West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Hong Kong
April 25 – June 9, 2013
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Billed as “a (con)temporary sculpture park of inflatables”, Mobile M+: Inflation! is the second pre-opening nomadic exhibition curated by M+, the new museum for visual culture at the West Kowloon Cultural District. Occupying the site of the forthcoming park of the District next to the future building of M+, the large-scale inflatable sculptures by Cao Fei (China), Choi Jeong Hwa (South Korea), Jeremy Deller (UK), JIAKUN ARCHITECTS (China), Paul McCarthy (USA), and Tam Wai Ping (Hong Kong) presented here pose questions about the nature of public art and the ways in which audiences might engage with it.

These works, accompanied by a performance piece by Tomás Saraceno (Argentina), may evoke associations that seem familiar, jarring, or both. Together, they explore the ever-changing notions of nature and artifice, intimacy and monumentality, permanence and temporariness, as well as beauty and the grotesque in the realm of constructed landscapes.
By transforming the current site into a contemporary sculpture park of inflatables, Mobile M+: Inflation! attempts to consider how certain realities and preconceptions around art in public space can be altered, undermined and challenged in the context of an evolving and endlessly mutating cultural and urban landscape.

This exhibition is part of a number of public programmes and exhibitions that will take place in the run-up to the planned 2017 opening of the 62,000 square-metre M+ building overlooking Victoria Harbour.