Gropius Bau

Lee Mingwei

禮 Li, Gifts and Rituals

27 Mar - 07 Jun 2020

Lee Mingwei, Guernica in Sand, 2006–present. Mixed media interactive installation, Sand, wooden island, lighting, 1300 x 643 cm
Installation view Lee Mingwei and His Relations, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 2015

Courtesy: Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Lee Mingwei’s artistic practice is primarily concerned with rituals of giving and receiving. From 27 March to 7 June 2020, the Gropius Bau will present a solo exhibition by the artist, showing his installations and performances from the last thirty years. Central to the exhibition is an exploration of art’s potential to be a transformative gift.

In Lee Mingwei’s works immaterial gifts such as song, conversation or contemplation are given and received. For many of his projects the starting point are his personal encounters, which are then transformed into installations. Seeing such experiences as moments in which time is gifted, Lee's projects reveal a fascination for the role of the host. Accordingly, in autumn 2019, the artist put out open calls looking for Berlin-based hosts to activate several of his projects. In The Living Room hosts are invited to exhibit their unique collections and in The Mending Project the menders host conversations with visitors whilst repairing their damaged items of clothing. These processes create a common space where viewers are given the opportunity to enter into exchange, and rituals of care and healing begin to unfold.

Open Calls
For his participatory projects at the Gropius Bau Lee Mingwei is looking for fabric items that have sentimental value, for menders and conversationalists as well as people with unique collections they would like to share. More information on the projects and the application process can be found in the open calls. Deadline is 3 December 2019.

Curated by Stephanie Rosenthal with Clare Molloy