People mending cloth at a table in front of a wall covered in spools of thread

Lee Mingwei, The Mending Project, 2009–present. Mixed media interactive installation: tables, chairs, thread, fabric items, dimensions variable. Photo courtesy of Taipei Fine Arts Museum

Lee Mingwei: Rituals of Care

Inspired by personal experiences and world events, Lee Mingwei (b. 1964) creates interactive installations and performances. Asking how art can encourage social connection and healing in a time of so much trauma and loss, the exhibition features projects made between 1995 and 2020 that place the visitor at the center of radical acts of generosity and care. The Letter Writing Project (1998 – present) invites visitors to sit and write a letter they have always meant to send but never did. Guernica in Sand (2006 – present), a temporary reinterpretation of Picasso’s famous painting in sand that is then erased, meditates on the cyclical nature of creation and destruction. Transforming ordinary actions like writing, sweeping, mending, or breathing into rituals of care, Lee’s works encourage us to find beauty and solace in the small acts that define everyday life.



This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. 

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s Contemporary Arts Program is made possible through the following donors: 

Generous Support is provided by The Harris Family, Rebecca and Cal Henderson and Vance Wall Foundation. Additional support is provided by Joachim Bechtle, Jeffrey N. Dauber and Marc A. Levin, Lizelle and Martin Green, Katie Hagey & Jill Hagey in memory of their mother, Mary Beth Hagey, Ella Qing Hou and J. Sanford Miller, Kaitlyn and Mike Krieger, Lore Harp McGovern, Jason Moment, Katie Schwab Paige and Matt Paige, Rotasa Fund, Keiko Sakamoto and Bill Witte, Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Schwab, Pascale M. Thomas and Tayo Famakinwa, and the Contemporary Support Council of the Fine Arts Museums.

Major Support
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Significant Support
Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles

Generous Support
National Endowment for the Arts
Brook Hartzell and Tad Freese

Additional Support is provided by Kaitlyn and Mike Krieger and My Lasting Letters.

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