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Exploring the Hong Kong Architecture Archives of Wong & Ouyang

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From the Archives is a blog series that shines a spotlight on the M+ Collection Archives. Below, with the help of M+ staff members, you can explore four projects from the museum's archives of Hong Kong architectural firm Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd. The projects represent the various phases of the firm’s development: the Jackson Wong residence, the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital, Hutchison House, and the Bond Centre, later called Lippo Centre.

Interviewees:

  • Shirley Surya, Curator, Design and Architecture
  • Kevin Forkan, Head, Archives and Library

Who is this archive from?

Film still showing a person in a red martial arts outfit swinging a sword through the air. They are in front of a large red fabric backdrop with black Chinese characters across it.

Reading Between the Lines with Wu Tsang

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Filmed on a junk boat off the coast of Hong Kong island, Wu Tsang’s Duilian (2016) reinterprets the life of Chinese poet and feminist martyr Qiu Jin (1875–1907). Qiu Jin was executed for revolting against the Qing Dynasty government in China. The film centres on her intimate relationship with the female calligrapher and publisher Wu Zhiying (1867–1936).

Duilian is an acquisition-in-progress for M+, and is one of the many works in which the artist, filmmaker, and 2018 MacArthur Fellowship recipient Wu Tsang explores hidden histories, community-building, and new possibilities for performance and translation. Below, Ulanda Blair, M+ Curator, Moving Image, chats with Wu about her multifaceted practice, the influence of Charles Atlas, and the story behind Duilian.

Wu will present both Duilian and Into a Space of Love (2018) during The Hidden Pulse. This five-day moving image programme, running from 29 May to 2 June, is co-presented by M+ and the Sydney Opera House as part of Vivid LIVE, an annual contemporary music festival at the Sydney Opera House. Wu will also introduce Charles Atlas’s films From an Island Summer (1983–84) and Hail the New Puritan (1986) during the programme.

Ulanda: How do you describe your practice to those who are unfamiliar with your work?

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Ask an M+ Curator: Orchids in the Gallery, and More

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Throughout the exhibition Noguchi for Danh Vo: Counterpoint, M+ opened up for questions! Visitors and online audiences could ask the exhibition curators anything about the exhibition and the works on display. Answers were then posted right here on M+ Stories.

Welcome to the second, and final, post. Thank you to everyone who has submitted questions!

Noguchi for Danh Vo: Counterpoint exhibition curators:
Doryun Chong, Deputy Director & Chief Curator at M+
Dakin Hart, Senior Curator at The Noguchi Museum

‘Why did you put orchids in the exhibition?’