Five Works We Couldn’t Include in our Latest Exhibition (and Why)
Each museum exhibition tells multiple stories, and curators often have to make difficult choices about what works to include, to best present these stories to their audiences. In the case of In Search of Southeast Asia through the M+ Collections, the curators hope to present stories that represent the breadth and diversity of the museum’s collection related to the region of Southeast Asia. However, they weren’t able to include certain works due to some practical reasons, such as lack of space in the M+ Pavilion, needing to represent each maker’s practice with only one or two works, and even limited ceiling height. Below, exhibition curators Pauline J. Yao and Shirley Surya spotlight some of the works they would have included if they could:
Heri Dono’s large, kinetic sculpture installations
Heri Dono’s works incorporate the important socio-political context of contemporary Indonesia, and Dono’s training in Indonesian folk art and puppetry, fusing traditional materials and subject with a modern or contemporary approach.