KIM Sunhee was born in 1959 in Korea, and has a MA in Art Theory, and she also studied Aesthetics for a doctorate. She is based in Shanghai since September 2006. She had served at Zendai Himalayas Center and Bund18 Creative Center in Shanghai both as an art director, after serving 5 years as a Senior Curator of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan. Prior to Mori Art Muserum, she was a chief curator for both of Gwangju City Art Museum and Gwangju Biennalein Gwangju, Korea.
She is a Korean woman, currently living in China, who studied in America and worked in Japan.
For the past decade, based on her insight and experience in the matter, she has been focusing on the exhibitions of East Asian contemporary art such as; “Doll House”, Japanese & Korean Art, Shanghai e-Art Festival, Xuhui Art Museum, Shanghai, “2006 MoCA Shanghai Envisage:”Entry Gate: Chinese Aesthetics of Heterogeneity” in Shanghai as a co-curator, “The Elegance of Silence: Contemporary Art from East Asia ” (2005), at Mori art Museum, Co-curated The 1st and 2nd Woman Art Festival(1999 and 2002), Seoul Art Center, and “Fantasy” Asia Woman Art Exhibition,Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul. Also curated “Korean artists in Japan after 1945,” “Silence of the City” (2001), at Gwangju City Art Museum. She taught Art history and Contemporary art at the Chunnam National University in Korea between 1996 and 2002. She is also a Member of CIMAM (international committee of ICOM (International Council of Museums).
The role of the curator and critic can be compared to that of a gardener. The gardener spreads the seeds at the right times, and raises the flowers and trees. They keep a close watch on whether the plants are healthy, making sure it is without any ails or pests. They give them the right amount of fertilizer, and rid them of any unwanted weeds. They trim the branches of the trees so they may grow in beauty. They do not procrastinate on gathering the new seeds and storing them. The Gardener does not stop at their own satisfaction, but pours effort to insure that the garden is loved by many.
Just as the seasoned gardener tends to his garden after years of their own experience and knowledge, the curator and critic also need their own integrity and handle on art. But the gardeners who tend to the so called garden that is art aren’t just curators or critics. Those who love art and those who support it also contribute their share in helping the gardener successfully raise the garden that is art.
It would be a great delight for more people to lend their caring hand in keeping and ensuring this beautiful garden of art.
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