Hong Kong’s Art Week is in full swing this weekend. To coincide with the city’s hive of activity, we highlight ArtisTree’s collaboration with the Serpentine Galleries and Zaha Hadid Design on There Should Be No End to Experimentation, a unique show examining the late architect’s artistic works. Providing a creative alternative for those who are bound to the UK or the US, our 5 To See focuses on aspects of 20th century design in a retrospective of Pierre Chareau’s elegant furniture and interiors at The Jewish Museum and a survey of idealistic proposals for an alternative Moscow during the Soviet era at Design Museum.
1. Pierre Chareau, Modern Architecture and Design, The Jewish Museum, New York
The Jewish Museum proposes a fresh look at internationally recognised French designer Pierre Chareau. Rising from modest beginnings in Bordeaux, Chareau became one of the most sought-after designers in the country. Modern Architecture and Design provides an opportunity to examine his innovative work in the Parisian cultural context between the wars – highlighting his circle of influential patrons, engagement with the period’s artists and designs for the film industry. An active patron of the arts himself, Chareau’s collection of paintings, sculptures and drawings by artists such as Mondrian, Lipchitz and Ernst are showcased alongside his custom furniture and interiors, which feature rare woods with touches of exotic materials.
2. Victoria Lucas, Lay of the Land (and other such myths), HOME, Manchester
Collating artist Victoria Lucas’s research excursion across the Californian Desert in 2015 is a new show, co-commissioned and curated by Mark Devereux Projects. Entitled Lay of the Land (and other such myths), the exhibition presents a series of photographic works: digitally rendered images that portray a cluster of giant boulders as an imaginary site for potential subversive happenings. The project investigates the connections between gender and imaginary geographical place, and explores power dynamics and notions of the other. Lucas’ practice considers the phenomenological experiences of place from a female perspective.
3. Imagine Moscow, Design Museum, London
Design Museum brings together a series of large-scale architectural drawings, artwork, propaganda and publications from Moscow that date back to the 1920s and early 1930s. Marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution, Imagine Moscow examines the city as it was imagined by a bold new generation of architects and designers. A collection of rarely seen material engages viewers with an idealistic vision of the Soviet capital. The six projects on display suggest an alternative reality for the city and hint at prominent Soviet ideologies such as collectivisation, urban planning, aviation, communication, industrialisation, communal living and recreation.
4. Miroslow Balka, Crossover/s, Hangar Biccoca, Milan
The first Italian retrospective of Miroslaw Balka (b.1958) reflects on the Polish artist’s extensive oeuvre and long-standing career. Focusing on the themes of human nature, as well as individual and collective memory, the exhibition features works that encompass autobiographical elements and make reference to Europe’s, and in particular his native Poland’s, histories. A leading artist of the last three decades, much of Balka’s early work included figurative sculptures – something that was later abandoned by him in favour of more abstract pieces. This showcase concentrates on sculptures, installations and videos made from the 1990s onwards, which allude to the human presence rather than directly portraying it.
5. Zaha Hadid, There Should Be No End to Experimentation, ArtisTree, Hong Kong
Working in collaboration with the Serpentine Galleries and Zaha Hadid Design, Swire Properties brings the critically acclaimed exhibition of early paintings and drawings by the late Zaha Hadid (1950-2016) to Hong Kong. This show focuses on the pioneering architect as a visionary artist through the display of paintings, calligraphic drawings and rarely seen private notebooks with sketches that show her complex thoughts about architecture’s forms and relationships. Four virtual reality experiences have been specially developed with Google Arts & Culture, offering a dynamic and immersive insight into Hadid’s vision. This also marks ArtisTree’s final presentation, before it is relocated to a new space.
1. Pierre Chareau (French, 1883-1950) and Bernard Bijvoet (Dutch, 1889-1979), Maison de Verre, 1928-1932. Photograph © Mark Lyon.