Since its opening, K11 MUSEA has become a cultural landmark in Hong Kong. A hybrid between art and commerce, the flagship is the nexus of innovation, creativity and people. 31 August sees the opening of K11’s Art and Cultural Centre, an immersive museum space that promises to be an exciting addition to the city’s art scene.
With over 105,000 square footage of multipurpose space, the centre allows visitors to engage themselves in the works of renowned artists from all over the world. Carefully curated to embody the hyper-connected nature of Hong Kong and its multicultural and multilingual society, the collection is an immersive visual and physical experience. Artists including Mary Weatherford, Erwin Wurm and Oscar Murillo take up this grand space and leave each corner and each wall as a conversation starter.
Positioned on the Victoria Harbour waterfront, the new site exemplifies the symbiotic nature of art and culture. The outdoor-indoor space is an engrossing experience that offers a place to enjoy and appreciate art as it literally and physically surrounds the senses. Erwin Wurm’s Half Big Suit sculpture is one piece that is a physical standout within the space and addresses the absurdity found in mundane actions of everyday life, portrayed through the comical positioning of the body and with half the upper body missing. With more than 40 artworks featured, the space truly allows art to come alive and interact with its viewers.
The sixth-floor space has an architectural structure that can be considered an art piece in itself with its intricately arranged glass tube façade featuring over 300 glass cylinders. Designed by Solid Objectives’ Idenburg Liu, the concept gallery hopes to allow visitors to “reset” from the hustle and bustle of the city. “When you’re walking close to it, you realise that transparency is something quite monumental. It kind of creates a new ground in that way,” says Liu.
Also on the sixth floor is the Gourmet Chamber, a space welcoming restaurants and bars including COBO HOUSE and COUCOU Reserve. With an alluring pairing of art and food, this is a place to while away a day appreciating the senses.
The Art and Cultural Centre is located on the sixth-floor of the K11 MUSEA and officially opens on 31 August.
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CreditLead image: Erwin Wurm, Half Big Suit (Verschnittskulptur-Serie), 2016