Lee Mingwei

禮 Li, Gifts and Rituals

Discover Lee Mingwei’s exhibition 禮 Li, Gifts and Rituals online and learn more about individual projects: In addition to an interview with the artist you can find digital activations of the show as well as two new works conceived in response to the global spread of the coronavirus and the temporary closure of the Gropius Bau.

Lee Mingwei’s Vision of Peace for Contemporary Times

An Essay by Clare Molloy

Clare Molloy wrote an essay about Lee Mingwei’s new commission for the Gropius Bau, Our Peaceable Kingdom, for the exhibition catalogue. This essay traces the genesis of the work and considers how the Quaker view of peace influenced Lee.
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Lee Mingwei, Our Peaceable Kingdom, 2020. Installation view Lee Mingwei: 禮 Li, Gifts and Rituals, Gropius Bau, Berlin, 2020, photo: Laura Fiorio

An Exchange That Happens in Different Directions

An Interview between Lee Mingwei and Stephanie Rosenthal

For the exhibition catalogue, director and co-curator Stephanie Rosenthal and Lee Mingwei talked about the meaning of faith and chance for the artist’s work, the background of the monumental installation Guernica in Sand and the notion of healing in connection to art.
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Lee Mingwei, Guernica in Sand, 2006/2020

Lee Mingwei, Guernica in Sand, 2006/2020. Installation view Lee Mingwei: 禮 Li, Gifts and Rituals, Gropius Bau, Berlin, 2020
Photo: Laura Fiorio

Exhibition Guide

Lee’s installations and performances challenge the limits of how art institutions host audiences and artworks. His projects create spaces for encounters to unfold.
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The Dining Project

With The Dining Project, Lee Mingwei examines whether an art institution is capable of offering space for emotional connection. For the Gropius Bau, this work will be adapted to current circumstances and take place in an altered form in digital space.
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Lee Mingwei, The Dining Project, 1997/2020

Lee Mingwei, The Dining Project, 1997/2020. Installation view Lee Mingwei and His Relations, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 2015

Courtesy: Taipei Fine Arts Museum

Fabric of Memory

Fabric of Memory reveals how objects can function as an archive. For the exhibition, volunteers have submitted numerous fabric items and related personal stories, which are digitally presented and activated through short readings.
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Lee Mingwei: Fabric of Memory (2006/2020)

Lee Mingwei: Fabric of Memory (2006/2020). Installation view 禮 Li, Gifts and Rituals, Gropius Bau, Berlin, 2020

Photo: Laura Fiorio

Letter to Oneself

A ritual of active contemplation: With his new work Letter to Oneself, Lee Mingwei invites members of the public to write letters to themselves that deal with the global crisis. These letters will be presented as part of his exhibition at the Gropius Bau.
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Lee Mingwei: Letter to Oneself

Invitation for Dawn

Conceived for the digital realm, Lee Mingwei’s new work Invitation for Dawn virtually brings together classically trained opera singers and individuals. You can register here via e-mail to receive a one-on-one performance of a song online.
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Lee Mingwei, Sonic Blossom, 2020

Lee Mingwei, Sonic Blossom, 2020. Installation view 禮 Li, Gifts and Rituals, Gropius Bau, 2020

Photo: Laura Fiorio