Museums and Galleries

Last month, Ryan and I visited the K11 art gallery in the East TST MTR station.

As this is one of our main stopover stations to get to another destination, we’ve never actually stopped to look around.

I’ve always noticed the art gallery, which seems to hold various different exhibitions every few months.

“TYPE TRIP-The New Asian Graphic Design Exhibition” attempts to explore the relationship between graphic design and typography from eight different Asian cities.

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We were really excited to see this installation; a wall of blank postcards with slight variations in colour and texture (I’m a big fan of good paper…) and alphabetical stamps for you to create away!

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Classic Ryan.

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I went for a bit of cheese too 😉

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Next up, we left our messages on the connection between Design and Life.

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Being put on the spot, neither of us could think of much to say about design, despite the fact that it’s all around us…

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…so we just went for a few more cheesy lines and picked up our badges, which were free souvenirs of the temporary exhibition.

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Our next stop was the Space Museum!

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Ry realized afterwards that he was doing the Vulcan Salute with the wrong hand…how embarrassing.

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Unfortunately the museum was quite disappointing, especially the Hall of Astronomy, where most of the interactive installations were broken, breaking or fixed together with tape :/

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The Hall of Space Science was given a little more TLC, but the interactive areas still looked pretty lame.

One of them involved you being in a tiny room, strapped to the ceiling, where people could watch you pretending to walk on the moon.

Another just involved you lying on your front, while the chair moved a bit to simulate you being in space.

Luckily it was free entry on Wednesdays!

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Although theatre shows were available, we didn’t wait around for another half hour for the next viewing.

So if anyone has seen them, please let us know if it’s worth a go!

As we made our way outside, we came across these mirrored panels…

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…and the Hong Kong Museum of Art around the corner.

The museum mainly consists of antique Chinese artifacts in the form of pots, plates and ornaments, which Ryan appreciated; while I preferred the paintings and calligraphy exhibits.

Their latest offering of the Contemporary Art Awards (2012) also caught our interest!

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Upon entering, we were greeted by 3 chickens and a screen showing the publics’ reaction to seeing the display on the streets.

It is an interactive art installation called ‘Where’s the Chicken’ by Wan On Ni (2009). The public were invited to bring the robot chicken to different districts for outings via SMS.

By interacting with the chicken, they created a collaborative map; this lead the installation to be set up in 18 cultural specific locations around Hong Kong.

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Livelihood – Yan Kallen (2012)

I enjoyed this set of 24 photos depicting HK’s street culture and the creativity of market stall owners’.In our constantly evolving city, many of these structures and their owners are disappearing in the name of ‘redevelopment.’Image

Upstairs/Downstairs: Stories of Human Activities Told in the 1,440 Minutes of a 24-hour Stretch – Keung Hung (2012)

A photo series from Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok, where the old mingles with the new and tower blocks and shopping malls co-exist with figures from the underworld.

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Good Morning – Eve Leung (2011)

The idea to create this piece originated from two quotes about food.

Confucius and Mencius stated that humans have a natural desire for food because it is critical to human survival.

Likewise, Leung believes that the desire for beauty is also natural and primitive to an artist.

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Here are close ups of the popular Chinese breakfast options.

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The chemistry between the artists and their living environment is evident through their creations.

Some of the works raise and discuss the social issues of Hong Kong, while others were inspired by its cityscape and urban life.

Some invited the locals interact and some were even co-created with the public.

HK audiences may discover familiar imageries or undergo an unfamiliar experience due to the artists’ input of creativitiy and re-interpretation, leading us to re-explore HK from a new perspective.

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After our fill of museums and galleries for the day, we took a stroll down the Avenue of Stars…

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…before meeting my family for dinner.

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A concoction of roasted meats; cheesy lobster and noodles; marinated beancurd; glutinous rice; mixed vegetables and some (not so tasty) yam!

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We hope you enjoyed our first adventure of 2014! 😀

xxx

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