M+ SHIFTING OBJECTIVES
The first gallery in West Kowloon’s fast-developing Cultural District, the M+ Pavilion provides a new exhibition gallery for showcasing visual art, design and architecture.M+ presents an enthralling, collection, of 120 pieces of 20th and 21st century design, offering a intriguing, glimpse of the museum’s splendid vast collection of over 2,500 works.
The approach is designed to spark thinking about how viewpoints on design change across time and geographical space and presents a solidly assembled and edited collection of commonplace everyday classic household items and iconic design including the plastic-covered rattan chairs that were commonplace in homes in 1950s Hong Kong, through to design classics such as Nendo’s ‘Cabbage’ chair, constructed from recycled, sliced and folded rolls of paper.
The M+ Pavilion is the first long term space on the West Kowloon site; the main museum construction designed by Herzog & de Meuron will open in late 2019 becoming one of the largest museums of visual culture in the world. Its main emphasis will be Asian art, design, architecture and film from the 20th and 21st centuries.
The M+ Pavilion is designed by a team of three Hong Kong-born, young and energetic architects: Vincent Pang from VPANG architects ltd, Tynnon Chow from JET Architecture Inc and Lisa Cheung. After they won the first prize in the international design competition for the Pavilion, they have been appointed to work with the WKCDA to design and bring to fruition the Pavilion which will provide a flexible space to stage small-scale exhibitions and events. Located within the Art Park amid public space, the M+ Pavilion is designed to offer a relief from frenetic city life with a smart simplistic approach that allows it to blend into its environment. Mirrored external walls reflect the surrounding expanses of greenery and immerse the building in the Art Park setting. To further this experience, the Pavilion’s main exhibition space is elevated, allowing it to float above the foliage, creating the opportunity for artwork to be appreciated against a backdrop of the unparalleled Hong Kong Island skyline with spectacular views of Victoria Harbour. Inside, the gallery space feature polished concrete floors and white walls – a flexible backdrop for multidisciplinary art exhibitions and performances.
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