2 march until 21 July 2024


Thread Roots

Museum De Lakenhal is proud to present the exhibition Kimsooja – Thread Roots from 2 March to 21 July 2024. It is the Korean artist's first solo presentation in the Netherlands. Kimsooja is considered one of the world's leading artists. Her work is strongly rooted in Korean traditions and takes shape in very different media. In her art, Kimsooja combines personal history with global themes such as migration, mobility and the feeling of being somewhere at home.

Kimsooja, Cities on the Move - 2727km Bottari Truck (Artist Facing Mountain), 1997

Textiles and migration

Textiles play a recurring role in her installations, performances, sculptures, films and photographs. For example, her famous multicolored bottaris, knotted bundles of Korean bedspreads carrying personal belongings, refer to the relationship between textiles and migration. These two themes also recur frequently in the collection of Museum De Lakenhal.

Dialogue with the collection

In the exhibition Thread Roots Kimsooja examines her cultural history within her development as an artist and in relation to the museum's collection. Besides the presentation of several installations in the exhibition rooms, there are interventions in spaces where the textile history of Leiden is told. For this, Kimsooja also created new work in which Korean samples, patterns and sample books form the starting point for a dialogue with the Leiden textile collection pieces.

About Kimsooja

Born in 1957 in South Korea, Kimsooja lives in Paris and Seoul. Her work has previously been shown in numerous venues and museums around the world, including solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. She represented Korea at the Venice Biennale (2013) and the São Paulo Biennale (1998), and participated in Kassel Documenta (2017) and many other international biennials and triennials. Her work has received several awards. In 2019, she was awarded the Lucas Art Award from Leiden's Lucas van Leyden Fund.

Kimsooja, Thread Routes
Kimsooja, Meta-Painting, 2020

This exhibition and the accompanying public program are made possible in part by the Mondriaan Fund, the Korea Foundation, the Fund for Cultural Participation and the City of Leiden.

Open Oproep voor Textielproject


In het kader van de tentoonstelling Kimsooja - Thread Roots organiseren we het project Draden. Werk je in je vrije tijd met textiel, bijvoorbeeld door te borduren, naaien, weven, breien of vilten? Wil je graag je textielwerk verder ontwikkelen samen met anderen? En heb je wortels buiten Nederland? Dan nodigen we je graag uit om mee te doen! Voor het project Draden zijn we op zoek naar vijftien vrouwen uit Leiden en omgeving met een migratie- of bi-culturele achtergrond die met textiel werken. Krijg de unieke kans om je textielwerk verder te ontwikkelen onder begeleiding van een professionele kunstenaar en te presenteren in het Museum De Lakenhal. Lees meer over het project. De inschrijving is gesloten.