Invited by the Galeries Lafayette, the korean artist Kimsooja presents the installation To Breathe from 14 April to 30 June 2023.


Courtesy : Kimsooja, Simulation To Breathe, in between dome, Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann, 2022. Courtesy Kimsooja Studio

By covering the dome of the historic dome with a film that diffracts the sun’s rays into an infinite number of colours, Kimsooja creates new and ephemeral luminous landscapes on the exterior surfaces and in the interior spaces of the dome, as the day progresses and the weather conditions change. The artist explores the sensory and meditative qualities of the department stores’, inviting spectators to look at these luminous environments, conducive to contemplation.

A singular and confidential experience of To Breathe is offered to visitors in the space between the two domes, usually closed to the public, through the diffusion of the sound work The Weaving Factory (2004/2013) throughout the space.

A unique and confidential experience of To Breathe will be offered to visitors

To Breathe can be seen on sunny days throughout the department stores’ during Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann opening hours. It offers privileged views of the terrace (8th floor) as well as the space between the two domes on the 5th floor. 

Please note: Access to the entre-deux coupole is subject to specific dates and times which will be updated each month, depending on weather conditions.

In June, the visit of the in-between dome is proposed: 

Wednesdays to Fridays, from 2pm to 6pm

 Saturdays, from 11am to 2pm

For safety reasons, access is forbidden to children under 10 years old and subject to conditions.


During this period, the entre-deux coupole is exceptionally open to visitors, accessible to all without reservation, from Wednesday to Friday from 2pm to 6pm and every Saturday from 11am to 2pm.

Free access, 5th floor of the main shop. 

Recommended duration: 10 minutes. 

The heritage visits will be composed as follows: one hour reserved for heritage and 30 minutes reserved for Kimsooja’s work during the exhibition period.

Kimsooja, To Breathe, Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann, 2023. Courtesy of Galeries Lafayette and Kimsooja Studio, Photo by Jaeho Chong

Free workshops for 6-12 year olds are organised during the installation

Diorama workshop :
Wednesday 7 June and Saturday 24 June, 2 – 3.30pm

Meet at the Salon Opéra on the 4th floor of the Coupole shop
(next to the Labo Mode and Galeries Lafayette Paris corners)


Based between Paris and Seoul, Kimsooja, (born in 1957 in Daegu, South Korea) is a multidisciplinary artist with an international reputation. Her practice combines performance, video, photography, and even site-specific installations that she invests with light and sound effects.  

More information about the work and the artist here

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