Mu Li works in a personal genre he calls “community-based art,” engaging diverse groups of people—such as students in a program for troubled youth in Shanghai—to share ideas about the arts and their lives. This conceptual artist based in Shanghai earned his B.A. degree from the Suzhou School of Art and Design and an M.F.A. from Tsinghua University’s Academy of Fine Arts. His projects have included working with kindergarten students to publish a textbook to introduce them to artists including Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys, and Nam June Paik and a conceptual piece enlisting the participation of his hometown community, a poor farming village in northern Jiangsu Province commissioned by The Van Abbe Museum in the Netherlands. In the U.S., Mu Li continued a project called My Questions, one-on-one conversations with audiences about the personal and private dilemmas haunting many artists, such as “Am I a talented artist?” and “Can I afford to have a child?” After having discussed these issues with hundreds of people and meticulously documenting the process, he focused on how to present this project for public appreciation.
Grants Awarded2013 | Visual Art | China
ACC provided support for Mr. Mu to participate in a roundtable discussion at the International Institute for Asian Studies' International Conference on Asian Studies.2011 | Visual Art | United States
to take part in a residency program at the International Studio and Curatorial Program
In the video installation and book A Man, A Village, A Museum, the Chinese artist Li Mu brings the inhabitants of Qiuzhuang, his hometown, in contact with modernist artworks from the collection of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven.A Man, A Village, A Museum has been acquired by the Van Abbemuseum and is on show as part of the collection exhibition The Collection Now.
Grantee: Mu Li