Do-ho Suh

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Do Ho Suh
Staircase-III in the Tate Modern
NationalitySouth Korean
EducationSeoul National University
Rhode Island School of Design
Yale University.
Known forSculpture, Installation artist
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSeo Doho
McCune–ReischauerSŏ Toho

Do Ho Suh (hangul:서도호, born 1962) is a Korean sculptor and installation artist.

Early life and career[edit]

Suh was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1962. After earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Oriental Painting from Seoul National University, and fulfilling his term of mandatory service in the South Korean military, he relocated to the United States to continue his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design and Yale University.[2] Suh leads an itinerant life, hopping from his family home in Seoul (where his father, Suh Se-ok is a major influence in Korean traditional painting) to his working life in New York. Migration, both spatial and psychological, has been one of Suh's themes, manifested through biographical narrative and emotionally inflected architecture.[3] Best known for his intricate sculptures that defy conventional notions of scale and site-specificity, Suh's work draws attention to the ways viewers occupy and inhabit public space. Interested in the malleability of space in both its physical and metaphorical manifestations, Suh constructs site-specific installations that question the boundaries of identity. His work explores the relation between individuality, collectivity, and anonymity.[4]

Suh currently lives and works in London,[5] New York City, and Seoul.


Suh has had solo exhibitions at Storefront for Art and Architecture (2010), the Serpentine Gallery, London (2002),[6] Seattle Art Museum,[7] the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, the Artsonje Center in Korea, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan (2013),[8] and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. (2018)[9]. He has also participated in group exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York, and at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts,[10] among others. Suh has participated in numerous biennials, including the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001.[11] In 2010, he was shown in the Liverpool Biennial,[12] the Venice Biennale Architecture,[13] and Media City Seoul Biennial,[14] and the 9th Gwangju Biennale in 2012. Of all, particularly his exhibition titled "House in a house" held at the Leeum, the Samsung Museum of Art, played a big role in helping him to become the most famous artist in Korea.

Public collections[edit]

Suh's work is found in major museum collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York;[15] Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Albright–Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y.; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles;[16] Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Tate Modern, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; and the Towada Art Center.

Tall bronze sculpture on exterior stairway
Do-Ho Suh's 'New York Apartment' at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery (2015)

Selected works include:

  • New York City Apartment (2015)[17]
  • Fallen Star (2012)[18]
  • Net-Work (2010)
  • Karma (2010)
  • Home within Home (2009-2011)
  • Fallen Star 1/5 (2008-2011)
  • Cause & Effect (2007)
  • Paratrooper-II (2005)
  • Paratrooper-V (2005)
  • Unsung Founders (2005)
  • Reflection (2004)
  • Karma Juggler (2004)
  • Staircase-IV (2004)
  • Some/One (2005)
  • Doormat: Welcome Back (2003)
  • The Perfect Home (2002)
  • Public Figures (2001)
  • Who Am We? (2000)
  • Floor (1997-2000)
  • High School Uni-form (1997)


  1. ^ "LA미술관, 서도호 작품 매입 전시", Chosun Ilbo, 2006-05-03, archived from the original on 2013-01-19, retrieved 2012-06-15
  2. ^ Momin, Shamim, Do Ho Suh: Some/One, Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, 2001.
  3. ^ Chung, Shinyoung, Do Ho Suh at Gallery Sun, Artforum, February 2007.
  4. ^ Kwon, Miwon, "The Other Otherness: The Art of Do Ho Suh," Serpentine Gallery and Seattle Art Museum, 2002.
  5. ^ Dudek, Ingrid (Winter 2015). "Do Ho Suh". Whitewall, Lehmann Maupin. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  6. ^ "Do-Ho Suh's fabulous fabric flats". The Guardian. London.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2009-04-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. | Do Ho Suh -Perfect Home". 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  9. ^ "Do Ho Suh: Almost Home". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  10. ^ Your Bright Future: 12 Contemporary Artists from Korea Archived 2009-12-31 at the Wayback Machine. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. 2010.
  11. ^ Haupt, Universes in Universe - Pat Binder, Gerhard. "Do-Ho Suh, 49th Venice Biennial: Plateau of Humankind".
  12. ^ Searle, Adrian. The Guardian. Back in Business at the Liverpool Biennial. September 20, 2010.
  13. ^ Designboom Archived August 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Venice Architecture Biennale 2010 preview: Suh Architects + Do-Ho Suh. August 8, 2010.
  14. ^ Media City Seoul 2010
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2009-04-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "Exhibitions • MOCA".
  17. ^ "New York City Apartment/Bristol". Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  18. ^ "The Stuart Collection".

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