FRANKFURT MUSEUM SHOW CHINESE ARTIST to 31 August 2008 In an incredibly short time, Terence Koh’s spectacular performances and experientially intensively accessible installations have made this Chinese-Canadian artist one of the most fascinating discoveries of recent years according to Asia Art Archive.
Following up his spectacular installations at the Kunsthalle Zurich, the Wiener Secession and the Whitney Museum in New York, Terence Koh installs one of his signature monochrome environments especially for the Schirn; for this exhibition, he initiates the surreal objects, ritually summoning them to life, in a secret performance.
Under the title “Captain Buddha”, visitors who set foot in the luminously flooded room are invited to accompany the artist on a journey that will take them on a search for themselves through the entire world – India, China, Burma, Belgium, Africa, Mexico and Canada are just some stations along the way – one that aims to reach nirvana and ends in nothingness.
For his installation at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Koh links two worlds that at first glance seem almost antipodal: Buddhism and that popular classic of world literature, Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” – the tale of the fateful quest of charismatic and supremely obsessed Captain Ahab for the Great White Whale.
For this installation, Koh himself set out on a quest: clad as a monk in a golden robe, he journeyed to fifteen places – Canada, Japan, China, Thailand, Mexico, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Israel, Iceland, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Africa, and the USA – in his search for objects. In Terence Koh’s words: “I’m like the captain in Moby Dick. I’m trying to find the White Whale in the white objects, but in the end I find nothing.”
When: 28/5/2008 – 31/8/2008
Where: Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt http://www.schirn.de
Source: Asia Art Archive www.aaa.org.hk