One Year, Countless Memories
MuseuM Macan Marks its one year anniversary by presenting three Major solo presentations by arahMaiani, lee Mingwei and on kawara
From November 17 to March 10 next year, Museum Macan will showcase three individual presentations by Indonesian artist Arahmaiani, Taiwanese-American artist Lee Mingwei and Japanese conceptual artist On Kawara. Each of these feature a unique series of conceptual and performance works.
Arahmaiani: The Past Has Not Passed
First in line is Arahmaiani. Renowned for her strong and provocative commentaries on social, political and cultural issues, Arahmaiani will showcase “The Past
Has Not Passed” ( Masa Lalu Belumlah Berlalu), a major survey that features the artist’s works from the 1980s until today. In total, 70 pieces spanning paintings, installations and re-enactments of iconic performances will be shown.
Lee Mingwei: Seven Stories
Second, Lee Mingwei, who will feature seven different projects. The artist, who has held solo exhibitions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art just to name a few, will bring his famed participatory installations to Museum Macan, where members of the audience can contemplate issues surrounding trust, intimacy and self-awareness. One of the major highlights will be the large scale installation titled “Guernica in Sand” (2006-ongoing), inspired by Picasso’s paintings. Audience members will be invited to walk on the sand while the artist completes the unfinished section of the sand painting.
On Kawara: One Million Years
Finally, there will be On Kawara, an enigmatic Japanese conceptual artist acclaimed for his examination of time. He is most famous for his “Today” series (1966-2013), a simple acrylic painting that is made in a single day and contains only a hand-lettered date, in the language and style of the country he was in at the time. For his installation at Museum Macan, “One Million Years,” male and female volunteers will alternately read out dates from Kawara’s multi-volume collection, which comprises of Past— dedicated to “all those who have lived and died” and starts from 998 031 BC and ends in 1969 AD—and Future—dedicated to “the last one,” which starts in 1993 AD and ends One Million Years later, in 1 001 99.