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.

(LATEST UPDATES) PERFORMANCES

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. www.mori.art.museum

* 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. www.mori.art.museum

Exhibition-Related Public Programs

? 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 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. www.mori.art.museum

?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. www.mori.art.museum

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. www.mori.art.museum
* Please contact ppevent-mam@mori.co.jp by Tuesday, October 21 if you would need the Japanese sign-language interpretation upon attending.

? 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 & Time: 19:00-20:30, Tuesday, November 18, 2014 (Doors open: 18:00)
Venue: Mori Art Museum (53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower) Capacity: 80 (booking required)
Admission: ¥1,500 (an extra exhibition ticket will be given), MAMC/Passport Member free

Booking: Will start at 11:00 on Friday, September 19, 2014, on the Mori Art Museum website. www.mori.art.museum
* The exhibitions will be closed to the public, thus only those who booked for this particular program will be able to view the exhibitions during 18:00-19:00 (before the commencement of the program) and 20:30-21:30 (after the completion of the program). With the extra ticket given, participants to the program can return to the exhibition at a later date.

EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS

1. The First Large-Scale Solo Exhibition Incorporating a Comprehensive Survey of Lee Mingwei's Projects

Lee Mingwei, who began attracting attention internationally in the late 1990s, has exhibited widely, including in solo shows and projects at Whitney Museum of American Art (1998), Museum of Modern Art, New York (2003) and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2004) and at international exhibitions such as the 5th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (1999), the 50th Venice Biennale, Taiwan Pavilion (2003), the 10th Lyon Biennale (2009) and the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012). In Japan, as well as being introduced at such exhibitions as "The Gift of Hope" at Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2000-2001) and "The Elegance of Silence: Contemporary Art from East Asia" at Mori Art Museum (2004), he has presented recent work at Shiseido Gallery (2012) and the Dojima River Biennale (2013). This exhibition "Lee Mingwei and His Relations" is a mid-career retrospective bringing together many of Lee Mingwei's major works from the last 20 years for the first time.

2. Experience Various Types of "Participatory Art"

Lee Mingwei' s participatory artworks come in various types, including those in which anyone can participate in the gallery, those in which participants need to apply in advance, those that only people chosen by ballot can experience, those in which participants play the role of host welcoming visitors on behalf of the artist and those they can participate by pure accident. Through the audience participating in various arrangements put in place by the artist, such as offering flowers they have been given in the exhibition to strangers they pass by on the way home, sharing memorable items of clothing along with episodes associated with them, writing the letters they had always meant to but had never taken time for or daring to walk over the sand painting and deform the image, the artworks take on an incredible vitality. The exhibition will change continuously over 107 days almost as if it had its own life.

3. A Solo Exhibition But with Works by Other Artists Included to Contextualize Lee Mingwei's Body of Works

Although this is a solo exhibition by Lee Mingwei, at the same time it is also a themed exhibition aimed at rethinking two of the keywords that are extremely important to Lee Mingwei' s art practice: "relations" and "connections." The presentation of 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 as well as of historical works as "reference works" will aid in understanding the historical and cultural contexts that form the backdrop to Lee's practice.

4. Video Commentary by Lee Mingwei Himself Accompanying Selected Projects

Many of Lee Mingwei's works have arisen out of his own personal experiences or memories. For this exhibition, Lee Mingwei himself will appear on video to explain the background to these works (Note that this does not apply to all the works).

Lee Mingwei

Born 1964, in Taichung, Taiwan, and currently living in New York City. Received an M.F.A. in Sculpture from the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Yale University in 1997. Lee Mingwei creates both participatory installations, where strangers can explore issues of trust, intimacy, and self-awareness on their own, and one-on-one events, where visitors explore these issues with the artist himself through eating, sleeping, walking and conversation. Lee's projects are often open-ended scenarios for everyday interaction, and take on different forms depending on the participants. His major solo exhibitions include Whitney Museum of American Art (1998), Museum of Modern Art, New York (2003) and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2004). He has also participated in a number of international exhibitions such as the 50th Venice Biennale, Taiwan Pavilion (2003), the 10th Lyon Biennale (2009), and the 5th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (1999).

General Information

Organizer: Mori Art Museum Co-organizer: Ministry of Culture, Taiwan
In Association with: Taipei Cultural Center, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan Corporate Sponsors: JUT Group, Glory Yeh Culture & Art Foundation, Reliable Source Industrial,
Win Sing Development Co., Ltd.
Artist Support: Aoyama Flower Market Support: China Airlines Cargo, Bombay Sapphire

Curated by: Kataoka Mami (Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum)
Selection of Historical Works by: Hirose Mami (Senior Consultant, Mori Art Museum)

Venue: Mori Art Museum, 53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
O p e n H o u r s : 1 0 : 0 0 - 2 2 : 0 0 | Tu e : 1 0 : 0 0 - 2 2 : 0 0 | * Tu e s d a y s o f 9 / 2 3 a n d 1 2 / 2 3 o p e n u n t i l 2 2 : 0 0
* Admission until 30 minutes before closing.| * Open everyday.
Admissions: General: ¥1,500 / University/highschool student: ¥1,000 / Child (4 years to junior highschool student): ¥500
* All prices include tax. * Ticket also valid for "MAM Project 022: Jacob Kirkegaard" and Tokyo City View observation deck (excludes Sky Deck). * Additional entrance fee to the Sky Deck is required.
Inquiries: +81-(0)3-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)

Photo Credit: Anita Kan

The Mending Project 2009
Installation view: "The Mending Project," Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, 2009 Collection: Rudy Tseng, Taipei

Related