Koo Bohnchang

Lives and works in Seoul, Korea


2010-present
Professor, Kyungil University of Photography&Video

2000-15
Chairman of Geonhi Art Foundation

2008
Art Director, Daegu Photo Biennale 2008

2004
Guest Professor, Pentiment, Hamburg Summer School 

1999-01
Professor of Photography, Kaywon College of Art and Design, Anyang

1999
Visiting Professor, Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design, London 

1997
International Fellowship, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, London 

1992
Guest Professor, Pentiment, Hamburg Summer School 

1986-98
Photography lecturer, Chung-Ang University, Seoul 

1980-85
Diploma Fotodesign, Fachhochschule, Hamburg 

1971-75
Yonsei University (Business Administration), Seoul 


Awards

2014
Dong Gang Photography Award, Korea

2003
Gangwon Documentary Prize, Korea 

2000
Lee Myoungdong Prize, Korea


Solo Exhibitions

2016
‘花’, Shinsegae Gallery Incheon, Incheon
‘花’, Shinsegae Gallery Gwangju, Gwangju
‘White Vessels’, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo

2015
‘Porcelain Time’, Yido Gallery, Seoul
‘Koo Bohnchang’, Nanohana Gallery, Hakone

2014
‘White On White’, Villa Flor, S-chanf, Swiss
‘Open end’ Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milano, Italy
‘Dong Gang Photography Award Exhibition <KOO Bohnchang>', Dong Gang Museum of Photography, Yeongwol
‘Koo Bohnchang Archives:18 Exhibitions’, The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
‘Jung Hai-chang: an encounter with the still life works of Koo Bon-chang’, Trunk Gallery, Seoul

2013
‘Slow Talk’, Madrid, Spain
‘Interpretation of Surface’, Bundo Gallery, Daegu    
‘The Interpretation of landscape', J - Hee Gallery, Gwangju
‘Happy memories', Ryugaheon gallery, Seoul

2011
‘Bohnchang Koo’, Kukje gallery, Seoul
‘The Baptist’, Nuda gallery, Daejeon
‘Snow, Jeju Island’ Trunk gallery, Seoul

2010
‘Plain Beauty: Korean White Porcelain/Photographs by Bohnchang Koo’, Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA
‘Masks’, Stone Art Museum, Duson Art Museum, Jeju

2009
‘Vessel · Soap · Interiors’, Galerie Camera Obscura, Paris
‘Purity’, Galerie Raum mit Licht, Vienna
‘Pencil of Nature’, Gallery Bow, Ulsan

2008
‘In the Beginning’, Trunk Gallery, Seoul
‘Coolness and Passion’, MBC Gallery M, Daegu

2007
‘Bohnchang Koo’, Goeun Museum of Art, Busan
Galerie 206, Berlin
‘Soap’, Koyama Gallery, Tokyo

2006
Hasted Hunt Gallery, New York
‘Vessel’, Kukje Gallery, Seoul
‘Koo Bohnchang’, Kahitsukan, Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyoto 

2005
‘Portraits of Time’, White Room Gallery, Los Angeles
‘La beaute endormie’,  Langon, France

2004
‘Masks’, ‘White’, Galerie Camera Obscura, Paris

2003
‘Bohnchang Koo: Recent work’, Ricco Maresca Gallery, New York
‘Masks’, The Museum of Photography, Seoul
‘White’, ‘In the Beginning’, Picture Photo Space, Osaka 

2002
‘Fragile Tremors’, San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, curated by Carol McCusker
‘Masterworks of Contemporary Korean Photography’, Peabody Essex Museum, Messachusetts, curated by Clark Worswick
‘In the Beginning’, Shadai Gallery, Tokyo 

2001
Base Gallery, Tokyo
Prinz Gallery, Kyoto
Samsung Rodin Gallery, Seoul
Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco 

2000
‘White Series’, Ricco Maresca Gallery, New York
‘Good-Bye Paradise’, Galleri Image, Aarhus, Denmark 

1999
‘Flow’, Gallery Won, Seoul 

1995
‘In the Beginning’, Gallery Ississ, Kyoto
‘Breath’, Seomi Gallery, Seoul 

1993
‘Good-Bye Paradise’, Seomi Gallery, Seoul 

1990
‘The Sea of Thought’, Seomi Gallery, Seoul 

1988
‘Clandestine Pursuit in the Long Afternoon’, Gallery Busan, Korea  

1987
‘One Minute Monologue’, Gallery Wide, Tokyo
Photo Interform, Osaka 

1985
‘Twelve Deep Sighs’, Hanmadang Gallery, Seoul 

1984
Fotogenes, Hamburg

1983
Pine Hill Gallery, Seoul


Group Exhibitions

2016
‘Getxophoto 2016’, Gexto, Spain

2016
‘Extra Ordinary’, Korean Cultural Centre Gallery, Sydney

2016
‘Unconscious Aesthetics, Breathing Heritage: Contemporary Korean Ceramics’, The Fondation Bernardaud, Limoges
‘Noonbit Collection of Korean Photographer’s Works’, Ryugaheon gallery, Seoul
‘Unfamiliar memory, Unfamiliar time, Unfamiliar space’, Gallery Now, Seoul
‘Public to Private: Photography in Korean Art since 1989’, The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
‘Chefs-d'œuvre de la céramique coréenne’, Grand Palais, Paris
‘室礼 —Offerings— II’, The Terminal Kyoto, Kyoto
‘Vies silencieuses’, Galerie Camera Obscura, Paris
‘KOREA NOW’, Korea Cultural Center, Brussels, Belgium
‘Cheong Chul Eo Lam’, Hyundai Dept. Store Gallery H, Daegu

2015
‘People, remembered’, Art Space J, Gyeonggi
‘A Homage to Korean Architecture-Wisdom of the Earth’, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul
‘simsimhada’, Doosung Paper Gallery, Seoul
‘In the Spirit of George Rose’. KF Gallery, Seoul
‘조선 백자의 혼을 담다.’Choi Sunu House, Seoul
‘Le Parfum dans tous les sens’, Jardins du Palais Royal, Paris
‘BODY’, Handok Museum of Medicine and Pharmacy, Eumseong  
‘Invitation to Korean Dining’, Roma Verso Expo, Roma
‘Simple Forms: Contemplating Beauty’, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
‘Lies of Lies on Photography’, Total Museum, Seoul
‘BEYOND THE BORDERS’, Culture Station Seoul 284, Korea
‘OBIECTA’, Giacomo Guidi, Roma

2014
‘Kitchen’, Onyang Folk Museum, Asan, Korea
‘Form As Thinking - Rediscovery of Drawing’, Museum SAN, Wonju, Korea
‘Korean Beauty Two Kinds of Nature’, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
‘Dual Natures in Ceramics’, SFO Museum, San Francisco
‘Admiration of White Porcelain’, Seoul Museum, Seoul

2013
‘Korea-China Ceramics Art Exhibition’ Gyeonggi Ceramic Museum, Gyeonggi, Korea
‘사진의 터’, Art Space J, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
‘Sakura’, Tanakaya Gallery, Hirosaki, Japan

2012
‘Mega Seoul 4 decades’, The Museum of Photography, Seoul, Korea
‘Motherhood’, Ewha Womans University Museum, Seoul, Korea
‘달하 노피곰 도다샤 어긔야 머리곰 비취오시라’, Ilwoo space, Seoul
‘FOLD lll: USELESS / Upcycling in Art + Design’, Art+Shanghai Gallery, Shanghai

2011
‘Korean Spirit ; six Photographers’, Goyang, Korea
‘Books & Objects’, Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul
‘紙花’, Kokdu museum, Seoul
‘Fold3’, Art+Shanghai gallery, Shaghai, China

2010
‘A Positive View’, Somerset House, London
‘Chaotic Harmony: Contemporary Korean Photography’, Santa Barbara Museum of Art
‘Eternal Blinking: Contemporary Art of Korea’, University of Hawaii
Biennale International de l’Image a Luang Prabang

2009
‘The Face beyond Faces’, Sungkok Museum, Seoul
‘Chaotic Harmony: Contemporary Korean Photography’, MFAH, Houston
‘Met First, Yet Familiar, Korean Contemporary Photograph’, 798 Space, Beijing
‘Art Road 77 - with art, with artist!’, Lee & Park Gallery, Paju
‘The Face beyond Faces’, Dong-gang International Photo Festival 2009, Dong-gang Museum of Photography, Yeongwol
‘2009 Odyssey’, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul
‘Made in Korea’, Hannover Messe 2009, Hannover
‘Translated Celadon: The Five Different Stories’, Haegang Ceramics Museum, Icheon
‘Three Photographers’, Canon Plex, Seoul
‘Problem’, Dr.Park Gallery, Yangpyeong-gun
‘Serotonin’, Gallery Now, Seoul
‘Valentine's Day! Art for You!’, 915 Industry Gallery, Seoul
‘Artists and Moon Jars’, Gallery Hyundai Gangnam, Seoul  

2008
‘Gaze’, Gallery Grimson, Seoul
‘Back to the Roots’, Gallery Soheon, Daegu
‘Bohnchang Koo & Maggie Taylor’, Verve Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe
‘Contemporary Korean Photographs 1948-2008’, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon
‘Inspired Simplicity: Contemporary Art from Korea’, Seattle Art Museum
‘Treasures Within’, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
‘Emotional Scenes’, Blanca Berlín Gallery, Madrid
‘Today's Korean Art <The World of Expression>’, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul

2007
‘Chuseok - Korean Harvest Festival’, Gallery Talk ‘The Korean Moon Jar’, The British Museum, London
‘Painterly Photos’, Leehwaik Gallery, Seoul
‘Void in Korean Art’, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul

2005
‘Stilled’, Gallery 339, Philadelphia 

2004
‘Water’, FotoFest 2004, Houston
‘What happens between Art and Popular Culture’, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

2003
‘Facing Korea’, Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam
‘East of Eden’, 14 Wharf Road, London 

2002
‘Two Korean Photographers’, Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
‘Korean Contemporary Photography’, Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Sendai Mediatheque, Japan
‘Floating’, Art Center Silkeborg Bad, Denmark
‘Everyman: A Search for the Male Form’, Camera Work, San Francisco 

2001
‘Awakening’, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney 

2000
‘Standing on the Threshold of Time’, Odense Foto Triennale, Denmark
‘Contemporary Korean Photographers’, FotoFest 2000, Houston
‘Moonlight Becomes You - A Thousand and One Nights of Peace on Earth’, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York

1999
‘Phenomena’, Friends of Photography, Ansel Adams Center, San Francisco
‘Fragments of Document and Memory’, 3rd Tokyo International Photo-Biennale, Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo 

1998
‘Landscape and Man’, Ostasiatiska Museum, Stockholm      
‘Alienation and Assimilation’, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago 

1996
A.O.I. Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
‘Art at Home’, Seomi Gallery, Seoul

1995
Gwangju Museum of Modern Art, Gwangju, Korea
Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Gyeongju, Korea
‘Body or Gender’, Gallery Nun, Seoul 

1994
Pima Community College Art Gallery, Tucson, Arizona 

1993
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia 

1990
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York 

1988
‘The New Wave of Photography’, Walkerhill Art Center, Seoul 

1987
‘Lying Down as if Being Dead with Narrow Eyes’, Hanmadang Gallery, Seoul


Collections

The British Museum, London
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Asian Art Museum, S.F. 
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California
Seattle Asian Art Museum, Seattle
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Denver Art Museum
Museum of Art and Craft, Hamburg
Musée Carnavalet, Paris
Musée Guimet, Paris
Fondation Herzog, Basel
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
State Library Victoria, Australia
Reykjavik Museum of Photography, Iceland
Kahitsukan, Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyoto
Shadai Gallery, Tokyo
Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
Municipal Museum of Art, Daejeon
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul
Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Gyeongju
The Museum of Photography, Seoul
The Amore Museum, Seoul
Busan Museum of Art, Busan
Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art, Jeju
Goeun Museum of Photography, Busan 


Private Collectors

Dancing Bear/ W.M. Hunt
Newhouse Collection
Elena Ochoa Foster
The Buhl Collection
The Ock Rang Cultural Foundation
Sammlung Anne Maria Jagdfeld


Bibliography

2015    
‘White Vessels’, yido of Yi, Yoonshin Co.,Ltd, Korea

2014
‘DMZ’, Noonbit, Korea
‘Vessel + White‘, Danilo Montanari Editore, Italy
‘How to Capture the Touching Moment’, Culturegrapher, Korea

2013
‘Slow Talk’, Ivorypress, Spain

2010
‘Koo Bohnchang’, Kukje gallery, Korea

2009
‘Purity’, Galerie Raum mit Licht, Austria

2008
‘A Perspective on 1980s’, Wow Image, Korea

2007
‘Everyday Treasures’, Rutles, Japan
‘Vessel’ Rutles, Japan

2006
‘Koo Bohnchang’, The Kahitsukan, Japan
‘Deep Breath in Silence’, Hangil Art, Korea
‘Revealed Personas’, Hangil Art, Korea
‘Vessels for the Heart’, Hangil Art, Korea

2004
‘Portraits of Time’, Homi, Korea
‘Koo Bohnchang: Mask', The Museum of Photography Seoul, Korea
‘Koo Bohnchang’, Youlhwadang, Korea

2003
‘Bohnchang Koo, Hysteric Nine’, Hysteric Glamour, Japan 

1998
‘In the Beginning’, WorkShop 9, Korea

1994
‘Art Vivant’, Contemporary Korean Artists, Sigongsa, Korea 

1992
‘The Sea of Thought’, Hanglim, Korea