SHIFTING OBJECTIVES

M+ MUSEUM IN HONG KONG, THE LATEST PROJECT BY HERZOG & DE MEURON, EXPLORES THE REALM OF VISUAL CULTURE AND BRINGS TOGETHER AN INTERESTING NARRATIVE OF ASIA’S HISTORY OF DESIGN IN THE 20TH AND 21ST CENTURIES.

We’re pretty sure that many of you have heard and are excited about M+. This latest project by Herzog & de Meuron in Hong Kong is a museum that explores the realm of visual culture as its content presents an incredible array of art and cultural issues in many shapes and forms ranging from art objects, design and architecture to theatre and performance art. M+ is one of the key characters of West Kowloon Cultural District development project and, despite being in an early stage of development (expected time of completion is 2019), the museum does not fail to make itself a part of the contemporary discussion with exhibitions and activities being held at its temporary space, M+ Space, all the while keeping followers updated.

Climatology, Respired Wooden Skin. Image courtesy of M+

‘Nirvana’ by Uchida Shigeru, 1981 (enameled steel, brass-plated steel), Image courtesy of M+

Shifting Objectives: Design from the M+ Collection is considered to be the museum’s first exhibition. Selected pieces from the museum’s own design collection tell an interesting narrative of Asia’s history of design in the 20th and 21st centuries, particularly the nation formation of Japan, India, China and Hong Kong during the Cold War, which results in the diverse development of designs from both foreign designers, such as the documentation of Le Corbusier’s works in Chandigarh, or works by local creative forces such as the Tokyo Olympics 1964 poster by Kamekura Yasuka. Shifting Objectives revisits the evolution of Postmodernism, which was first conceived around the same time period. Works of contemporary designers are included as the last segment of the exhibition, projecting a bigger and more comprehensive picture of the region’s design industry where issues concerning new presentational approaches to craft, digital technology and production processes as well as the power relations between design and society are being contemplated and discussed once again (among the many more times that the issue has been and will be discussed). 

Shifting Objectives, M+ Museum, Photo by Wasawat Dechapirom

TEXT: PAPHOP KERDSUP
www.westkowloon.hk/en/mplus

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