Open Up with Charwei Tsai

Our Head of Arts, Chelsea Pettitt, talks to Taiwanese artist Charwei Tsai through the Open Up series live on Instagram.

Join us at 3pm BST on 24 June to ask some probing questions to Charwei such as, ‘If you could be remembered for one thing what would it be?’ and ‘What do you think is the biggest challenge that individuals face today?’. Through a series of probing questions, we explore what drives her, inspires her, terrifies her; and ultimately what is most important to her. Living through this incredible period of history, we want to take stock and ask artists to open up to us through this interview series.


Charwei Tsai was born in 1980 in Taipei, Taiwan where she currently lives and works. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in Industrial Design and Art & Architectural History (2002) and has completed the postgraduate research program La Seine at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in 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.

Tsai has had solo exhibitions internationally, and has participated in international exhibitions and biennials including solo projects and exhibitions at Jogja Biennale and Shrine Room Project: Wishes and Offerings at Rubin Museum, New York (2019), Charwei Tsai: Bulaubulau, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), Manchester, UK (2018), Hear Hear Singing, Commissioned by Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, UK; Water Moon, Contemporary Art Institute, Villeurbanne / Rhône-Alpes, France, Biennale of Sydney and Sharjah Calligraphy Biennale (2016), Simple Shapes at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2015) and Centre Pompidou-Metz, France (2014), Sharjah Biennial (2013), Phantoms of Asia at Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (2012), Yokohama Triennial and Thoughtforms at The Guild, Mumbai (2011), 6th Asia Pacific Triennial (2009), Traces of the Sacred at Centre Pompidou (2008), Thermocline of Art: New Asian Waves at ZKM Center of Art and Media, Karlsruhe (2007), and the inaugural Singapore Biennale (2006), and J’en Rêve at Cartier Foundation, Paris (2005).

Tsai’s works are in public and private collections including those held at Tate Modern, London, the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, M+ Collection, Hong Kong, Faurschou Foundation, Copenhagen, Kadist Foundation, San Francisco / France, and Contemporary Art Institute, Villeurbanne / Rhône-Alpes, France, FRAC Lorraine, France. Tsai has also published a curatorial journal titled Lovely Daze twice a year since 2005. 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 MACBA, Barcelona.

Tsai is represented by TKG+ gallery, Taipei and Galerie Mor Charpentier, Paris.



Jun 24 2020


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