Featured Long Durational Work
Sleeping in Van Gogh Museum (2005), Yingmei Duan
Duration: Seven days (six hours a day)
Cover photograph by Constanze Schmidt
This live performance by artist Yingmei Duan is inspired by Egon Schiele’s works exhibited in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Looking at Schiele’s self-portraits, Yingmei Duan was reminded of dead bodies that had been buried for a very long time. The artist noticed that in all of the portrait photographs, Egon Schiele looked absent-minded, as if he is sleeping or dreaming. As she contemplated the paintings of Schiele, the artist often recognized herself in them. Whenever possible, Duan uses her time to sleep in order to be far away from the world and from life itself.
During the exhibition, Duan sleeps daily on a shelf in the space from 10am till 6pm for one week. She is wearing pajamas and sometimes appears as if she is sleepwalking or moving unconsciously.