Berlin-based artist Ming Wong (b. 1971, Singapore) creates installations, video pieces, and visual artworks that examine the nature of identity from cross-cultural perspectives, often through the lens of popular and art cinema. Major exhibitions include Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2011); 2011 Singapore Biennial, Singapore (2011); Villa Romana, Florence (2011); Frye Art Museum, Seattle (2011); Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo (2010); Studio Tresorio, Naples (2010); Biennale of Sydney, Sydney (2010); GWANGJU Biennale (2010) Korea, (curated by Massimiliano Gioni); Singapore Pavilion, Venice Biennial, Venice (2009); ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (2008); and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2008).

Ming Wong
Ming Wong
Singapore, 1971
Singapore

Current Exhibitions

23 Mar — 09 Jun
“An Opera for Animals” explores the highly contrived and controlled environment under the operatic setting, as a response to our contemporary reality and its virtual realities, artificial truths and the promise of increasingly...

Past Exhibitions

A Beast, a God, and a Line

Para Site
16/03/2018 — 20/05/2018

Ambiguously Yours: Gender in Hong Kong Popular Culture

M+ Pavilion
17/03/2017 — 21/05/2017

Time Test: International Video Art Research Exhibition

CAFA Art Museum 02/07/2016 — 28/08/2016

Solo Shows

2015

Passion. Fan behavior and art   Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

Me in Me    Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Germany

Next Year / L’Année Prochaine    Ullens Center of Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

 

2014

Ming Wong: Angst Essen    Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt, Austria

Pandamonium   Momentum, Berlin, Germany

Bülent Wongsoy: Biji Diva    carlier I gebauer, Berlin, Germany

 

2013

Travaux domestiques    CAN – Centre d’art Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Me in Me    Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Cinema Pacific Presents: Ming Wong    White Box Gallery, Portland & Jordan

 

2012

I should be like you    Carlier/Gebauer, Berlin, Germany

Ming Wong: Making Chinatown    REDCAT, Los Angeles, US

 

2011

Persona Performa    Performa 11 at the Museum of the Moving Image, New York

LIFE OF IMITATION    Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

Devo partire. Domani    Villa Romana, Florence, Italy

Ming Wong: Life of Imitation    CAST Gallery, North Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Ming Wong’s CYCLORAMA    Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou, China

Ming Wong: Life of Imitation    Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, USA

 

2010

Gruppenbild    Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany

Life & Death in Venice    Studio Tresorio, Naples, Italy

Napoli Teatro Festival     PAN, Naples, Italy

Life of Imitation    Singapore Art Museum

Life & Death in Venice    Hermes Gallery, Singapore

Life & Death in Venice    Gallery Invaliden1, Berlin, Germany

 

2009

Life of Imitation    Singapore Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennale, Italy

Vain Efforts    Gallery 4A, Asia Australia Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia

mononoaware    MK Galerie Rotterdam, the Netherlands

 

2008

mononoaware    MK Galerie Berlin, Germany

Angst Essen – Eat Fear    Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

Filem-Filem-Filem    Singapore Fringe Festival

Whodunnit?   Toynbee Studios, London, UK 2005

Whodunnit?   Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, UK 2004

Group Shows

2015

Passion. Fan behavior and art   Kunsthaus Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Germany

8TH Asia Pacific Triennial   Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

Passion. Fan behavior and art   Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

Happy Together   Tina Kim Gallery, New York, USA

Fassbinder – NOW   Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany

Open Sea   Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, France

A Journal of the Plague Year   Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, USA

Crime Art   Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Germany

 

2014

Shanghai Biennial “Social Factory”   Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China

The Moving Museum   Sishane Otopark, Istanbul, Turkey

Islands Off the Shores of Asia   Spring Workshop/Para Site, Hong Kong

4th Mediations Biennial “Berlin Heist”   National Gallery Poznan, Poland

Art Unlimited   Art Basel, Switzerland

Time Pieces   Nordstern Videokunstzentrum, Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Give Us The Future   nbk – Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany

Point De Vue, Images Du Virtuacité   Saint Gaudens, France

Biennial of Contemporary Art Cartagena de Indias   Colombia of Cartagena de Indias

 

2013

Fassbinder – NOW. His Work & Contemporary Video Art   Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Cross-Strait Relations   Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, New York, NY, USA

Double Indemnity   Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK

12th Biennale de Lyon   La Sucrière, Lyon, France

Reading Cinema, Finding Words: Art after Marcel Broodthaers   The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan

XIX. Rohkunstbau: Moral   Schloss Roskow, Roskow, Germany

A Journal of the Plague Year. Fear, ghosts, rebels. SARS, Leslie and the Hong Kong story     Para Site, Hong Kong, China

Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, Oregon, USA

Extra Kino: Art Goes Cinema   OK Offenes Kulturhaus, Linz, Austria

The Life of Others   Akbank Art Centre, Istanbul, Turkey

 

2012

Kann es Liebe sein?   Künstlerhaus Wien, Austria

Gebärde Zeichen Kunst   Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

Meta-Ikon   September, frontviews, curated by Stephan Köhler, Berlin, Germany

Kann es Liebe sein?   Cercle Cité, Luxemburg

Liverpool Biennial   Liverpool, UK

Encounter, Experience and Environment   Gillman Barracks, Singapore

Kann es Liebe sein?   Grimmuseum, Berlin, Germany

Ming Wong: Making Chinatown   TIFF – Toronto International Film Festival, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Canada

Masquerade   Coreana Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

A trip to the Moon. Before and after Cinema   Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

On Received Pronunciation   Banner Repeater, London, UK

Backstage Riders   Tagesspiegelgebäude, Berlin, Germany

Berlin 2000-2011: Playing among the ruins   Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan

Finding Correspondences   Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC, Canada

Double Democracy Video   art:gwangju:11, Gwangju, Korea

Rollenbilder – Rollenspiele   Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria

Invisibleness is Visibleness   MOCA Taipei, Taiwan

Knotting: Swarm in the Era of Digital Media   National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

Biji Diva!   In Transit Festival, House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany

based in Berlin   Atelierhaus Monbijoupark, Berlin, Germany

Singapore Biennale   Singapore

Echt? based on a true story   Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

 

2010

Unspooling-Artists & Cinema   Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK

Essential Cinema   Toronto International Film Festival, Canada

Gwangju Biennale   Gwangju, Korea

AH Oh   Galeri NON, Istanbul, Turkey

Sydney Biennale   Cockatoo Island, Sydney, Australia

The Fate of Irony   KAI10, Düsseldorf, Germany

Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions   Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan

 

2009

Playing Homage   Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery, Canada

The Simple Art of Parody   Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taiwan

If There Is No Audience!   Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

And the Difference Is   Gertude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, Australia

The Agency of Words   Text Festival, Bury Art Gallery, UK

Images Festival   Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, Canada

Jakarta Biennale 09   Indonesian National Gallery

 

2008

And the Difference Is   National University of Singapore Museum

I Queerelanti   Galleria neon>campobase, Bologna, Italy

Das Piraterieproblem   Brandenburgischer Kunstverein Potsdam, Germany

Everybody Knows This is Nowhere   Galerie Wendt + Friedman, Berlin, Germany

Vertraut oder Verdaut   ZKM Center for Art & Media, Karlsruhe, Germany

Kunstinvasion   Blumengroßmarkt, Berlin, Germany

2000-2007

S.T.O.R.A.G.E: Ming Wong   The Agency Gallery, London, UK, 2007

WE   National University of Singapore Museum, 2007

Futurama and Re-inventing Tradition   Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, Germany

 

2007

A Complete Guide to Rewriting Your History 2   Sparwasser HQ, Berlin, Germany

 

2006

LabiLabu   The Esplanade, Singapore

 

2005

Re:Thinking:Time   Peterborough City Art Museum, UK

 

2004

Michael Marriott & Ming Wong   Windows Gallery, British Council Prague, Czech Republic

 

2003

Dia E Vento   Teatro do Campo Alegre, Porto, Portugal

 

2001

swipe2001 PVA MediaLab, Bridport, Dorset, UK

 

2000

EAST International   Norwich Gallery, Norwich, UK

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Singapore Country of birth: Singapore Date of birth: 1971 Lives in: Berlin & Singapore
W: Ming Wong M: studio.mingwong@googlemail.com