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Going up in the world

The tall, small city of Hong Kong gets some Gulliverian artistic appreciation with the appearance of six giant inflatable sculptures on the site of the Park at West Kowloon Cultural District, next to M+, Hong Kong’s future museum for visual culture, until June 9, 2013.


This playground of monumental artworks make Mobile M+: Inflation! one of the largest contemporary art exhibitions mounted in the city, and features selections by international artistic luminaries - Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller's 'Sacrilege' a full size inflatable replica of one of the world's iconic monuments, Stonehenge (bottom) - alongside newly commissioned artworks by local and regional artists Tam Wai Ping (giant insect, below) and Cao Fei (glowing pig, left). The six works will be accompanied by a performance piece by Tomás Saraceno (Argentina) on May 4 and 25  and June 8.

Inviting the public to interact like Lilliputians with this sizescape, Inflation! questions the nature of public art and ways audiences engage with it. (Anything like the recent Andy Warhol free-floating silver pillows exhibit at the Hong Kong Museum of Art, then adults - and kids - are in for a treat). Several pieces are derived from everyday objects inflated to render the familiar defamiliar, more tangible and tactile. Others question the nature and potential of art and architecture in public space through installations which reflect on human relationships to the built environment and the natural world.

By exploring the shifting notions of nature and artifice, intimacy and monumentality, temporariness and permanence, as well as beauty and the grotesque, Inflation! probes the role of public art in the context of an evolving and endlessly mutating constructed landscape. It's art but not as we know it and Tam's channelling of Planet of the Apes, the Statue of Liberty, the lower half of a human body and a headless cockroach in black latex may not please the aesthetes, but makes exclamation marks. 

Inflation! acts as a prelude to the opening of the Park in 2014, highlighting the future possibilities for multi-disciplinary arts programming on the site. “Inflation! is an example of the numerous possibilities that the future park will offer for our exhibition programming," says Lars Nittve, executive director of M+. "It represents our ambition to display the full spectrum of visual culture from a Hong Kong perspective that incorporates a global vision. Inhabiting the future site of the Park of West Kowloon Cultural District, ‘Mobile M+: Inflation!’ also broaches the possibilities of how art might play an integral role in this park as we go forward,” Nittve says.

Inflation! is a part of Mobile M+, a series of pre-opening ‘nomadic’ exhibitions curated by M+ that aim to engage the public ahead of the opening of the museum, scheduled for completion in late 2017. By realising projects that aren't possible in a conventional museum, Mobile M+ seeks to turn the perceived disadvantage of being “rootless” into an advantage by staging events that embrace a multi-disciplinary approach. Watch this space!

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of on-site events ranging from artist talks, workshops, guided tours to performances.

Mobile M+: INFLATION!Tues – Thurs: 12pm to 7pm; Fri – Sun: 11am to 8pm; Closed MondaysDuring Art Basel Hong Kong: 10am – 8pmWest Kowloon 

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Going up in the world

The tall, small city of Hong Kong gets some Gulliverian artistic appreciation with the appearance of six giant inflatable sculptures on the site of the Park at West Kowloon Cultural District, next to M+, Hong Kong’s future museum for visual culture, until June 9, 2013.


This playground of monumental artworks make Mobile M+: Inflation! one of the largest contemporary art exhibitions mounted in the city, and features selections by international artistic luminaries - Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller's 'Sacrilege' a full size inflatable replica of one of the world's iconic monuments, Stonehenge (bottom) - alongside newly commissioned artworks by local and regional artists Tam Wai Ping (giant insect, below) and Cao Fei (glowing pig, left). The six works will be accompanied by a performance piece by Tomás Saraceno (Argentina) on May 4 and 25  and June 8.

Inviting the public to interact like Lilliputians with this sizescape, Inflation! questions the nature of public art and ways audiences engage with it. (Anything like the recent Andy Warhol free-floating silver pillows exhibit at the Hong Kong Museum of Art, then adults - and kids - are in for a treat). Several pieces are derived from everyday objects inflated to render the familiar defamiliar, more tangible and tactile. Others question the nature and potential of art and architecture in public space through installations which reflect on human relationships to the built environment and the natural world.

By exploring the shifting notions of nature and artifice, intimacy and monumentality, temporariness and permanence, as well as beauty and the grotesque, Inflation! probes the role of public art in the context of an evolving and endlessly mutating constructed landscape. It's art but not as we know it and Tam's channelling of Planet of the Apes, the Statue of Liberty, the lower half of a human body and a headless cockroach in black latex may not please the aesthetes, but makes exclamation marks. 

Inflation! acts as a prelude to the opening of the Park in 2014, highlighting the future possibilities for multi-disciplinary arts programming on the site. “Inflation! is an example of the numerous possibilities that the future park will offer for our exhibition programming," says Lars Nittve, executive director of M+. "It represents our ambition to display the full spectrum of visual culture from a Hong Kong perspective that incorporates a global vision. Inhabiting the future site of the Park of West Kowloon Cultural District, ‘Mobile M+: Inflation!’ also broaches the possibilities of how art might play an integral role in this park as we go forward,” Nittve says.

Inflation! is a part of Mobile M+, a series of pre-opening ‘nomadic’ exhibitions curated by M+ that aim to engage the public ahead of the opening of the museum, scheduled for completion in late 2017. By realising projects that aren't possible in a conventional museum, Mobile M+ seeks to turn the perceived disadvantage of being “rootless” into an advantage by staging events that embrace a multi-disciplinary approach. Watch this space!

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of on-site events ranging from artist talks, workshops, guided tours to performances.

Mobile M+: INFLATION!Tues – Thurs: 12pm to 7pm; Fri – Sun: 11am to 8pm; Closed MondaysDuring Art Basel Hong Kong: 10am – 8pmWest Kowloon 

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