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A Man, A Village, A Museum

Onomatopee 123

A public side-project on the occasion of Li Mu’s exhibition at the Van Abbemuseum will take place in- and outside Onomatopee’s ‘old’ and ‘new’ location.

For over a year Chinese artist Li Mu was working with the residents in his hometown Qiuzhuang in China to copy artworks from the collection of Eindhoven’s Van Abbemuseum. Li Mu selected artworks by Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Dan Flavin, Andy Warhol, Daniel Buren, Carl Andre, John Körmeling and Ulay & Abramovic. The works were installed in the homes and streets of the village to initiate dialogue between East and West, at the same time to question how these works of art can function in this different environment and what reactions, responses they may generate.

The documentation of this project - a video installation is on view at the Van Abbemuseum; while Onomatopee presents a large-scale photograph of the reprodcution of Sol LeWitt’s wall drawing number 480 in Qiuzhuang, China, together with videos about the process of it’s making.

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Location:
Onomatopee project space and warehouse (outside)
Hallenweg 1C
5615PP Eindhoven

19 September 2015 - 10 January 2016

Publication

Gu Ling, Li Mu, 2015

A Man, A Village, A Museum

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After a residency of a few weeks in Eindhoven (NL), Chinese artist Li Mu developed a unique art project. In his home town, Qiuzhuang – a small village 800 kilometres south of Beijing – he copied classical modernist artworks by well-known Western artists like Sol LeWitt, Dan Flavin, Richard Long, Andy Warhol, Daniel Buren, Carl Andre, John Körmeling, as well as Ulay and Marina Abramović from the collection of the Van Abbemuseum, displaying them in the houses and streets of Qiuzhuang. For more than a year, Li Mu collaborated with the villagers, trying to create the experience of what art brought to him and what it could bring to them.

This book documents this extraordinary project with a selection of texts from Li Mu’s diary together with interviews, reviews, photographs and drawings.

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Editors:  Gu Ling, Li Mu
Authors: Jesse Birch, Jiao Dongyu, Charles Esche, Davide Quadrio, Gu Ling, Zhong Ming, Li Mu, Ellen Zweig
Design: Studio Joost Grootens

 

Type
softcover
Dimensions
190 x 145 mm / 7.5 x 5.7 inch
Pages
228
ISBN
978-94-91677-46-5
Editor
Gu Ling, Li Mu
Author
various
Graphic
Studio Joost Grootens
Language
English
Binding
threat-sewn and glued
Curator
Kris Dittel
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THE PEOPLE WHO’VE WORKED ON THIS PROJECT

  • Li Mu artist
  • Gu Ling editor
  • Studio Joost Grootens graphic designer
  • Jesse Birch
  • Jiao Dongyu
  • Charles Esche
  • Davide Quadrio
  • Zhong Ming
  • Ellen Zweig
  • Kris Dittel curator, editor
  • Isis Tweepenninckx intern
  • Marleen Krijnen intern
  • Van Abbe Museum partner organisation, co-producer