One Year, Count­less Mem­o­ries

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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.

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