Michael LEE

Singapore, Singapore
APT Beijing
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  • After two months of warm hospitality and friendly exchanges over contemporary art, the Singapore Biennale 2011 (SB 2011) closed its doors yesterday on 15 May 2011.

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  • The first exhibition to be curated by Qinyi Lim at Para/Site, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

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Michael Lee (b. Lee Hong Hwee, 1972, Singapore) is an artist, curator and publisher based in Singapore. He researches urban memory and fiction, especially the contexts and implications of loss. He transforms his observations into objects, diagrams, situations, curations or texts. 

He has staged solo exhibitions at Yavuz Fine Art (Singapore, 2014), Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin, 2013), Hanart TZ Gallery (Hong Kong, 2010), Baba House (Singapore, 2008) and Alliance Francaise de Singapour (Singapore, 2005). He has participated in various biennales and other international platforms: Shenzhen Sculpture (2014); Kuandu (Taipei, 2012); Asia Triennial (Manchester, 2011); Chongqing (2011); Singapore (2011); Shanghai (2010); Guangzhou Triennial (2011, 2008); city_NET Asia (Seoul, 2007); Asian Traffic (Singapore, 2005), and World Expo (Aichi, 2005). He has also exhibited in Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore (2014); NUS Museum (Singapore, 2013-15, 2007); Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (2013); Witte de With (Rotterdam, 2013); Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum (2013); Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art (2012); Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (Manila, 2012); Bangkok Art and Culture Center (2012); Para Site (Hong Kong, 2012, 2007); National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taichung, 2010); Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2009); and Singapore Art Museum (2014-15, 2009, 2007, 2005-06, 2004, 2001).

As the founding director of Studio Bibliothèque, which facilitates experiments in making, curating and publishing, Lee has curated exhibitions including "What It Is About When It Is About Nothing" (Mizuma Gallery, Singapore, 2015); "Hong Kong Anarchitecture Bananas: Artists Who Reclaim Space" (co-curated with Lee Chun Fung, Artist Commune, Hong Kong, 2008); and "Between, Beside, Beyond: Daniel Libeskind's Reflections and Key Works 1989-2014" (Singapore Art Museum, 2007), and edited publications like Who Cares: 16 Essays on Curating in Asia (co-edited with Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya, published by Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong, 2010), and Preoccupations: Things Artists Do Anyway (co-edited with Cornelia Erdmann, published by laiyan projects and Studio Bibliothèque, Hong Kong, 2008). 

His accolades include the APBF Signature Art Prize 2011 (People's Choice Award), conferred by the Singapore Art Museum, and the Young Artist Award (Visual Arts) 2005, conferred by the National Arts Council, Singapore. 

He received his Master and Bachelor of Communication Studies from Nanyang Technological University in 2001 and 1997 respectively. 

Michael Lee works with Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, and iPreciation Gallery and Yavuz Gallery, both in Singapore. He has select series consigned with The Artlingand Artist Pension Trust Beijing.