Born in Taiwan in 1964 and currently living in Paris and New York City, Lee Mingwei creates participatory installations, where strangers can explore issues of trust, intimacy, and self-awareness, and one-on-one events, in which visitors contemplate these issues with the artist through eating, sleeping, walking and conversation. Lee's projects are often open-ended scenarios for everyday interaction, and take on different forms with the involvement of participants and change during the course of an exhibition.
Lee received an MFA from Yale University in 1997, and has held solo exhibitions internationally including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Mori Art Museum, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art and has been featured in biennals in Venice, Lyon, Liverpool, Taipei, Sydney, Whitney, and Asia Pacific Triennials.
Lee's mid-career survey exhibition "Lee Mingwei and His Relations: The Art of Participation" was presented at Mori Art Museum (2014), Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2015), and Auckland Art Gallery (2016), and he has participated at the 57th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, "Viva Arte Viva," curated by Christine Macel. His European survey exhibition "Lee Mingwei: Li, Gifts and Rituals" was on view at Gropius Bau in Berlin in 2020, and will be presented at Museum Villa Stuck in Munich May - September 2021.
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Photo Matteo Carcelli; originally published in Gallery, September-October 2016, National Gallery of Victoria.