While art exhibitions have become a common gimmick for commercial spaces to attract shopper attention, the exhibition “Italian Museum of Art” at K-11, an art concept mall, marks the first exhibition to be co-organised by the mall and the Consulate General of Italy. The exhibition pays homage to the “Bellissuma Italia 2017” in Hong Kong, which is an annual festival that celebrates Italian lifestyle and culture.
At K-11, shoppers can indulge themselves in a world of Italian aesthetics by travelling through iconic architectural designs such as the Colosseum, and running their fingers through Italian textiles.
The art installation “Magnifico Monumento” located at the K-11 atrium is designed by the Hong Kong-based architectural studio UPSOP. The installation recreates the Colosseum through the technique of forced perspective: using optical illusion to make an object appear smaller or larger than its actual size. More interestingly, light and translucent fabrics are used to contrast the heavy and opaque construction materials used in the real Colosseum.
Try the perspective drawing device “Ciao Ciao” to experience mechanical drawing instruments of the olden days. The brass frame at the top can be slid sideways to assist the viewing and the grids can be used to measure the objects that the viewer is looking at. The viewer can draw a 3-dimensional image on the 2-dimensional drawing plane at the bottom.
The textile exhibition “Dimensions of Fabric” displays classical Italian interior designs through knit structures and handmade fabric installations. Some of the artwork are created by students in Hong Kong.
The duck-like shape Tahiti Lamp was designed by the prominent artist Ettore Sottsass in 1981 which proved his boundless imagination. He created a famous “bacterio” laminate style of design which can be seen from the black and white strap base of the lamp. The Treetops Floor Lamp is also a masterpiece of his. The stunning composition of geometric shapes including circle, triangle, and square make it a special lamp. The style of Ettore Sottsass’ designs laid a huge impact on many furniture designers.
The Kyoto Stone Table is created by Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata in 1983. The concrete and glass agglomerate material used in this table represents a discovery of new material for designers.
The “Italian Museum of Art” still has many more notable exhibits awaiting visitors to discover. If you want to know more about the exhibition, you can visit the atrium at K-11 before the end of the exhibition on 19th October. Click here to learn more.
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