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Museum Commemorates 35th Anniversary of Concentrations Series by Collaborating with Artist Margaret Lee and Duddell’s During Art Basel Hong Kong

Event Date: 
21 March 2016
Hong Kong

In commemoration of the 35th anniversary of the Dallas Museum of Art’s Concentrations series, the DMA will premiere the first overseas exhibition of this series with New York–based artist Margaret Lee during Art Basel Hong Kong 2016.

Duddell’s x DMA: Concentrations HK: Margaret Lee, presented in collaboration with Duddell’s, an art space located in Hong Kong’s central business district, will feature an installation of new, site-specific work by Lee that explores the image, object and gesture as an embodiment of desire. The exhibition, organized by Gabriel Ritter, the DMA’s Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, will be on view exclusively at Duddell’s from March 21, 2016 through June 21 2016.

For more than three decades, the DMA’s Concentrations series of contemporary, project-based exhibitions has provided a platform for international emerging and underrepresented artists. For Concentrations HK: Margaret Lee, the artist will create a site-specific installation, displacing iconic works from the DMA’s permanent collection directly onto the walls of Duddell’s via trompe l’oeil wallpaper design. Lee will also create a new series of photographic images that will be installed in relationship to the wallpaper that directly address ideas surrounding cultural exchange, fetish and aesthetic representations of power. This juxtaposition is meant to decontextualize iconic objects and images, thereby destabilizing established signs and signifiers. In Lee’s work, the act of presentation becomes a subject unto itself, with her objects and images working to address larger issues around desire and power.

“Margaret Lee is an ideal choice for the Concentrations series’ debut during Art Basel Hong Kong as she is both a deft ambassador for, and inquisitor of the DMA’s permanent collection. Her site-specific project will introduce the DMA to a Hong Kong audience while challenging us to rethink the role of the contemporary in an encyclopedic collection,” said Ritter. “The DMA is excited to work with Duddell’s to realize Margaret Lee’s first solo presentation in Asia. As a non-conventional art space, Duddell’s represents the intersection of art, fashion and design that is unique to Hong Kong—all of which are central to Margaret’s project.”

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