LILIANE ZUMKEMI was born in the Swiss Alps. She studied Art at Ecole Cantonale des Beaux-Arts in Sion and at University for Art and Design in Lucerne, Switzerland from 1992- 1998. In 1998 she won an award (Förderpreis) from the state of Valais. From 2000 until 2009 she lived and worked in South East Asia.


Her exhibitions are documented in the Asia Art Archive in Hongkong and at the Swiss Institute for Art Research in Zürich. Currently she lives and works in Basel (Switzerland).




Art Education


1992-1994 Ecole Cantonale des Beaux-Arts Sion, Valais, Switzerland

1994-1998 University for Art and Design, Lucerne, Switzerland




Grants/ Artist in Residencies


1998 Award of Encouragement for young artists, state of Valais, Switzerland

2001 Promising Leader, Symposium for Creative Leadership in Science, Economics and Arts, Zermatt

2004/5 Artist in Residency at NICA, Yangoon, Myanmar, supported by Pro Helvetia

2005 About Studio/About Café, Bangkok, Thailand, supported by aara

2008 Womanifesto, Residency in Sisaket, Thailand, supported by Thai Ministry of Culture

2009 Artist in Residence at Camac, supported by Ténot Foundation, France

2015 One month residency, Fukuoka, Japan


Selected Solo Exhibitions


2015    LICHENS, Studio Kura, Fukuoka, Japan

2014    FLECHTEN, Kunstdegustation, Kochgarage Grüningen, Switzerland

            BOTANICAL MEMORIES, mit Sigi Schwob, Galerie Art and Context, Basel

            Aria Buona, Fletschhorn, Simplon-Dorf, Switzerland

2013    Different Shades of Europe mit Massimo d'Orta, Palazzo Rava, Ravenna

2012    SWEET AND SALTY SMILES, Gallery Art and Context, Basel                
2011    HOSPITALITY, Clinique Valmont, Glion sur Montreux, Switzerland

            GOLD IN GONDO, im Turm, Gondo, Switzerland

2008    BRAIN WASHING, Lodypop, Basel, Switzerland

2007    PLUS BLANC QUE BLANC, French- Japanese Institute, Yokohama, Japan

2006    WHERE? WHEN? WHY??? The substation, Singapore

2005    WORKS BY LILIANE ZUMKEMI, the pilatestudio, Bangkok, Thailand

            CRAZY SOAP, Tadu Contemporary Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
            WHERE? WHEN? WHY??? T-Shirt Festival, Tossapaak Arena, Bangkok, Thailand

2004    BRAIN WORKS, Goethe Institute, Bangkok, Thailand
            WHERE? WHEN? WHY??? Mess Hall, Chicago, U.S.A

2003    WHERE? WHEN? WHY??? About Cafe, Bangkok, Thailand
            BRAND NEW, Si-Am Art Space Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand



Selected Group Exhibitions  



2020     Regionale 21, (X)Y, Z, , Cargobar, Basel

2016     Liste Total, Dr. Kuckuckslabrador, Liste, Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland

Passage, FabrikCulture Hégenheim, France
2014     Schmu, Galerie Plan D, Düsseldorf, German

Menschliche Verflechtungen, Reservat, Düsseldorf, Germany

WERK:SCHAU, FabrikCulture, Hégenheim, France

2013     Naturally Connected, Montreux Art Gallery, Montreux

             Entreé & Salon, M54, Basel, Switzerland   

             The lying on the floor, abandoned to lie, Künstlervereinigung MAERZ, Linz

2012     MAG, Montreux Art Gallery, Montreux

             THAI-SWISS 80 YEARS ANNIVERSARY, Siam Paragon, BKK, Thailand

2011     MAG, Montreux Art Gallery, Switzerland

2010     First Isanfilmfestival, Korat, Thailand
             Regionale 11, Cargo Kultur Bar, Basel, Switzerland

MAG, Montreux Art Gallery, Switzerland

2009     MAG, Montreux Art Gallery, Switzerland

             OPEN STUDIO, Camac, Marnay sur Seine, France

             MUSEUMSNACHT BASEL, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland 

2008     10th Asiatopia, Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Bangkok, Thailand
             OPEN STUDIO DAY at first Womanifesto Residency, Sisaket, Thailand
             SEA ART FESTIVAL 2008 BUSAN BIENNALE,  Busan, South Korea

             HEIMATTAGUNG, Simplon-Dorf, Switzerland

2006     BANGKOK BIENNALE, artistic curator: Ark Fongsmut
             INSPIRED BY THE KING, Playground, Bangkok, Thailand

             NO MAN’S LAND, on line exhibition,

             NEW TERRITORIES, Scotland’s international festival of live arts, Glasgow

2005     ART ON THE BEACH, Phuket, Thailand
             OPEN STUDIO AT ABOUT CAFÉ, About Cafe, Bangkok, Thailand

             600 IMAGES, Bangkok, Berlin, Los Angeles, London, Manila, Saigon
             BORDERS WITHIN/WITHOUT, performance festival at NICA, Myanmar

2004     EPISODE, Cheong-Ju Art Center Gallery, Korea
             HOME, Tadu Contemporary Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

2003     WOMANIFESTO, Pridi Banomyong Institute, Bangkok, Thailand 
             WORMS FESTIVAL V, Plastic Kinetic Worms, Singapore
             SAMAI DIALOGUE II, Concrete House, Nonthaburi, Thailand

2002     ASIATOPIA IV, performance festival, Bangkok, Thailand 
             STORY OF THE "I", Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai, Thailand

2000     KUNSTSZENE OBERWALLIS, Gallery zur Matze, Brig, Switzerland
             BLUESCHT 2000, Kunsträume Zermatt, Switzerland      
             ALFRED GRUENWALD PREIS, Public Library, Brig,  Switzerland

1999     ERIKSSON, HILDBRAND, WALPEN, ZUMKEMI, Gallery  zur Matze, Switzerland
             CADAVRE EXQUIS, BOA, Lucerne, Switzerland
             KUNST-INTERVENTIONEN, public park,  Lucerne,  Switzerland

1998     PERFORMANCE, Erfrischungsraum, Lucerne, Switzerland



Georges Tscherrig: Liliane Zumkemi – Flechten sind das Motiv, Walliser Bote, 8. November 2013


Bangkok Post, Fates intertwined,Life p. 5,  August 23, 2012


Yanapon Musiket: Creative HQ, Bangkok Post, Muse, front page, p 8-9, December 6, 2008


Ark Fongsmut: Bangkok Is Burning, Mars Magazine, p. 164 -165, November 2008


Voyage without Boundaries, Busan Biennale, Korea, 2008


Expenditure, Busan Biennale, Korea, 2008


Samuel Herzog: Hartnäckig und verschwenderisch – „Expenditure“ die Pusan–Biennale in Südkorea, NZZ, 27. September 2008


Ark Fongsmut:This Is not a Fairytale, Contemporary Art exhibition, Soka Art Center, Taipei, 2008


Ark Fongsmut: Where? When? Why? Madame Figaro, Attitude Art, p. 184, November 2006


New Territories, Scotland’s international festival of live arts, Glasgow, Scotland


Siriwat Pokrajen: An inspired people, Herald Tribune, Living, p. 5, May 5, 2006


David The: Art buoys Andaman spirits, Bangkok Post, outlook, October 19, 2005


Lim Li Min: Casting a smell, Herald Tribune, Living, Art review, p 7, September 5, 2005


Varsha Nair: Exhibition Crazy Soap, art4d, views, p.118-119, November 2005


Liliane Zumkemi: Crazy Soap, exhibition catalogue, Tadu Contemporary Art Gallery, Bangkok


Art Asia Pacific: ALMANAC 2005/2006, Thailand, p. 156,


Epsiode,  catalogue, Cheong-Ju Art Center Gallery, Korea


Khetsiirin Pholdhampalit: Home sweet Home, the nation, April 10, 2004


Home, exhibition: 1 April – 22 May, 2004, cataloge, Tadu Contemporary Art Gallery, Bangkok, 2004


Ark Fongsmut: Where? When? Why?, Mars Magazine, p.98-99, May, 2003


Liliane Zumkemi: Where? When? Why? A Portrait of Vasan Sitthiket, book, 2003


Cheng Zu: Brand new breed, Bangkok Post, Outlook, p.8, January 23, 2003


Cheng Zu: Body work, Bangkok Post, Outlook, p.8, November 21, 2002


Gridthiaya Gaweewong: Story of the “I”, catalogue, Chiang Mai University Art Museum, Thailand


Brand New, exhibition catalogue: Bangkok University Art Gallery, Si-Am Art Space, Space Contemporary Art Gallery Bangkok, 2003


NRLA, international festival of live arts, Glasgow, Scotland, 2006


Siriwat Pokrajen: An inspired people, Herald Tribune, Living, p. 5, May 5, 2006


David The: Art buoys Andaman spirits, Bangkok Post, outlook, October 19, 2005