22 September 2017 – 21 January 2018

Kimsooja. Weaving the World

Kimsooja, Thread Routes - Chapter IV, 2014 (film still), courtesy of Kimsooja Studio
Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein is devoting an extensive solo exhibition to the Korea-born artist Kimsooja (*1957), who lives and works in New York and Seoul.

"I contain my projects in my body which I find as my studio."
– Kimsooja

One day in 1983, Kimsooja was sewing a traditional bedcover together with her mother. When passing the needle through the fabric, she had a sudden sensation like an electric shock. "The energy of my body channeled through the needle, seeming to connect to the energy of the world. From that moment, I understood the power of sewing: the relationship of needle to fabric is like my body to the universe." This experience became a far-reaching crucial experience for Kimsooja’s artistic work. In her performances, installations, sculptures, video and photo works she combines isolated, fragmen- tary observations to form a whole encounter of different places and people. Duration and time and the metaphorical intertwining of her own experiences, cultural backgrounds, and historical references all play a major role. The artist equates her task with a needle whose work brings together divergent elements, that is to say, different cultures or standpoints.

The thread that runs through the exhibition - as expressed by the title - is the metaphor of Weaving the World. The show features works from 1999 to 2014 from Kimsooja's highly varied and contemplative oeuvre that has received considerable international attention. Among them, the trailblazing video installation A Needle Woman (1999-2001) in which the artist stands still facing the waves of crowds in eight metropolises. Thread Routes - Chapter IV (China) of her latest 16mm film work Thread Routes (2010-ongoing) is shown for the first time. This distinct body of work, filmed in six chapters, each shot in a different cultural area of the world, weaves an impressive tapestry of textile traditions in all their beauty, at the same time reflecting the interaction with nature, architecture and agriculture. Thread Routes - Chapter I (Peru) and Thread Routes - Chapter II (Europe) are also on show at the exhibition.

The exhibition conceived in close collaboration with Kimsooja is a production of Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, curated by Christiane Meyer-Stoll.
Opening
 Thursday, 21 September 2017, 18 h  
Guided tour
 Thursday, 28 September 2017, 18 h with Christina Jacoby 
 Thursday, 19 October 2017, 18 h with Christiane Meyer-Stoll
 
 Thursday, 16 November 2017, 18 h  
Supporting events:
 Wednesday, 4 October 2017, 17 – 19 h   Schools and Museum

Einführung für Lehrpersonen aller Schulstufen zu «Kimsooja. Weaving the World»   

mit Christina Jacoby und Sabina Studer
in Kooperation mit dem Schulamt Liechtenstein
kostenlos, mit Anmeldung (für Lehrpersonen aus FL: über das Schulnetz FL; für alle anderen Lehrpersonen: direkt beim Kunstmuseum)

 Thursday, 5 October 2017, 18 h   Speech

Chinoiserien in Seide   

von Anna Jolly

 Thursday, 26 October 2017, 12:30 – 13 h   Take Away

Kimsooja. Weaving the World   

Short guided tour during the lunch break

 Saturday, 4 November 2017, 14 – 16:00 h   Workshop

Stilles Qigong Yangsheng   

mit Hanni Schierscher und Christiane Meyer-Stoll, Kuratorin der Ausstellung
mit Anmeldung

 Sunday, 5 November 2017, 11 – 12 h   One Hour

Kimsooja. Thread Routes   

with Christiane Meyer-Stoll

 Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 18 – 20 h   Schools and Museum

Introduction for teachers from Austria   

with Christina Jacoby

 Thursday, 23 November 2017, 18 h   Speech

Buddhism in Contemporary Art   

von Mary Jane Jacob, in englischer Sprache
In Kooperation mit der Liechtensteinischen Kunstgesellschaft.

 Thursday, 30 November 2017, 12:30 – 13 h   Take Away

Kimsooja. Weaving the World   

Short guided tour during the lunch break

 Sunday, 3 December 2017, 11 – 12 h   One Hour

Kimsooja. Nadel und Faden   

with Fabian Flückiger