Calendar Mortal

21 Nov 2020 – 29 Nov 2020

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08:00 – 17:00
08:00 – 17:00
08:00 – 17:00
08:00 – 17:00
08:00 – 17:00
08:00 – 17:00
08:00 – 17:00

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Museum of Medical Sciences

Henan, China

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Calendar Mortal is an art project that explores life as the theme and takes patients with diseases as the protagonist. 10 Chinese and overseas artists communicate with patients and explore the artistic language of life.


“Calendar” represents the past, present and future, as the tracker of time. For many patients, disease is a special journey, which may subconsciously lead them to an alternative take on life. Every minute and moment becomes particularly important. This project seeks to celebrate every life and offer up unique perspectives to ease suffering and aid healing.

In one way or another, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of all people around the world. As victims continue to experience the torment of the disease, countless tragic stories unfold from this disaster. Whilst we cannot ignore the global tragedy on each of our doorsteps we can use the experience to reflect on individual lives and seek to find positive aspects in the everyday. The pandemic has pressed pause and given us a moment to reflect and reevaluate; to rethink the ordinary.

Mankind has repeatedly faced challenges throughout history and has a unique way of adapting. Whilst wisdom and experience accumulates over generations there is also something deep in the human condition which remains unchanged; it is born out in the desire to relieve pain and suffering, the will to nurse others back to good health and the ability to maintain a positive attitude despite difficulties.

Different perspectives of observation and practice will bring about different thinking and experience; whether it is from a microscopic or a macrocosmic angle, when we look at life, life may look at us.

These 10 artists: Lorraine Snape, Mary Gibbon, Iris Garagnoux, Pavelescu Alex Vasile, Ji Li, Mingxi Hu, Wenbin Xia, Xuhui Zhang, Yi Dong and Zhongyao Wang, will each share their unique vision and individual response as they broadly but sensitively explore juxtapositions of life and death; of suffering and healing.... through art.



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Lorraine Snape

Lorraine Snape

Xuhui Zhang

Mary Wanida Gibbon

Pavelescu Alex Vasile

Iris Garagnoux

Wenbin Xia

Mingxi Hu

Zhongyao Wang

Ji Li


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