Charwei Tsai

Charwei TSAI-2020-photo_by_Roy_HOH

Born in 1980 in Taipei, Taiwan
Now lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan

Charwei Tsai graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in industrial design and art & architectural history (2002), and the postgraduate research program La Seine at L’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris (2010).

Highly personal yet universal concerns spur Tsai’s multi-media practice. Geographical, social, and spiritual motifs inform a body of work, which encourages viewer participation outside the confines of complacent contemplation. Preoccupied with the human/nature relationship, Tsai meditates on the complexities among cultural beliefs, spirituality, and transience. In addition to her art practice, Tsai publishes, designs and edits Lovely Daze, a curatorial journal published twice a year since 2005.

Tsai has had solo exhibitions and projects internationally, including Root of Desire, TKG+, Taipei, Taiwan (2018); Charwei Tsai: Bulaubulau Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, U.K. (2018); Water Moon, Institute of Contemporary Art, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes, France, and Hear Her Singing, a project commissioned by Hayward Gallery at Southbank Centre, London, U.K. (both in 2017); A Dedication to the Sea, curated by Eugene Tan at Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Singapore (2012); and Water, Earth and Air, curated by Suhanya Raffel at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, Australia (2009). She has participated in group exhibitions and biennials, including Minimalism: Space, Light, Object, Art & Science Museum in collaboration with National Gallery Singapore; Scared Spaces, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, U.S. (both in 2018); Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2016); Simple Shapes, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2015), and Centre Pompidou-Metz, Paris, France (2014); Sharjah Biennial (2013); Yokohama Triennial (2011); 6th Asia Pacific Triennial (2009); Traces of the Sacred, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2008); Thermocline of Art: New Asian Waves, ZKM Center of Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany (2007); and the inaugural Singapore Biennale (2006).

Tsai’s works are in public and private collections, including those held at the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Mori Art Museum, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Yokohama Museum of Art, Frac Lorraine, Institute of Contemporary Art, Villeurbanne, Kadist Foundation, Uli Sigg Collection, and Faurschou Foundation, Copenhagen. The complete sets of Lovely Daze are in the library collections of Tate Modern, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Pompidou Center, Paris; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona.

|Curriculum Vitae|


Born in 1980 in Taipei, Taiwan
Now lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan


|Education|


2010
"L’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
Post-graduate Research Program La Seine"
2002
"Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Industrial Design and Certificate in Art & Architecture History"


|Solo Exhibitions|


2018
Root of Desire, TKG+, Taipei, Taiwan
Charwei Tsai: Bulaubulau, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art, Manchester, U.K.
2017
Water Moon, Contemporary Art Institute, Villeurbanne / Rhône-Alpes, France
Hear Her Singing, Commissioned by Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London, U.K. As It is, Galerie Mor Charpentier, Paris, France
2016 Universe of Possibilities,TKG+, Taipei, Taiwan
2014 We Came Whirling Out of Nothingness, TKG+, Taipei, Taiwan
2013
Meeting Point: Dual Solo Show of Charwei Tsai and Chi-Tsung Wu, curated by Jenny Lee,
Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong, China
2012
A Dedication to the Sea, curated by Eugene Tan, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Singapore
A Pilgrimage Through Light & Spells, Galerie Mor Charpentier, Paris, France
L’ombre des Sens: Charwei Tsai et Wu Chi-Tsung, Maison Salvan, Labège, France 2011 Thoughtforms, curated by Veeranganakumari Solanki, The Guild, Mumbai, India
Elemental Light, TKG+, Taipei, Taiwan
My Nature, curated by David Rosenberg, Deyrolle, Paris, France Ah!, The Esplanade, Singapore
2009
Between Thoughts and Words, Casas Riegner Gallery, Bogota, Colombia Water, Earth, and Air, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, Australia Baptism, The Church of Saint Severin, Paris, France
Charwei Tsai: Transience, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong, China
2008
7 Ideas in 7 Days, Gallery Sora, Tokyo, Japan


|Group Exhibitions|


2019
PLUS X, TKG+, Taipei, Taiwan
West Bund Art & Design, West Bund Art Center, Shanghai, China
In the Present Moment: Buddhism, Contemporary Art, and Social Practice, Co-organized by Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada
Diaspora: Exit, Exile, Exodus of Southeast Asia, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Couleurs de la Chine contemporaine Une passion de collectionneurs, Musée Saint Rémi, Reims, France
Migration, 4th Ulaanbaatar International Media Art Festival, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia Biennale Jogja XV, Equator 5, Taiwan Pavilion, Jogjakarta, Indonesia
The Power of Intention: Reinventing the (Prayer) Wheel, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, U.S.
2018
Tree Mantra by Charwei Tsai, performance at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London, U.K.
Under the Influence: Traveling Library of Books That Inspire Artists, traveling exhibition from Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; Live Forever Art Foundation, National Taichung Theater, Taiwan
Cinéphémère, curated by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, FIAC, Paris, France
Sacred Spaces, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, U.S.
Screening of Dunhuang Projected (traveling), China Onscreen Biennale, Fowler Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, U.S.
Other Walks, Other Lines, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, U.S.
West Bund Art & Design, West Bund Art Center, Shanghai, China
Minimalism: Space, Light, Object, Art Science Museum in collaboration with National Gallery Singapore, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Love Long: Robert Indiana and Asia, curated by Dr. Miwako Tezuka and assisted by Kaitlin Chan, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Hong Kong, China
Still Water Runs Deep, curated by Dr. Yulin Lee, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Art, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Screening at: EXit/EXile/EXodus, curated by Loredana Paracciani, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai, Thailand
ARCO Madrid, Madrid, Spain
2050, A Brief History of the Future, curated by Pierre-Yves Desaive, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan, in collaboration with Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
2017
Under Influence, Asia Art Archive, Art Basel, Hong Kong, China Kailash Cartographies, The New School, New York, U.S. Armory Show, New York, U.S.
Land and People: New Media Works From Asia-Pacific, Cairns Regional Gallery, Queensland, Australia
2016
The Editorial, curated by Kit Hammonds and Ingrid Chu in partnership with Asia Art
Archive and Vernacular Institute, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
West Bund Art & Design, West Bund Art Center, Shanghai, China
Towards a Cosmomorphic World, Contemporary Art Institute, Villeurbanne / Rhône- Alpes, France
Yokohama Museum of Art Collection, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan
Rêve obscur : au pays des étoiles terrestres, La Grande Place, Musée du Cristal Saint- Louis, Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche, France, in collaboration with Frac Lorraine and la Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Biennale of Sydney, curated by Stephanie Rosenthal, Mortuary Station, Sydney, Australia Ink Remix: Contemporary Art From Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, University of New South Wales Galleries, Sydney, Australia
Chinese Whispers — Recent Art From Sigg & M+ Sigg Collections, Kunstmuseum & Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland
Planetary Garden, MA2 Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2015
Visible/Invisible: The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art, UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, Canada
Ink Remix: Contemporary Art From Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, curated by Dr. Sophie Mclntyre, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia
Art Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
Para Site Fundraising Auction, Bonhams Hong Kong Gallery, Admiralty, Hong Kong, China Im Dickicht der Haare, Grimmwelt, Kassel, Germany
Ink Remix: Contemporary Art From Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, curated by Dr. Sophie Mclntyre, Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra City, Australia
Forever Young, Asia University Museum, Taichung, Taiwan
Thinking Current, curated by Leeza Ahmady, a major exhibition as part of the Asia Contemporary Art Week Platform, Seattle Art Fair, Seattle, U.S.
Go East: Gene and Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection, Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Simple Forms: Contemplating Beauty, curated by Jean de Loisy and Fumio Nanjo, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (Traveling exhibition from Centre Pompidou-Metz and Fondation d'entreprise Hermès)
(DÉ)PLACEMENTS, curated by Koyo Kouoh, La Défense, Paris, France
Typomotion: Type as Image in Motion, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Taichung, Taiwan. Produced by ZKM Center of Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
Insights, Art Basel, Hong Kong, China
Transcending Tibet, curated by Davide Quadrio, Trace Foundation, New York, U.S. Inspired by Buddhism, Nan Tien Institute Art Gallery, Unanderra (Wollongong), Australia ARCO Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Art Stage, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
2014
FIAC, Jardin des Plantes, National Museum of Natural History, Paris, France Art Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
Still Moving: A Triple Bill on the Image, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
There, Where My Language Ends, I Come by Everyday, Kulturzentrum bei den Mioriten, Graz, Austria
Opening Exhibition, Cai Guo-Qiang Studio, New York, U.S.
Simple Shapes, curated by Jean de Loisy, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Paris, France
2013
Para Site Fundraising Auction, Sotheby’s Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China Art Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
Cross-Strait Relations, curated by Arthur Ou, Parsons The New School for Design, New York, U.S.
Art for a Cause, Conexión Colombia Benefit Auction, Bogota, Colombia
Installation Contemporary, curated by Aaron Seeto, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Sydney Contemporary, Sydney, Australia
Dojima River Biennale, curated by Rudy Tseng, Osaka, Japan
Parkett — 220 Artists’ Editions & Collaborations +5, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Market Forces: The Friction of Opposites, curated by Joselina Cruz, Ark Fongsmut, Lee Daehyung, Qiu Zhijie, and Alia Swastika, Osage Foundation, Hong Kong, China Sharjah Biennial, curated by Yoko Hasegawa, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
ARCO Madrid, Galerie Mor Charpentier, Madrid, Spain
Sovereign Asian Art Prize Finalists, The Rotunda, Exchange Square, Hong Kong, China and Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Singapore
Palimpsestes, Galerie Mor Charpentier, Paris, France
Project Stage, TKG+, Art Stage Singapore, Singapore
India Art Fair, The Guild, New Delhi, India
2012
Asia Art Archive Annual Fundraiser, Sotheby’s Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Discreet Charm of The Bourgeoisie: Contemporary Visions on China, curated by Davide Quadrio, Rudy Tseng and Jenny Lee, Yi & C. Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan
Now Ink, curated by Art Hub Asia (Dafne Ayas, Qiu Zhijie, and Davide Quadrio), SH Contemporary, TKG+, Shanghai, China
Eattopia — 2nd Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (Traveling)
Loop, TKG+, Taipei, Taiwan
Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past, curated by Mami Kataoka and Allison
Harding, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, U.S.
Boundaries on the Move: Taiwan-Israel, a Cross-Culture Dialogue, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya, Israel
Asia One, TKG+, ART HK 12: Hong Kong International Art Fair, Hong Kong, China Discover Asia, Art Fair Tokyo, TKG+, Tokyo, Japan
Trading Futures, curated by Meiya Cheng and Pauline Yao, Taipei Contemporary Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan
Millenium Magazines, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, U.S.
Nomad Store — An Exploration of An Exploration of Young Chinese Creativity — Art, Fashion, Publishing, Presented by Triple Major, Beijing, and ISIS Gallery, London, London Newcastle Project Space, London, U.K.
ARCO Madrid, Galerie Mor Charpentier, Madrid, Spain
India Art Fair, New Delhi, India
2011
Project Room, curated by Ursula Davila-Villa and Gonzalo Pedraza, Ch. ACO, Santiago, Chile
Arrival — Searching for Now, Ruhrtriennale, Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, Germany Buddha’s Trace, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Germany
Paradise, Under Re-construction, Video screening, ISCP, New York, U.S. Thinking Cool, TKG+, Taipei, Taiwan
Art Taipei, TKG+, Taipei, Taiwan
Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama, Japan
Eattopia — 2nd Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, Taitung Art Museum, Taiwan (Traveling)
Art HK 11: Hong Kong International Art Fair, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong, China Physical Video, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Silent Significance, LMD Gallery, Paris, France
Art Dubai, The Guild, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
ARCO Madrid, Galerie Mor Charpentier, Madrid, Spain
Dust on the Mirror, curated by Tony Godfrey, Institute of Contemporary Art, LASALLE, Singapore
Myth<-> Reality Constructing Cult-u’re, curated by Veerangana Solanki, The Guild, Mumbai, India
2010 Carnet d’Inspiration, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
Etopia, 2nd Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei, Taiwan Taiwan Calling, Ludwig Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, Hungary
Dust on the Mirror, curated by Tony Godfrey, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, U.K. Mantras, Moqueries, Monstres et Mutations, curated by David Rosenberg, Galerie Martine et Thibault de la Châtre, Paris, France
Forum Biennial, curated by Manray Hsu, Taipei Contemporary Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan
Emerging Asian Artists, Art Gwangju, Gwangju, South Korea
Art HK 10: Hong Kong International Art Fair, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong, China Reshaping History: Chinese Art From 2000–2009, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China Graouw, Galerie Intuiti, Paris, France
The Seven Day Weekend, Museum of L’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
On Publications, Portraits, Public Art & Performance, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, U.K. MAGAZIN, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg, Germany
Tentative Expansion of a Parisian Place (5 Drawing Exercises), Galerie Mor Charpentier, Paris, France
The Tradition of the New, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India
CIRCA Puerto Rico 10, Galeria Casas Riegner, Puerto Rico, U.S.
2009
Perpetual Dialogue, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, U.S.
6th Asia-Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Art Taipei, Osage Gallery (Hong Kong), Taipei, Taiwan
Beautifully Banal, Smack Mellon, New York, U.S.
Art HK 09: Hong Kong International Art Fair, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong, China Taiwan.Doc, Museum of L’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France THE LA LA, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
Circle, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France (online project)
2008
Space, curated by Federico Herrero, San Jose, Costa Rica
Nature Fragile, Museum of Hunting and Nature, Paris, France
Hydra School Project, CIGE Art Fair, Beijing, China
Traces of the Sacred, curated by Jean de Loisy, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
2007
How Far Would You Go For Love?, Cartier (online project)
Étrangère, Transversal, Restaurant du Musée d’art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Paris, France
Thermocline of Art: New Asian Waves, curated by Peter Weibel and Wonil Rhee, ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
Destroy Athens Biennale, Bettina Boutique, Athens, Greece
Animamix Biennale, curated by Victoria Lu, Shanghai MoCA, Shanghai, China
21 Cities at Once Performed, Conflux Festival, New York, U.S.
Frolic: Humor and Mischief in New Taiwanese Art, 2X13 Gallery, New York, U.S.
2006
Belief: First Singapore Biennale, Singapore
Summer Hot, Taipei Economic and Cultural Center, New York, U.S.
PostER, curated by Dimitrios Antonitsis, Hydra Old High School, Hydra Island, Greece
2005
J’en Rêve, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France


|Collections|


M+, Hong Kong, China
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, U.S.
Faurschou Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark
Institut d'art contemporain de Villeurbanne, Villeurbanne, France Frac Lorraine, Metz, France
Kadist Foundation, Paris, France
DSL Collection, Paris, France
Sigg Collection, Zurich, Switzerland
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, Australia
Tate Modern, London, UK


|Awards & Nominations|


2017 Finalist, Sovereign Asian Art Prize by Julius Baer, Hong Kong, China 2013 Finalist, Sovereign Asian Art Prize by Julius Baer, Hong Kong, China 2012 Finalist, SAM Art Prize, Paris, France
Nomination, BACC Award for Contemporary Art in Asia by Hans Nefkens Foundation, Bangkok, Thailand


|Lovely Daze Exhibitions & Events|


2019
Moveable Types, curated by Frances Horn, ALAC, Los Angeles, U.S.
2018
Artist’s Talk: Under the Influence: Travelling Library of Books That Inspire Artists,
Organized by Asia Art Archive and Live Forever Art Foundation, Taichung, Taiwan 2016 The Editorial, curated by Kit Hammonds and Ingrid Chu in partnership with Asia Art
Archive and Vernacular Institute, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan 2016 Special Edition by Mark Borthwick, book launch at Idem, Paris, France 2015 Singapore Art Book Fair, Center for Contemporary Art, Singapore
LA Art Book Fair, Geffen Contemporary at MoCA, Los Angeles, U.S. 2014 NY Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1, New York, U.S.
2013
NY Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1, New York, U.S.
Parkett — 220 Artists’ Editions & Collaborations +5, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Issue 9: A Walk in the Forest, book launch at LA Art Book Fair, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (LAMoCA), U.S.
2012
Millenium Magazines, Museum of Modern Art, New York, U.S.
Nomad Store — An Exploration of Young Chinese Creativity — Art, Fashion, Publishing, Presented by ISIS Gallery at London Newcastle Project Space, London, U.K.
NY Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1, New York, U.S.
2011
Issue 8: Pilgrimage, book launch, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, U.S.
Issue 8: Pilgrimage, book launch, Printed Matter, New York, U.S.
2010
Lovely Daze Presentation, Bibliothèque Kandinsky, Pompidou Center, Paris, France
Longe Daqui, Aqui Mesmo, Library Project, 29th Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo, Brazil Issue 7: Good Intentions Lead to Hell?, book launch, 2nd Tokyo Art Book Fair, Tokyo, Japan
On Publications, Portraits, Public Art & Performance, Modern Institute, Glasgow, U.K. MAGAZIN, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg, Germany
Issue 6: A Rose is a Rose is a Rose is a Rose, London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery, London, U.K.
2009
Special Edition: Rose, book launch, NY Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1, New York, U.S.
Special Edition: Under Influence, book launch, Zine’s Mate, 1st Tokyo Art Book Fair, Tokyo, Japan
2008
Special Edition: Under Influence, book launch, NY Art Book Fair, New York, U.S.
Special Edition: Under Influence, book launch, Utrecht, Tokyo, Japan
Artist’s Magazines, curated by AA Bronson & Lionel Bovier, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland Issue 5: Hunters & Gatherers, book launch, New Jerseyy, Basel, Switzerland
Issue 5: Hunters & Gatherers, book launch and exhibition in collaboration with Ekovaruhuset, Gabarron Foundation, Carriage House Center for the Arts, New York, U.S.
2007
Issue 4: Numbers, host of closing reception and performance, NY Art Book Fair, New York, U.S.
Espaces Cartographiques, Fondation des États-Unis, Paris, France
2006
Issue 3: When I Am Alone, Everything Is So Surreal, book launch and performance,
Whitney Museum at Altria, New York, U.S.
Issue 2: Take a Stroll, book launch and performance, New Museum Bookstore, New York, U.S.
First NY Art Book Fair, New York, U.S.
MEGAZINES, Visionaire, New York, U.S.
2005
Issue 1: A Day in New York When Nothing Happens, book launch and performance, Printed Matter, New York, U.S.


|Library Collections of the Complete Set of Lovely Daze|


Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain Museum of Modern Art, New York, U.S.
Pompidou Center, Paris, France
Tate Modern, London, U.K.
Whitney Museum, New York, U.S.

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