Suchan Kinoshita


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Suchan Kinoshita
born 1960, Tokyo, Japan
lives and works in Brussels, Belgium 
Kinoshita’s art incorporates elements from her background in experimental music and theatre. She studied music in Cologne and worked as actor, director and designer for the Theater am Marienplatz in Krefeld, Germany before her studies at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, the Netherlands. 

Kinoshita’s mixed background (she was born in Tokyo into a Japanese-German family) and her experience in multiple artistic disciplines are clearly visible in her work, in which she looks for boundaries, transgresses them, and ignores them. Important here are both the different conceptions of time and space in the two cultures in which she is rooted, as well as the different ways in which these parts are employed and depicted in the disciplines of theatre, music and visual art.

‘The notion of being an artist is so loaded with meaning, says Suchan Kinoshita, – we’re sort of pretentious in a way. I prefer this notion of the musician, the worker, or the dancer. Being perhaps the director or the creator of the piece, but also the player.’ In fact, she also wants to ‘move the role of the public into a player,’ and vice versa. In her installations, she uses superimposition or the interplay between live-transmission, film projection, and framed realities, to experiment with different levels of reality.
Kinoshita was the winner of the Prix de Rome in 1992. Her work has been regularly exhibited since the 1980s. It has been the subject of several solo exhibitions, including ‘In 10 minutes’ at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2010). Kinoshita has also taken part in the Skulptur Projekte Münster (2007), and in Biennales in Istanbul (1995), Sydney (1998), Shanghai (2008) and Moscow (2013). Other solo exhibitions include MUDAM, Luxembourg (2011), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2007), the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2004), SMAK Gent (1998).
Most recently she exhibited at the Westfällischer Kunstverein in Münster (2022). Her work is in many international public and private collections. In 2022, her installation ‘Da Capo’ was acquired by Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam for their permanent collection. 




Teaching at the Fine Art Academy in Muenster, Germany

1997 – 2003

Advising researcher at Postgraduate programme, Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht

1994 – 1995

International Studio Programme, PS 1 New York


Prix de Rome prize, Amsterdam

1988 – 1990

Postgraduate studio program, Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht

1983 – 1992

Performer and director at TAM in Krefeld. Theater am Marienplatz

1981 – 1985

Rhythmics and contemporary music theatre studies at Music Academy Cologne

Selected Solo Exhibitions


Architectoral Psychodramas, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany


Operating Theatre, Institute de Carton vzw, Brussels, Belgium


Taking Place, Hidde van Seggelen Gallery, London, England


Tokonoma, Gallerie Nadia Vilenne, Liege, Belgium


Stick Empathy, MUDAM, Luxembourg

The Right Moment at the Wrong Place/The Right Place at the Wrong Moment, Museum De Paviljoens, Haarlem, The Netherlands


Bloomberg Disco, Bloomberg gallery, London, UK

In 10 Minuten, Ludwig Museum Cologne, Germany


Carrière d’ un Spectateur, gallérie Nadja Vilenne, Liege, Belgium


The Fragment in Itself, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

aber auch dann fehlt ein Fehler, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, Diepenheim, The Netherlands

Luidspreker, Plug In#14, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands


Instrumentarium, i.o.v. SKOR (Stichting Kunst en Openbare Ruimte), Zutphen, The Netherlands


Adaptive Behaviour, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, US

Archive of Problems, Marres, Maastricht, The Netherlands


Eerste huwelijk, MuHKA, Antwerpen, Belgium

Het moet dinsdag ochtend zijn geweest, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


0031-43-3438746, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo (cat.), Japan


Parallele oder Hannah wie mann sie auch nennt, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany


It’s here and there and never always, Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK

Observatoire, SMAK, Gent (cat.), Belgium


Voorstelling, Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands


Stuff, White Cube, London, UK


Stof, De Vleeshal, Middelburg, The Netherlands

Selected Group Exhibitions


Freedom – The Fifty Key Dutch Artworks Since 1968, Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle, The Netherlands


Behind the curtain. Concealment and Revelation since the Renaissance. From Titian to Christo, Museum Kunstpalats, Düsseldorf, Germany

Tokonoma dans From A to K, Museum M, Leuven, Belgium

Art Brussels 2016, Galerie Nadja Vilenne, Brussels, Belgium

See how the land lays, West in Huis Huguetan, Den Haag, The Netherlands


6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Pavilion No.1 in Moscow’s VDNKh, Russia

OO Inflatables, Robert Miller Gallery, New York City, USA


“Tokonoma with Olivier Foulon, Joerg Franzbecker, Kris Kimpe, Suchan Kinoshita, Aglaia Konrad, Willem Oorebeek, Eran Schaerf”, MINI / Goethe Institute, New York, USA

Beating Around the Bush Episode #1, Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht, The Netherlands


Magicgruppe Kulturobjekt , Extra City Center for Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium

Suchkino, Dance with the Camera, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Beyond Imagination, Stedeljik Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Stages, IICD, Van Abbe Museum Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Ein Performanceprojekt, KUB Arena of Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria

Dialemma, impossible community, Moscow Museum, MMOMA, Russia


Detour for 5 Singers, sala rekalde, Bilbao, Spain

GAGARIN The Artists in their Own Words, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (SMAK), Gent, Belgium

Jeugdzonde. Over opus één en opus min één, Hedah, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Site of Silence, Ausstellungshalle zeitgenössische Kunst Münster (AZKM), Münster, Germany

If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, UK

All that is solid melts into air, Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerpen, Belgium


Are there Six, 7th Shanghai Biennial, China

behind the curtain, IICD, DE Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I, Live Art Festival 2008, STUK Arts Centre, Leuven, Belgium


chinese whispers, Sculpture Projects Muenster 07, Munster, Germany

Art Forum Berlin 07, galerie nadjavilenne, Berlin, Germany


Rondreizend afval, Museumtijdschrift, by Claudine Hellweg, July-August

Citizens and Subjects; The Netherlands, for example: A Critical Reader, ed. by R. Braidotti, C. Esche, M. Hlavajova, BAK, Utrecht, JRP/Ringier, Zurich


Wijzigingen voorbehouden, Eerste huwelijk, MuHKA, Elsbeth Veldpape, Museumtijdschrift, december 2002/january 2003


Suchan Kinoshita, Shiseido Gallery Introducing Japanese Artists Living Abroad, Shiseido Corporate Culture Department, Tokyo


Parallele oder Hannah, wie man Sie auch nennt, Stadtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach

Suchan Kinoshita S.M.A.K, Flash Art 32, no. 204, January/February


Meaning is Moist, S.M.A.K./Chisenhale Gallery, Gent/London



Winner, Fine Arts Prize of Das Kuratorium der Kunststoffindustrie, DE


Winner, Prix de Rome, IT


Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL, Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, NL, De Vleeshal, Middelburg, NL, Museum het Domein, Sittard, NL, Chisenhale Gallery, Londen, UK, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, DE, Musée d’Art Contemporain Lyon, Lyon, FR, MuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerpen, BE, SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent, BE