The Mori Art Museum Presents LEE MINGWEI AND HIS RELATIONS, 9/20-1/4

The Mori Art Museum Presents LEE MINGWEI AND HIS RELATIONS, 9/20-1/4

Mori Art Museum is pleased to present "Lee Mingwei and His Relations," a solo exhibition of a Taiwan- born, New York-residing artist Lee Mingwei, from Saturday, September 20, 2014 to Sunday, January 4, 2015. This will mark his first large-scale survey exhibition to date.

In the realm of contemporary art, since the late 1990s, artworks and art practices based on audience participation have risen to prominence and expanded globally as "relational aesthetics" and "participatory art." In this trend, Lee Mingwei has worked on numerous art projects that involve the participation of an audience in some form or another, and taken part in a number of international exhibitions. This exhibition will therefore represent a mid-career retrospective of the art practice of Lee Mingwei, enabling us to comprehensively experience his art.

This exhibition will present 14 (planned) works and projects by Lee Mingwei alongside works by various other artists including Hakuin, D.T. Suzuki, John Cage, Yves Klein, Lee Ufan, Allan Kaprow, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Ozawa Tsuyoshi and Tanaka Koki that will help in understanding their historical and cultural context, making the viewing experience more multidimensional and intellectually fulfilling.

As hinted at by Lee Mingwei himself when he says, "At the opening stage the show will be only around 40 percent complete," during the exhibition the various projects will take on a life of their own as a result of the interaction of members of the audience, changing daily and becoming even more complex and multilayered. How are we connected to the people and the environment around us and, beyond these, to the world and history? We hope this exhibition will provide an opportunity for visitors to think again about relations and connections.


Lee Mingwei' s participatory projects in the exhibition include some open performances. Some performances will take place on a specific date and time, and others randomly, enabling audience to take part purely by accident.

? Performance Guernica in Sand
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 & Time: Noon to sunset, Saturday, November 16, 2014
Venue: Mori Art Museum (53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)
* Further details about the performance and as to how to take part in the performance will be posted on the Mori Art Museum website.

* To view and/or to join the performance, an exhibition ticket, valid on the day, isrequired.

? Performance Sonic Blossom

Sonic Blossom is a project Lee Mingwei came up with while taking care of his sick mother. Inspired by the fact they both found solace in listening to Franz Schubert' s Lieder, the project takes the form of "gift-giving" of the Lieder to members of the audience.

Venue: Mori Art Museum (53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)
* The performance will take place at random, without any prior announcement.
* The lieder singers (performers) will be selected through auditioning process. Please see the Mori Art Museum website for details.

Exhibition-Related Public Programs


* 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 Date & Time: 14:00-15:30, Saturday, September 20, 2014 (Doors open: 13:30)
Venue: Mori Art Museum (53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)
Capacity: 80 (booking required) Admission: Free (exhibition ticket required)
Booking: Will start at 11:00 on Thursday, August 7, 2014, on the Mori Art Museum website.

?Symposium *Japanese-Englishsimultaneousinterpretationavailable "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 & Time: 19:00-21:00, Friday, November 14, 2014 (Doors open: 18:30)
Venue: Academyhills (49F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)
Capacity: 150 (booking required) Admission: General ¥1,000 MAMC Member free Organizer: Mori Art Museum Cooperation: Academyhills

Booking: Will start at 11:00 on Friday, September 19, 2014, on the Mori Art Museum website.

Glenn Wharton ? 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 & Time: 19:00-20:30, Friday, October 31, 2014 (Doors open: 18:30)
Venue:MoriArtMuseum(53F,RoppongiHillsMoriTower) Capacity:80(bookingrequired) Admission:Free(exhibitionticketrequired) Booking: Will start at 11:00 on Friday, September 19, 2014, on the Mori Art Museum website.
* Please contact by Tuesday, October 21 if you would need the Japanese sign-language interpretation upon attending.