Two images side by side. On the left is a kimono made out of dyed silk crepe fabric depicting different recurring scenes related to war. On the right are six lamps hanging from coloured cords attached to the same outlet. Each lamp consists of a plastic bottle with most of its body covered by a woven textile basket-like lamp shade, each with different shapes, colours, and patterns.

Meet the Oldest and Newest Design and Architecture Works in the M+ Collections

How did you two meet? is a ‘recipe’ for a public programme from The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal. The CCA invited us to put our own spin on this recipe at M+. Our How did you two meet? recipe goes like this: pick the oldest and newest objects in the M+ Collections (out of those available on the M+ Collections Beta), and narrate a story that connects them.

Two curators from M+’s Design and Architecture team took on this challenge in an online programme. Lead curator Ikko Yokoyama explored the potential relationship between two design objects, and curator Shirley Surya examined the connection between two architectural works. Below, we share their results.

A white rice cooker with a metallic lid stands on a white surface. The logo for Toshiba is printed on its front. Next to the rice cooker is the metallic pot that normally sits inside of it. A small transparent measuring cup is in front of the pot, next to a tied up electrical cord.

Quiz: Can You Guess How Old These Designs Are?

Can you tell the difference between a 1950s rice cooker and one from the 2000s? Do you know when the first Game Boy was released? How good is your intuition when it comes to chair designs?

Challenge yourself with this quiz on the age of ten classic design objects in the M+ Collections. Here’s a hint: the oldest object is from the 1920s, and the newest is from the 2010s.

Video interview in which Samson Young discusses his work ‘Muted Situations #22: Muted Tchaikovsky’s 5th’ as part of the Sigg Prize 2019 exhibition.

A Chat with Samson Young, Winner of the Inaugural Sigg Prize

The Sigg Prize is a biennial award that recognises artists born or working in the Greater China region. The inaugural Sigg Prize 2019 exhibition, which was held at the M+ Pavilion through 17 May, featured work by the six artists shortlisted for the prize: Hu Xiaoyuan, Liang Shuo, Lin Yilin, Shen Xin, Tao Hui, and Samson Young.

On 13 May, the prize’s international jury announced the winner: Samson Young, for his work Muted Situations #22: Muted Tchaikovsky’s 5th (2018). To create this spatial sound installation, Young collaborated with Cologne’s Flora Sinfonie Orchester, instructing the members of the orchestra to mute their instruments and drawing attention to the other sounds musicians make during a performance.

We chat with Young about his Muted Situations series, his experience making this work, and his practice as a whole.

Two people wrapped in blankets lie next to each other on their stomachs on a rock, both facing a body of water. One of them has their arm around the other.

Ten Hong Kong Films You Might Have Missed

Since January, we have experienced various forms of social distancing to counter the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. These days, many of us are looking for things to watch, either revisiting the classics or making new discoveries.

Li Cheuk-to, Curator, Hong Kong Film and Media at M+, is here with some ideas on lesser-known and often-overlooked Hong Kong films. Watch them at home, or at a screening in the future. And look for more Hong Kong films at the M+ cinemas in the museum building when it opens next year.

1. Cold Nights (1955)