In 2022, after a long quiet pandemic period, we are planning a number of exhibitions in Europe, Asia, and the US. Among these are a Tsai retrospective in Poland, participation in the inaugural exhibition Kinetisumus of the new Kunsthalle Praha museum, and a traveling exhibition in Asia.
The Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medien (ZKM, Center for Art and Media) in Karlsruhe Germany hosted “Negative Space – Trajectories of sculpture,” the follow-up exhibition to Centre George Pompidou’s renown 1986 show “Qu’est-ce que la sculpture moderne?” or “What is modern sculpture?” This ambitious exhibit showcased Tsai’s “Single Diffraction” among many of the works of his contemporaries. Additionally, Wen-Ying Tsai’s work was accompanied by his son London Tsai’s piece “Hopf Fibration – a rotor-generated space.” This unique co-location of father and son’s works is a demonstration of how, in one clear manner, the senior Tsai’s work continues to evolve into the 21st Century. The exhibit Negative Space was from April 6 – August 11, 2019.
The Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) at MIT was an important anchor in Wen-Ying Tsai’s artistic career. Although he had already developed his mature cybernetic work before being invited by Gyorgy Kepes and Otto Piene to be amongst the Center’s first Fellows in 1969, Tsai always saw CAVS as a spiritual epicenter for the kind of work he was doing. It was there that Tsai made life-long connections with artists that were working in the same direction using art, technology, and science in their practices. Tsai’s cybernetic sculpture “Large Tuning Fork” was shown at the MIT Museum as part of the CAVS 50th Anniversary exhibition, February 15, 2018 – January 30, 2019.
This poster (black with silver imprint) was designed by Jacqueline Casey for Tsai’s exhibit “Cybernetic Sculpture Environment: New work done at the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies” at the Hayden Gallery, MIT, February 6 – March 3, 1971. The work in the poster is also a “tuning fork” and is closely related to the one shown at the MIT Museum for the CAVS 50th Anniversary.
Wen-Ying Tsai’s cybernetic sculpture was exhibited at the New Tate Modern, June 2016 – February 2017. The Umbrella work was featured in the Tanks gallery of the Switch House–a unique space to experience the subtleties of Tsai’s interactive installations.
Our SoHo space in Manhattan is now configured for intimate exhibitions. We will first exhibit the work of Tsai and his contemporaries, and then exhibit works of younger artists who are continuing in the spirit of applying science and technology in their practices. The space will also host open dialogues and interdisciplinary performances in conjunction with exhibitions.