Exhibition view Suchan Kinoshita. Architektonische Psychodramen, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster (Germany), 2022.  © Photo

Exhibition view Suchan Kinoshita. Architektonische Psychodramen, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster (Germany), 2022.  © Photo: Thorsten Arendt


Born and raised in Japan, Suchan Kinoshita was twenty years old when she went to Cologne to study music at the institute where the contemporary composer Maurizio Kagel teaches. Later, she worked for a theatre company where the members alternated the roles of actor, set builder and director. It is therefore not a coincidence that her work is always on the borderline: both inside and outside the walls of an exhibition space, with or without the public’s active participation, recognisable as an artwork or camouflaged. Kinoshita’s plastic works are a fusion of several art disciplines. Throughout her oeuvre, we can find elements from theatre and experimental music, two fields she was active in for quite some time. Duration (time) and the conscious approach to the spectator are two of the most important aspects in her creations.

According to Suchan Kinoshita, '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. Kinoshita proceeds beyond the penetration of visual arts by the theatre. She explores the borderlines between dreams, imagination, and reality. In her installations, she uses superimposition or the interplay between live-transmission, film projection, and framed realities, to experiment with different levels of reality.



Suchan Kinoshita was born in 1960 in Japan. She lives and works in Brussels. She first studied at the Musikhochschule in Cologne and went on to the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. She began to work for the theatre, as an actress, director and as a decorator. This experience, as well as her musical background, are perceptible in her interdisciplinary installations which are regularly displayed on an international level since the end of the 1980s, in contexts such as the 4th Biennale of Istanbul (1995), the 11th Biennale of Sydney (1998), Skulptur Projekte Münster (2007) , the 7th Biennale of Shanghai (2008), the Biennale of Moscow (2013). She is teaching at the KunstAkademie Münster.

Significant monographic exhibitions were presented, for example, at the White Cube, London, at the Museum of Modern Art City of Paris / ARC, at the M HKA, Antwerp and at the Ludwig Museum, Cologne. Suchan Kinoshita was the winner of the 1992 Prix de Rome. In 2010 the Ludwig Museum in Cologne and Kinoshita received the “Kunstpreis des Kuratoriums der Kunststoff Industrie” (Fine Arts Prize of the Board of Trustees of the Plastics Industry). This prize made the solo exhibition In 10 Minuten possible. Her most recent exhibitions include the Architektonische Psychodramen at the Westfälischer Kunstverein in 2022. 



Suchan Kinoshita

In 10 Minuten


Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Koenig 10/2010

ISBN: 978-3-86560-917-5

Kinoshita creates a subtle interplay of objects, sounds and spatial perception. This invites the visitor to move through the installation and regard things alone or in their varying interrelationships. Kinoshita's work is often located at the crossroads of theatre, music and visual art. Contrasts play a central role in her work: sound and silence, distance and nearness, permanence and fleetingness

Suchan Kinoshita

Das fragment an sich

(The fragment in itself)

Paperback, full colour images,

96 pages, W 169 x H 230 mm

Ikon gallery, 2007

ISBN-10: 190486427

Suchan Kinoshita

Meaning is moist

Published by SDZ in association with S.M.A.K. and Chisenhale, 1998

Paperback, b + w and colour illustrations, Dutch/English, pp. 120

Edited by Eva Wittocx and Bart De Baere.

ISBN 90-5349-277-1