One of the largest and most ambitious art installations ever to grace Hong Kong was unveiled in November — but residents won’t be required to enter a museum to see it. They just have to look up. 31 sculptures of naked, anatomically-correct men made by British sculptor Sir Antony Gormley, appear across a kilometer stretch in the heart of the city.
M+, Hong Kong’s new museum for visual culture, recently acquired the Kiyotomo sushi bar, designed by Shiro Kuramata in 1988. Now deinstalled from its original location, the entire space, including interior finishes, furnishings and exterior façade, will be preserved and reinstalled in the M+ galleries upon completion of the museum building.
This video takes you through the history of the Kiyotomo sushi bar, the story of its deinstallation and includes interviews with Kuramata collectors and the M+ curatorial team.
With its radical space-age aesthetic and disregard for traditional forms, Zaha Hadid’s Galaxy SOHO caused shock waves in Beijing when it was unveiled in 2013. The rapid economic growth of China’s capital has seen the city thrust into an ongoing architectural battle between modernity and preservation. I meet with Hadid to discuss her newest structural feat, and collect the thoughts of the building’s wide-eyed neighbors.
This is a quick glimpse into Beijing’s latest urban expansion plan, the Seventh Ring Road, which in a few years time, will pull over 100 million people of Hebei province into the city’s orbit.
I spent a week with the That’s Beijing team, traveling Beijing’s Seventh Ring Road. Much of it is still under construction and because of this, we were able to capture a unique portrait of small towns, just before they really begin to boom. Some felt like the great frontier, others, like 2022 Olympic hopeful Zhangjiakou, are already thriving, with residents skeptical about the Ring’s benefits. Our small team covered 1500km of road – tracing the proposed 900km route. On the road, we met dreamers, critics, rural farmers, rich mining bosses…many of whom gave us their take on what it means to be connected to the capital.
“Following an international competition, the celebrated Swiss architecture firm of Herzog & de Meuron, working with Hong Kong-based TFP Farrells and Ove Arup & Partners HK, has been selected to design the M+ building.” – WKCDA
M+, Hong Kong’s new museum for visual culture, will house the world’s largest Chinese contemporary art collection.
One of the few constants in an otherwise changing landscape, the role of Beijing’s farmers’ markets have remained virtually intact for centuries. Nosing around towering piles of produce, neighbors greet friends, joke with vendors, and playfully bargain. Many like Zhou Chunyi visit the market once or twice daily, preferring to buy fresh than store foods at home. Zhou runs Hutong Cuisine Cooking School in Beijing, where she teaches students from around the world the art of hutong cuisine. Zhou shares on why she favors Sichuanese foods, and how the combination of Sichuan peppercorns and chilies create the famous“numb and spicy” flavor.