M+, Hong Kong’s new museum of 20th-
International Archives 1st half of 2019
Tracking notions of site across multiple historical moments and artistic languages, the exhibited works include poetic expressions of the body, intense investigations into the built environment, and in one case, a direct response to the M+ site. Together, these multifaceted works display powerful connections between art and its surroundings—be they the natural environment, architectural space, urban contexts, or discursive frameworks—prompting us to rethink our relationships to place and sense of belonging in the world.
A specially commissioned project by Lara Almarcegui presents a rigorous breakdown of the materials involved in the construction of the M+ building, offering a systematic expression of the transformations currently taking place at the museum’s site. With over 20 years of experience in investigating land and urban space, the artist fuses art-
Ana Mendieta, a pioneering performance artist celebrated around the globe, used her own body as a tool to communicate with the natural landscape. The selected films from her influential “Silueta” (Silhouette) series (1974–1981) documents the artist’s performative actions in which she impressed her body into dirt, sand, and mud and transformed the materials with water, smoke, and fire. In view of her life as a Cuban exile in the United States, these actions can be seen as part of a process of recovering her lost identity and the trauma of separation from family and homeland.
Also addressing site through the display of bodily encounters, the films of May Fung—one of the most important moving image artists working in Hong Kong today—echo themes of loss and self-
Elsewhere in the gallery is a group of over 30 maquettes by Lee Bul, a leading Korean artist and prominent voice of her generation. These small glittering models of real and fictional buildings respond to ideas of architectural utopias, as does her hanging sculpture, intricately crafted from steel, metal sheets, and mirrors. Born to dissident parents, Lee grew up during a period of military dictatorship in Korea. She witnessed first-
Notably different in form and appearance, the sculptural units created by German Minimalist artist Charlotte Posenenske, known as the “Vierkantrohre” (Square Tubes) series (1967), are the artist’s final and most lasting contributions to art. Resembling ventilation shafts, these modular parts in galvanised steel and cardboard can be assembled in various shapes according to the space and desires of the owner. Fond of placing her sculptures in public spaces, such as train stations and factories, Posenenske encouraged interactions between artwork and our everyday surroundings.
Exhibition June 07, October 20, 2019. M+ Pavilion, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, Tsim Sha Tsui -
*(1) Ana Mendieta, Alma, Silueta en Fuego, 1975. (2) Lee Bul, Maquette for Via Negativa, 2012/2016. (3) May Fung, She Said Why Me, 1989. (4) Charlotte Posenenske, Series D Vierkantrohre. (5) Lara Almarcegui, Construction Rubble, Spanish Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale, 2013.
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