Edouard Malingue Gallery announced Su-Mei Tse's first solo exhibition in China, 'Nested' at Yuz Museum Shanghai
curated by Christophe Gallois, Mudam Luxembourg and Wen Shi, Yuz Museum Shanghai.
Marked by her cosmopolitan origins between Europe and Asia, and by an attention to the sonorous dimension of the world, the practice of Su-Mei Tse involves issues such as time, memory, musicality, and language. Taking various forms sculptures, videos, photographs, installations her artworks always operate between different fields: sound and image, nature and culture, mental space and sensory experience for example.
The question of the appearance of meaning, or its evanescence, is at the heart of the work of Tse. The simplicity of the forms the artist produces contrasts with their evocative power, with the plurality of the readings that emanate from them. Her works often seem to crystallise, in the guise of an image, an impression, an emotion or a remembrance those intense and fleeting experiences, which, as in the title of one of her artworks, constitute the dizziness of life. In the same way, they also explore the ability of images, objects and sounds to trigger the imagination of the viewer.
This exhibition is the result of several years of research in different geographical contexts, starting with Italy and Asia. It brings together a large body of recent and new works, including a major installation produced locally in Shanghai, Stone Collection II. New directions are apparent in her work, such as contemplation, our relation to the vegetable and the mineral, the multiplicity of modes of existence, and the possibility of a sensitive relationship with the past.
The exhibition was conceived to be like a notebook: a form that brings together impressions that have occurred in everyday life be they visual, sound, or memory related and blends them in a subjective and intuitive way, allowing a whole network of echoes and correspondences to be deployed. At Yuz Museum, they gradually unfold along the galleries, creating a poetic and intimate space for everyone to be nested for a moment of silence and simplicity in the metropolitan city.
Su-Mei Tse was born in 1973 in Luxembourg. She lives and works in Luxembourg and Berlin. Tse is an internationally-celebrated artist who rose to prominence in 2003 when she represented Luxembourg at the Venice Biennale and was awarded the prestigious Leono dOro award for her tripartite installation Air Conditioned. Her work has since been exhibited nationally and internationally including solo shows at Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau (2018); Mudam Luxembourg, Luxembourg (2017); Joan Miró Foundation, Barcelona (2011); Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (2009); Art Tower Mito, Japan (2009); Seattle Art Museum, Seattle (2008); PS1, New York (2006); Casino, Forum dArt Contemporain, Luxembourg (2006); Renaissance Society, Chicago (2005); Moderna Museet, Sweden (2004). Group exhibitions include Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany (2009); National Gallery of Art, Poland (2009); Singapore Biennale (2008); Kunsthaus Zurich (2006); De Appel, Amsterdam (2005); Sao Paulo Biennale (2004). Tse has had recidencies in the Villa Medici, Academy of France in Rome, Italy from 2014 to 2015, in MIT List Visual Arts Center and MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, USA in 2008, and etc. She has additionally been the recipient of multiple prizes, including the Prize for Contemporary Art by the Foundation Prince Pierre of Monaco (2009) and the Edward Steichen Award, Luxembourg (2005).