Born in 1964 in Taiwan
Lives and works between New York, New York, USA and Paris, France

LEE Mingwei

Lee Mingwei creates participatory installations, in which strangers can explore issues of trust, intimacy, and self-awareness, and one-on-one events, where visitors contemplate these issues with the artist through eating, sleeping, walking, and conversation. His projects are often open-ended scenarios for everyday interaction, taking on different forms with the involvement of participants and changing during the course of an exhibition.

education

1997
- Yale University, MFA in Sculpture, CT, USA

1993
- California College of the Arts, BA Honors in Textile Art, CA, USA
 

solo shows

2019
- The Tourist, Perrotin Tokyo
- Lee Mingwei, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, OH

2018
- Lee Mingwei: Seven Stories, Museum MACAN, Jakarta, Indonesia
- Sonic Blossom, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
- Lee Mingwei: Stone Journey, Worcester Art Museum, MA
- Sonic Blossom, National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.

2016
- Lee Mingwei and His Relations: The Art of Participation, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, New Zealand
 -The Moving Garden, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
- Between Going and Staying, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, UK

2015
- Sonic Blossom, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
- Lee Mingwei and His Relations: The Art of Participation, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
- Lee Mingwei: Sonic Blossom, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

2014
- Lee Mingwei and His Relations: The Art of Participation, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
- Lee Mingwei: Sonic Blossom, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

2013
- A Quartet and A Living Room, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, UK
- Luminous Depths, Peranakan Museum, Singapore

2012
- The Living Room, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA
- Visible, Elusive, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
 -Tales of Flower and Stones, Espace Louis Vuitton, Taipei, Taiwan

2011
- The Moving Garden, Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
- The Travelers, Museum of Chinese in America, New York, NY

2010
- Trilogy of Sounds, Mount Stuart, Scotland, UK
- Pantheon Project, Museum Contemporary Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
- Lee Mingwei: Liquid Forms, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong, China

2009
- Grandfather's Incline, Montalvo Art Center, Saratoga, CA
- The Mending Project, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, NY

2008
- Guernica in Sand, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
- Bodhi Tree Project, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
- Uncommon Senses, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
- The Quartet Project, Albion Gallery, London, UK

2007
- Lee Mingwei: Impermanence, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
- Duologue, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan

2006
- The Tourist, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, Australia
- Guernica in Sand, Albion Gallery, London, UK
- Pantheon Project, Neuberger Museum of Art, New York, NY

2005
- Through Masters' Eyes, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Cologne, Germany
- Through Masters' Eyes, Kaikodo Gallery, New York, NY

2004
- Through Masters' Eyes, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
- Shueito Legends, Bunker Museum of Contemporary Art, Kinmen, Taiwan

2003
- The Tourist, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
- Harvard Seers Project, Harvard University Office for the Arts, Cambridge, MA

2002
- The Tourist Project, Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, TX
- The Shadow and Its Double, Eslite Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2000
- The Living Room Project, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA
- The Sleeping Project, Lombard Freid Fine Arts, New York, NY
- Empathic Economies, Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
- Empathic Economies, Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

1999
- Lee Mingwei 1994 to 1999, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH

1998
- Way Stations, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
- The Letter Writing Project, The Fabric Workshop & Museum, Philadelphia, PA

1997
- InteractExchange, Lombard Freid Fine Arts, New York, NY

group shows

2019
- Leaving the Echo Chamber, Sharjah Biennial 14, Sharjah, UAE
- Stage Is Yours, Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA / The Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

2018
- Language of Flowers, Asia University of Modern Art, Taichung, Taiwan
- Common Threads: Weaving Stories Across Time, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA
- New Materialism, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
- Brief Encounters ‘18, Lustwarande - Platform for Contemporary Sculpture, Tilburg, The Netherlands
- Declaration, Institution for Contemporary Art, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
- Light to Night Festival 2018: Colour Sensations, National Gallery Singapore, Singapore

2017
- Ouvert la Nuit - Festival des lumiere, Villa Medici, Rome, Italy
- L’OFFRE, DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montreal, Canada
- EAT ME, Trapholt Museum for Moderne Kunst, Denmark
- Lee Mingwei: Seven Stories, 14th edition of Biennale de Lyon, Bullukian Foundation, Lyon, France
- PEACE, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany
- Flower Power, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
- MOVE, Centre Pompidou, Paris France
- Viva Arte Viva, The 57th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, curated by Christine Macel, Venice, Italy
- Middle of Now | Where, Honolulu Biennial 2017, Honolulu, HI
- Listen Hear: The Art of Sound, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA
- Person of the Crowd, The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

2016
- Sugar Spin: You, Me, Art and Everything, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
- Why Not Ask Again?, 11th Shanghai Biennale, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
- Don’t You Think It’s Time For Love?, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
- GIGANTESQUE ! L’EXPERIENCE POMMERY #13, Domaine Pommery, Reims, France
- That Which Remains, Mount Stuart, Scotland, UK
- Telling Tales: Excursions in Narrative Form, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, Australia
- The 14th Taishin Arts Award Exhibition, Museum of National Taipei University of Education, Taipei, Taiwan
- The Future is Already Here, It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed, 20th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

2015
- Food, Shelter, Clothing: Art and Need, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY
- Guess what? Hardcore Contemporary Art’s Truly a World Treasure: Selected Works from the YAGEO Foundation Collection, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
- Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art, Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

2014
- By Proxy, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
- Guess what? Hardcore Contemporary Art’s Truly a World Treasure: Selected Works from the YAGEO Foundation Collection, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
- Guess what? Hardcore Contemporary Art’s Truly a World Treasure: Selected Works from the YAGEO Foundation Collection, Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan
- Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art, Gund Gallery, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH
- Guess what? Hardcore Contemporary Art’s Truly a World Treasure: Selected Works from the YAGEO Foundation Collection, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
- Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

2013
- Connecting_Unfolding, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Seoul, Korea
- Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art, Blaffer Art Museum, Houston, TX
- TEA/Super-Connect—2013 International Techno Art Exhibition, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
- Little Water, Dojima River Biennale 2013, Dojima River Forum, Osaka, Japan
- A City Shaped, Artefact Festival, STUK arts center, Leuven, Belgium

2012
- REAKT / Views and Processes, European Capital of Culture, Guimarães, Portugal
- Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art, Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, IL
- Accidental Message: Art is Not a System, Not a World, 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, Shenzhen, China
- All Our Relations, 18th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
- Wide Open School, Hayward Gallery, London, UK

2011
- All Things Equal, Hedreen Gallery, Seattle University, Seattle, WA

2010
- 21st Century: Art in the First Decade, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
- Re:Thinking Trade, Liverpool Biennial 2010, UK
- Playing in the City II, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany

2009
- The Enlightenment, Dean Gallery, Edinburgh International Festival, UK
- The Spectacle of the Everyday, Lyon Biennial 2009, France
- So Close Yet So Far Away, 2009 Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale, Incheon, Korea

2008
- All Inclusive, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
- Art of Taiwan and its Contemporary Mutations, The Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic
- Person of the Crowd, Neuberger Museum of Art, New York, NY
- China Power III, Musée d'art moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxemburg
- Home, Taiwan Biennial 2008, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

2007
- 1.5 Generation, Queens Museum of Art, New York, NY
- Have You Eaten Yet?, 2007 Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan

2006
- International 06, Liverpool Biennial 2006, Tate Liverpool, UK
- Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2006, Niigata, Japan
- Male Pregnancy Project, Centre d’Art Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain
- Between the Lakes: Artists Respond to Madison, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
- Male Pregnancy Project, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

2005
- Elegance of Silence, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
- Trading Places, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
- Man of the Crowd, Contemporary Museum Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
- Scents of Purpose: Artists Interpret the Spice Box, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
- We are the world, El Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
- Contemporary Art from Taiwan at the Venice Biennale, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

2004
- Whitney Biennial 2004, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
- We Are the World, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY
- Fiction Love, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan

2003
- Limbo Zone, 50th Venice Biennale, Taiwan Pavilion, Italy
- Away from Home, Wexner Center of Art, Cleveland, OH
- Inaugural Exhibition, Cincinnati Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, OH
- The Magic Makers, Des Moines Center of Art, Des Moines, IA
- Mind Space, Ho-Am Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
- The Gift, Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, New York, NY
- The Gift, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Chicago, IL

2002
- Sitelines, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
- The Gift, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ
- Labyrinth of Pleasure, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Art, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2001
- Labyrinth of Pleasure, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan
- Mixed Ingredients, American Center for Food, Wine and the Arts, Napa, CA
- The Gift, Centro Arte Contemporanea Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, Italy
- About the Bayberry Bush, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York, NY

2000
- The Sky is the Limit, 2000 Taipei Biennial, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
- Worthless (Invaluable), Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia
- The Gift of Hope, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan

1999
- The 3rd Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
- Where Are You?, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York, NY

1998
- Plural Speech, White Box, New York, NY
- Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC

1997
- Gimme all your money, Refusalon, San Francisco, CA
- The World View, Deutsche Bank, New York, NY
- Reflection, Art + Architecture Gallery, School of Architecture, Yale University, New Haven, CT

public collections

The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, USA
Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Deutsche Bank, New York, USA
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, USA
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, USA
YAGEO Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan
Yeh Rong Jai Culture & Art Foundation, Hsinchu, Taiwan
JUT Foundation for Arts and Architecture, Taipei, Taiwan

COMMISSIONNERS

2017
The 57th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia “Viva Arte Viva”
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, USA
2015
Taipei Fine Arts Museums, Taiwan
2013
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea
Peranakan Museum, Singapore
2010
Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, South Brisbane, Australia
2009
Lyon Biennal, Lyon, France
Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, UK
2008
Taiwan Contemporary Art Biennial, Taipei, Taiwan - Nomad Exquisite
2006
Liverpool Biennale, Liverpool, UK - Fabric of Memory
2005
Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, USA  - Nuwa Project
2002
Rice University Art Gallery, Huston, USA - The Tourist

Lee Mingwei - 9 Histoires / 9 Stories

Lee Mingwei - 9 Histoires / 9 Stories

Monograph & artist book

$29.22 Excluded VAT

  • November 2015
    The New York Times — 4 PAGES

  • March 2015
    The Boston Globe — 4 PAGES

  • November 2012
    Flash Art — 5 PAGES

  • February 2010
    Artnews — 1 PAGE

  • December 2008
    Asian Art Newspaper — 3 PAGES

podcasts

TALK BETWEEN LEE MINGWEI & MAMI KATAOKA (ENG, JAP)

Talk between Lee Mingwei and Mami Kataoka on the occasion of "The Tourist" at Perrotin Tokyo

Podcast