中環的「大英博物館」| THE “BRITISH MUSEUM” IN CENTRAL

Belowground與JPS畫廊從⼤英博物館取得靈感,合作策劃「地下博物館」,展出16位有不同文化背景藝術家的作品,將富玩味元素的當代藝術注入傳統的博物館,呈獻出一場與別不同的反傳統體驗展。

Belowground and JPS Gallery jointly presents the Museum Underground, inspired by the well-known British Museum in London. Artworks created by 16 artists with different cultural backgrounds will be exhibited. The exhibition will be injecting playful contemporary art into the traditional museum, presenting a unique counter-tradition exhibition.

JPS畫廊承接著「逆時⾞站」帶觀眾穿越時空回到八⼗年代的紐約,是次展覽為畫廊BELOWGROUND合作的第⼆個體驗展 ——「地下博物館」。展覽靈感源⾃倫敦⼤英博物館,世界上最著名、規模最⼤的綜合博物館。旨在將街頭⽂化、流⾏⽂化和當代藝術融合於傳統博物館中,讓啟蒙時代的藝術作品及古⽂物重新展現觀眾眼前。

Following the success of Time Travel, an immersive visual experience, which brought audiences back to a 1980s era subway station, JPS Gallery is pleased to present Museum Belowground. The new exhibition, in collaboration with BELOWGROUND, takes inspiration from one of the most well-known universal museums in the world, the British Museum, reimagined as an encyclopedic version fusing the worlds of street, pop, and contemporary art, presenting the Enlightenment Period from a modern perspective.

「地下博物館」將於置地廣塲中庭的地下空間(BELOWGROUND)展出。由⼗六位不同國籍及⽂化背景的藝術家聯⼿為⼤家呈獻⼀個創新的體驗展。參與的藝術家包括李思汝(Afa Annfa),August Vilella,Barminski,b.wing,林輝(Chino Lam),趙綺婷(Elaine Chiu),Horihiro Mitomo,Jorge Mejía,Karla Pereira,Okokume,Okrabelo,Paul Hunter Speagle,梁偉庭(Prodip),Pure Evil,譚沁(Qin Tan),和香港影像製作公司也⽂也武(Yamanyamo)。展覽承傳了博物館的精神,同時為展⽰⽅式和⽂物注入了新的活⼒,將傳統⽂化融入當代藝術元素。

On view at the BELOWGROUND exhibition space in LANDMARK ATRIUM, the exhibition features sixteen artists working together to present a distinct group of artworks, artifacts and cultural items from around the world in contemporary and novel interpretations: Afa Annfa, August Vilella, Barminski, b.wing, Chino Lam, Elaine Chiu, Horihiro Mitomo, Jorge Mejía, Karla Pereira, Okokume, Okrabelo, Paul Hunter Speagle, Prodip Leung, Pure Evil, Qin Tan, and Yamanyamo.

The recreated display encapsulates the spirit of a universal museum, while injecting new energy in the museum displays, artifacts and cultural relics, building an alternate reality where the works and their biographies are completely different from what we see in art institutions today.

「地下博物館」劃分為多個展區:場內中央位置佈置了⼀個帶有Pure Evil 標誌性淚⽔的復活節島(Rapa Nui)摩艾像;當代藝術展區展⽰來⾃本地和世界各國藝術家的作品,同⼀ 個空間,卻蘊含著不同的靈魂與⾊彩;古⽂明展區以香港藝術家梁偉庭(Prodip Leung)創作的⼤型雕塑《Sphinx on the Mars》為中⼼作品,該雕塑詮釋藝術家對神秘哲學的體會, 並加入古⽂明及外星⽂明元素。

The exhibition invites the audience to explore various sections. Set in the center is a modern recreation of Moai statue from Rapa Nui (Easter Island) with the signature ‘tear drip’ of street and contemporary artist Pure Evil. The Contemporary Art section displays a wide range of works from local and international artists, hung together in a collage of paintings, both complimenting and juxtaposing one another. In the Ancient Art section, Hong Kong artist Prodip Leung’s Sphinx on the Mars serves as a manifestation of the artist’s interest and exploration of existence of the extraterrestrial beings. Prodip’s work incorporates the elements of the ancient civilizations and lives from outer space. 

除了重新構想傳統博物館的陳列品外,展覽還融合了前衛藝術和創新科技。藝術家 _Barminski以紙板塑造了與別不同的博物館藝術商店(Barminski Art Store),把⽇常⽣活⽤品 變成極具視覺吸引⼒的藝術品。為了讓觀眾帶來與紙板藝術品的互動體驗,畫廊邀請了⼀ 名表演藝術家擔任護衛員,他將會穿著Barminski⽤紙板製作的護衛制服,在博物館中巡 _邏,讓藝術品增添視覺及情感元素。展覽還展出了由藝術家梁偉庭(Prodip Leung)和香港影像製作公司也⽂也武(Yamanyamo)共同製作的擴增實境(AR)作品,參觀者只需掃描館內提供的⼆維碼,便能從智能電話開啟即時動態互動濾鏡,透過鏡頭進入現實與虛擬結合的藝術世界。展覽以譚沁(Qin Tan)的視頻和聲⾳裝置作為結尾,這是⼀部探討⾝份認同的作品,同時也讓⼈思考「真實」與「謬誤」的哲理。

Another major highlight is the recreation of a museum store by Barminski’s studio – the Barminski Art Store – a life-size paper sculpture installation. The distinctive and visually engaging space brings to light everyday objects repackaged and repurposed forcing the audience to interact with the pieces in a different manner. Even the security guard is a performance artist in disguise, creating another visual and emotional element at Museum Belowground.

The exhibition also features an augmented reality (AR) piece presented by award-winning Hong Kong production house Yamanyamo with Prodip Leung. Through scanning a QR code, an interactive mobile application can be launched on smartphones, accessing a hidden feature of Sphinx on the Mars. Wrapping the show is an immersive video and sound installation by Qin Tan, a piece which explores the search for identity while raising questions surrounding the concepts of ‘authenticity’ and ‘falsehood’

忠於街頭藝術和⽂化的反叛態度,「地下博物館」將反轉常規藝術史和博物館的展⽰⽅式,挑戰界限並重塑傳統,讓觀眾帶來反傳統的藝術⽂化體驗。

Staying true to the rebellious attitude of street art and urban culture, Museum Belowground challenges the canonical art conventions and museum display methods, pushing boundaries and reworking traditions.

「地下博物館」

Museum Belowground 

Presented by JPS Gallery and BELOWGROUND

Date: 2021.6.19-8.1

Venue:

香港中環皇后⼤道中15號置地廣塲中庭B樓BELOWGROUND

Basement, LANDMARK ATRIUM, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong.

Image Courtesy of Belowground

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