Ho Deuk | Kim Jongku | Lee In | Lim Hyun Lak | Lim Oksang | Ahn SungKeum.)

  • 2016 "New Conjunctions" at the United National Headquarter, New York
    (Artists: El Anatsui, Xu Bing, Mel Chin, Lee Wan, Jeamin Cha, Yuken Teruya, Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber)

  • 2014 Fluid Form II (Arab Contemporary Art) at the Busan Museum of Art and Blue Square Samsung, Seoul
    (Artists: Mohammed Kazem, Faisal Samra, Hassan Hajjaj, Khaled Jarrar, Abdulnasser Gharem, Safwan Dahoul, Sadik Alfraji, Walid El-Masri, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Sadek Rahim and more)

  • 2013 curated Gauguin and After "Idyllic Synthesis"; Contradiction of Vision and Reality at Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
    (Artists; Marco Brambilla, Rashaad Newsome, Yang Fudong, Rho Jae Oon, Youngsun Lim)

  • 2012 "Hanji Metamorphoses" ; An International exhibition of Art & Design & Fashion utilizing Hanji (Korean handmade paper) projects at the Rubin Museum of Art, UN Korean Embassy & Chelsea venues in New York

  • 2011 "Tong ; Link", Contemporary Art and Buddhism at Sungbo Museum and Haeinsa Temples in Korea celebrating 1,000 years of the Tripitaka Koreana.
    (Artists: Nalini Malani, Zhang Huan, Bill Viola, Kyungwon Moon & Joonho Jeon, Atta Kim, Faisal Samra, Xu Bing, Cho Duck Hyun, Rodney Dickson, Igor Svetlana & Kopystiansky, Ahn Doo-Jin, Seung Keum Ahn, Magdalena Atria and more)

  • 2010 - 2009 "Magnetic Power" ; Contemporary Art from South East Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam), Coreana Museum of Art & Samcheong-dong Art Spaces, Seoul and “Fluid Form I ”, Contemporary Art and Urban Design from Arab Countries at Korea Culture Foundation and Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea

  • 2008 "Corporeal/Technoreal", a Media Art project, Printing Factory, Poznan

  • 2008 "Los Puntos del Compas" at the Fundacion Ludwig de Cuba and other satellite sites in Havana. The exhibition was also hosted by the Sala de Arte Publico Siqueiros Museum, Mexico City

  • 2007 "Counterpoint", (an international exhibition of art that is part of a series exploring cultural, political and territorial divisions) at Bund 18 in Shanghai, China and the Coreana Museum of Art in Seoul as well as venues in Poznan, Poland

  • 2006 "Pyongyang Report" at Paju Book City, Publication Culture Center, Heyri Art Village and Press Center, Seoul, S. Korea

  • 2005 "DMZ-2005" at Paju Book City, Publication Culture Center, Heyri Art Village and Press Center, Seoul, S. Korea

  • 2003 - 2001 curated the controversial exhibition, "Translated Acts" - Performance and Body Art from China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and their Diasporas, which was initially presented at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2001) and then traveled to the Queens Museum of Art, New York (2001-2002) and the Museo de Carrillo Gil in Mexico City (2002-2003)

  • 1998 "Fragmented Histories", (Asia-Pacific section) for Cinco Continentes y Una Ciudad (Five Continents and One City) exposition at the Mexico City Museum in Mexico (1998)
    Artists: Shahazia Sikander, Byron Kim, Xu Bing, Alwin Reamillo & Juliet Lea, Imants Tillers

  • 1998 - 1997 In the Eye of the Tiger, a survey of Korean contemporary art at Exit Art/The Third World, New York , and the Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
    Artists: Tae Jin Yook, Sung Min Hong, Young Sun Lim, Dong Chun Yoon, Seung Taek Lee, Young Jin Kim, Choong Sup Lim, Sook Jin Jo, Myoung Hye Kim, Hwa Young Park

  • 1996 OMNIZONE, Perspectives in Mapping Digital Culture, an on-line project featured on both the Plexus.org and the Guggenheim Museum website

Selected Symposiums and lectures:

  • 2012 - 2010 lecturer at Graduate School of Fine Art, Chuang-Ang University, Seoul

  • 2004 Curatorial Lecture - Sydney Biennale 2004 _ MOCA Sydney

  • 2003 Disappearance Columbia University _ Weatherhead Institute

  • 2003 Biennale conversation - Lyon Biennale Muse d'art contemporain de Lyon, France

  • 2003 Aliens, Denizens, Cosmopolitans inSITE Biennale, Salk Institute, San Diego University

  • 2003 Live Culture at Tate Modern, London, UK

  • 2003 Asian Contemporary Art at the Asia Society, New York

  • 2002 SITAC International Symposium on Contemporary Art Theory, Teatro de la Danza Centro Cultural del Bosque, Mexico City

  • 2002 Visual Culture Colloquium at the Cornell University

  • 2002 The Player - Asian American Art AAAC with the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program and Institute at New York University

  • 2001 Stylistic Hybrids-Contemporary Asian Art at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago

  • 2000 Parenthesis in the City at Museum of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

  • 2000 Korean Contemporary Art at Ehwa University, Seoul

  • 2000 Integration of Art and Science at Hanover University, Germany

  • 2000 Shanghai Spirit Shanghai Biennale 2000 Culture in Fusion and City Future at Shanghai Museum, China

  • 2000 Cultural Exchange Via The Internet - Opportunities and Strategies, an online forum of Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

Selected articles in catalogues and journals

  • Live Art, Performance and the Contemporary pub Tate Modern, London, UK

  • The Curator's Study pub. by Hangil Art Publication, Seoul

  • Reflections on Change and Displacement pub. API, New York

  • Zhang Huan (pub. Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany)

  • Translated Acts (pub. Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin)

  • DMZ_2000 (pub. Korean Cultural Service, New York)

  • Man + Space (pub. Gwangju City Museum)

  • Parentesis en la Ciudad (pub. M&M Proyectors, Puerto Rico)

  • Bypass (pub. Bonn Museum, Germany)

  • Fragmented Histories (pub. Mexico City Museum)

  • Trade Routes: History and Geography ( pub. Johannesburg Metropolitan Council)


  • 2006 Green Foundation Award, Korea

  • 2002 and 1999 recipient of the Humanities Fellowship from Rockefeller Brothers Foundation.

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