about

Aren’t we like leaves on a tree?

How do we see that a couple is in love? How do we recognise a friend in a crowd? The way we walk is like a hand-writing, the way we hold ourselves a signature.

Mimi Kunz is a visual artist and poet who explores the body as our mother tongue and movement as a universal expression of liveliness.

Her fascination with body language developed during a year spent working in Thailand. She didn’t know Thai at first, and was amazed by how much we can share through gestures and postures. ‘Put the mind in the body’, a Buddhist monk told her, an advice which shaped her life and art.

Opening the borders between abstraction and figuration, text and image, lines and bodies, she explores movement as a language and the body as our mother tongue.

“We humans learn to classify the things of the world at a young age. Like in the game: alive, lifeless, person, object, etc. Artist and poet Mimi Kunz, however, ignores this classification. And she does so with paper that we know is an object, but we also know it is a living creature. “

Marianne Csaky, curator

During her studies at the State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe Mimi found her way of painting, sitting on the floor with calligraphy brushes, ink and paper, feeling into and recreating moments to share their lightness and joy. It has been 11 years since she started to transcribe movements into ink, and her paintings are in private collections across all continents. Her visual artwork as well as her writing were shaped by exhibitions and residencies in South Korea and Vietnam, where it was supported by the Goethe Institut Hanoi and Undecided Productions. Her writing has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

RESIDENCIES

2022     Movements in time, Galerie Odradek, Brussels, BE

2021     Time & Realities, Poet and artist in residence (virtual collaboration), invited by Undecided Productions, Vietnam, supported by the Goethe Institut Hanoi and The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)

2019     Symbiose, Duo Artist Residency with Stéfan Tulépo, R2D2, Brussels, BE

2018     live.make.share Artist Residency, Undecided Productions, Hanoi, Vietnam

2017     Common Grounds, Artist Residency, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK

2015     Mitten im Zwischen, Artist Residency, Haus am Wehrsteg, Heidelberg, DE

SCHOLARSHIPS

2018     Residency Grant, Goethe Institute Hanoi, Vietnam
2017     Alumni Project Scholarship, Graduiertenförderung des Landes Baden-Württemberg, DE

PRIZES

2021     ‘Congratulations’ shortlisted for the Bridport Prize
2021      ‘Sharing’ longlisted for the Fish Flash Fiction Prize
2021      ‘Congratulations’ longlisted for the Fish Flash Fiction Prize
2020     ‘Look’ nominated for a Pushcart Prize
2020     ‘Sharing’ longlisted for the Reflex Flash Fiction Prize
2020     ‘Complicity’ longlisted for the Grindstone Flash Fiction Prize
2011     Academy AwardState Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe, DE

LITERARY PUBLICATIONS

2022     What your body tells me, All Becomes Art, Speculative Books, Glasgow, UK
2020    Look, Flash Fiction, MoonPark Review, USA
2020     EllenAndHelen, Memoir-in Flash, Ellipsis, UK
2020     Please Hold, Flash Fiction, Flash Frontier, NZ
2020     ‘Équinoxes’, poems, editions Ishtar, BE
2020     From ‘Put the Mind in the Body’, poems and drawings, The Adjacent Pineapple, UK
2019     April, always – A portrait of Brussels in parts, Prose essay, Brussels Express
2018     By a name I know not how to tell thee who I am, Brussels Writers Series VIII, Brussels Express 
2018     The Museum of Favorite Things, short story, The Circle, Harvard Square Editions
2018     Things We Do (crazy about you), short story, Entropy Magazine, USA
2015     Independence Day, short story, Reciprocalturn, DE

STUDIES

2020                   The Science of Well-Being, Yale, USA

2014-2015     Post-MA (Meisterschülerin), Graphics and Painting, Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe, Germany

2009-2014     MA Graphics and Painting, Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe, Germany, class Prof. Daniel Roth

2007-2009     BA-Studies in English Literature, Translation, Sociolinguistics and Art History, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany

WORKSHOPS

2017     Workshop  «rock, paper, line», Karlsruhe University, DE
2016     Open Studio Workshop, Musée des Beaux de Lyon, FR

SITE SPECIFIC COMMISSIONED WORK

2017     Shapes of a day, wall painting, private collection, Brussels, BE
2017     Birdmen, wall painting, private collection, Waterloo, BE
2016     Syllabary Tree, wall drawing, private collection, Bruxelles, BE

PRESS

A video view into the studio, collaboration with Élisa Vandekerckhove, The Artcouch Belgium, 2020

Interview, Semantic Express, 2020

Le futur du passé. Zu einigen Beobachtungen von Mimi Kunz, catalog text, Axel Heil, 2018 Deutsche Originalversion  English version

Leaves. Portrait of a Tightrope Dancer in Autumn., exhibition text, Moritz Gansen, 2015 English version

SOLO AND DUO EXHIBITIONS

2022     Dancing, Galerie Vertige, Brussels

2021 The Shape of Us, Casa del Arte José Clemente Orozco, Concepción, CL

2021 Between Us, with Haleh Chinikar, the exhibit, online

2020 Je compte ses mouvements, with Clément Davout, MAAC, Brussels, BE

2020     Shapes of a Day, theexhibit, online

2020 Pedestrians, Muntpunt, Brussels, BE

2018 Fictions, Chapitre XII, Brussels, BE

2017 Blue and Snow, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Durbach, DE

2015 Bonsai, Labokube, Brussels, BE

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022
Texte, texture, textil, Galerie Odradek, Brussels, BE

2021
Something Beautiful, LaVallée, Brussels, BE
Time&Realities, Goethe Institut Hanoi, VN
Transparence, Galerie Vertige, Brussels, BE

2020
La petite cosmogonie portative, LOTO, Brussels, BE 
The female haze(d), Decoatelier Brussels, BE
WeArtXL, Brussels, BE
Nature Art Cube Exhibition, Geumgang Nature Art Center, Gongju City, KR

2019
Le Horla, Sterput Gallery, Brussels, BE
PAPER, Streetview Anderlecht, Brussels, BE
WeArtXL, Ixelles, Brussels, BE
Cube, Jeongseojin Artcube, Incheon, KR
Symbiose, R2D2, Brussels
Something Beautiful, LaVallée, Brussels, BE

2018
Lms + Xbc = <3, Xom Bac Cau Cultural Space, Hanoi, VN
Open Day, the museum, Hien Van Village, VN
The Lion’s Face, The Pipe Factory, Glasgow, UK
Nature Art Cube Exhibition, Geumgang Nature Art Biennale 2018, Geumgang Nature Art Center, KR
Asymmetrische Demobilisierung, Galerie Luis Leu, Karlsruhe, DE
Eau, Blasius Boekel-Zwalm, BE
Carte de Visite, Brussels, BE
Modules, Rome, IT

2017
Galerie Ahnen 5, Galerie Luis Leu, Karlsruhe, DE
Étude et métaphore du vivant, LeKabinet, Brussels, BE 
Graduation scholarship exhibition, State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe, DE
Zoveel Many Trees >< Abattre, LaVallée, Brussels, BE
Wildwuchs, Orangerie Wolfegg, DE
Mitten im Zwischen, Haus am Wehrsteg, Heidelberg, DE
Old & New masters, Galerie Bastien Art, Brussels, BE

2016
Katsika, MEDEX, Paris, FR
Graduation Scholarship Exhibition, State Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe, DE
If Wishes were Fishes, LaVallée, Brussels, BE
Entre les lignes, Galerie Bastien Art, Brussels, BE
NOW, Breitenbachstudios, Heidelberg, DE
Pavillon Calmo, Orgelfabrik, Karlsruhe, DE

2015
Graduation Scholarship Exhibition, State Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe, DE
Summer exhibition, State Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe, DE
TOP 15 Meisterschüler exhibition, Kunstverein, Reutlingen, DE