Kim Schmahmann (born 1955 in Johannesburg, South Africa) is an artist who currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He creates conceptual art using furniture as his medium. Many of his pieces comment on his British-centric education in South Africa, and the environment growing up there. His piece "Bureau of Bureaucracy" is permanently on display at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC. "Bureau" took six years (from 1993–1999) to create at the MIT Hobby Shop in Cambridge.
He recently completed a piece entitled "Apart-Hate: A People Divider," which was acquired by the Museum of Arts & Design (MAD) in New York City. The piece has appeared in MAD's Re: Collection exhibition curated by David McFadden, as well as the Global Africa Project exhibition curated by Lowery Stokes Sims and Leslie King-Hammond. The Apart-Hate piece reflects on how societies create systems that divide people with hate. Judith Dobrzynski, writing for the New York Times, described the work as a "meditation on discrimination."
- Official Site
- Bureau of Bureaucracy at the Renwick Gallery
- MAD Global Africa Project
- Video from MAD Global Africa Project
- New York Times Feature Article
- Article about Re: Collection Exhibition
- Article on the MIT Hobby Shop
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