Do-ho Suh

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Do Ho Suh
Staircase-III in the Tate Modern
Born 1962
Seoul, South Korea
Nationality South Korean
Education Seoul National University
Rhode Island School of Design
Yale University.
Known for Sculpture, Installation artist
Do-ho Suh
Hangul 서도호
Hanja 徐道濩[1]
Revised Romanization Seo Doho
McCune–Reischauer Sŏ 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, Suh 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, and the Artsonje Center in Korea. 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,[8] among others. Suh has participated in many biennials including the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001.[9] In 2010 he was shown in the Liverpool Biennial,[10] the Venice Biennale Architecture,[11] and Media City Seoul Biennial.[12] Suh will participate in ROUNDTABLE: The 9th Gwangju Biennale, which takes place September 7 – November 11, 2012 in Gwangju, Korea. Suh has just opened an exhibition entitled "Perfect Home" in Kanazawa, Japan at The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa [1]

Public collections[edit]

Suh's work is found in major museum collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York;[13] 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;[14] Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Tate Modern, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, among many others.

"Karma" (2010), Sculpture at Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY
Do-Ho Suh's 'New York Apartment' at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery (2015)

Selected works include:

  • New York City Apartment (2015)[15]
  • Fallen Star (2012)[16]
  • 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)
  • 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, 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. "Whitewall". 2015.
  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. 
  8. ^ Your Bright Future: 12 Contemporary Artists from Korea Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. 2010.
  9. ^ Haupt, Universes in Universe - Pat Binder, Gerhard. "Do-Ho Suh, 49th Venice Biennial: Plateau of Humankind". 
  10. ^ Searle, Adrian. The Guardian. Back in Business at the Liverpool Biennial. September 20, 2010.
  11. ^ Designboom Archived August 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Venice Architecture Biennale 2010 preview: Suh Architects + Do-Ho Suh. August 8, 2010.
  12. ^ Media City Seoul 2010
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  14. ^ "Exhibitions • MOCA". 
  15. ^ "New York City Apartment/Bristol". Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "The Stuart Collection". 

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