Sunah Choi

Born in Busan, Korea
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany


Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste -Städelschule- Frankfurt, Germany
class of Georg Herold, Peter Kubelka, Thomas Bayrle
The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London, GB
Busan National University, Korean literature and language, Busan, Korea

Grants and Awards

2022 NeuStart Kultur Stipendium, Kunstfonds, Bonn, Germany
2021 INITIAL, Sonderstipendium, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany
2020 Recherchestipendium, Berliner Senat, Berlin, Germany
2020 NeuStart Kultur Stipendium, Kunstfonds, Bonn, Germany
2018 Hannah-Höch-Förderpreis, Berlin, Germany
2013 Artist Residency, Lenikus, Vienna, Austria
2012 Arbeitsstipendium, Berliner Senat, Berlin, Germany
2005 Prize of Frankfurter Verein für Künstlerhilfe, Frankfurt, Germany
2004 Artist Residency, Akiyoshidai International Art Village, Yamaguchi, Japan
2003 Reisestipendium, Hessische Kulturstiftung, Wiesbaden, Germany
2002 Arbeitsstipendium, Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn, Germany
2002 Artist Residency, SSamzie Space, Seoul, Korea
2001 Prize of Verein Freunde der Städelschule, Frankfurt, Germany


2021 Visiting lecturer, Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel, Germany
2020 Guest professor, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, Germany

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022 Galerie Johann Widauer, Innsbruck, Austria (upcoming)
2022 Studiolo, RL16, Berlin, Germany
2021 Knotenfänger, Kunstverein Reutlingen, Reutlingen, Germany
2021 Vitres, Vitrine Rathaus Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany
2020 Banco, Kunsthall 3.14, Bergen, Norway
2020 Karo, Edition Block, René Block, Berlin, Germany
2018 Skala, Museum Nikolaikirche, Hannah-Höch-Förderpreis, Berlin, Germany *
2017 Kólla, Galerie Mezzanin, Geneva, Switzerland
2016 Cryptographic Imagination, 7 1/2 - Seven and a Half, Seoul, Korea
2016 Chemi, U4, Albrecht Kastein, Urologisches Zentrum Steglitz, Berlin, Germany
2016 Eisen, NON Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2015 Galerie Johann Widauer, Innsbruck, Austria
2014 Galerie Mezzanin, Vienna, Austria
2014 Nach Material, Galerie Cinzia Friedlaender, Berlin, Germany
2011 Galerie Cinzia Friedlaender, Berlin, Germany
2009 A Circle within Six Circles, Galerie Cinzia Friedlaender, Berlin, Germany
2006 long and short, Alternative Space Loop, Seoul, Korea
2005 Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, Germany *
2005 Tokonoma, Galerie Michael Neff, Frankfurt, Germany
2004 Japan im Kopf, 1822-Forum, Frankfurt, Germany *
2002 Empty Full City, Galerie Michael Neff, Frankfurt, Germany
2002 Learning Asia, dontmiss, Frankfurt, Germany
1999 flowersandleaves, rraum, Meike Behm, Frankfurt, Germany

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023 Exercises in Respect, RIBOCA3, Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, curated by René Block, Riga, Latvia (upcoming)
2022 MICROLOGIES, Scharaun, DXIX, Irenic Projects, LA, USA
2022 Nonstop, curated by Katja Stecher, Kunstverein Schattendorf, Austria
2022 Black Pages 01-100, Franz-Josef-Kai 3, Raum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Vienna, Austria
2021 Cornfeld, invited by Heidi Specker, Kunsthalle Lingen, Lingen *
2021 Porös, sculplobe e.V., Lobe Block, Berlin
2021 The New Editions, invited by René Block, Edition Block, Berlin
2021 Reading Window, curated by Barbara Buchmaier, RL16, Berlin
2020 Cornfeld, invited by Heidi Specker, Kommunale Galerie, Berlin
2020 ... aber nur zuschaun tut richtig weh, invited by René Block, Edition Block, Berlin
2020 Kunst am Bau, curated by Hans-Jürgen Hafner, Gunter Reski & Marcus Weber, Berlin
2019 Ansammeln, Galerie Johann Widauer, Innsbruck, Austria
2019 Quaderna, with Marcus Weber, after the butcher, Berlin, Germany
2018 Divided We Stand, Busan Biennale 2018, curated by Cristina Ricupero & Jörg Heiser, Museum of Contemporary Art, Busan, Korea *
2018 Elephant in the Room, curated by Sunyoung Oh, Museum Sejarah Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia *
2018 A Tale of Two Cities: Narrative Archive of Memories III, curated by Sunyoung Oh, National Gallery of Indonesia, Indonesia *
2018 Birds, invited by Michael Beutler, Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, Germany
2018 Lilia & Tulipan, curated by Meike Behm, Kunsthalle Lingen, Germany *
2018 A Tale of Two Cities: Narrative Archive of Memories II, curated by Sunyoung Oh, Gimhae Arts and Sports Center, Gimhae, Korea *
2017 Vision & Perspective 1999 - 2017, Cognitive Mapping, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea *
2017 A Tale of Two Cities: Narrative Archive of Memories, curated by Sunyoung Oh, Arko Art Center, Seoul, Korea *
2017 Sonne auf Papier, Technische Sammlungen, Dresden, Germany *
2016 Sonne auf Papier, curated by Thomas Niemeyer, Städtische Galerie Nordhorn, Germany *
2016 Wiederholung. Cmelka - Choi - Falsnaes, curated by Kira Dell, Blumenladen - St. Elisabeth Kirchhof II, Berlin, Germany
2016 The Unfaithful Replica, curated by Nuria Enguita Mayo & Nacho Paris, CA2M-Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Móstoles-Madrid, Spain *
2016 Remember Lidice, curated by René Block, Städtische Galerie Nordhorn, Germany *
2015 Dérive Dérivée, curated by Angelique Campens, CAB Contemporary Art, Brussels, Belgium
2015 Significant Other, Korea Kulturhaus, Donnaupark, Vienna, Austria *
2015 Remember Lidice, curated by René Block, Edition Block, Berlin, Germany *
2015 Supermagnets, curated by A. von Taube & H. Friebe, Schau Fenster, Berlin, Germany
2015 Grand Illusion(s), curated by Christopher Eamon, Simon Preston Gallery, New York, USA
2015 Springer, nochmals, curated by Angela Rosenberg, Probebühne 7, Humboldt Lab Dahlem, Ethnologisches Museum Berlin, Germany *
2014 I multiplied myself in order to feel myself, curated by Barbara Rüdiger, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna, Austria
2013 Josefine meets Sunah, with Thomas Bayrle, Galerie Mezzanin, Vienna, Austria
2013 Cattedrale, invited by Enzo Cucchi, Salvatore Lacagnina and Victor Man, Istituto Svizzero Roma, Rome, Italy *
2013 echo release, Stipendiaten der Hessischen Kulturstiftung, curated by Aurélia Defrance & Anna-Viktoria Eschbach, Hessischen Kulturstiftung / Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany *
2013 The Unanswered Question. Iskle 2, curated by René Block, n.b.k. - Neue Berliner Kunstverein / TANAS, Berlin, Germany *
2013 Hélio Oiticica im Palmengarten, Performance- und Filmprogram in Penetrável PN 14, MMK, Frankfurt, Germany *
2013 einszehn, zweizehn, dreizehn, curated by Jörg van den Berg, Kunstverein Friedrichshafen, Germany
2013 How far away is Mars, T293, Rome, Italy
2013 The Artist´s Institute, curated by Thomas Bayrle & Anthony Hubermann, New York, USA
2013 New Kids of the Block, curated by Ayse Erkmen, TANAS, Berlin, Germany *
2013 Detouched, curated by Anthony Hubermann, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland
2013 Selected Artists 2012, curated by Frank Wagner, NGBK - Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin, Germany *
2012 Garden of Learning, Busan Biennale 2012, curated by Roger M. Buergel, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea *
2012 Expending the Grid, curated by Franziska Solte, Instituts für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2012 east people power, curated by Jae-Hyun Yoo, KunstDoc, Leipzig, Germany *
2012 Object Atlas - Fieldwork in the Museum, curated by Clementine Deliss, Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt, Germany *
2011 Thomas Bayrle kuratiert (ungern) Schrippenkönig mit P?, curated by Thomas Bayrle, Galerie Mezzanin, Vienna, Austria
2011 BEYOND, curated by Adam Budak, KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia *
2011 Is This Where It Ends?, Sunah Choi / Haroon Mirza, curated by Franziska Solte & Isabelle Busch, Kunstverein Harburger Bhf, Hamburg, Germany
2011 based in Berlin, KW - Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany *
2011 Un´Espressione Geografica, curated by Francesco Bonami, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy *
2011 Dancing to the Rhyme, curated by Sunyoung Oh, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2010 Splace, curated by Antje Majewski, Fernsehturm, Berlin, Germany
2010 Seven Little Mistakes, curated by Stefano Collicelli Cagol, Museo Marino Marini, Florence, Italy *
2010 And the Moral of the Story is…, curated by Zoe Gray, Film program, Morality, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2010 Soot and Spit, Sils, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2010 Art Sonje Lounge Project, with Chosil Kil, curated by Sunjung Kim, Art Sonje Center, Seoul, Korea
2009 USB, Hangaram Museum, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea *
2009 Dream House, curated by Seon-Ryeong Cho, Alternative Space Pool, Seoul, Korea
2008 Boxer, curated by Juliane von Herz, Literaturhaus Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
2007 The California Files, curated by Ariane Beyn, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, CCA, San Francisco, USA *
2006 Beijing Case, curated by Gregor Jansen, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany *
2006 UPDATE.06, 40 years video art in Germany, curated by Matthias Mühling, Lenbachhaus, München, Germany
2005 Parallel Life, curated by Nicolaus Schafhausen & Vanessa Joan Müller, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany *
2005 Screening War, curated by Thomas Thiel, ZKM, Karlsruhe / ZKMax, München, Germany
2005 Therefore Beautiful, curated by Vanessa Joan Müller, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kreichtal, Germany *
2004 A Grass of Water, Akiyoshidai International Art Village, Japan
2004 Sculpture Now, Galerie Michael Neff, Frankfurt, Germany
2003 Heute, Hess. Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst, Wiesbaden, Germany
2003 In Media Res, Gallery Art & Essai, University Rennes, France *
2002 easy-heavy, with Michael Beutler, Luftraum, Frankfurt, Germany
2001 Frankfurter Kreuz, curated by Anette Tietenberg, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany *
2001 Videonale 9, curated by Sören Grammel, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany *
2000 Dynamo-Eintracht, curated by Jan Winkelmann & Konstantin Adamopoulos, Galerie ak, Frankfurt / Robotron, Dresden, Germany *
2000 Eine Munition unter Anderen, curated by Sören Grammel, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany *
2000 Real Work, Werkleitz Biennale 4, Tornitz, Germany *
1999 German Open, curated by Veit Görner, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany *

(* Catalogue)


2018 Sunah Choi, Distanz Verlag, Berlin
2005 Residence for Mr. K., Revolver Verlag, Frankfurt am Main
2004 Sunah Choi. The Imperial Palace, Frankfurt am Main