All posts tagged: M+

Talk on Hong Kong participation at the 57th Venice Biennale, Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief

To accompany Hong Kong’s collateral event at the Venice Biennale 2017, Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief, M+ and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council are co-hosting a series of talks in Hong Kong. Taking Young’s artistic practice and diverse influences as a starting point, the series offers a deeper understanding of key concepts in contemporary art and provides a wider context for Young’s newly commissioned work in Venice. Songs for Disaster Relief is conceived of as an album unfolding in space to be experienced in person. The series includes four key pieces, each of which tells a new story referencing the cultural and political context of iconic 80s charity songs. Through a deliberate repurposing and creative misreading of such iconic songs, Young presents an exploration of the troubling ideologies and genuine affective qualities that these songs and their aspirations embody. In the first talk in our series, Guest Curator Ying Kwok shares her experience of taking Songs for Disaster Relief from concept to realisation in Venice. She is joined by Anthony Leung Po-shan, one of the contributors to the exhibition …

Ambiguously Yours: Gender in Hong Kong Popular Culture

From March 17 to May 21 M+, Hong Kong’s museum of visual culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District, presents Ambiguously Yours: Gender in Hong Kong Popular Cultureat the M+ Pavilion, a permanent space on the West Kowloon site that will host the museum’s exhibitions until the M+ building opens in late 2019. Including more than 90 works, Ambiguously Yours offers a fresh perspective on Hong Kong popular culture from the 80s and 90s by examining it as a platform for avant-garde experimentation in the representation of gender identities. Focusing on androgyny, camp and gender ambiguity, this multi-layered exhibition presents the work of pioneers in costume design, music, film and print media, proposing a dynamic interplay between popular culture and the fields of art, design and the moving image through the M+ collection. A series of programmes includes talks, guided tours, pop-up performances and a teachers’ event. Some of them have limited capacity and require advance enrolment online, with places available on a first-come, first-served basis. Date: 17/3–21/5/2017 Opening Hours:  11am–6pm, Wednesday to Sunday and public holidays M+ Pavilion, …

There are no misinterpretations of nothing

By Winnie Lai Artist Tsang Kin Wah represented Hong Kong in last year’s Venice Biennale and has brought home a continuation of his quest for life’s ultimate meaning at the M+ Pavilion. This time the exhibition programme also includes the Misguided Tours, in which three curators who have previously worked with Tsang shared their alternative interpretations of the work. After The Infinite Nothing in Venice, nothing in Hong Kong takes the artist’s attempt to realise endlessness and perpetuity to another level. This time he wants to visualise and present nothingness: a personal visualisation of being under a nihilistic spell, and a manifestation of responses to realising the futility of life. It isn’t a straightforward or light-hearted work to digest. The Misguided Tours are an effort to counter the idea that there is an official way to understand art. Everyone has a blind spot; other people’s perspectives can dispel preconceptions and expand the understanding of a work. Tsang, a fan of Nietzsche, who famously said that ‘There are no facts, only interpretations’, would agree. nothing is the first show at the M+ Pavilion, …