KIM WAN, solo show in FRIEZE week, Dollars vs Prayers

‘Dollar$ vs. Prayers’  

‘Two walls face each other, on one wall 210 individually defaced $1 dollar bills are displayed….Opposite this, 116 small stoical ‘Prayer’ paintings reside resplendently…’

Dollar$ vs. Prayers is a gallery based installation comprising of two wall based artworks. It will run for three weeks at Westminster Reference Library 

Artist biography

Kim Wan (b. 1970) is an artist of Malay-Chinese and English heritage. He has worked with organizations such as the National Portrait Gallery, TATE Modern, London ’s Institute of Contemporary Art and the Sanlun Yishu Global Project in Beijing.  Exhibitions include shows in New York, Berlin and Siena, Italy. He also performed in ‘Pandemonium’, at the Olympic opening ceremony, London 2012 directed by Danny Boyle.


1998 Winchester School of Art, B.A.( hons.) Fine art- Painting 

Selected Exhibitions


2012 VIOLENTS (Snapshot) Westminster Reference Library, London

2010 When does an art gallery give away artworks? AC Institute, Chelsea, Manhattan, NYC

2009 EAST Portraits, SOHO, London, England, Arts Council London

2005 Louder Than to Surface, Claremont Studios, S.E. England, Arts & Business


2013 Open Monument- Kunstraum, Berln Germany  

2012 Tate Tanks Summer School evenings- Discursive Exercises with Five Years Gallery, London

2011 Drawing Connections The Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy

2010 By Appointment, Close But No Cigar, ICA, London

2009 Van Gogh project, Walsall New Gallery, West Midlands, England 

2009 Sanlun Yishu, Global Art Project, Beijing, China

2007 National Portrait Gallery, London.Four corners, Reaching out, Drawing In.

Film and Performance

2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony- Cast member, Industrial Revolution, “Pandemonium” Isles of Wonder by Danny Boyle

2009 “The Downfall of Mightyman”, written and directed by Rebecca Marshall

2009 “SWIm” film, ongoing project film by Amy Sharrocks, featuring 55 swimmers traversing the waterways of London




Duration 14 October 2013 - 02 November 2013
Times Monday - Friday 10.00am - 8.00pm, Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm, Sunday Closed
Cost Free
Venue Westminster Reference Library
Address 35 St. Martin's Street London WC2H 7HP, ,
Contact (020) 7641 1300/5250 / /

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