Leelee Chan’s Art Journey

Tokens from Time


Material time travel


ISBN: 9783775750264 Category:

Leelee Chan, Thomas Girst


In collaboration with the sculptor Leelee Chan, a world- and time-spanning project has been selected for the 8th BMW Art Journey-an initiative of BMW and Art Basel. Chan explores old and new materials in order enter them into a dialogue with the present day. On her travels across Italy in 2020, she learned about traditional techniques used to extract and work marble, copper, iron, and bronze. In Switzerland and Germany, including at BMW’s Munich headquarters, she met engineers and scientists in order to learn about nanotechnologies and postindustrial materials. This richly illustrated volume brings together essays, documentary photographs, and works inspired by the trip to examine the core questions of Chan’s project: What does it mean to be a sculptor in the current time? What can we learn from the materials of yesterday? And how can tomorrow’s materials ensure a more sustainable future?

Additional information

Weight 834 g
Dimensions 18.4 x 24.2 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 13 June 2022
Number of pages 208
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 18.4 x 24.2 cm
Weight 834 g


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LEELEE CHAN's (* 1984) whimsical and intimate sculptures are composed of everyday objects and reflect her experiences in Hong Kong. She earned an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work is exhibited worldwide.