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Museum Macan to mark first anniversary with conceptual performances, interactive exhibitions

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sun, August 26, 2018  /  06:02 am
Museum Macan to mark first anniversary with conceptual performances, interactive exhibitions

'Lee Mingwei and His Relations', Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, 2015. (JP/Handout/Taipei Fine Arts Museum)

The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum Macan), Jakarta, will celebrate its first anniversary with three solo performances and interactive exhibitions from Nov. 17 to March 10, 2019, the museum announced in a press release.

The performances will comprise conceptual performance art from Indonesian Arahmaiani, Taiwanese-American Lee Mingwei and Japanese artist On Kawara.

Arahmaiani, recognized as a significant player in the global arts scene, will showcase The Past Has Not Passed exhibition, featuring works from the 1980s until today. The exhibition will comprise over 70 pieces, including paintings, installations and re-enactments of iconic performances presented alongside some of her most recent projects.

A 2017 performance of 'Handle Without Care' (1996-2017) at First Sight, Museum Macan, Jakarta.A 2017 performance of 'Handle Without Care' (1996-2017) at First Sight, Museum Macan, Jakarta. (JP/Handout/Museum MACAN)

Previously, in Museum Macan’s First Sight program held in November last year, Arahmaiani staged a performance titled Handle with Care to highlight injustices and religious intolerance.

Meanwhile, the internationally acclaimed Paris/New York-based Lee Mingwei will present seven different projects in Seven Stories. With a focus on the concepts of community and exchange, Lee’s works often rely on the audience’s active participation.

Lee's Guernica in Sand, an ongoing project that he started in 2006, will be presented as a large-scale installation made with locally sourced sands based on Picasso’s painting Guernica ( 1937 ).

'Guernica in Sand' (2005-2015), a mixed media interactive installation comprising sand, a wooden 'island' and unique lighting.'Guernica in Sand' (2005-2015), a mixed media interactive installation comprising sand, a wooden 'island' and unique lighting. (JP/Handout/Taipei Fine Arts Museum)

A team of volunteers will construct the installation over the course of three weeks and the work will be ceremoniously transformed mid-point in the exhibition. People from the audience should be ready to be invited to walk on the sand while the artist completes the unfinished section of the sand painting.

According to the museum's statement, at sunset in a Guernica in Sand performance, after the last audience member has walked on the sand, Lee and three performers will sweep the sand, and the project will be left in its state until the end of the exhibition.

'Lee Mingwei and His Relations', Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, 2015.'Lee Mingwei and His Relations', Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, 2015. (JP/Handout/Taipei Fine Arts Museum)

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Last but not least, On Kawara’s installation One Million Years will involve male and female volunteers who take turns reading dates from Kawara’s multi-volume collection, which comprises One Million Years [Past] and One Million Years [Future]. Each time the work is presented, the speakers will pick up where the last person left off, embodying the passage of time.

'One Million Years: Past', 1970-71.'One Million Years: Past', 1970-71. (JP/Handout/One Million Years Foundation/David Zwirner)

Readings of On Kawara’s work will be conducted every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday during the exhibition period, and as the shows come to a close in March 2019, the museum will launch two publications on Arahmaiani and Lee Mingwei. (mut)

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