Soun-Gui Kim. Lazy Clouds

09. September 2022 — 05. February 2023

© Soun-Gui Kim

The exhibition Soun-Gui Kim: Lazy Clouds at ZKM | Karlsruhe is the first solo exhibition in Germany of Korean-French artist Soun-Gui Kim.

Starting with works from the 1970s, the presentation will give a comprehensive overview of the artist’s work up to the present-day, ranging from the deconstruction of painting and photography to video and multimedia art. Her works are frequently characterized by their highly participatory nature and are influenced by comparative studies of Eastern and Western culture and philosophy as well as the exploration of language.

The title of the exhibition Soun-Gui Kim: Lazy Clouds refers to a specific poem and a book of poetry by the artist which was published in France. At the same time, however, it also exemplifies her personal life plan: completely contrary to capitalist-oriented productivity and performance regime, it is based on the concept of idleness as an artistic, creative, and philosophical principle. Like the clouds that are completely free to find ever new forms in the sky, Soun-Gui Kim devotes herself to her art, playfully, far away from predefined patterns and formalities.

The exhibition at ZKM | Karlsruhe is realized in collaboration with the Arario Gallery in Seoul and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul, where it was shown under the same title in 2019.

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