Scenery of Mind, 2018

Minjoo KIM
207 x 145 cm
81.5 x 57.1 inch
Ink and Colors on Korean Paper
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Minjoo KIM

BORN 1982 


Painting to me is a place where I can ask, answer myself and wander about within it. I don`t know what is it that I want to ask or what answer I have to give to my question, but I enjoy and imagine the efforts and thoughts in the process. I don`t have to come up with a great question nor seek an answer to that question. I simply repeat questioning and answering; if there is something that emerges, I imagine around it and make some scribbles. In some days it is satisfactory since the images resemble my thoughts, in some other days it is not so good. My paintings are also the things that remain after this process.

Sometimes I mix my everyday world and an imaginary world together and bring the ideal nature into the real space, other times I put a fishing net or a dipper into a pond that is deeper than abyss and wave them, or become a fisher who dose not catch fishes but merge with the fishes or a woodcutter who does not cut trees but merge with the trees. I attempt to find the amusement of deviation and imagination through points where different time, space and roles are mixed with their boundaries blurred and their distinctions obscure.



2005 B.F.A. in Oriental Painting, Seoul National University
2010 M.F.A. in Oriental Painting, Seoul National University
2021 PH.D in Fine Arts, Seoul National University

Solo Exhibitions

2022 About the mind: the Forest. All that Curating, Seoul
2021 The Road to Tranquility. Space Sieon, Jeonju
2021 Fruit Picker. Oliviapark Gallery, Seoul
2017 A Dialectic Anthology. Hanmi Gallery, Seoul
2014 The Reason of Painting the Forest. Gallery Chosun, Seoul
2012 Dialogue between a Fisher and Woodcutter. Gong Art Space, Seoul
2011 Humming. KEPCO Art Center Gallery, Seoul
2009 Paradise of Fish. Artspace-hyun, Seoul
2007 Paintings of the Happy Fish. Gallery La Mer, Seoul

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023 Winter Masterpieces. Sun Gallery, Seoul
2022 re;side. Suwon Art Space Gwanggyo, Suwon
         Social Talkers. Chosun University Museum of Art, Gwangju
         Consensual Sumuk. Haeum Museum, Suwon
         Weekend in the Forest. Jeongseojin Art Cube, Incheon
2021 Winter Masterpieces. Sun Gallery, Seoul
         There Were P in Pictures. d/p, Seoul
         Porosity. 021Gallery, Daegu
         Ecology of Mind. Shinsegae Gallery, Gwangju
2020 Winter Masterpieces. Sun Gallery, Seoul
         Zerobase. Seoul Auction, Seoul
         Colorful World Project. Artspace Yongdu, Daejeon
         Upclose01. M Contemporary, Seoul
         Art Gyeonggi X Art Road77. Heyri Art Valley, Paju
         On-tact Art Gyeonggi. Gyeonggi Sangsang Campus, Suwon 
         The Resting Place for all my life. Sanjichon Gallery, Jeju
         Galleries Art Fair. COEX, Seoul
2019 KOREANISM. Bon Gallery, Seoul
         AXIS2019. 021Gallery, Daegu
         4+1point of view. Government Complex, Seoul
         Gaya-Gimhae. Shinsegae Gallery, Daegu
         Landscape in Mind. Hanwon Museum, Seoul
         Art Busan. Bexco, Busan
         CRE8TIVE REPORT. OCI Museum of Art, Seoul
2018 Complete My Space. All that Curating, Seoul
         Borrowed Landscape. Woljeon Museum of Art, Icheon
         Landscape of Seoul. Sejong Museum of Art, Seoul
         Reinterpreted Landscape. Sun Gallery, Seoul
         Black Inside. Dongtan Artspace, Hwaseong
2017 Beyond Korean Style Painting-Reality and Sense. Seung woo Oh Museum of Art, Muan
         Waiting for Spring. Gyeongui Line Book Street, Seoul
         Prologue. Hanmi Gallery, Seoul
         Two Perspectives. Nanji Gallery, Seoul
         Coexistence. Seoul Art Foundation, Seoul
2016 Journey to a Fluid Island. Kumho Museum, Seoul
         Half-opened Door. Insa Art Space, Seoul
         Mix & Match. Korean Cultural Center, Shanghai, China
         Healing Garden. KSD Gallery, Seoul
2015 Enter My World. Nefs Art Gallery, Seoul
         The First. Seoul Art Foundation, Seoul
         Galleries Art Fair. COEX, Seoul
2014 Affinity 90. Gallery Chosun, Seoul
         Muk Line. Sungkyunkwan University Gallery, Seoul
         The Other Art Fair. Reissue Korea, London, United Kingdom
         Art and Ideal. Ewha Womans University Museum, Seoul
2013 5mm x7. Goyang Art Studio Gallery, Goyang
         Ha Jung-woong Young Artists Invitation Exhibition. Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju
         Reality, Between Representation and Autonomy. Gyeongnam Art Museum, Changwon
         Korean Painting, Find Healing. Baiksong Gallery, Seoul
         The Butterfly Dream. Guro Arts Valley , Seoul
         The World Beyond Triviality. Atelier Aki, Seoul
         Another Chain Bridge. Korean Cultural Center Hungary, Budapest, Hungary
         Can Can Beijing, Beijing, China
         Green Painting. Gallery H, Daegu
         Fictional Landscape. Shinsegae Gallery, Gwangju
         自有我在. Gyeonghuigung Annex Building of Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
2012 A Room With a View. Keumsan Gallery, Heyri
         Nanji Art Show-Island of the Artist. Nanji Gallery, Seoul
         So·But·And. Gallery Golmok, Seoul
2011 LEEHWAIK Gallery 10th Anniversary. LEEHWAIK Gallery, Seoul
         Holic. Speedom Gallery, Gwang Myeong
         Summer Fan. Gong Art Space, Seoul
         Flower, Water, Tree. Jangheung Art Park, Jang Heung
         Reinterpretation. Gallery Cha, Seoul
         Korean Painting Society Annual Exhibition. Gallery Chosun, Seoul
2010 Art in Dialogue. Space599, Seoul
         Korea-Russia International Art Exchange Exhibition. Central House of Artists, Moskva, Russia
         Spring, into Drawing. Cafe FANCO, Seoul
2009 Zoom in-The trace of imagination. Gallery Miso, Seoul
         Tri-Vista of Korea. Salon de H, Seoul
         L_i_n_k_e_d. Keumsan Gallery, Blume Gallery, Paju
         Art Road77. 93museum, Paju
         Painting the Midland of Expression. KEPCO Plaza Gallery, Seoul, Sunshine International Museum, Beijing, China
         In the Flower Garden. 63SkyArt Gallery, Seoul
         Review the Old and Learn the New. Gana art Gallery, Seoul
2008 Many Colors Common Sense. Gallery Zandari, Seoul
         Interalia Young Artists Promotion. Interalia, Seoul
2007 Seoul Art Fair. Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul
         Hands-on Exhibition of Minhaw for Children. Gyeonggi Provincial Museum, Yongin
         Funny Sculpture & Funny Painting. Gallery Sejul, Seoul
         Korea Young Artists` Exhibition. Gallery GAIA, Seoul. Galerie Etienne de Causans, Paris, France
         Hello Chelsea! 2007. PS35 gallery, New York, U.S.A.
         Big Paintings Go To the World. LEEHWAIK Gallery, Seoul
         Gallery NV Two Person Exhibition. Gallery NV, Seoul


2012, 2014, 2017 Seoul Foundation for Artist Support Program. Seoul Foundation for Arts & Culture
2013 Ha Jung-woong Young Artists Awards. Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju
2016 Arko Creative Academy. Arts Council Korea
2016 Story Funding with Kakao. Seoul Foundation for Arts & Culture
2020 Residency Support Program. Arts Council Korea
2020 RE:SEARCH. Seoul Foundation for Arts & Culture
2020 Art Gyeonggi Program. Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation
2021 Archive Support Program. Suwon Cultural Foundation
2022 Artist Support Program. Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation

Residency Programme

2012 Nanji Residency. Seoul Museum of Art
2013 Goyang Art Studio. National Museum of Contemporary Art
2018 OCI Residency Studio, OCI Museum of Art
2020 Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
2022 Suwon Art Studio, Suwon Cultural Foundation

Public Collections 

Art Bank, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
Seoul National University, Seoul
Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Gyeonggido
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
Seoul Dragon City, Seoul
Incheon Foundation for Arts & Culture, Incheon
Seoul National University Museum of Art, Seoul

The Ideascape of Minjoo Kim

The artist explains that she painted “not the realistic depiction, but the inner tree, the objects, the shapes, and a psychological space of [her] own.” In her work, concrete things are not expressed in their usual forms, but within a space of contemplation that represents the thoughts and mind of the artist. An “ideascape” is a landscape painting that depicts the trajectory of thoughts. Thoughts about the shapes of things become the forest, the body, the chair, and the ladder.

Excerpt from ‘Idly Strolling in the Space of Thought: Min Joo Kim’s Reason to Paint a Forest in 2014’ by Yeon Shim Chung (Professor at Hongik University)

Minjoo KIM's Gallery


Forest I, 2022
Forest I, 2022

Minjoo KIM

Forest II, 2022
Forest II, 2022

Minjoo KIM

Forest III, 2022
Forest III, 2022

Minjoo KIM

Forest of Thoughts, 2020
Forest of Thoughts, 2020

Minjoo KIM


Tags: Scenery, Mind, Landscape, Contemplation, Forest