Seungduk Kim

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Seungduk Kim (born in Seoul, Korea & lives and works in Paris) is a curator & exhibition organizer in the field of contemporary art.[1] She is currently working for Le Consortium in Dijon (Burgundy, based in Paris) as co-director and associate curator.[2] Seungduk Kim has been selected as Commissioner of the Korean Pavilion for the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013.[3][4][5][6] She is in charge with Franck Gautherot – for Le Consortium – of the artistic direction in ACC (Asia Culture Center in Gwangju, South Korea) for space design and public art programs.[7]

« We expect art to be a tool for understanding our situation in history,
our role in society, our mission for the future
and our desire to stay in the memory of our children. »
- Le Consortium


Seungduk Kim left Korea for the first time just after secondary school in 1973 and has lived abroad for most of her life.

Educated in New York, she got a M.A. in Art History at Hunter College of New York (May 1990), and a M.A. in French Language & Civilization at New York University (February 1984). She is graduated of Université Paris 1-Panthéon-Sorbonne in art history and archeology, and holder of a D.E.A. in Art History (October 1998).[8][9]


Between 1993 and 2000, Seungduk Kim worked for the Samsung Foundation of Art and Culture (now Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art) as a consulting curator based in Venice and Paris. For three years she was also associate curator in the Collection department of the Centre Pompidou (Paris), between 1996 and 1998.

Le Consortium, founded in 1977, is a contemporary art center based in Dijon (France), which includes a publishing house (Les Presses du Réel), an exhibitions office with an interest in organising shows across genres, a film production company (Anna Sanders Films).

Seungduk Kim collaborates with Xavier Douroux, Franck Gautherot, Eric Troncy along with Anne Pontégnie and Stéphanie Moisdon as co-director and International Project Director / Development in Asia.[10][11]

Since October 2011, Seungduk Kim is committee member of programming for the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. She was also project director / art consultant (with Le Consortium) on an overall public art strategy for an urban development in Doha (Qatar) from June 2011 to 2014.

Since Autumn 2014, Seungduk Kim and Franck Gautherot, one of the original founders of Le Consortium, are in charge of the artistic direction in ACC (Asia Culture Center in Gwangju, South Korea) for space design and public art programs.[12]

In May 2015, on the occasion of the 56th Venice Biennale opening, Seungduk Kim initiates with Le Consortium, le Silencio and the Palazzo Grassi, "The Venetian Blinds", first of a concert series by visual artists who are also musicians. The second edition is expected in 2017.

Selected exhibitions as curator or co-curator[edit]


Seungduk Kimʼs numerous publications include reviews of and essays about both European and Asian artists. She wrotes series of articles in important art magazines like Art in Culture, Beaux-Arts magazine, Frog Magazine, Art Press, Quarterly Magazine...

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