Often working with open-ended scenarios of everyday interactions, Taiwanese-American artist Lee Mingwei creates participatory installations where strangers can explore issues of trust, intimacy and self-awareness. Participants contemplate these issues with the artist through eating, walking, sleeping and conversing, while the projects change and take on different forms with the involvement of participants over the course of an exhibition.
Lee’s work has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at Museum MACAN, Jakarta (2018); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2018); National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC (2018); Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, New Zealand (2016); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2015); Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan (2015) and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2014). His work has also been shown in group exhibitions at Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2018); National Gallery Singapore (2018); Villa Medici, French Academy in Rome (2017); DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montreal (2017); Biennale de Lyon, France (2017); 57th Venice Biennale (2017); 11th Shanghai Biennale (2016) and 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016), among others.
His work is part of the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Queens Museum of Art, New York; Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, US and JUT Foundation for Arts and Architecture, Taipei.
He holds a BFA (with honours) in Textile Art from the California College of Arts, Oakland (1993) and an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University, New Haven (1997).
Born in 1964 in Taichung, Taiwan, he currently lives and works in Paris and New York.
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