Terence Koh

Terence Koh

Terence Koh was born in 1977 in Beijing, China and grew up in Mississauga, Canada. He received his Bachelor degree from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver. He is currently living in New York City. In 2008, he was listed in Out magazine’s “100 People of the Year”, and was short listed for the SOBEY awards. He has exhibited widely around the United States and extensively abroad. In his installations, objects, wall pieces, and performances, Terence Koh creates a space in which memory and imagination mix with art history and subculture. He explores such diverse subjects as mythology, religion, identity, power, fashion and sexuality, in an often provocative manner, charged with possible symbolic readings. He is most well-known for his monochromatic installations, and ritualistic performances.

Solo exhibitions


"Fireplace project", East Hampton, New York



"Secret Societies", Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany

"Nothingtoodoo", Mary Boone Gallery, New York



"Adansonias", Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris



"Flowers For Baudelaire", Vito Schnabel, New York

"The Whole Family", Peres Projects, Los Angeles

"Love for Eternity", MUSAC, Leon, Spain

"Captain Buddha", curated by Dr. Martina Weinhart, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany

"Dirty Blind God", de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich, Switzerland



"God", de Pury and Luxembourg, Zurich, Switzerland

"Blame Canada", (with Bruce LaBruce), Peres Projects, Berlin

Solo Exhibition, The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, curated by Shamim Momin



"Terence Koh", Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland, curated by Beatrix Ruf

"Buddha Fly Earth",  Asia Song Society, New York

"Sprungkopf", Peres Projects, Berlin



"Mein Tod Mein Tod", Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany

"Gone, Yet Still", Wien Secession, Vienna

"The Voyage of Lady Midnight Snowdrops Through Double Star Death",  Peres Projects, Los Angeles



"Do Not Doubt the Dangerousness of My Butterfly Song", Peres Projects, Los Angeles

"Koh & 50 Most Beautiful Boy", Peres Projects, Los Angeles



"The Whole Family", Peres Projects, Los Angeles

Group exhibitions


"Grasso, Grimonprez; Koh : Three Installations", Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA



"Chambres à part VI: Trajectoires poétiques, Trajectoires politiques", LDAC, France

Brucennial 2012



"BigMinis", CAPC Musée d'art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France



"Post Monument",XIV Carrara Biennale, Italy

Group Show, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

"Art Unlimited" (with Thaddeus Ropac Gallery), Art Basel, Switzerland

"Skin Fruit: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection", curated by Jeff Koons, The New Museum, New York, United States

"The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place", curated by Anna-Catharina Gebbers, 176 Zabludowicz Collection, London, United Kingdom



"Contemporary Artifices and Baroque Difformities", curated by Claudia Gioia, with the scientific direction of Danilo Eccher, ARCOS-Sannio Museum of Contemporary Art, Benevuto, Italy

"Compassion", curated by AA Bronson, The Institute of Art, Religion, and Social Justice, New York, United States

"Degeneration/Regeneration", Marina Abromovic Institute, San Francisco, United States

"The Embassy", curated by Xerxes Cook and Alex Dellal, 33 Portland Place, London, United Kingdom

"Performa - visual performance art biennial", New York City, United States

New York Minute, curated by Kathy Grayson, Macro Future Museum, Rome, Italy

"Artists' Art / Artists' Books", Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, New York State, United States

"Mexico: Expected/Unexpected", Colección Isabel y Agustín Coppel, Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

"Minneapolis", Peres Projects, Los Angeles, United States

"Marina Abramovic Presents...", The Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom

"The Collectors", curated by Elmgreen and Dragset, Danish and Nordic Pavilions, 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

"Elevator to the Gallows", Galerie im Regierungsviertel / Forgotten Bar Project, Berlin, Germany

"Forgotten Bar Project", Berlin X Initiative, New York, United States

"Story without a Name", curated by Blair Taylor, Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany

"DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture", Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom

"Private", Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, Germany

"KKK", curated by Javier Peres, three person show with Terence Koh, Jeff Koons, and Mike Kelley, Mary Boone, New York, United States

"Get A Rope", curated by Kathy Grayson, CTRL Gallery, Houston, Texas, United States



"21: Contemporary Art", The Brooklyn Museum, New York

"The Temptation to Exist," Yvon Lambert, London, England

"Political Minimalism," curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Kunst Werke, Berlin, Germany

"FRAGILE," Julia Stoschek Collection, Dusseldorf

"Materialized: New Video in the Third Dimension," curated by Kathy Grayson, Bergen Kunsthalle, Norway

"Expenditure," Busan Biennale 2008, Busan Museum of Modern Art, Busan, Korea

"The Boys of Summer," The Fireplace Project, East Hampton, NY

"Yokohama Triennial," Yokohama, Japan

"The Zabludowicz Collection: When We Build, Let Us Think That We Build Forever," Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK

"Eurasia. Geographic Cross-Overs in Art," Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea die Trento e Rovereto, Trento, Italy

"Meet Me Around the Corner – Works from the Astrup Fearnley Collection," Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway

"Expected Unexpected Mexico," the Collection of Augustin and Isabel Coppel, curated by Monica Amor, Maison Rouge, Paris, France

"The Zabludowicz Collection: When We Build, Let Us Think That We Build Forever," Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK

"New York States of Mind," Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY, USA

"Gravity: Selected works from the Ernesto Esposito Collection," Museo Artium, Vitorai, Spain



"Fractured Figure," curated by Jeffrey Deitch, selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Deste Foundation, Athens

"Unholy Truths," Initial Access, Frank Cohen Collection, Manchester, UK

"Destroy Athens," the First Athens Biennial

"BODYPOLITICX," Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

"How Much Longer," Belkin Satellite, Vancouver, BC, Canad

"Sweet Bird of Youth," curated by Hedi Slimane, Arndt & Parter, Berlin

"Between 2 Deaths," Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Germany, curated by Ellen Blumenstein and


Felix Ensslin



"USA Today," Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK in conjunction with the Saatchi

Gallery, U

"The Gold Standard," Curated by Bob Nickas, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY

"WAR on .45/MY MIRRORS Are PAINTED BLACK (for you)," Bortolami Dayan, New York, NY

"Cosmic Wonder," Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2006

"Dark," curated by Rein Wolfs and Jan Grosfeld, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

"A Lover's Discourse: Nobuyoshi Araki, Annette Kelm, Terence Koh, Sakiko Nomura, Heinz Peter Knes, Marcos Rosales," Curated by Dean Sameshima, Peres Projects, Los Angeles



"No Ordinary Sanctity," curated by Shamim Momin, Kunstraum Deutsche Bank, Salzburg, Austria

"The Black Album," Maureen Paley Interim Art, London, UK

"Log Cabin," curated by Jeffrey Uslip, Artist Space, New York



"The Temple of Golden Piss," Extra City, Center for Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium,

"Phiiliip: Divided by Lightning," Deitch Projects, New York

"Whitney Biennial," The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York



"Today's Man," John Connelly Presents, New York

"Now Playing," D'Amelio Terras, New York

"Today's Man," traveling show, Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo