- In Search of Southeast Asia through the M+ Collections
Chun Kai Feng
Singaporean, born 1982
Nothing to Wait For
M+, Hong Kong© Chun Kai Feng
Cambodian, born 1971
M+, Hong Kong© Sopheap Pich
The Propeller Group
established Vietnam, 2006
The Living Need Light, the Dead Need Music
M+, Hong Kong© The Propeller Group
Thai, born 1974
Social Sculpture Project 03
M+, Hong Kong© Pratchaya Phinthong
Indonesian, born 1977
M+, Hong Kong. Gift of Hallam Chow, 2016© Eko Nugroho
Malaysian, born Singapore 1959
M+, Hong Kong© Simryn Gill
anothermountainman (Stanley Wong)
Hong Kong, born 1960
Lanwei 43 / The Ghost House / Siem Reap
M+, Hong Kong. Gift of anothermountainman (Stanley Wong), 2012© anothermountainman (Stanley Wong)
Filipino, born 1975
M+, Hong Kong© Kiri Dalena
Thai, born Argentina 1961
Untitled 2009 (boomboom not boom boom)
M+, Hong Kong© Rirkrit Tiravanija
Thai, born Argentina 1961
Untitled 2009 (boomboom not boom boom)
M+, Hong Kong © Rirkrit Tiravanija
Taiwanese, born Myanmar, 1982
The Palace on the Sea
M+, Hong Kong© Midi Z
WORK / Theseus Chan
established Singapore, 1997 / Singaporean, born 1961
WERK No. 19: CLUB 21 × Comme des Garçons
M+, Hong Kong© WORK
Malayan Architects Co-partnership (later Architects Team 3)
established Singapore, 1961
Competition model, Negeri Sembilan State Mosque, Seremban, Malaysia, 1965–1967
1967; reproduced 2018
M+, Hong Kong. Gift of Architects Team 3, 2015© Architects Team 3
Vo Trong Nghia Architects
established Ho Chi Minh City, 2006
Wind and Water (wNw) Bar, Thu Dau Mot Town, Vietnam, 2006–2008
M+, Hong Kong© Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Sumet Jumsai Associates
established Bangkok. 1975-1991
Model, Bank of Asia Headquarters (now United Overseas Bank Bangkok Headquarters), Bangkok, Thailand, 1983–1986
M+, Hong Kong© Sumet Jumsai
Singaporean, born 1980
M+, Hong Kong© Hans Tan
established Singapore, 1994
Model, Duxton Plain Housing Competition, Singapore, 2001
M+, Hong Kong. Gift of WOHA Architects, 2014© WOHA Architects
established Kuala Lumpur, 1969 (preceded by Booty, Edwards & Partners, established Singapore, 1919)
Night-view photograph, Subang International Airport, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1962–1965
Courtesy of BEP Akitek© BEP Akitek
The Office indochinois du tourisme
established Vietnam, ca. 1928
Tonkin Delta, L’Indochine française
M+, Hong Kong
T. R. Hamzah & Yeang / Ken Yeang established Kuala Lumpur, 1976 / Malaysian, born 1948
Model, Menara Mesiniaga, Subang Jaya, Malaysia, 1989–1992
1992; reproduced ca. 2003
M+, Hong Kong. Gift of T. R. Hamzah & Yeang, 2017© T. R. Hamzah & Yeang / Ken Yeang
Sri Lankan, 1919–2003
Early master plan, Batujimbar Estate (1972–1975), Bali, Indonesia
Courtesy of Lunuganga Trust© Geoffrey Bawa
Gathering in a geodesic dome during the second Campuan World Meeting co-organised by Lim Chong Keat and Buckminster Fuller in Bali
M+, Hong Kong. Gift of Sumet Jumsai, 2018© All rights reserved
Gathering in a geodesic dome during Buckminster Fuller’s visit to Singapore
M+, Hong Kong. Gift of Architects Team 3, 2015© All rights reserved
M+, Hong Kong’s museum of twentieth and twenty-first-century visual culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District, is pleased to announce In Search of Southeast Asia through the M+ Collections, which will be presented at the M+ Pavilion from 22 June until 30 September 2018. This ambitious and tightly curated exhibition includes seventy works by twenty-eight artists, architects, and designers from nine Southeast Asian countries, plus Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, and the United States.
The exhibition is the museum’s first to address a particular geography, in this
Suhanya Raffel, Executive Director of M+, emphasises the importance of this exhibition in refining a voice for the museum that speaks from Hong Kong: ‘With this exhibition, M+ presents diverse readings of Southeast Asia through our collections, further articulating who we are as a museum and how we strengthen our grounding in Hong Kong. In Search of Southeast Asia through the M+ Collections is an important opportunity for us to develop connections between cultural production in Hong Kong and wider Asia. It also demonstrates M+’s commitment to visual culture as a methodology, by presenting positions and perspectives that are derived from multiple disciplines.’
In Search of Southeast Asia through the M+ Collections is co-curated by Pauline J. Yao, Lead Curator, Visual Art, and Shirley Surya, Associate Curator, Design and Architecture. The emphatically interdisciplinary exhibition includes contemporary works of art and design as well as historical archival materials and architectural models. These are grouped into three themes:
- ‘Conditions of Place’ features work by artists, architects, and designers that
addressesspecific local conditions, such as historical origins, climate, topography, vernacular materials, and urban environments. Highlights include material related to a project in Bali by Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa; models and drawings by Malaysian architect Ken Yeang, Ho Chi Minh City-based Vo Trong Nghia Architects, and Singapore-based WOHA Architects; a large-scale bamboo installation by Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich; a film—exhibited in Hong Kong for the first time—by Vietnamese collective The Propeller Group; and an outdoor piece by Indonesian visual artist Eko Nugroho.
- ‘States and Powers’ shows how power—exercised through colonial imperialism, nation-building efforts, and contemporary statecraft—can both invigorate and limit cultural expression. Archival material documenting two of the most prolific architectural practices in British Malaya—Booty, Edwards & Partners (later BEP Akitek) and Malayan Architects Co-partnership (later Architects Team 3)—is featured prominently, as is work by contemporary artists Charles Lim from Singapore and Kiri Dalena from the Philippines.
- ‘Transnational Flows’ investigates global flows of people and ideas within and beyond Southeast Asia. Works presented in this section include a video installation by Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija and moving image works by Myanmar-born Taiwanese filmmaker Midi Z and Thai artist Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, alongside archival material documenting American architect Buckminster Fuller’s engagement with Southeast Asia and projects by renowned Thai architect Sumet Jumsai and Singapore-based graphic designer Theseus Chan.
In Search of Southeast Asia through the M+ Collections represents design and architecture, moving image, and visual art practices from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Material by artists and designers who work outside the region, including two Hong Kong artists, is also presented. The exhibition features work by: anothermountainman (Stanley Wong), Architects Team 3 (formerly Malayan Architects Co-partnership) / Lim Chong Keat, Geoffrey Bawa, BEP Akitek (formerly Booty, Edwards & Partners) / Kington Loo, Chun Kaifeng, Kiri Dalena, Simryn Gill, Sumet Jumsai, Zai Kuning, Charles Lim, Midi Z, Eko Nugroho, the Office indochinois du tourisme, the Official Tourist Information Bureau of the Dutch East Indies, Pratchaya Phinthong, Sopheap Pich, Bas Princen, The Propeller Group, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Paul Rudolph, Wilson Shieh Ka-ho, T. R. Hamzah & Yeang / Ken Yeang, Hans Tan, Maria Taniguchi, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Vo Trong Nghia Architects, WOHA Architects, and WORK / Theseus Chan.
Curators Pauline J. Yao and Shirley Surya explain their approach: ‘Given that Southeast Asia is one of the most diverse and fascinating regions in the world, we wanted to honour its vast assortment of cultural expressions by concentrating on isolated moments, individual perspectives, and under-represented microhistories, rather than any overarching narrative or unified perspective. Through the three thematic sections, the exhibition takes the viewer through the divergent, as well as shared, ways artists and designers respond to the multivalent conditions of where they are and how they look at the world.’
In dialogue with the exhibition, M+ presents a new edition of M+ Screenings on 21–23 September 2018, titled Southeast Asia Moving Image Mixtape, which features rarely seen films from Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and beyond. The backgrounds, time periods, and expressions presented in these films reveal multiple histories and offer complex readings of a region rich in moving image cultures. The screenings are held at Broadway Cinematheque, Yau Ma Tei.
A series of complementary programmes, including a talk, a teachers’ private viewing, members’ events, and guided tours, will be planned as part of the exhibition. For more information, please visit www.mplus.org.hk/insearchofsea.
M+ is a museum dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting visual art, design and architecture, moving image, and Hong Kong visual culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, we are building one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture in the world, with a bold ambition to establish ourselves as one of the world’s leading cultural institutions. Our aim is to create a new kind of museum that reflects our unique time and place, a museum that builds on Hong Kong’s historic balance of the local and the international to define a distinctive and innovative voice for Asia’s twenty-first century.
About the West Kowloon Cultural District
Located on Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour, the West Kowloon Cultural District is one of the largest cultural projects in the world. Its vision is to create a vibrant new cultural quarter for Hong Kong. With a complex of theatres, performance spaces, and M+, the West Kowloon Cultural District will produce and host world-class exhibitions, performances, and cultural events, and will provide twenty-three hectares of public open space, including a two-kilometre waterfront promenade.
22 June–30 September 2018
Wednesday to Sunday and public holidays
M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District
Admission is free.
Co-curated by: Pauline J. Yao, Lead Curator, Visual Art; and Shirley Surya, Associate Curator, Design and Architecture; with Vera Lam, Curatorial Assistant, Visual Art; William Seung, Curatorial Assistant, Design and Architecture; and Helena Halim, Curatorial Intern
Exhibition design: Collective Studio
Graphic design: Zak Group
Pauline J. Yao
Pauline J. Yao is Lead Curator, Visual Art, at M+. She has held curatorial positions at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and worked as an independent curator and writer in Beijing for six years, during which time she helped co-found the storefront art space Arrow Factory. Since joining M+ in 2012, Yao has played an active role in building the visual art collection by overseeing and acquiring works from around Asia and beyond. A co-curator of the 2009 Shenzhen and Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, Yao is a regular contributor to Artforum, e-flux Journal, and Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. Her writings on contemporary Asian art have appeared in numerous catalogues, online publications, and edited volumes. She is the author of In Production Mode: Contemporary Art in China (Timezone 8 Books, 2008) and co-editor of 3 Years: Arrow Factory (Sternberg Press, 2011).
Shirley Surya is Associate Curator, Design and Architecture, at M+. She has researched and acquired works representing key post-war design and architectural developments in greater China and Southeast Asia for the M+ Collections since 2012. She co-curated Building M+: The Museum & Architecture Collection and Mobile M+: NEONSIGNS.HK. She made curatorial contributions to the exhibition Incomplete Urbanism: Attempts of Critical Spatial Practice (NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, 2016) on the practice of Singapore architect William S. W. Lim, and the exhibition Yung Ho Chang & FCJZ: Material-ism (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, 2012). Her writings have been published in Place.Labour.Capital (NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore and Mousse Publishing, 2018), Encyclopedia of Asian Design (Bloomsbury, 2018), Yung Ho Chang Draws (Joint Publishing, 2015), and journals including Design and Culture, A+U, and Singapore Architect.