Barbie Dreamhouse in Berlin a pink nightmare for protesters

Barbie's pink life-sized home in Berlin is sexist propaganda, say protesters. Photo: AFP

To some it would be a dream home, albeit a slightly kitsch one. To others it resembles a very pink house of horrors that has no place in a modern city. The first life-sized Barbie house to be unveiled in Europe opened in Berlin yesterday, but Barbie fans were far outnumbered by feminist protesters and leftwing activists who shouted "pink stinks" and called the plush plastic villa "sexist propaganda".

Friday, 17 May, 2013, 4:48am

Mini cityscapes bring a whole new perspective to Hong Kong

Macy Kwan Mei-see with her opera scene, complete with bamboo stage. Photo: Paul Yeung

In a city defined by its skyscrapers and towering residential blocks, hundreds of Hongkongers have been flocking to an exhibition in Tsing Yi that celebrates the opposite: miniature streetscapes.

7 Apr 2013 - 11:58am

Exhibition market to see strong Hong Kong growth

Hong Kong's exhibition market is expected to grow by 10 or 11 per cent a year until 2015. Photo: Xinhua

The market for exhibitions in Hong Kong and on the mainland can expect robust growth over the next three years, but exhibitions in certain sectors in the city will suffer from the global economic conditions this year, analysts said.

21 Mar 2013 - 5:20am

Fabergé eggs set to whip up interest at Heritage Museum

"Moscow Kremlin", one of Faberge's famously ornate Easter eggs, on show in Sha Tin. Photo: Edward Wong

They're the stuff of legends, the ornately carved, jewel-encrusted eggs commissioned by the last Russian royals as gifts for their family.

7 Feb 2013 - 4:16am

Asia Society exhibition offers a glimpse into a bright design future

William Lim's wind chime features 1,200 strips of bamboo and is lit using solar energy.

Although design showcases are popping up everywhere, this intriguing show, curated by the director of Tokyo's Mori Art Museum, Fumio Nanjo, marks a significant development in the style and quality of work.

18 Feb 2013 - 6:42pm

Old Master Q a 'painkiller' for readers, says writer

Joseph Wong, who draws and writes the comic book his father created in the 1960s, with some familiar faces at a 50th anniversary exhibition. Photo: Nora Tam

The formula hasn't changed in half a century, says Joseph Wong Chak, who took over from his father, Alfonso Wong Kar-hei, in producing Old Master Q when he retired in the 1990s.

28 Jan 2013 - 7:18am

Annie Woon's wig exhibition opens in Times Square

Annie Woon (left) in her "wig wonderland" with Kitty Yuen.

Local artist Annie Woon said she was thrilled with her first exhibition featuring artwork made with colourful wigs, which has opened in the atrium of Causeway Bay's Times Square mall.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:07am

Shedding light on German design through the ages

Design classics: Richard Sapper's Tizio lamps

"When I was a student, I only saw these things in pictures," says Leslie Lu as he walks past a collection of Tizio desk lamps, designed in 1970 by Richard Sapper.

9 Jan 2013 - 3:26am

No prisoner corpses in Venetian Macao body show, organiser says

Preserved full corpses in glass cabinets and organs in display cases at the controversial Human Bodies Exhibition at the Venetian Macao Hotel. Photo: SCMP

The man behind an exhibition of preserved cadavers in Macau that claims to show the "inner beauty" of the human body has denied the corpses of executed mainland prisoners were used.

Tom Zaller, president and chief executive of American company Imagine Exhibitions, brushed off ethical and legal concerns raised about the Human Bodies Exhibition.

4 Nov 2012 - 4:13am

City Digest, October 22, 2012

Bank alerts police over suspicious men at ATM

Nanyang Commercial Bank staff called police shortly after midnight yesterday after a customer reported a problem when using an ATM on Nathan Road, Mong Kok. Security footage showed two men fitting a device to the ATM that police believed to be a data collector.


Woman conned into making web transfers

22 Oct 2012 - 6:16am

Botanicalls project at Data Gaga exhibition helps plants to speak

Miu-ling Lam, who helped organise the Botanicalls project, waters some of the plants which tweeted that they were thirsty. Photo: May Tse

Gardening enthusiasts have long been proclaiming the benefits of talking to their plants - but now the plants are actually talking back.

Our potted friends are making their thoughts known via Twitter, with their own account called Plant Talks.

"May I have a cup of water, please?" one thirsty plant tweeted yesterday.

21 Oct 2012 - 3:45am

Photography exhibition Eye to Eye features everyday life

Engineer Perry Wong shows work on an underground drainage tunnel.

Every picture tells a story, and it was with this in mind that an innovative programme was put in place to give the people of Hong Kong a chance to depict their lives through photography.

The snapshots could be of mundane routines - of domestic workers shopping in wet markets, taking children to school or with friends on holidays.

21 Oct 2012 - 3:45am

Hong Kong Space Museum 'out of date'

A visitor tries out a gyroscope at the museum. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

While China is sending people into orbit, the Hong Kong Space Museum is more like a trip back in time.

30 Sep 2012 - 10:16am 3 comments

Mainland fair visitors shop up a storm

Mainlanders who come to Hong Kong for trade fairs are much keener shoppers than those from the rest of the world, according to a study by Asia World Expo.

In each business trip they made to the Lantau venue last year, they spent an average HK$10,900 on shopping, research conducted by accountancy firm KPMG on behalf of the venue found.

16 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Technology firms unveil industry's hottest trends

The trade fair allows information, communications and technology companies to showcase their state-of-the-art software solutions and services.

13 Apr 2011 - 12:00am