An intimate, personalized presentation that begins with the question "May I give you a gift of song?” will enjoy a one-week run at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York starting Oct. 30.
Inspired by "the folding and unfolding of a ‘Sonic Blossom,'” Taiwanese artist Lee Ming-wei (李明維) has conceptualized an interactive exhibition where professional singers will approach random visitors with the singsong query. If the request is granted, a personal Schubert lied (art song) performance will ensue.
Lee's concept for "Sonic Blossom” grew from his emotional connection to Franz Schubert's music as a contemplative sanctuary. He and his mom were comforted by Schubert's music while she recovered from surgery, and he desired to reframe and share that experience.
For this project, professional New York vocalists will perform five Schubert lieders chosen by Lee. Each performer will be outfitted with a unique costume design as well.
Born in 1964, Lee is a Taiwanese artist based in New York and Paris. He is known for creating participatory installations where strangers can explore issues of trust, intimacy, and self-awareness, often via one-on-one events.
‘Sonic Blossom by Lee Mingwei'