Museum MACAN: Life After Yayoi

Indonesian contemporary and performance artist Arahmaiani will have a solo exhibition at Museum MACAN starting in November. (Photo courtesy of Museum MACAN)

By : Jakarta Globe | on 10:11 PM October 09, 2018
Category : Life & Style, Arts & Culture

Jakarta. After the huge success of its Yayoi Kusama blockbuster "Life is the Heart of a Rainbow," Jakarta’s Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara will follow up with three solo exhibitions by Indonesian Arahmaiani, Taiwanese-American Lee Mingwei and Japanese On Kawara from Nov. 17 this year to March 10, 2019.

According to a statement from Museum MACAN, the new exhibitions will feature mostly conceptual and performance art.

Arahmaiani is a senior artist who had exhibited in the Asia Pacific Triennial in 1996, the Gwangju Biennale in 2002 and the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003.

For MACAN, she will show a "survey exhibition" called "Masa Lalu Belumlah Berlalu" ("The Past Has Not Passed").

This piece will feature 70 of the artist's works made since the 1980s, including the 1994 painting "Lingga-Yoni," her ode to syncretic culture.

Arahmaiani says her work is informed by cultural diversity, consumerism and womanhood.

In the MACAN exhibition, the artist will feature her paintings and installations.

There will also be re-enactments of her legendary performance art pieces.

Mingwei’s "Seven Stories" meanwhile will comprise installations and performances that often rely on audience participation.

One of the highlights will be "Guernica in Sand," a large-scale installation the artist started showing in 2006.

It is made of colored sands and is based on Pablo Picasso’s 1937 painting "Guernica."

The work will be constructed by a team of volunteers over the course of three weeks.

A month before the end of the exhibition, there will be a performance in which the work will be destroyed.

Visitors will be invited to walk on the sand painting while Lee tries to finish it.

At sunset, after the last visitor steps on the painting, Lee and three other artists will sweep the sand together, creating a new pattern.

The work will be left that way until the end of the exhibition.

Kawara’s exhibition and reading of his multi-volume collection "One Million Years," will feature volunteers who will take turn reading out dates from "One Million Years [Past]," noting each year over an entire millennium from 998031 B.C., and then continues with dates from "One Million Years [Future]" until the year 1001997 A.D.

Each reader will pick up where the last person left off, so the reading will be completely chronological.

The readings will take place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday starting on Nov. 17.

Museum MACAN director Aaron Seeto said he is excited "to present these seminal works by such important artists."

"We continue to push the boundaries of standard museum shows with our programming. We offer insights into works by key names in the contemporary and conceptual art scene," Seeto said.

As usual at MACAN, there will be a series of artists' talks throughout the exhibition's run.

At the end of it, the museum will launch two books on Arahmaiani and Lee Mingwei, each of them including newly commissioned essays on the artists.

More details on exhibition programs and ticket prices will be available soon on the museum’s website.

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