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Swire Properties Arts Month 2019 celebrates our continuing commitment to art and culture as an essential component in the ongoing success of our communities.

During March and April, Pacific Place, Taikoo Place and Star Street Precinct will host a series of imaginative exhibitions, installations, street art and exciting live performances designed to entertain everyone; offering an exhilaratingly perspective on the world around us. Arts Month also marks our seventh year of partnering with Art Basel Hong Kong, and our first collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts.

2019 Programme

27 – 31 March 2019

Paul Cocksedge, the acclaimed London-based designer, has created an inventive VIP lounge titled ‘Spectrum’. Visually intriguing bands of fabric, evincing the company’s own primary colours of red and blue wrap the space. Reminiscent of architectural drawings in physical form, the lounge exudes a calm and welcoming symmetry that reflects Cocksedge’s characteristic lightness of touch and imaginative visual effect.

Photography © Mark Cocksedge

28 - 29 March 2019

Swire Properties continues its ‘Dialogue Series’ at Art Basel Hong Kong. A number of leading world figures, including Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, will offer personal insights into art, architecture, design, culture and our built environment. These sessions have been curated in collaboration with Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Christopher Le Brun PRA: The Role of the Artist in the 21st Century

Christopher Le Brun is a painter, sculptor and printmaker as well as the 26th and current president of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Christopher will discuss his artistic career and how he manages this dual role of artist and leader of an institution with over 250 years of history.

Tim Marlow, Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts
Christopher Le Brun, PRA, President, Royal Academy of Arts

Urban Realities and Future of Arts and Culture

Global urban culture policy is shifting towards more egalitarian and citizen-centered models. What can cities, individuals and local stakeholders do to ensure the continuity of a vibrant artistic community? What is the role of culture in the urban context? 

Mia Yu, Independent Curator
Laura Ning, CEO, Mao Ji-Hong Arts Foundation
Paul Owens, Co-founder, BOP Consulting

FoldHaus: From Burning Man to Hong Kong

In recent years Burning Man, the annual festival that takes place in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, has become the hotbed of interdisciplinary, participatory artistic expressions that best exemplify the rise of the contemporary maker culture. FoldHaus discusses the idea of “art for everyone”— for the audiences and also for the makers.

Tim Marlow, Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts
Annette Diefenthaler, Artist, FoldHaus
Joerg Student, Artist, FoldHaus
Duncan Turner, Artist, FoldHaus

Taste vs Trend?

Taste has been studied and analysed by illustrious philosophers for centuries. But how is ‘taste’ created and shaped nowadays? Have trends overtaken the taste-making process? Who has taken the role of the discerning eye: the tastemaker or the trendsetter?

Talenia Phua Gajardo, CEO, The Artling
Simon Groom, Director, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Zhou Li, Artist

Permanent or Temporary. Now or Forever. What is the Role of Time in Art?

What is the difference in our perception when it comes to experiencing new architectural, artistic, or design installations? Does it frame our responses differently? Are we more willing to accept challenging work if we know it is only temporary? Does being temporary somehow diminish or enhance the social impact of a work?

Tim Marlow, Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts
Paul Cocksedge, Designer and Co-founder, Paul Cocksedge Studio
Willi Dorner, Artist
Ying Kwok, Independent Curator

19 March – 18 April 2019

American art collective FoldHaus brings two interactive sculptures from the world-famous Burning Man festival to Asia for the first time. Step inside “LUMENous GARDEN” and be greeted by SHRUMEN LUMEN, a pair of enormous origami mushroom and BLUMEN LUMEN, a gigantic origami flower, that glow with thousands of embedded LEDs. Watch these sculptures grow and bloom in response to human interaction. Immerse fully in the garden for a dusk experience between 7:30pm – 8:30pm everyday as the installation glows in a dimmed environment.


Photo credit: Rene Smith 
Photo credit: Bill Hornstein

18 March – 28 April 2019

New York artist Derick Melander brings his striking geometric sculpture to the Starstreet neigbourhood. Over 700 lbs of recycled clothing is stacked to form an enormous column outside Three Pacific Place. Reflecting the Precinct’s commitment to sustainability, the work is designed to raise awareness of textile waste.

Photo credit: Derick Melander   
Photo credit: Derick Melander

27 March – 12 April 2019

This original combination of visual arts and live performance offers an interactive, high-energy experience. It will showcase artworks from French street artist L’Atlas and Austrian artist Willi Dorner, audiences can explore multiple sets of urban landscape photographs inside a maze-like installation, while being surprised by performers at selected times.

Photo credit: L’Atlas, Beaubourg, 2008

Photo credit: L’Atlas, GÊNES, 2008

Photo credit: Willi Dorner and Lisa Rastl

Photo credit: Willi Dorner and Lisa Rastl

Photo credit: Willi Dorner, Chimney, Brussels, 2010 © Lisa Rastl

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