Mimesis started in 2005 as the imprint under which Open Books published its art books. In 2013, Mimesis became a separate company within the Open Books family.

The Mimesis catalogue features a broad range of art publications on fine arts and contemporary art, design, architecture, photography, cinema, performing arts, illustration, cartoons, graphic novels, as well as autobiographies by great artists such as Andy Warhol, Frank Lloyd Wright and Man Ray.

Mimesis has been praised for the quality and originality of its catalogue and the pioneering role it is playing in art publishing in Korea. Its publications have earned recommendations from the Korean Ministry of Culture & Tourism in 2006 (The Book: A History of the Bible) and 2007 (Art History: An Introduction). The translation of the Andy Warhol Diaries won the 50th Korean Publishing Culture Award for Best Editing in 2009. The Korean Advisory Committee for Publishing selected Gehry Talks: Architecture and Process, a Mimesis publication, as its book of the month for January 2010.

Over the years, about 100 books have been published in the Mimesis collection, and many titles are currently in preparation, including books on architecture and design as well as graphic novels. In 2014 and onwards, Mimesis will continue to explore the world of art in its broadest sense and to add more inspiring works to its eclectic and colorful catalogue.

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Art History, Essays and Biography
2006 Giorgio Vasari by Roland LeMolle
2006 The Book: A History of the Bible by Christopher De Hamel
2006 Art and Feminism (Themes and Movements) by Helena Reckitt & Peggy Phelan
2007 The Philosophy of Andy Warhol by Andy Warhol
2007 Art History: An Introduction by Daniel Lagoutte
2007 The Artist's Body (Themes and Movements) by Tracey Warr
2009 The Andy Warhol Diaries by Andy Warhol
2011 Ai Weiwei Speaks by Ai Weiwei and Hans-Ulrich Obrist
2012 Manifeste du surréalisme by André Breton
2014 Ai Weiwei's Blog: Writings, Interviews and Digital Rants, 2006-2009 by Ai Weiwei & Lee Ambrozy (ed.)

Design
2005 I Want to Change the World by Karim Rashid
2005 The Furniture Book by Shigeru Uchida
2006 Starck by Conway Lloyd-Morgan
2008 Design Your Self by Karim Rashid
2011 The Geometry of Pasta by Caz Hildebrand & Jacob Kenedy
2012 Penguin 75 by Paul Buckley
2014 Art of McSweeney's by McSweeney's

Architecture
2006 Frank Lloyd Wright: An Autobiography by Frank Lloyd Wright
2009 Words and Buildings by Adrian Forty
2010 Gehry Talks: Architecture and Process by Mildred S. Friedman
2010 Frank Lloyd Wright: Master Builder by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer & David Larkin
2010 Louis I. Kahn: In the Realm of Architecture by David B. Brownlee & David G. De Long
2011 House 1969 → 1996 by Tadao Ando
2011 Why Architecture Matters by Paul Goldberger
2012 Steven Holl: Architecture Spoken by Steven Holl

Photography
2005 Self Portrait by Man Ray
2006 Sexually Innocent by Kim Joong-Man
2010 Nude Photography by Pascal Baetens
2011 Controverses by Daniel Girardin and Christian Pirker

Cinema
2006 La couleur des mots by Marguerite Duras et Dominique Noguez

Performing Arts
2007 The Musical from Inside Out by Stephen Citron

Illustration
2005 Several illustrated albums by Jean-Jacques Sempé and Edward Gorey
2005 Snowcat books by Kwon Yoon-Joo.
2012Sempé à New York by Jean-Jacques Sempé.
2012 Masters of Fashion Illustration by David Downton
2013 Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page by Matt Kish
2013 L'étrange beauté du monde by Frédéric Pajak & Lea Lund
2013 Print & Pattern 1 & 2 by Bowie Style
2014 Enfances by Jean-Jacques Sempé

Comics & Graphic Novels
2007 2-volume collection of works by Reiser
2010 Le goût du chlore by Bastien Vivès
2010 Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli
2010 Essex County by Jeff Lemire
2011 Cinquemila chilometri al secondo & Mademoiselle Else by Manuele Fior
2011 Polina  by Bastien Vivès
2012 Stitches  by David Small
2012 Ergens waar je niet wil zijn  (aka The Wrong Place) by Brecht Evens
2012 New editions of I Never Liked You & The Little Man  by Chester Brown
2012 Morti di sonno  by Davide Reviati
2013 Les autres gens  by Thomas Cadène & various
2013 Les meilleurs ennemis  by David B. & Jean-Pierre Filiu
2013 Habibi  by Craig Thompson
2013 Le bleu est une couleur chaude  by Julie Maroh
2013 Comèdie sentimentale pornographique  by Jimmy Beaulieu
2013 Toen David zijn stem verloor  by Judith Vanistendael




Design & Architecture
Le style Eiffel by Martine Vincent
Made in Japan by Naomi Pollock
How Architecture Works by Witold Rybczynski

Comics & Graphic Novels
Portugal by Cyril Pedrosa
The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire
The Bus by Paul Kirchner
Pizzeria Kamikaze by Etgar Keret & Asaf Hanuka
Paying for It by Chester Brown
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins
Mauvais genre by Chloé Cruchaudet