contemporary art

Tsang Kin-Wah

China 1976

Installation, Video Installation

Tsang Kin-Wah
Tsang Kin-Wah
February 17, 2015

Tsang Kin-Wah is a Chinese contemporary artist, known for his paintings and multimedia installations created out of the visual manipulation of text and language with distinctive cultural and religious references.

Born in Guangdong in 1976, Tsang Kin-Wah graduated from the Department of Fine Arts of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a major cradle where new generations of artists are nurtured to push Hong Kong Art onto the international art map. Subsequently in 2002, he moved to London and studied Book Art at the Camberwell College of Arts, in which period significantly shaped him as an artist.

Tsang made his career by creating art which blends foul language with beautiful and pleasing floral patterns, which are swirling and running throughout the space, creating different layers of interpretation.

Articulating his ideas and emotions — including anger and fear, he expresses himself through art, simultaneously contesting the notion of morality in a minimal, precise and concise way, embracing the space with words that snake up on the wall and slither across the floor. Tsang Kin-Wah’s art combines video, paint, text and photography in a vivid interrogation of morality and the ethics of art. Inspired by the Bible, he combines the sacred and the profane, questioning the limits of both, whilst proposing a moral argument for the necessity of art in a world blighted by natural disaster, and incomprehensible tragedy.

In 2009, Tsang Kin-wah started off still ongoing spiritual and philosophical series the Seven Seals by projecting texts onto the walls and floor inside a white box. Immersed in an overwhelming storm of provocative texts, varying feelings swell up within each viewer, the animated texts increase its speed as the ambient sound reminiscent of cries and pain intensifies, congesting the entire room, on a continual loop. Taken from the Book of Revelation from the Bible, the Seven Seals series refers to the seven symbolic seals that secure a scroll in the vision of St. John the Apostle. When a seal is broken, a judgment is passed, and when all seven seals have been opened the Christ will return. According to the Book, the judgment comes in the form of apocalypse — warfare, terrorism, and natural disasters. Here, Tsang shares his sentiment towards Nietzsche and expands his interests in the notion of human morality and the external world. This is an urgent issue to the artist as a global citizen – to search for meaning in a difficult time.

Tsang is a recipient of the Tokyo TDC Prize 2007, Sovereign Asian Art Prize, the Prize of Excellence at Hong Kong Art Biennial 2001, and many others.

Tsang’s works are in public and private collections, and he has exhibited locally and abroad. His works are found in key collections worldwide, including DSL Collection, Deutsch Bank Collection in Hong Kong, Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Museum of Design Zurich in Switzerland, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Camberwell College of Arts in London, and Sovereign Art Foundation, among others.

Tsang Kin-Wah currently lives and creates in Hong Kong.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumGroup/Solo
2013We Know: NothingArk Galerie, Yogyakarta, IndonesiaSolo
2013Art Taipei 2013Pearl Lam Galleries, Taipei, TaiwanGroup
2013Resistance, An Exceptional Group Show of Hong Kong ArtistsArtshare, HK, ChinaGroup
2013Words Don't Come EasilyThe Center for International Light Art, Unna, GermanyGroup
2013Creditable WorthCrane Gallery, Kaohsiung, TaiwanGroup
2013Writing Without BordersLehmann Maupin, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2013Embark - Beyond the HorizonOil Street Art Space, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2013Art Basel Hong Kong 2013Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2013Slow Burn - An Index of PossibilitiesSpoorzone 013, Tilburg, The NetherlandsGroup
2013Fuori PostoCasa Masaccio Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea, Corso, ItalyGroup
2012Ecce Homo Trilogy IPearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong, ChinaSolo
20123rd Mediations Biennale 2012 - The UnknownPoznan, PolandGroup
2012Text Images - Contemporary Posters from ChinaSwiss National Bank & Museum of Design, Zurich, SwitzerlandGroup
20127th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale – Accidental Message: Art is Not A System, Not A WorldOCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen, ChinaGroup
2012Mobile M+Yau Ma Tei, M+, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2012Hong Kong International Art Fair 2012Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2012Sinopticon: Contemporary Chinoiserie in Contemporary ArtPlymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth College of Art Gallery, Plymouth, UKGroup
2012Do A BookWhite Space, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2012Video for Feng Yi TingOpera at Spoleto Festival USA & Lincoln Center Festival, Charleston, New York, USAGroup
2011MAM Project 015: Tsang Kin-WahMori Art Museum, Tokyo, JapanSolo
20112011 Asian Art Biennial – MeditationNational Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, TaiwanGroup
2011The Power of DoubtMuseo Colecciones ICO, Madrid, SpainGroup
2011The Power of DoubtTimes Museum, Guangzhou, ChinaGroup
2011Architecture of FearZ33 House for Contemporary Art, Hasselt, BelgiumGroup
2011The Voice Of…Onomatopee, Eindhoven, The NetherlandsGroup
2011See The LightLouis Vuitton 5 Canton Maison Gallery, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2011Except Why Not Just Come Right Out and Say ItCollectors House, Heerlen, The NetherlandsGroup
2011SH Contemporary 2011Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2011Art Taipei 2011Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, TaiwanGroup
2011Art Stage SingaporeMarina Bay Sands, SingaporeGroup
201017th Biennale of Sydney – The Beauty and the DistanceCockatoo Island, Sydney, AustraliaGroup
2010Aichi Triennale 2010 – Arts and CitiesAichi Arts Center, Nagoya, JapanGroup
2010Memories of The FutureLeeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South KoreaGroup
2010Decadence NOW - Visions of ExcessGalerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech RepublicGroup
2010Popping Up: Revisiting the Relationship between 2D and 3DHong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2010Hong Kong International Art Fair 2010Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2009Tsang Kin-Wah: The Third Pékin Fine Arts, Beijing, ChinaSolo
200910th Biennale de Lyon – The Spectacle of the EverydayLa Sucrière, Lyon, FranceGroup
2009Joseph Kosuth & Tsang Kin-WahParaSite Art Space, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2009Post__: Contemporary International Poster RetrospectiveNational Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2009Louis Vuitton: A Passion for CreationHong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2009MuseLouis Vuitton 5 Canton Maison Gallery, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2008Tsang Kin-WahYvon Lambert, Paris, FranceSolo
2008What Are You Looking At?Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, UKSolo
2008Drawn in the Clouds: Contemporary Asian ArtKiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, FinlandGroup
2008Artificial NatureMuseum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2008Hong Kong International Art Fair 08Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2008Made in China, Print ArtArtChina Gallery, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2008LOOKMiscelänea Gallery, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2008BurnoutFat Galerie, Paris, FranceGroup
2007Tsang Kin-WahYvon Lambert, New York, USASolo
2007Hobby Horse – Yeah, Yeah Dada AsiaAvanthay Contemporary, Zurich, SwitzerlandGroup
2007Behang, van Plint tot PlafondCODA Museum, Apeldoorn, The NetherlandsGroup
2007 (IM)Personal SpaceH Gallery, Bangkok, ThailandGroup
2007SH Contemporary 2007Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2007Reversing Horizons - Artist Reflections of the Hong Kong Handover 10th AnniversaryMuseum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2007You Cannot Clone It, But You Can Buy ItArtChina Gallery, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2007Art Fair Tokyo 2007Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2007100% Design Tokyo Designer’s Week 2007Jingu Gaien, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2007Tokyo Type Directors Club Exhibition 2007Ginza Graphic Gallery, Tokyo, DDD Gallery, Osaka, JapanGroup
2007Tokyo Type Directors Club Exhibition 2007Samwon Paper Gallery, Seoul, South KoreaGroup
2007+&-+X : 20 years of typo-graphics from Tokyo Type Directors ClubFaculty Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2007Chinglish, Hong Kong Art ExhibitionHong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2007Good – BadKROCUS Exhibition Centre, MoscowGroup
2007Good – BadMuseum of Dostoevsky, St. Petersburg, RussiaGroup
2006Showcase: Tsang Kin-WahArt-U room, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2006Artist studio: from 180’ to 360’, IV International Young Art FestivalMoscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, RussiaGroup
2006The State of ThingsNational Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2006MEGartSTOREHong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2006PreviewFat Galerie, Paris, FranceGroup
2006District BordersShanghai Street Artspace, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2005White CubeJohn Batten Gallery, Hong Kong, ChinaSolo
200530 X 30Vertigo Gallery, London, UKGroup
2005Pictorial Writing – Contemporary Chinese Character PostersHochschule fuer Gestaltung und Kunst, Luzern, SwitzerlandGroup
2005Dutch Design Week 2005Temporary Art Centre, Eindhoven, The NetherlandsGroup
2005Hong Kong Art Biennial 2005Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2005Art of Chinese Character ExhibitionArtist Commune, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2004Space – Installation Exhibition by Tsang Kin-WahRoom With A View Gallery, Shanghai, ChinaSolo
2004Hong Kong International Poster Triennial 2004Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2004Detour – Wan ChaiG.O.D., Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2003Hong Kong Art Biennial 2003Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2003Cheng Ming in All Directions: 40 Years of Art at the Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2003Playful Mind - An Exhibition of Artworks with Comic's ElementShanghai Street Artspace, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2003Show HomeTimber Wharf, Manchester, UKGroup
2003The Book Arts MACamberwell, University of the West of England, Bristol, UKGroup
2001Hong Kong Art Biennial 2001Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2001New Vision: Hong Kong Contemporary Art RenewalHong Kong Central Library, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2001Salon d'hiver IVGalerie Martini, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2000Berlin in Hong Kong - MTR Roving Art - Test Tube BearsAdmiralty Station, MTR, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2000Salon d'hiver IIIGalerie Martini, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
1999Visual MotelHong Kong Visual Arts Centre Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
1999HI! KITTY? Z+, Oil Street, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup