‘Michael Lin’ connects the ancient, contemporary
The starting point of “FreePort [No. 005]: Michael Lin,” the Peabody Essex Museum's ambitious exhibition spotlighting a contemporary artist parachuting into the collection, is a porcelain figurine called “Mr. Nobody.” He is a toothy guy, with striped pantaloons ballooning up to his neck, and he holds a bottle and a cup in front of him. Made in the late 1600s in China, “Mr. Nobody” is one of the first representations of a European in Chinese porcelain.