Born in Taiwan in 1964, lives and works in Paris and New York City

Education

1997 Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Yale University, New Haven, CT
1993 Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors in Textile Art, California College of the Arts, CA

Solo Exhibitions

2021         
Our LabyrinthTate Modern, London, UK (forthcoming)

2020         
Lee Mingwei: Li, Gifts and RitualsGropius Bau, Berlin, Germany 

2019         
Lee Mingwei: Sonic BlossomArt Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
Lee Mingwei: The TouristPerrotin Tokyo, Japan
Lee Mingwei: Sonic BlossomCleveland Museum of Art, OH
Lee Mingwei: You Are Not a StrangerMuseum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, OH
 
2018
Lee Mingwei: Seven StoriesMuseum MACAN, Jakarta
Sonic BlossomCentre Pompidou, Paris 
Lee Mingwei: Stone JourneyWorcester Art Museum, MA
Sonic BlossomNational Portrait Gallery, Washington DC
 
2016         
Lee Mingwei and His Relations: The Art of Participation, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, New Zealand
The Moving Garden, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Between Going and StayingCentre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, UK 
 
2015
Sonic BlossomThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Lee Mingwei and His Relations: The Art of ParticipationTaipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
Lee Mingwei: Sonic BlossomMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
 
2014         
Lee Mingwei and His Relations: The Art of ParticipationMori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Lee Mingwei: Sonic BlossomUllens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
 
2013         
A Quartet and A Living RoomCentre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, UK
Luminous DepthsPeranakan Museum, Singapore
 
2012
The Living RoomIsabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA
Visible, ElusiveShiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Tales of Flower and StonesEspace Louis Vuitton, Taipei, Taiwan
 
2011         
The Moving GardenBrooklyn Museum, New York, NY
The TravelersMuseum of Chinese in America, New York, NY
 
2010         
Trilogy of SoundsMount Stuart, Scotland, UK
Pantheon ProjectMuseum of Contemporary Art Baltimore, MD 
Lee Mingwei: Liquid FormsOsage Gallery, Hong Kong
 
2009         
Grandfather's InclineMontalvo Art Center, Saratoga, CA
The Mending ProjectLombard-Freid Projects, New York, NY     
 
2008         
Guernica in SandQueensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Bodhi Tree ProjectQueensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Uncommon SensesGovett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand  
The Quartet ProjectAlbion Gallery, London, UK
 
2007         
Lee Mingwei: ImpermanenceChicago Cultural Center, IL
DuologueMuseum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taiwan
 
2006         
The TouristSherman Galleries, Sydney, Australia
Guernica in SandAlbion Gallery, London, UK
Pantheon ProjectNeuberger Museum of Art, New York, NY
 
2005         
Through Masters' EyesMuseum fur Ostasiatische Kunst, Cologne, Germany
Through Masters' EyesKaikodo 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 ProjectHarvard University Office for the Arts, Cambridge, MA
 
2002         
The Tourist ProjectRice University Art Gallery, Houston, TX
The Shadow and Its Double, Eslite Gallery, Taipei Taiwan
 
2000
The Living Room ProjectIsabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA
The Sleeping ProjectLombard Freid Fine Arts, New York, NY
Empathic EconomiesDavis Museum, Wellesley College, MA
Empathic EconomiesFt. Lauderdale Museum of Art, FL
 
1999
Lee Mingwei 1994 to 1999Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH
 
1998         
The Letter Writing ProjectThe Fabric Workshop & Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Way StationsThe Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
 
1997         
InteractExchangeLombard Freid Fine Art, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

2020
The Sky as a Studio. Yves Klein and his contemporariesCentre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France (forthcoming)
In the Name of FlowerPearl Art Museum, Shanghai, China 
Measure Your ExistenceThe Rubin Museum of Art, New York, NY
 
2019         
The scene in which I find myself / Or, where does my body belong, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
In the Company of Artists: 25 Years of Artists-in-Residence, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA
TraverséesMusée Sainte-Croix, Poitiers, France 
SOCIAL: Rethinking Loneliness TogetherMontalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA
The Gift, Geoffrey Bawa Centenary Celebration, Lunuganga Trust, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Musica MobileTaipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Stage Is YoursMuseum of Contemporary Art KIASMA / The  Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki
 
2018         
Language of FlowersAsia University Museum of Modern Art, Taichung, Taiwan
Common Threads: Weaving Stories Across TimeIsabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA
New MaterialismBonniers Konsthall, Stockhom, Sweden
Brief Encounters '18Lustwarande - Platform for Contemporary Sculpture, Tilburg, The Netherlands 
DeclarationInstitution for Contemporary Art, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA       
Light to Night Festival 2018: Colour SensationsNational Gallery Singapore, Singapore
 
2017         
Ouvert la Nuit - Festival des lumièreVilla Medici, Rome, Italy
L'OFFREDHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montréal, Canada
EAT METrapholt Museum for Moderne Kunst, Denmark
PEACESchirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany
Flower PowerAsian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA 
MOVECentre Pompidou, Paris, France
Listen Hear: The Art of SoundIsabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA
Person of the CrowdThe Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA 
 
2016         
Sugar Spin: You, Me, Art and EverythingQueensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Don't You Think It's Time For Love?Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
GIGANTESQUEVranken-Pommery Monopole, Reims, France 
That Which RemainsMount Stuart, Scotland, UK
Telling Tales: Excursions in Narrative FormMuseum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, Australia
The 14th Taishin Arts Award ExhibitionMuseum of National Taipei University of Education, Taipei, Taiwan
 
2015         
Food, Shelter, Clothing: Art and NeedKentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY
Guest what?The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan 
FeastWeisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
 
2014         
By ProxyJames Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
Guest what?Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan 
Guest what?Nagoya City Art Museum, Japan
Feast, Gund Gallery, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH
Guest what?The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
FeastSITE Santa Fe, NM
 
2013         
Connecting_UnfoldingNational Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Seoul, Korea
FeastBlaffer Art Museum, Houston, TX
TEA/Super-Connect—2013 International Techno Art Exhibition, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
City Shaped, Artefact Festival, STUK arts center, Leuven, Belgium
 
2012         
The Mending ProjectEuropean Capital of Culture, Guimarães, Portugal
Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary ArtSmart Museum of Art, Chicago, IL
Wide Open SchoolHayward Gallery, London, UK
 
2011         
All Things EqualHedreen Gallery, Seattle University, WA
 
2010         
21st Century: Art in the First DecadeGallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Playing in the City IISchirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany
 
2009         
The Enlightenments, Dean Gallery, Edinburgh International Festival, UK
 
2008         
All InclusiveSchirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany
Art of Taiwan and its Contemporary MutationsThe Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic
Person of the CrowdNeuberger Museum of Art, New York, NY
China Power IIIMusée d'art moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxemburg
 
2007         
1.5 GenerationQueens Museum of Art, New York, NY
 
2006         
Male Pregnancy ProjectCentre d'Art Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain
Zhua-Zhou ProjectMadison Museum of Contemporary Art, WI
Male Pregnancy ProjectCzech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
 
2005         
Elegance of SilenceMori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Trading Places, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan
Man of the CrowdContemporary Museum Baltimore, MD
Spice Box InvitationalThe Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
Inaugural ExhibitionArnolfini Center of Arts, Bristol, UK
El Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
Contemporary Art from Taiwan at the Venice BiennaleTaipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
 
2004         
We Are the WorldChelsea Art Museum, New York, NY
Fiction LoveMuseum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan
 
2003         
Away from HomeWexner Center of Art, Cleveland, OH
Inaugural ExhibitionCincinnati Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, OH
The Magic MakersDes Moines Center of Art, Des Moines, IA
Mind SpaceHo-Am Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
The GiftBronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY
The GiftMary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Chicago, IL
 
2002         
SitelinesAddison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
The GiftScottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ
Male Pregnancy ProjectKaohsiung Museum of Fine Art, Taiwan
 
2001         
Male Pregnancy ProjectMuseum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taiwan
Mixed IngredientsAmerican Center for Food, Wine and the Arts, Napa, CA
The GiftCentro Arte Contemporanea Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, Italy
The Bayberry BushParrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
 
2000         
Worthless (Invaluable)Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia
The Gift of Hope,  Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan
 
1999         
Where Are You?Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York, NY
 
1998         
Plural Speech, White Box, New York, NY
Art on PaperWeatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC
 
1997         
Money for ArtRefusalon, San Francisco, CA
The World ViewDeutsche Bank, New York, NY
ReflectionArt + Architecture Gallery, School of Architecture, Yale University, New Haven, CT
 

International Biennials

2019         
Leaving the Echo ChamberSharjah Biennial 14, Sharjah, UAE
 
2017         
Lee Mingwei: Seven Stories14th edition of Biennale de Lyon, Bullukian Foundation, Lyon, France
Viva Arte VivaThe 57th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, Venice Italy
Middle of Now | WhereHonolulu Biennial 2017, Honolulu, HI 
 
2016         
Why Not Ask Again?11th Shanghai Biennale, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
The Future is Already Here, It's Just Not Evenly Distributed20th Biennale of Sydney, Australia
 
2013         
Little WaterDojima River Biennale 2013, Dojima River Forum, Osaka, Japan
 
2012         
What You See is What I See, Shenzhen Sculpture Biennial, China
All Our Relations18th Biennale of Sydney, Australia
 
2010         
Re-Thinking TradeLiverpool Biennial 2010, UK
 
2009         
The Spectacle of the Everyday, Lyon Biennial 2009, France
So Close Yet So Far AwayIncheon Female Artist Biennial 2009, Incheon, Korea
 
2008         
HomeTaiwan Biennial 2008, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
 
2007         
Have You Eaten Year?2007 Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
 
2006         
Fabric of Memory, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Biennial, UK
Artist-as-Residents ProjectEchigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Niigata, Japan
 
2004         
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
 
2003         
Limbo ZoneVenice Biennale, Taiwan Pavilion, Italy
 
2000         
The Sky is the LimitTaipei Biennial, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
 
1999         
Asia Pacific TriennialQueensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

 

Selected Bibliography

CATALOGUES FOR EXHIBITION (SOLO)
Lee, Mingwei, Stephanie Rosenthal, and Clare Molloy. 2020. Lee Mingwei: Li, Gifts and Rituals. Berlin: Gropius Bau and Milan: Silvana Editoriale.
9 Histoires. 2018. Dijon: Les Presses du réel.

Lee, Mingwei, Mami Kataoka, and Yi-ting Lei. 2015. Lee Mingwei and His Relations. Taipei: Taipei Fine Arts Museum.
Lee, Mingwei, and Alan Chong. 2015. Luminous Depths: A Contemporary Project on the Museum. Singapore: Asian Civilisations Museum, Peranakan Museum.
Lee, Mingwei, Mami Kataoka, and Hitomi Sasaki. 2014. Lee Mingwei and His Relations. Tokyo: Mori Art Museum.
Tsai, Eugenie, and Lee, Mingwei. 2011. Lee Mingwei: The Moving Garden. Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn Museum.
Lee, Mingwei. 2010. Lee Mingwei: Trilogy of Sounds. Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute: Mount Stuart Trust.
Lee, Mingwei. 2008. Lee Mingwei. South Brisbane, Queensland: Queensland Art Gallery.
Lee, Mingwei, Su-Mei Tse, and Mei-ya Cheng. 2007. Duologue: Exhibition by Lee Mingwei and Su-Mei Tse. Taipei: Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei.
Lee, Mingwei, and Rhana Devenport. 2006. Lee Mingwei: The Tourist. Paddington, N.S.W.: Sherman Galleries.
Lee, Mingwei, Stephanie Barron, and J. Keith Wilson. 2004. Lee Mingwei’s Through Masters’ Eyes. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Lee, Mingwei, and Roxana Marcoci. 2003. Projects 80: Lee Mingwei, The Tourist, New York. New York: Museum of Modern Art.
Lee, Mingwei, Kimberly Davenport, and Thomas R. DuBrock. 2003. Lee Mingwei: The Tourist Project: 17 January – 24 February 2002. Rice University Art Gallery.
Gross, Jennifer R., Mingwei Lee, and Lewis Hyde. 2000. Lee Mingwei: The Living Room. Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Lee, Mingwei, and Roxana Marcoci. 1999. Lee Mingwei: 1994-1999. Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art.
Lee, Mingwei, and Eugenie Tsai. 1998. Way Stations: Lee Mingwei. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art.
 

CATALOGUES FOR EXHIBITION (GROUP)

Barliant, Claire, Pieranna Cavalchini, Audrey Hsia, Casey Riley, Tiffany York. 2019. In the Company of Artists. Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Biennale d’art contemporain (Lyon, France). 2017. Mondes Flottants = Floating Worlds : 14e Biennale de Lyon. Dijon: Les Presses du réel.
Asian Art Museum. 2017. Flower Power
Biennale di Venezia, and Christine Macel. 2017. Viva, arte, viva: Biennale arte 2017. New York: Rizzoli International Publications.
Biennale of Sydney, and Stephanie Rosenthal. 2016. The future is already here—it’s just not evenly distributed.
Kent, Rachel, and Safdar Ahmed. 2016. Telling tales: Excursions in Narrative Form.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N. Y.). 2017. The Artist Project: What Artists See When They Look at Art.
Smith, Stephanie. 2013. Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art.
Barata, Vasco, Pedro Barateiro, Carlos Bunga, Carla Cruz, Ângela Ferreira, and Gabriela Vaz Pinheiro. 2013. ReaKt: olhares e processos = views and processes. Guimarães: Guimarães 2012 Capital Europeia da Cultura.
Biennale of Sydney, M. Catherine de Zegher, and Gerald McMaster. 2012. 18th Biennale of Sydney 2012: All Our Relations. Woolloomooloo, N. S. W.: Biennale of Sydney.
Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Paul Domela, and Lewis Biggs. 2011. Touched. Liverpool: Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art.
Manchanda, Catharina, Whitney Ford-Terry, and Jessica Powers. 2011. All things equal.
Queensland Art Gallery, and Miranda Wallace. 2010. 21th Century: Art in the First Decade. South Brisbane, Queensland: Queensland Art Gallery.
Ulrich, Matthias, Max Hollein, and Josef Loretan. 2010. Playing the City 2 Ploötzlich bist du mittendrin : 20 Kunstaktionen in 20 Tagen. Berlin: Absolut Medien.
Finkelpearl, Tom, and Valerie Smith. 2009. Generation 1.5. Queens, N.Y.: Queens Museum of Art.
Biennale d’art contemporain (Lyon, France), Hanru Hou, and T. Raspail. 2009. Le spectacle du quotidien = the spectacle of the everyday : Xe Biennale de Lyon. Dijon: Les Presses du réel.
The Enlightenments. Edinburgh: Edinburgh International Festival, 2009.
Asian Art Biennial. 2008. Have you eaten yet? 2008 Asian Art Biennial. Taichung: National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.
Fleischman, Stephen, and Jane Simon. 2006. Between the lakes: Artists respond to Madison. Madison, Wisconsin: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.
Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, and Paul Domela. 2006. International 06. Liverpool: Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art.
Cai, Guoqiang, and Chieh-hui Lu. 2006. Bunker Museum of Contemporary Art, Kinmen Island: A Permanent Sanctuary for Art in a Demilitarized Zone. Milano: Charta. Taiwan: Kinmen County Government.
Clark, Martin, and Catsou Roberts. 2005. The storm is what we call progress. Bristol: Arnolfini.
Whitney Biennial, Chrissie Iles, Shamim Momin, and Debra Singer. 2004. Whitney Biennial 2004.
Collins, Thom, Michel Foucault, Lisa Buck, Matthew Distel, and Laura Stewart. 2003. Somewhere better than this place: Alternative social experience in the spaces of contemporary art. Cincinnati, Ohio: Contemporary Arts Center.
Limbo Zone. 2003. Taipei: Taipei Fine Arts Museum.
Massie, Annetta, Jan Avgikos, Mark Cousins, and Jeffrey Kipnis. 2003. Away from Home. Columbus, Ohio: Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University.
Stroud, Marion Boulton, and Kelly Mitchell. 2002. New Materials as New Media: The Fabric Workshop and Museum. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.
COPIA: American Center for Wine, Food, and the Arts, and Doreen Schmid. 2001. Active ingredients. Napa, California: COPIA.
Meraniello, Gianfranco, Sergio Risaliti, and Antonio Somaini. 2001. The Gift Il Dono: offerta, ospitalità, insidia. Milano: Charta.
Schaffner, Ingrid, and Melissa E. Feldman. 2001. About the Bayberry Bush. Southampton: Parrish Art Museum.
Tōkyō-to Gendai Bijutsukan. 2000. The gift of hope. Tokyo: Museum of Contemporary Art.
Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. 1999. Beyond the future: The Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: Queensland Art Gallery.

Selected Public Collection

The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Deutsche Bank, New York, NY
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
YAGEO Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan
Yeh Rong Jai Culture & Art Foundation, Hsinchu, Taiwan
JUT Foundation for Arts and Architecture, Taipei, Taiwan
M+, Hong Kong
Tate Modern, UK