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Sensory Spaces is a series of commissioned solo projects presented in the Willem van der Vorm Gallery, located in the freely accessible exhibition space in the museum’s entrance hall. Artists are invited to respond to the architectural qualities of the space, emphasizing notions of transformation and surprise.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen asked Liu Wei (Beijing, 1972) to make a site-specific for the forht edition of Sensory Spaces. Liu Wei’s work deals with China’s rapid modernization and urban growth. Literally using the materials a city is made of, he takes the power structures and dynamism of urban society as his subject. His two- and three-dimensional works consist chiefly of assemblages of materials and objects from everyday reality. He physically deconstructs our reality to expose the underlying urban dynamic.
For the installation in the museum the artist has placed enlarged construction elements, which are both building blocks and sculptures, in the exhibition space. Collectively they form a larger-than-life do-it-yourself kit, like an urban landscape through which visitors can walk. The installation alludes to construction and decay, to possibilities and utopias.
Click here for a statement by Noor Mertens, the curator of Modern & Contemporary Art and the City Collection.
ARTtube made a short film for this series of Sensory Spaces. Click here to view it.
The series is made possible by AMMODO.