“Building M+” Gives a Glimpse of the Upcoming Museum

On 15/01/2014 by Site Default
"Building M+" Gives a Glimpse of the Upcoming Museum
Iwan Baan “Guangzhou Opera House #1” (2010) C-print, 91.4 x 137.2 cm.

(Courtesy of the artist and Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Los Angeles)

Today we get our first glimpse at the architecture collection by M+, Hong Kong’s yet-to-be-built museum for contemporary visual culture. A teaser exhibition for the future museum opened at ArtisTree with the title “Building M+: The Museum and Architecture Collection.” The “building” refers to both the construction of the actual museum as well as the filling of its interior with a collection unlike any other in the world.

We saw an intimate model of Ai Wei Wei’s home and studio at Caochangdi as well as fantastical models of MAD’s hypothetical urban plans for Beijing, and architectural photography by Iwan Baan bordering on the surreal. Looking back is a nostalgic documentation of the Kowloon Walled City, while looking forward, there are detailed exhibits on the winning M+ design by Herzog & de Meuron.

Curator for Design and Architecture, Aric Chen, is set on “opening up” the idea of “a collection” as something that is not just for fine and rarefied models by big names. He emphasizes inclusivity in the curatorial approach, corralling architectural concepts that he finds “relevant and interesting” — a vague but idealistic direction.

“Museums are known for taking a connoisseurial approach, and for us the quality of the work is defined by the quality of the ideas behind it. We are not limited to just the masterpieces, the rarefied objects, nor are we solely archival. We are a hybrid. You can find masterful drawings but also a display of cinder blocks,” says Chen to BLOUIN ARTINFO. He is talking about a display of cinder blocks made by Jiakun Architect’s “Rebirth Brick Project.” It turns debris from the disaster sites of the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake into useful blocks for rebuilding.

Head to the exhibition  to see a vast overview of thoughtful architecture in Hong Kong and mainland China, otherwise you’ll have to wait till 2017, for the grand opening of M+.

Click on slideshow for highlights from “Building M+”

http://hk.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1000306/building-m-gives-a-glimpse-of-the-upcoming-museum

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