Lee Mingwei and His Relations: The Art of Participation - Seeing, Conversing, Gift-Giving, Writing, Dining and Getting Connected to the World

Mori Art Museum

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Image: Lee Mingwei "The Mending Project" 2009. Installation view: Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, 2009. Photo: Anita Kan

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Since the late 1990s, Lee Mingwei (b. 1964), a Taiwan-born artist living in New York, has worked on numerous art projects that involve the participation of an audience in some form or another and participated in countless international exhibitions. “Lee Mingwei and His Relations” will be the first major exhibition enabling visitors to experience comprehensively the most important works of his to date. At the same time, “reference works” by such artists as Hakuin, D. T. Suzuki, Yves Klein, Allan Kaprow, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Ozawa Tsuyoshi that provide clues to understanding the historical and cultural context of Lee’s work will also be exhibited. A number of Lee’s works will come to completion through the participation of you, the audience. Participate in various works and explore the meaning of “connections.”

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Picasso’s Guernica depicts the bombing of Basque civilians in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War. Halfway through the exhibition of Lee Mingwei’s interpretation of Picasso’s painting in sand Guernica in Sand, members of the audience will be invited to walk on the painting, thus transforming the work - a reminder of the impermanence characteristic of our world.
Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014 12:00-19:00
Venue: Mori Art Museum (53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)

Artist Talk ※Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available
Lee Mingwei, who will be visiting Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, will talk about his art practice to date, spanning over 20 years.Why don’t you join in on this opportunity to hear him talk about his projects with the themes of “connections” and “relations” as well as the background behind each project, in his own words?
Speaker: Lee Mingwei
DateTime: Saturday, September 20, 2014 14:00-15:30
Venue: Mori Art Museum (53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)
Capacity: 80
Admission: Free

Symposium ※Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available
“Thinking This and That about Lee Mingwei”
Works by Lee Mingwei encourage us to think about how artists engage with society. At this symposium, we will welcome specialists of sociology, psychology, and community design, and together attempt to examine this issue, with the impermanence of artworks, a commonality in Lee Mingwei’s wide-ranging practice, as a starting point.
Speakers: Glenn Wharton (Clinical Associate Professor in Museum Studies, New York University), Harvey Molotch (Professor of Sociology and Metropolitan Studies, New York University), Kataoka Mami (Curator of the exhibition / Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum), Kikuchi Hiroko (Educator, Mori Art Museum)
Date: Friday, November 14, 2014 19:00-21:00
Venue: Academyhills (49F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)
Capacity: 150
Admission: ¥1000

Curator Talk ※In Japanese-language only, with Japanese sign-language interpretation
“Thinking about Lee Mingwei and His Relations”
The curator of the exhibition will discuss Lee Mingwei and his relations in parallel with, and interpreting artworks exhibited as “reference works” by such artists as D.T. Suzuki, John Cage, Allan Kaprow, Rikrit Tiravanija, and Ozawa Tsuyoshi.
Speaker: Kataoka Mami (Curator of the exhibition / Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum)
Date: Friday, October 31, 2014 19:00-20:30
Venue: Mori Art Museum (53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)
Capacity: 80
Admission: Free (exhibition ticket required)

Guest Talk ※In Japanese-language only
“Thinking about Lee Mingwei and Zen”
With Sasaki Shizuka, a specialist on Buddhist philosophy, we will examine the works by Lee Mingwei from Eastern thoughts, or Zen thought in particular.
Speakers: Sasaki Shizuka (Professor, Hanazono University, Kyoto), Hirose Mami (Senior Consultant, Mori Art Museum)
Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 19:00-20:30
Venue: Mori Art Museum (53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)
Capacity: 80
Admission: ¥1500(an extra exhibition ticket will be given)

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Schedule

from September 20, 2014 to January 04, 2015
Open until 22:00 on September 23rd and December 23rd.

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Lee Mingwei

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