07/10/2017 - 02/04/2018
Vernissage 06/10/2017 18h00

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: between sound and image, nature and culture, mental space and sensory experience for example.

Su-Mei Tse, A Whole Universe (Pomegranate), 2017. Vue de l'exposition Elegy, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong 2017 © Photo (détail) : Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong

Like the black ink that flows from the Many Spoken Words fountain, 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 works and new productions, including a major installation for the museum’s Grand Hall. New directions are apparent in her work, including 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.

Su-Mei Tse was born in 1973 in Luxembourg. She lives and works in Luxembourg and Berlin.

Christophe Gallois
Katrin Weilenmann / Aargauer Kunsthaus

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Aargauer Kunsthaus

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The exhibition Su-Mei Tse . Nested is organised by Mudam Luxembourg and the Aargauer Kunsthaus in collaboration with the Yuz Museum Shanghai and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum.

International tour:

The international tour of the exhibition received generous funding from the National Cultural Fund, Luxembourg, and is made possible through significant support from Cargolux Airlines International.

Mudam Luxembourg
07/10/2017 - 08/04/2018
Aargauer Kunsthaus
(Aarau, Switzerland)
06/05 - 12/08/2018
Yuz Museum
(Shanghai, China)
10/2018 - 02/2019
Taipei Fine Arts Museum
04/2019 - 07/2019