Lee Mingwei: Sonic Blossom

Lee Mingwei’s Sonic Blossom (2013–present) is a performative work that will happen spontaneously in the galleries of the Stories of Finnish Art exhibition. Come and experience this surprising encounter. The work has toured the world and has been presented in venues such as Centre Pompidou in Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and Mori Art Museum in Tokyo.

  • 24.9.–24.10.2021
2nd floor
Tickets: with a museum ticket
A woman is singing in a gallery space in a decorative costume, a visitor is opposite of her.
Sonic Blossom at the Ateneum. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Jenni Nurminen.

A surprising encounter

While taking care of my mother recently, I found great beauty and comfort in Franz Schubert’s Lieder. Through the singers selected for this project, I hope to share this beauty with you who have come to visit this gallery. If offered one of these songs as a gift, please accept the encounter and allow the experience to transform you.

Lee Mingwei

Sonic Blossom can be experienced

  • Tuesdays from 13:00 to 17:00
  • Wednesdays and Thursdays from 15:00 to 19:00 (NB: Not on Thu 7 October)
  • Fridays from 13:00 to 17:00
  • Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 to 16:00

Sonic Blossom at the Ateneum is made possible by the Ministry of Culture, ROC (Taiwan).

Lee Mingwei

Taiwanese-American artist Lee Mingwei (born 1964) creates participatory installations, where strangers explore issues of trust, intimacy, and self-awareness, and one-on-one events, in which visitors contemplate these issues. Lee’s projects are often open-ended scenarios, taking on different forms with the involvement of participants and change during the course of an exhibition. 

Visit the artist’s website


Akseli Mattila
Heta Sammalisto-Muhonen
Iris Candelaria  
Isabella Shaw
Johanna Isokoski
Meri Siirala
Olivia Moss
Rachel McIntosh 

Juho Lepistö, piano (recording)


Franz Schubert

Du bist die Ruh, D. 776 “You are Peace, the Mild Peace”
An den Mond, D. 193 “To The Moon”
Frühlingsglaube, D. 686 “Spring Faith”
Nacht und Träume, D. 827 “Night and Dream”
Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D. 774 “In the Middle of the Shimmer of the Reflecting Waves”