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.
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.
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.
„MuMu Art House“ – A New Contemporary Art Cafe
Curated by Detlev F.Neufert
EXHIBITION: 21st December 2008 – 18th January 2009
Opening: 21st December 2008 7pm – 10pm
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
CENSORED IN BEJING
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".
How censorship works
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.