Suspended sculpture of a light brown mountain. The mountain's edges appear like cliffs and stairways lead to a series of buildings on the top.

Quiz: Can You Guess the Artwork Material?

Contemporary art and design are incredibly varied in the unique materials that they make use of. The M+ Collections is no exception: They contain a lot of diverse and occasionally strange materials that one might not readily associate with art-making.

Take this quiz to see if you can recognise the main materials used in ten artworks and design objects from the M+ Collections.

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Image at top of post: Liu Wei, Don’t Touch!, 2010. M+ Sigg Collection, Hong Kong. By donation. © Liu Wei

Monochrome video still of a man and woman sitting opposite each other at a small table. They are holding hands. A third person holds a clapperboard in front of them and holds it open, ready to clap it shut.

‘Everything Goes Wrong for the Poor Couple’: An Artistic Partnership

Readers voted to feature this work in the series From the Collections.

Everything Goes Wrong for the Poor Couple (2010) by Kwan Sheung Chi and Wong Wai Yin is a video artwork narrating the tragic events in the life of a husband and wife, played by the artists.

The work is inspired by old-style Cantonese melodramas and movies from the 1950s and 1960s, particularly the 1952 film Everything Goes Wrong for the Poor Couple, directed by Ng Wui. The title of the film was extracted from a classic Chinese poem An Elegy II, written by prominent Tang Dynasty Chinese poet Yuan Zhen. In this mournful verse, the poet expressed deep sorrow and yearning after the death of his beloved wife, who previously shared a hard life with him. The last line of the poem reads: ‘This is a sorrow that all mankind must know / But not as those know it who have been poor together.’ After thousands of years, the last line of this poem has become a proverb with a widely accepted interpretation: couples in poverty are doomed to live a miserable life—‘everything goes wrong for the poor couple’.

Photographic portrait of an older man in a black knit turtleneck against a dark background. Viewed from the torso up, he leans on the back of a chair and looks towards the viewer’s right.

An Homage to Huang Yong Ping

Huang Yong Ping (1954–2019), founder of the influential conceptual art group Xiamen Dada in the 1980s, passed away on 20 October 2019. Widely regarded as one of the most important voices in global contemporary art of the last three decades, Huang’s untimely passing leaves an irreplaceable void. M+ is honoured to hold some of the artist’s most significant works in the museum’s collection.

The below text was originally written in 2016 by Doryun Chong, the M+ Deputy Director, Curatorial and Chief Curator, for the artist when he was the winner of the prestigious annual Wolfgang Hanh Prize given by Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, where Chong was the guest juror. The text, meant to be a laudatio (or laudation, homage), was delivered at the award ceremony and the opening of the artist’s solo exhibition on 12 April 2016, and was published in the exhibition catalogue.

We are pleased to present this reprint in English and Chinese with the permission of the author and Museum Ludwig. It has been translated and edited to fit house style.


7 Facts About Taiwan’s ‘Mother of Libraries’

Wang Chiu-hwa (b. 1925) is one of Taiwan’s most prominent female architects. She has earned the unofficial title of ‘Taiwan’s mother of libraries’ not only for the many libraries she has designed, but also for pioneering the earliest modern university library in Taiwan. Her work as a Chinese female architect practising in the United States and Taiwan has been underrepresented both regionally and globally.

The M+ curatorial team met Wang in 2015 and learned about her archive, of which she generously donated a large part to the M+ Collection Archives. Acquiring this archive was the beginning of M+’s efforts to uncover the histories of women architects, whose work often lacks documentation and research. Topics related to the visibility, fluidity, and multiplicity in the practice of women architects—including that of Wang Chiu-hwa—will be further explored at the event M+ Matters: Conversations on Women, Architecture and the City on 23 November 2019.

Below are seven facts about Wang Chiu-hwa, told through images of her work represented in the M+ Collection Archives and her personal photos.

1. Wang Chiu-hwa is one of the few women to have been trained in China’s first architecture school.