A whole host of art and art-adjacent activities await this art month at K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside’s flagship cultural-retail destination.

The Adrian Cheng-helmed museum-retail complex has long nestled nooks, crannies, corners and even a faceted Gold Ball domain that hold court to over 40 world-class contemporary art pieces and installations. Beginning mid-May, K11 MUSEA’s month-long Art Karnival adds to the curated roster with a programme of exhibitions, tours and workshops dedicated to headlining works from international artists. Here’s a handy itinerary of Art Karnival highlights if you’re feeling a touch overwhelmed.

Courtesy of the Artist and Perrotin. ©2021 Izumi Kato.

Isa Genzhen’s Rose II

When: From end of May

Soaring to heights of 8.5 metres, Isa Genzhen’s Rose II stands much, much larger than life against the formidable fortress that is K11 MUSEA; an almost surreal addition abloom amidst Hong Kong’s iconic harbour-front skyline. Long considered one of Germany’s most influential female contemporary artists, Genzhen is well known for experimenting with materials, techniques and ways of installation within the realm of architecture and urban space. Rose II is no exception; rendered from steel, aluminium and lacquer, this extraordinary sculpture is a pantheon of man-made, inorganic materials so different from the born-in-nature temperament of its subject material. This marks the first time Rose II has been showcased in Asia.

Promenade, G/F, Visual Corridor, K11 MUSEA

Rose’s Allure

When: 20 May – 27 June

A classical Grecian profile — fragmented, gargantuan and a touch unkempt at the nostrils — sits in repose across from K11 MUSEA’s Gentle Monster outpost. Give him a trim by plucking from a nostril upon spending HK$1,500 or more; you’ll find a rosy surprise at the other end.

Promenade, G/F, Visual Corridor, K11 MUSEA

Steinway & Sons’ Spirio ‘self-playing’ piano

When: 14 May – 14 June; weekdays at 1-2pm, 4-5pm, 7-8pm

It’s been a year-and-some of no concerts; no gigs; no festivals. Perhaps the metaphor, then, for an industry embattled by the pandemic, the stunning Steinway & Sons Spirio piano plays on — with no pianist. The show must go on, after all.

Striped in African Chen Chen wood (a far cry from sleek concert-black), this grand piano stands as the world’s finest high resolution player piano with its ability to bring to life music as though it is played live. A true masterpiece of both artistry and engineering.

Experience Chamber, 1F, K11 MUSEA

Art x Gastronomy

It’s never just the eyes — or just the nose, or just the ears — that’s massaged on ambles through K11 MUSEA. Introducing artistic endeavours via the sense of taste, Art Karnival’s Art x Gastronomy tour celebrates works of art that can be eaten.

Highlights include edible flowers and techniques like splash plating, with participating eateries including Fortnum & Mason, Glasshouse Greenery, Pasticceria Giovanni Pina 1920, Artisan Lounge, YUNG’S BISTRO, COBO HOUSE, Soil to Soul, TIRPSE and CURATOR BY LEX ART CAFÉ.

Kids Art Karnival

When: 14 May – 27 June; every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday from 2-6pm

A session dedicated solely to children, K11 MUSEA’s Art Karnival etches out a youthful subsidiary — the Kids Art Karnival — which runs interactive activities at the Donut Playhouse. Game booths include Roving Balloon Twisting, Bean Bag Toss and Popcorn, all of which can be played in exchange for respective tokens. Special prizes on the line include cupcake decorating classes at Harry’s Kitchen, gifts from the NSEW (Nintendo), bibs from Silver Cross and shopping offers from MoMA Design Store Hong Kong.

Donut Playhouse, B2, K11 MUSEA

K11 Kulture Academy Workshops

When: Through June

If you’ve felt even a smidge inspired throughout K11 MUSEA’s Art Karnival exhibitions — be it through Georges Mathieu or Isa Genzhen’s singular works, or through K11 Arts Foundation’s expansive programming — it may be time to start doing. Making. Creating.

K11 Kulture Academy Workshops offer over 40 special-interest, art-inspired classes, including floristry seminars, tea ceremonies and graffiti sessions. Discover the full roster here.

City As Studio

K11 Arts Foundation’s Prestigious International Arts Programme

When: 14 May – 27 June

There is a lot slated for K11 Arts Foundation’s arts programme, with international headliners including:

  • Calligraphy Rhapsody – Retrospective Exhibition of Georges Mathieu
  • Xu Zhen’s In Just a Blink of an Eye
  • The publication launch of City As Studio, a precursor to the Jeffrey Deitch-curated exhibition of the same name, slated for 2022
  • The debut of bronze sculptures by Japanese artist Izumi Kato
  • The inaugural edition of Micromégas artist residency and cultural exchange programme between Hong Kong and France co-organised with the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macau and Videotage, supported by the Institut français
  • All-digital collaborative video art programme KAF x MOCA: Transpacific Stream — co-presented with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles is — now streaming here
  • Katharina Grosse: Mumbling Mud Catalogue, accompanying the German artist’s first solo exhibition in China
2. Xu Zhen’s In Just a Blink of an Eye. Courtesy of K11 Art Foundation

Xu Zhen’s In Just a Blink of an Eye

When: 18 – 23 May

Contemporary Chinese artist Xu Zhen’s In Just a Blink of an Eye — supported by the K11 Art Foundation — is an hours-long installation of a human figure performing the act of falling through means invisible to the visible eye. This suspension of a motion that would otherwise occur in the space of mere seconds explores notions of temporality and space; the passage of time and how reality is constructed through our very subjective gazes.

Photo credit: Xu Zhen’s In Just a Blink of an Eye, Supported by K11 Art Foundation. Courtesy of K11 Art Foundation.

K11 Sculpture Park, 6/F, K11 MUSEA

3. Courtesy of K11 Art Foundation and Comité Georges Mathieu.

Calligraphy Rhapsody – Retrospective Exhibition of Georges Mathieu

When: 19 May – 4 July

Co-presented by K11 Art Foundation and the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau and curated by Catherine Kwai, Calligraphy Rhapsody – Retrospective Exhibition of Georges Mathieu is a centenary celebration of selections from the French oil painter’s oeuvre, with most painted between the decades of 1950’s to 1990’s. The father of the Lyrical Abstraction movement, Mathieu’s earlier works are gestural and calligraphic, while his ‘cosmic shift’ in the mid-1980’s explode into abstraction and poetry.

Photo credit: Courtesy of K11 Art Foundation and Comité Georges Mathieu / ADAGP, Paris – SACK, Seoul, 2021.

605, K11 Art & Cultural Centre, 6/F, K11 MUSEA

Gufram’s Guframini® Pink Edition

When: 14 May – 27 June

Exclusive to K11 MUSEA, Gufram’s Guframini® Pink Edition shrinks down the Italian artisanal entity’s Gufram’s iconic Bocca® sofa (HK$2,690), a Cactus® coat hanger (HK$2,890) and a Pratone® chaise lounge (HK$2,790) into 1:8-scale Guframini® miniatures, limited to 333-numbered pieces per design. Each Guframini® creation is made from polyurethane foam injected into a painted mould.

Purchase online here or at the K11 Design Store, MUSE EDITION, G/F, K11 MUSEA

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Gufram and Snarkitecture’s Broken Series Pink Edition

When: 14 May – 27 June

A worldwide-first debut at K11 MUSEA, Gufram and New York design practice Snarkitecture’s ‘Broken Series Pink Edition’ — consisting of the Broken Mirror, the Broken Square Mirror and the Broken Bench — is rendered in baby-pink polyurethane masquerading as concrete; a cheeky play on ‘soft/not soft’ contrasts.

MUSE EDITION, G/F, K11 MUSEA

This article was published on 13 May, 2021 and updated on 2 June, 2021.

Joey Wong
Editor
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