Beppu 04.11-06.14.09, one of two site-specific works by Taiwanese artist Michael Lin (b. 1964 Tokyo, Japan) commissioned as part of an inaugural city-wide contemporary art exhibition staged in Beppu, Japan.
Michael Lin is an artist living and working in Taipei, Shanghai, and Brussels. Lin turns away from painting as an object of contemplation toward one of painting as a bounded, physical space, one we can settle into and inhabit (Vivian Rehberg). Lin orchestrates monumental painting installations that re-conceptualize and reconfigure public spaces. Using patterns and designs appropriated from traditional Taiwanese textiles his works have been exhibited in major institutions and international Biennials around the world including The Auckland Triennial and the California Pacific Triennial 2013, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila 2016, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 2017, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei 2019 and most recently in 2020 at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto and Jumex Museum, Mexico City.
Transforming the institutional architecture of the public museum, his unconventional paintings invite visitors to reconsider their usual perception of those spaces, and to become an integral part of the work, giving meaning to its potential as an area for interaction, encounter, and re-creation.
One of nine large-scale, newly commissioned public art projects by internationally acclaimed contemporary artists; Adel Abdessemed, Michael Lin, Hossein Golba, Lani Maestro, Sarkis, Jin-me Yoon, and Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries.
Commissioned by Beppu Project NPO, Jun’ya Yamaide, CEO and Takashi Serizawa, P3 art and environment, Tokyo