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FreePort [No. 005]: Michael Lin
Artist Michael Lin began developing a reputation in the late 1990s for painting vast, bold designs on sober architectural settings, interventions that injected a vibrant sense of play. At PEM Lin spotlights the renowned collection of Asian export art. Lin created a sprawling mural of original armorial and heraldic motifs (elaborate coats of arms) that climb up the walls of the Mellon Staircase and along the floor of the Export Silver Galleries.
To animate the history of trade between China and the West, Lin also created a large-scale installation comprised of hundreds of replicas of Mr. Nobody, one of the first representations of a European gentleman in Chinese porcelain. Photographs that document the creation of the replicas in a factory in China are interspersed among 19th-century gouaches from the PEM collection that depict the historic porcelain production process.
|Where||Peabody Essex Museum 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970|
|Time||10:00 am–5:00 pm|
|Price||Free with museum admission|
More About Peabody Essex Museum
Located along Salem's pedestrian walkway, The Peabody Essex Museum's glass-fronted entry offers passers-by a glimpse into the light filled atrium, a piece of art in its own right. The museum's collections aim to integrate art and culture, and include photography and architecture, as well as Korean, Japanese, Indian, Native American, maritime, oceanic, Asian export and American decorative art. One of the museum's most prominent and well known features is its 200-year-old Chinese House, called Yin Yu Tang. The house was deconstructed in China and rebuilt brick by brick in its current location. The Art and Nature Center is another space that is rather unique for an art museum. This area is devoted to bright colors, and tactile and interactive exploration, making the museum a great place to bring the whole family.
Other events here
- Natural Histories, Photographs by Barbara Bosworth Daily, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
- In Conversation: Modern African American Art from the Smithsonian American Art Museum Daily, 10:00 am–5:00 pm