Lee Kit

mother’s exhibitions:
Lee Kit
29 November 2018 – 26 January 2019

Lee Kit
Please wait
22 September – 31 October 2015


Disco in the Museum — I’ll Take (A)
Hong-gah Museum, Taipei
17 February – 9 April 2023

Retain a desolate face
Kuandu Biennale 2022
Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei
25 February – 22 May 2022

Today is the Past of Tomorrow
Two-person exhibition with Kingsley Ng
Oi!, Hong Kong
29 April – 23 May 2021

Là où les eaux se mêlent
Where Water Comes Together with Other Water
15th Lyon Biennale
18 September 2019 – 5 January 2020

Resonance of a sad smile 
Art Sonje Center, Seoul
1 March – 28 April 2019

Linger on, your lit-up shade
Casa Masaccio Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea, Tuscany
23 June – 9 September 2018

‘We used to be more sensitive.’
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
16 September – 24 December 2018

I didn’t know that I was dead
OCAT, Shenzhen
20 January – 8 April 2018

A small sound in your head

S.M.A.K., Ghent
28 May – 4 September 2016

Hold your breath, dance slowly
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
12 May – 9 October 2016

The Mud of Compound Experience
aaajiao, Uri Aran, Chen Wei, Nina Canell, Lee Kit, Li Qing, Liu Chuang, Liu Shiyuan, Mairead O’hEocha
mother’s tankstation in collaboration with Leo Xu Projects
98 Apliu Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
21 March – 27 March 2016

‘You (you).’
Hong Kong Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale
1 June – 24 November 2013

Born Hong Kong, 1978, lives and works in Taipei.

Lee Kit is considered as one of the most thoughtful aestheticians currently practicing anywhere in the world. His enigmatic sculptural installations work directly with architectural space, ambient light and shade, and the interplay between empathetic song lyrics and texts, creating poignant spaces rooted in mundane reality. Indicatively combining projections and audio with the everyday objects, which, pared away from their conventional purpose, create subtle environments in which the viewer is encouraged to look attentively and think unhurriedly. Apparently carefree, perhaps even seeming improvised to the unfamiliar viewer, each object, colour, and their attendant thoughts, are placed and counterpointed with absolute precision. Even time – or more particularly; the purposeless stepping aside from a functional use of it (wasting it) – becomes a conspiratorial, political strategy targeted against ‘efficiency’. With a finely attuned parity of aesthetics and practicality: projectors are placed atop unfussy supports, conventional plastic storage containers, boxes, directly on the floor or other fundamental solutions, in order to angle the throw of light onto layers of objects or cardboard paintings. Rather than acting as a static façade, Lee Kit’s paintings operate against his formal training – another political gesture – by facilitating, or contributing to the illusion of his minimalist assemblages. The inconsequential, overlooked and disregarded fragments from daily life, holes worn in table tops, door mats, hooks, cupboards, light fixtures are transformed into tangible visual poems, transforming the unremarkable into works that speak of our shared experience and implying the (im)possibility of intimacy in a globalised society.

Lee Kit represented Hong Kong at the 55th Venice Biennale, with ‘You (you).’ (2013). Since then he has exhibited extensively; notable solo exhibitions include: Retain a desolate face, Kuandu Biennale 2022, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts,Taipei (2022) Lovers on the Beach, West Den Haag in the former American embassy, The Hague, The Netherlands (2021); Resonance of a sad smile, Artsonje Center, Seoul (2019); We used to be more sensitive., Hara Museum, Tokyo (2018); Linger on, your lit-up shade, Casa Masaccio Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea, Tuscany (2018); I didn’t know that I was dead, OCAT, Shenzhen (2018); A small sound in your head, S.M.A.K., Ghent (2016); Hold your breath, dance slowly, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2016).  In 2019, he participated in the 15th Lyon Biennale Là où les eaux se mêlent, Where Water comes Together with Other Water and To Make Wrong / Right / Now, the 2nd Honolulu Biennial. Other notable group exhibitions include: Rehearsal, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2018), All watched over by machines of loving grace, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2017); Generosity, The Art of Giving, National Gallery in Prague (2016); Hugo Boss Asia Art, Rockbund Museum, Shanghai (2013); The Ungovernables, New Museum, New York (2012); Print/Out, MoMA, New York (2012); No Soul For Sale, Tate Modern, London (2010). Lee Kit installed his first solo, site-made exhibition, Please wait, for mother’s tankstation, Dublin, in 2015 and and installed his second solo exhibition, Banal, in the Dublin gallery in November 2018. Lee Kit will have a solo exhibition at Fridericianum, Kassel in 2025.


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