# From Accident to Story
Xu Wei (1521-1593), the talented Ming Dynasty Artist, was a pioneer of the freehand painting style. His bold and expressive paintings were unique for his time, and would go on to inspire later artists such as Qi Baishi and Zheng Banqiao. However, between his nine suicide attempts and the homicide of his own wife, Xu was quite the controversial figure. According to late Ming legend, he was said to experience "madness." Some modern scholars have speculated that he lived with mental illness.
The exhibition uses the format of modern news reports to retell the story of Xu, demonstrating how the stigma of mental illness is deeply embedded within society, both past and present. Five news articles rewrite Xu Wei’s life, using a narrow framework but diverse perspectives. How can we recover the stories of those who are considered mentally ill? Beyond just a psychological point of view, what other perspectives can we use to view human "madness”? At different stages of life’s predicaments, can we try to recognize, understand, and start a dialog?
In the early stages of the collaboration, the National Palace Museum (NPM) shared the story of Xu Wei's life with participants at the Easy Clubhouse and exchanged stories. The exhibition will present this record of dialog through time and space, so that we can experience 500 years of Xu Wei. What sparks will the exhibition inspire?