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'Whistling to Bach' and other artworks

FOUR Western conceptual artists present provocative installation works in "Other Rooms" at the Minsheng Art Museum through February 13.

The exhibition curated by Philippe Pirotte offers a rare glimpse of powerful contemporary work by Martin Creed (UK), collaborators Peter Fischil and David Weiss (Switzerland) and Adrian Piper (US).

"Bach Whistled" is a sound piece by Piper in which she whistles along to recordings of Bach concertos in D Minor, A Minor and C Major. At the beginning the whistling is relatively strong, clear and on key but it becomes weaker, flatter and more like plaintive cheeping. The final 45 minutes are taxing and visitors (if they last that long) can imagine Piper's breathless body, as present as Bach's music.

In "The Lights Go On and Off," Creed switches lights on and off every five seconds in an exhibition space. The lighting seems to activate the entire space without anything physical being added.

According to the museum, "Creed's work is at the same time spectacular and subtle, playful and severe, and at times almost cruel in its stark dryness. The simplicity of Creed's works sharpens the visitors' awareness of the experience of space, and how they encounter and use objects."

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