How Should the Museum of Today Be?

How Should the Museum of Today Be?
#Exhibitions

The private museum M WOODS offers a collective exhibition in which the works of various artists from eight private Chinese collections mix with the works from the permanent collection of M WOODS in seeking to understand exactly how the museum of today should be. Starting with the idea of Harald Szeemann that a museum is, firstly, “an abode for art”, M WOODS has, as part of its mission, the desire to seek out new ways of doing things and synergy, both with artists and public and private institutions. Works by Pierre Huyghe, Kader Attia, Martin Creed, David Hockney, Austin Lee, Katharine Grosse but also Chinese artists such as Yu Ji, Zhou Siwei, He Xiangyu and Pixy Liao, among others, are presented in independent spaces in dialogue with works by other participants to highlight just how individual and collective experiences are interdependent. Flexibility, openness and the will to explore new display methods are the points of departure of an exhibition that goes beyond the typical chronological and conceptual limits to create a sort of Wunderkammer in which contemporary art coexists with antiquities, where pieces of art are flanked by everyday objects. It is not only meant to celebrate the act of sharing between various forms and means but also the function of a museum, to have a new look at it, in as much as museums are places that care for art and, therefore, for those who make it and collect it.

Manuela Lietti - © 2020 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Beijing