July 16, 2009 - Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - Su-Mei Tse
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July 16, 2009

Su-Mei Tse

Photo by Jean-Lou Majerus

Su-Mei Tse
Floating Memories

July 16 – October 18, 2009

280 The Fenway, Boston
617 278 5156

www.gardnermuseum.org

Su-Mei Tse: Floating Memories is a new sound installation at the Gardner Museum by Luxembourg artist Su-Mei Tse. The exhibition merges a wide range of media encompassing sculpture, video, and sound into a single poetic form. Floating Memories has the pared-down aesthetic quality of minimalism with an emotional charge. The objects, images, and sounds are positioned to draw the viewer into an intimate and sensual encounter with art.

Su-Mei Tse came to the Gardner Museum as an Artist-in-Residence in 2007. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including one-person shows at Art Tower Mito, Japan (2009); Seattle Art Museum, Seattle (2008); PS1, New York (2006); the Casino, Forum d’Art Contemporain, Luxembourg (2006); the Renaissance Society, Chicago (2005); Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskilde, Denmark (2005); and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2004).

In 2007, Tse collaborated with artist Lee Mingwei on a two-part exhibition, Duologue, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taiwan. Her work has also been shown at the 2006 Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial in Japan; the 26th São Paulo Biennial; and the 2003 Venice Biennale, where she was awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation for her three-part installation, Air Conditioned.

Tse has recently been awarded the prestigious Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco Prize for Contemporary Art (May 2009). She is represented by the Peter Blum Gallery, New York, where she will be opening an exhibition in November.

Su-Mei Tse lives and works in Berlin and Luxembourg. Floating Memories is realized in collaboration with Jean-Lou Majerus.

Collateral Programs

Friday, July 18, 1:30pm: A conversation with Su-Mei Tse and Pieranna Cavalchini, Curator of Contemporary Art, Gardner Museum.

Thursday, September 24, 6:30pm: A conversation with Su-Mei Tse, Enrico Lunghi, Director of the Mudam Museum in Luxembourg, and Pieranna Cavalchini. A book signing will follow.

Third Thursdays, July to October
Gardner After Hours evenings will feature an introductory talk about the show at 7:00pm in the Special Exhibition Gallery. Guest speakers include Lee Mingwei (July 16), Cliff Evans (August 20), and Peter Blum (October 15). Belgian songwriter and performer Niko Hafkenscheid performs from 7:30 to 9:00pm on August 20.

The Artist-in-Residence program is made possible, in part, by the Nimoy Foundation, The Thomas A. Pappas Charitable Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, and generous individuals. The Gardner Museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Media sponsor: The Boston Phoenix.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
280 The Fenway, Boston
617 278 5156

www.gardnermuseum.org

Open 11am-5pm, Tuesday-Sunday

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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