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Lee Mingwei and His Relations: The Art of Participation


Sat 5 Nov 2016–Sun 19 Mar 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

'Lee Mingwei and His Relations: The Art of Participation' invites audiences to complete the art works while offering unique participatory experiences by one of the world’s most engaging international contemporary artists. Developed by Mami Kataoka for Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, this poetic and moving exhibition attracted large audiences at Taipei Fine Arts Museum and has been specially adapted for Auckland Art Gallery.

Lee Mingwei’s projects involve varying degrees of participation from gallery visitors that occur before, during and after the exhibition. Alongside existing projects such as The Letter Writing Project, The Sleeping Project and Sonic Blossom, are thematically related works that provide familial, artistic and cultural context to the artist’s practice. The relational works will feature artists Hakuin, John Cage, Allan Kaprow, Yves Klein and Lee Ufan alongside key works from Auckland collections including works by William Blake, Colin McCahon and Dane Mitchell. These pieces act as intimate reference points to the ideologies and sensibilities that inform the artist’s mode of working. This will be the first time the artist’s work has been experienced in Auckland and the largest retrospective of Lee Mingwei’s practice presented in the Southern Hemisphere.

Image credit:
Lee Mingwei
The Mending Project 2009/2014
Lee Mingwei and His Relations: The Art of Participation – Seeing, Conversing, Gift-Giving, Writing, Dining and Getting Connected to the World (installation view),
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2014–2015
Photo: Yoshitsugu Fuminari, courtesy Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

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