Lee Mingwei: 禮 Li, Gifts and Rituals
27.05.2021 – 12.09.2021
The Museum Villa Stuck is featuring the work of Lee Mingwei (*1964), a Taiwan-born artist who lives and works in Paris and New York. This is the first exhibition of his work in Munich. On view are
installations and performances spanning the past thirty years that center on the rituals of giving and receiving gifts and place great emphasis on the active involvement of the audience.
Lee Mingwei presents art as an immaterial and transformative gift. By offering songs, discussions, and contemplative moments, he encourages visitors to interact and participate. In this way, his artistic practice also opens up possibilities for processing and coming to terms with the social consequences of the pandemic.
Lee Mingwei: 禮 Li, Gifts and Rituals celebrates the gifts of time and dedication. One of the artist’s most important influences is the Confucian principle of li (禮), an abstract concept encompassing rites, rituals, gifts, and rules of propriety. Drawing on it, the exhibition examines gestures of hospitality and rituals of giving and taking.