STYLE Edit: Hong Kong’s K11 Musea hosts Art Karnival – did you spot Isa Genzken’s 8.5-metre ‘Rose II’ sculpture on Tsim Sha Tsui harbourfront?
Hong Kong Arts Month may be done and dusted, but there’s still plenty of culture to be found in the city, with the continuation of the Art Karnival hosted at K11 Musea, the cultural-retail destination founded Adrian Cheng. Between now and June 27, the Victoria Dockside venue is hosting a series of art exhibitions, tours, workshops and dining deals viewed through an artistic lens.
Art Karnival began with German contemporary artist Isa Genzken’s 8.5-metre (28-foot) Rose II sculpture being unveiled in late May, on the ground floor Visual Corridor’s Promenade. Genzken is one of the world’s pre-eminent contemporary artists, known for her innovative use of materials to explore connections between the cityscape, nature and culture. Crafted from steel, aluminium and lacquer, and capped with a vibrant red flower, Rose II is the largest work by Genzken ever exhibited in Asia and it appears to rise from the sea to stand in full bloom amid the surrounding urban architecture.
Just a few steps away, anyone taking in Rose II will encounter the interactive “Rose’s Allure”, an artistic activation that allows visitors to pluck a fresh rose from the Greek relic-inspired installation.
On the retail side, Italian furniture designer Gufram launches its bespoke Guframini Pink Edition, miniatures of its groundbreaking Bocca sofa, Cactus coat hanger and Pratone chaise longue. Only 333 bite-sized models of these landmark pieces will be available at Muse Edition. Gufram is also debuting its Broken Series Pink Edition, designed by Snarkitecture’s Alex Mustonen and Daniel Arsham.
Other highlights of Art Karnival’s month of programmes include a pop-up and blind box of Edgar Plans’ collectibles in The Power of Letters, curated by Misha Made with Coexist; a Georges Mathieu retrospective entitled “Calligraphy Rhapsody” (through July 26); and the first limited edition impression of Chinese Art: The Impossible Collection, a book featuring 100 contemporary works of Chinese art by Adrian Cheng and John Dodelande, available at the K11 Design Store.
Rounding out the month is Art x Gastronomy, food and beverage creations from Fortnum & Mason, Glasshouse Greenery, Pasticceria Giovanni Pina 1920 and others, incorporating culinary techniques and themes inspired by Art Karnival’s events and exhibitions. Complimentary 45-minute Art Karnival guided tours are available by booking online.
- Tastemaker Adrian Cheng’s K11 Musea kicks off Art Karnival with Genzken’s ‘Rose II’ making its Asian debut
- Other exhibits include Edgar Plans’ collectibles in The Power of Letters and a Georges Mathieu retrospective named ‘Calligraphy Rhapsody’