Lee Mingwei: 禮 Li, Gifts and Rituals — at Gropius Bau

Lee Mingwei
禮 Li, Gifts and Rituals
Gropius Bau
Niederkirchnerstraße 7, 10963 Berlin
27 March – 12 July, 2020

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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

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.

During your exhibition visit, you can bring clothing in need of attention to the Gropius Bau. As part of The Mending Project, chosen menders will sew these articles. The clothes are then attached by threads to spools on the wall, forming an ever-growing installation. After the exhibition the repaired items can be collected by their owners (between 13–17 & 20–24 July 2020, 10:00–18:00).

Curated by Stephanie Rosenthal with Clare Molloy

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via Gropius Bau, Berlin
Featured Image: 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