Tehching Hsieh Sean Kelly Gallery

Tehching Hsieh, One Year Performance, 1981–82.
© Tehching Hsieh. Courtesy the artist, Gilbert & Lila Silverman, and Sean Kelly Gallery.

Taipei Fine Arts Museum is delighted to release further details of Taiwan’s contribution to the 57th Venice Biennale 2017 by the artist Tehching Hsieh: an exhibition entitled Doing Time.

Hsieh is now mounting the most comprehensive exposition of his work to date. Seen by many as an influential figure in the history of conceptual and performance art, Hsieh’s renown emanates from an astounding series of One Year Performances in the early 1980s: "rule-based" works conducted at the limits of human endurance. These performances explored self-discipline, physical alteration, notions of freedom, visibility and the nature of human relations. The exposure of his work, and the discourse accompanying it, has proliferated with the turn to performativity and “durational aesthetics” in contemporary art, and the increasing entry of works of performance into major museum collections.

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