MUSK MING ( MUSKBOY)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two very good friends from Germany are Muskboy and Jürgen Noack. I met them at Muskboys first exhibition in Cafe 'SPOT' in Berlin. Muskboy is a young artist from China and lives together with Jürgen, a German police officer who works for the psychologic police department. Talking to selfmurders before they junp...you know.  Both are married. In China erotic art is forbidden. And more then forbidden is gay art. As always in tyrannic countries. Also the traditional Chinese culture is full of erotic art. And gay art as well.

To have Muskboys first exhibition outside of Germany in Bangkok was a great pleasure and opened even the eyes of our international Bangkok visitors.

 

Muskboy has changed his name now to Musk Ming. He is on the way to become a famous artist. Under many other even Pierre et Gilles are collectors of his work.

 

 

EXHIBITION

2nd floor gallery
2nd floor gallery
SAILOR
SAILOR

 

THE CURATOR

 

Artists have no nationality. Their home is the global art village where amazing creativity, alternative ways of thinking, and provocative ideas come alive.

 

An artist is an artist.

 

Their job is to develop emotion and understand the secrets of humanity.

 

Through its various forms, art unravels our conceptions: colors we never have seen before in a painting, new combinations of forms and materials in sculpture and architecture, unexpected rhythms and melodies in music, mind opening scenes in theatre and films, and words that touch the bottom of our souls in poetry.

 

Art also functions as a tool for social justice. Artists force a society to confront its injustice and exploitation, and on the other side restore dignity to its downtrodden and often forgotten victims.

 

Artists are the builders of the future not its destroyers. What today is avant-garde tomorrow is common cultural heritage. Does anyone question Picasso’s vision today? And yet what a scandal he and his friends ignited when they first showed their cubistic creations! They foresaw the catastrophes of the Second World War and expressed it on canvas. They were true artists who embraced the pain of being misunderstood and accepted going hungry or even death in order to speak truth to power.

 

Some people will never understand why art exists. Maybe one day they will find that something is lacking from their existence. In the best cases they then start to patronize art, as the Rockefellers and Guggenheims did. In the worst case they censor and burn the art – this often includes the artists, like the Nazis did just a few generations ago under Hitler. Maybe you know that he tried to be an artist himself and failed.

 

There are still some Hitler devils on this planet. Big ones and smaller ones. Their aim is the same: greed. Greed for power and greed for money. Just take a look at your daily newspaper.

 

The reception and reaction art provokes is a good indicator of how civilized a country and its leaders are.

 

But it is not always the big scandal, the new and difficult creations that open our eyes and enjoy widespread media attention. Not everyone is a Damian Hirst, sometimes what moves us occurs in small niches from an artist who simply wants to express his view of beauty and Eros. This includes not invoking common tricks like a gargantuan-size canvas or a planned provocation to install his name into art magazines and museum directors’ telephone books.

 

“MUSKBOY” from Berlin is such an example. His art is humble, enriches your home, and is erotic in the best way: you feel the sweetness of the young and eternal God, ‘Eros’ who toys with us nearly everyday, seduces us, sometimes drives us crazy and always finds a new way to attract our attention. His business partner is ‘sex’ but this one is miles away from his master’s brilliance. It is a kind easy to get, especially when you have enough money in your pocket, but one quickly forgotten after you’ve paid him.

 

When we talk about MUSKBOY’s paintings we are at once one with Eros. Eros, the God of Greek mythology who knows no gender, no hate, no frontiers, no races and no sin. He loves to play with our deepest desires, smiles about our natural lust and enjoys our “oh’s” and “ah’s” when we fall in his wonderful traps.

 

Eros is MUSKBOY’s best teacher. Eros must love his pictures: beautiful adolescent boys and girls portrayed in a lucid but nevertheless clear and realistic way. Innocent bodies but not hiding their erotic truth in gestures and posing.

 

MUSKBOY was born in China. Love brought him to Berlin and love made him go away from his nation and culture. Being gay, he could not accept the suppressing and hateful reproaches of his native countrymen. He refused to live in hiding, among people intolerant of the way he was naturally. He said good-bye to his home, but not without peril. In Berlin he found himself in another culture where he even had to learn the language from the beginning. We as citizens of liberal-minded and democratic nations – well, we should not forget how long it took Westerners to set the framework for democracy (albeit shaky ones) and how much blood was sacrificed to provide basic freedoms for its citizens.

 

When I met MUSKYBOY for the first time in a Berlin café at the opening of some of his graphic works of Asian faces I immediately felt his sweetness and true character. He is not a made-up personality, provocateur, or attitude artist who uses art as an excuse for a bohemian life style.

 

Since meeting MUSKBOY I have enjoyed watching his work grow and become more disciplined as he develops his skills in different forms and materials. He grows slowly with Asian patience and the steady will to embody humans with the beauty he sees in us. He is not afraid of using decorative symbols or illustrating motives. His use of Maoist and Chinese traditional symbols and writings are his subtle way of inspiring an “EROTIC REVOLUTION”.

 

MUSKBOY has shown his art in Europe and America without any problems. He was officially invited to show his work at the OLYMPIC GAMES 2008 in BEJING. One day before the opening his pictures were censored by the Chinese Government.

 

MU MU is honored to show the forbidden work of ‘MUSKBOY’ in Bangkok. And we are sure you will enjoy it..

 

Detlev F. Neufert

 

EROTIC REVOLUTION
EROTIC REVOLUTION

 

ABOUT WORKS

 

Muskboy works visualise the longing for an open-minded gay bi les transgender - friendly China. Unfortunately exposing any explicit homo- and or transsexuality in Arts within present Chinese culture is prohibited.

 

To safeguard himself, his beloved family and his befriended pioneering gay bi les and transsexual community against the arbitrariness of Chinese authorities the artist prefers his pseudonym muskboy.

 

Muskboy wanders in his dreamy, mythological and erotic world of his art.

 

The paintings are his songs, poems and novels, he draws like dancing and singing, he’s in raptures over the eternal beauty of the life. In his artworks man enjoys not only with the eyes, man can also smell the fragrance, hear the melody and read the stories, because each work of Muskboy is alive.

 

Let the the journey begin, the artworks will take you into a new, erotic, Chinese world of Muskboy.

 

Fenguoh
Fenguoh

Musk Ming's erotic paintings are full of humour and a deep sense of what beauty can be. It does not matter if it is gay or lesbian or hetero.  They celebrate the old gods as well as the young citizens of our times. A body is not an assembly of trained muscles but a sweet touch of the warmth of a human skin.

THE ARTIST

DAENFENG
DAENFENG

 

MuMu Art House“ – A New Contemporary Art Cafe

PRESENTS

EXHIBITION

Erotic Revolutuion”

MUSKBOY

 

Curated by Detlev F.Neufert

EXHIBITION: 21st December 2008 – 18th January 2009

Opening: 21st December 2008 7pm – 10pm

 

dfneufert@gmx.de

www.muskboy.com

 

THE ARTIST
MUSKBOY was born in China, since 2005 the young Chinese artist has lived and worked in Berlin. He held solo- and group exhibitions in Berlin, Cologne, Groningen and in a number of other cities. His work has been presented at international Art Fairs in Berlin, Cologne, Utrecht and Essen. During the Olympic Games he was selected and then censored by the Chinese government in the exhibition Olympics Fine Arts 2008 in Beijing. His works are held in private collections in Berlin, Cologne, London, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Rome and Amsterdam.

MUSKBOY looks for a way to combine the old Chinese traditional art with the modern, new technique. He has been drawing for over 10 years, found his own style and is still discovering further possibilities of expression.

His art comes from the deep, ancient soul of China and his love to his fatherland. He sees through different eyes of various cultures. By his way of erotica, the observer would be under the spell and feels the fascination of his models. So it makes a sensual atmosphere, but without obscenity.

 

MUSK MING AT MUMU arthouse

Muskboy at the entrance of MUMU
Muskboy at the entrance of MUMU

CENSORED IN BEJING

GO WEST
GO WEST

 

CENSORSHIP IN BEIJING

The honourable International Olympic Committee ( I.O.C. ) is patroness of the Olympic Fine Arts 2008 exhibition.
At the day of the grand-opening the Ministry of Culture of VR CHINA excluded the watercolour drawing GO WEST! by Beijing-born artist Muskboy from its official Olympic exhibition.

A few days later the Ministry of Culture of VR CHINA also decided that the artwork GO WEST! will not be published in the official Olympic Fine Arts 2008 catalogue, and also will be excluded from the accompanying tour around the globe.

He Zhenliang, Chairman of the I.O.C - Commission for Culture and Olympic Education, announced the Olympic Fine Arts 2008 would play a significant role in presenting Chinese culture, arts, custom and development. "It's the first time that the I.O.C has given its patronage to such an event, which is a good platform for east-west cultural communication," he said.

Why did the Ministery of Culture exclude the artwork GO WEST! created by Muskboy from its Olympic Fine Arts 2008 exhibition?

The organizing committee of Olympic Fine Arts 2008 selected GO WEST! (created by Beijing-born artist Muskboy) for its official exhibition during 29th Olympic Games in VR CHINA - Beijing.

According to a spokesman of the organizing committee an official of the Ministry of Culture did turn up shortly before the grand-opening and decided, that the artwork GO WEST! created by Muskboy should be excluded immediately from the official Olympiad exhibition.

The organizing committee of Olympic Fine Arts 2008 informed the Chinese interpreter of Agency Yorckberlin, that the artwork GO WEST! created by Muskboy is apparently "too political for the the Ministry of Culture". For example the symbols of the Chinese flag on the underwear alias bathing slip is inappropriate. The Ministry of Culture should allow its "use" within Arts. ( Apparently a law informs about the correct use of these symbols ).

Anyway, out of a well-addressed mood, Agency Yorckberlin suggested provocatively ( agreed with the artist ), that the Ministry of Culture does have the permission to re-colour the swimming slip alias underwear non-politically ,. - )

Shortly after, the Chinese interpreter of Agency Yorckberlin was informed by a spokesman of the organizing committee of Olympic Fine Arts 2008 exhibition, that the Ministry of Culture is going to ignore any communication regarding the artwork GO WEST!. The same spokesman frankly informed the Chinese interpreter of Agency Yorckberlin, that the Ministry of Culture is apparently not amused about male nudes too, ( especially the one with the butt exposed and a male hand, probably touching another butt ) in front of the Chinese flag.

Besides, the resting young man seems to be (according to the Ministry of Culture ) too powerless.

International Olympic Committee first held the Olympic sports and art contest in Sydney for the 2000 Games. The exhibition is hosted by the IOC and supported by the Ministry of Culture of China. It is a major component of the concept of the "People's Olympics" and apparently a key task of the Ministry of Culture.

The exhibition is themed China and the world with the slogan The arts complete the spirit of the Olympic Games. It aimed to represent the allure of Chinese arts and culture and sought to symbolize the joining of all the world's culture, according to a statement on its official website.

The exhibition is divided into two phases: The first phase is scheduled from August 12th-18th at the China International Exhibition Center; the second phase will span from August 20th to September 17th at the Beijing Working People's Cultural Palace. A smaller version is sheduled for a tour of China and other parts of the world later.

Li Changchun, a member of the Central Committee Political Bureau, Jacques Rogge, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president and Juan Antonio Samaranch, IOC honorary president, attended the opening ceremony.

On various requests of MUSKBOY and Agency Yorckberlin, the organizing committee of the Olympic Fine Arts 2008 exhibition confirmed officially, that the artwork "Go West!" "was denied", and "can not exhibit in the formal exhibition". The international department of Organizing Committee of OFA 2008 wishes no negative feedback and "another chance to cooperate again in art and culture".

 

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How censorship works

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Opening

Muskboy and Jürgen (right) and friends
Muskboy and Jürgen (right) and friends

Musk Boy (Musk Ming) was the only exhibition we had to prolong in Bangkok. Now stars like Pierre et Gilles are collectors of Musk Ming.

Prolonging Postcard backside
Prolonging Postcard backside
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postcard for prolongig