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Su-Mei Tse

Since the early 2000s Su-Mei Tse (*1973, Luxembourg) has developed an oeuvre that is informed by her training in visual arts and music as well as by her cosmopolitan European and Asian background. Her deeply poetic videos, sculptures and installations reveal the unfolding of time and the subjectivity of experience. Much of her work is concerned with acoustics, but, rather than as a recurring theme, she uses sound for its distinctly evocative aspects and as a prism through which she contemplates the world. In this way, she stages Les Balayeurs du désert [The Desert Sweepers] like a choreography where the sweeping is turned into music.

Many Spoken Words sets off a multitude of associations. Forming from a basin, dark black ink gushes forth from a garden fountain of baroque inspiration and, as the artist remarks, “expresses the idea of the whole process of language: the way an initial thought or idea develops first into spoken, and then into written words” (Su-Mei Tse). Through this work, as much visual as it is sonorous, the artist pays homage to literature, evoking the infinite potential of words and the eternal renewing of creation. The multiple and incessant drops of Many Spoken Words make the fluidity of the spirit, words, and creativity perceptible, and leave indelible traces.


  1. Su-Mei Tse (E:R) conditionné, 2003

    16 x 23 x 100 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Pavillon du Luxembourg, Biennale de Venise, 2003
    Lion d’Or de la meilleure participation nationale
    Acquisition 2004
    © Photo : Cameraphoto Arte, Venezia

  1. Su-Mei Tse Das Ich in jeder Kartoffel, 2006–2011

    Ensemble de 15 sculptures en céramique, socles chinés
    Diverses dimensions
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2018
    © Photo : Rémi Villaggi | Mudam Luxembourg

  1. Su-Mei Tse L’écho, 2003

    Projection vidéo couleur, son
    5 min 30 s
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2003
    © Su-Mei Tse

  1. Su-Mei Tse Les balayeurs du désert, 2003

    Projection vidéo, son
    5 min 30 s
    Production et Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2003
    © Su-Mei Tse

  1. Su-Mei Tse Many Spoken Words, 2009

    En collaboration avec Jean-Lou Majerus
    Encre, pierre et fonte
    220 x Ø 450 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2009
    © Photo (détail) : Andrés Lejona, 2009

  1. Su-Mei Tse Stone Collection # 8, 2017

    Pierre trouvée et socle en bois
    110 x 116 x 75 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Donation 2018 – De l’artiste

  1. Su-Mei Tse Vertigen de la Vida (Dizziness of Life), 2011

    En collaboration avec Jean-Lou Majerus
    Projection vidéo, couleur, son
    9 min 21 sec
    Musique en collaboration avec Giancarlo Vulcano
    Production Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelone
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Donation 2015 – Allen & Overy
    © Photo : Rémi Villaggi | Mudam Luxembourg

Marina Abramović, "Video Portrait Gallery", 1975-1998 | Collection Mudam Luxembourg | Acquisition 2001
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