Lee Wen: Ping Pong Go-Round at Encounters, Art Basel Hong Kong 2014

LW PingPongGoRound Singapore 935 x 330

Private Preview: 14th May 2014

Public Days: 15th May – 18th May 2014

Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong


iPRECIATION is proud to announce that Lee Wen’s Ping Pong Go-Round will be exhibited at Art Basel Hong Kong 2014’s ‘Encounter’, a curated sector featuring 17 large scale, ambitious installation works.

As a sport, ping pong is said to be almost equal for the women’s game as compared to that of the man’s. A game commonly played in China and Singapore, ping pong requires a minimum of two players, constituting a form of dialogue between the players on opposite sides as the ball bounces back and forth.

In this work, the structure and rules of ping pong are reinvented in the context of contemporary possibilities as the artist seeks alternative models of interaction. By reinventing the shape of a traditional ping pong table to that not unlike a conference table with no borders on its left and right, Lee Wen offers a different perception of its limitations and opens multiple possibilities for broader dialogue. As opposed to traditional, rectangular-shaped ping pong tables, Ping Pong Go-Round is at once a multi-player game and a dialogue between numerous people, regardless of gender and age around a donut-shaped table.

First enacted in April 1998 Melbourne Australia, during an International event “Construction in Process VI – The Bridge”, Lee Wen’s new take on ping pong has since gained attention from international media. Moreover, as Ping Pong Go-Round continues to be featured in exhibitions around the world, the work has invited and encouraged dialogue and challenge through sport and games.

Ping-Pong Go Round has also been presented in:

1. “Lee Wen: Lucid Dreams In The Reverie Of The Real” , Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, 20 April – 10 June 2012
2. 7th Kuala Lumpur Triennial BARRICADE,  PUBLIKA, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 16 February – 02 March 2013
2. “The Realm in the Mirror, the Vision out of Image”, Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou, China, 9 May 2013 – 18 August 2013
3. “Concept Context Contestation: Art and the collective in Southeast Asia”, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand, 13 December 2013 – 2 March 2014

LW PingPongGoRound Suzhou2 150 x 150 LW PingPongGoRound Melbourne 150 x 150

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