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Lee Kit ‘We used to be more sensitive.’

Creating the space between the ordinary and extraordinary


The artist Lee Kit was born in Hong Kong in 1978. He attracted attention at the Venice Biennale in 2013 and has held solo exhibitions at the Shiseido Gallery in Japan and other locations. This exhibition at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art will be his first at a museum in Japan.

0821_1Early in his career, Lee Kit produced works that included pieces of fabric painted with checkered patterns. They could be seen as abstract paintings with checkered patterns, or as more concrete paintings depicting tablecloths or curtains. In recent years, he has made a name for himself by producing installations that treat an entire room as a single work, combining paintings, projector images, furniture and everyday items.

Lee Kit’s work surely reflects his experience witnessing Hong Kong’s oscillation between East and West before and after its handover to China. Today he carefully collects and absorbs the atmosphere of the city or location and what he feels there to create site-specific art. The Hara Museum is housed in a historical building that was built as a private residence for the Hara family before World War II and occupied by the GHQ afterward. What new inspiration will he gain from the city of Tokyo and the museum hosting his exhibition? And what kinds of paintings will he create? This will undoubtedly be a special exhibition for the artist.

(Text: Naoko Aono)

Lee Kit ‘We used to be more sensitive.’
Dates: September 16 (Sun) – December 24 (Mon/holiday), 2018
Venue: Hara Museum of Contemporary Art 4-7-25 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Times: 11:00-17:00 (Open until 20:00 on Wednesdays except for holidays; admission until 30 minutes before closing) Closed Mondays, September 18 and 25, and October 9 (open September 17 and 24, October 8, and December 24)
Admission: 1,100 yen (general)
Contact: tel. 03-3445-0651

copyright the artist, courtesy of ShugoArts


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