Omaggio a Wojtyla
This project was born in the aftermath of HH Lim's car accident which occurred on the highway on March 26th in 2005, while he was on his way from Rome to Naples for the opening of the inaugural exhibition of the PAN - Palazzo delle Arti di Napoli, The Giving Person. Il dono dell'artista, curated by Lóránd Hegyi, invited by the artist Yan Pei Ming who had visited Lim's exhibition at Fondazione Volume! in Rome a few days earlier. Despite the severity of the accident, Lim was unharmed and decided to proceed his journey abandoning the destroyed car on the side of the highway. The project was inspired by a series of events that occurred before the departure and during the trip, as well as a work of art by his friend Yan Pei Ming on display in the exhibition - a large red figure of a Buddha, similar to the one Lim has always been wearing on his neck - and ultimately the death of the pope a few days later. The project was never actually developed as it remained a mere thought, an idea the artist had. Lim imagined a large public exhibition to thank the Pope: the work would have consisted of a series of montages made using Photoshop, showing some drawings of Lim – linked to the series of Words - superimposed on the front pages of the newspapers and posted during the funeral of Wojtyla, which took place on April 8th 2005 in the St. Peter's Square.
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