Adrian Cheng, after the opening of Rosewood last year, has further elevated the harbourfront culture with the launch of K11 MUSEA – A Muse by the Sea, which quickly evolved into a landmark that masterfully integrates art, culture, and the retail experience in Hong Kong. In partnership with over 100 creatives powers which includes acclaimed local and international artists, architects, designers, and environmentalists, this pioneering cultural-retail destination is a one-of-a-kind space that fosters community and cross-cultural dialogue that brings together creativity, culture, and innovation. For its first anniversary, K11 MUSEA introduces a wide variety of art exhibits starting from October 9 to November 8 2020.
One of the main highlights that Adrian Cheng has brought to Hong Kong is the city's first showcase Van Gogh’s Ear sculpture by Danish and Norwegian artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, who are best known for exploring social issues by juxtaposing desolate objects with unique surroundings. The nine-metre tall masterpiece takes the form of an empty swimming pool complete with a diving board, steel ladder, and lights around the edge. Its realistic resemblance of a swimming pool aims to provoke a sense of surrealism with viewers as it stands in contrast against Hong Kong's tightly-packed urban landscape.
Photograph: Courtesy Phillips Auction House/The Fertility Suite by Keith Haring
Adding to the celebration, K11 MUSEA is showcasing legendary pop artist Keith Haring’s iconic artworks entitled Keith Haring: Falling Up presented by Phillips Auction House, set to take place at the new K11 Art and Cultural Centre from October 9 to 18. As one of the most legendary pop artists of the 20th century, Keith Haring's works are often stimulating and visually vibrant. For a limited time only, visitors can marvel at the impressive showcase featuring his iconic paintings, drawings, and painted aluminium sculptures. In addition to the artwork, Phillips Auction House will also screen the documentary Keith Haring: Street Art Boy, on October 10, 6.30pm and 8pm, at the Sunken Plaza. This amalgamation of drawings, sculptures, and films provides an in-depth understanding of the artist who used street art as a form of social activism.
Photograph: Courtesy K11 MUSEA
Apart from the two highlighted showcase, there's also a special pop-up happening at MUSE EDITION featuring Spanish artist Javier Calleja’s Thinking Boy and Little Maurizio sculptures and ‘blind box’ mini-figurines; screenings of Always I Distrust, Cheng Ran’s latest short film with Adrian Cheng as chief producer and starring Carina Lau; a live ensemble performance by three iconic minimalist composers, and more.