With the Thinking Boy sculpture (205cm), the artist captures that instant of introspection which proceeds to the creative process itself, and that he, himself, considers to be a magical moment. The immediacy of reality and living it with intensity, is the stage where Calleja's characters interact.
With Little Maurizio (1.6m), Calleja pays tribute to Maurizio Cattelan, an artist he admires. Cattelan’s works are loaded with ingenuity and a keen sense of humour, inspiring Javier to recreate his particular playful, affective and innocent universe, but ironic and surrealist at the same time. In his final effort to humanise the world around him from a certain social criticism, sometimes implicit and other times veiled, that we can see in the texts which accompany his work.
Javier Calleja is a Spanish artist living and working in Malaga, Spain. Known for his signature style portraits with wide-eyed, almost doll-like characters, his darkly humorous paintings have an alluring simplicity and an emotional force.
Referencing Japanese anime, Surrealism and Pop art, his constant strand of irony underpins his oeuvre, bringing a subtle sense of magic to his work. Author of installations and mural paintings in which he plays with the idea of artwork within the artwork, Calleja invites the viewer to form part of playful scenes, to relate to his cubic-headed characters that evoke the worlds of both children and adults.
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Specifically designed for groups enchanted by our urban oasis, this Family Time in Nature package grants access for 3 people, allowing you to revisit us 4 times within 30 days, trying out 2 different Reconnect With Nature experiences!
Double Fun Package
Price: HKD 950 (valued at HKD 1,140)
- FOUR group visits to Nature Discovery Park
- Reconnect With Nature experiences for 1 person in TWO of the visits (one each for daily harvesting and art jamming, must be done on separate visits)
Harvesting experience comes with a FREE gift of food-grade BPA-free silicone bag priced at $100!
*Reservations by phone or via WhatsApp are required for Reconnect With Nature experiences at least 1 day in advance.
It's perfectly fine if you'd like to start off with one experience first! We understand your concern and that's why we also have the Basic Package, with your choice of art jamming or harvesting included in one of the four visits. Details and registration availablehere.
The “Little Nature Ambassador Programme” is curated by Nature Discovery Park in partnership with The Jane Goodall Institute Hong Kong – founded by United Nations Peace Ambassador, Dr. Jane Goodall. The Programme is also supported by local social organizations Beyond Vision Projects, AESIR and SLCO Community Resources Limited.
Each participant will be able to receive:
• An e-Certificate of Achievement signed by Nature Discovery Park and The Jane Goodall Institute Hong Kong upon completion of all modules.
• Four online modules - covering Earth, Sea and Sky natural elements, Hong Kong’s Biodiversity, Lifecycle of Plants, Sustainable Living Tips and Recycling Concepts to encourage children to adopt Eco-friendly daily habits.
• One Take-home learning kit – Nature Discovery Park Storybook, Tactile learning sheets with Braille and augmented reality-enabled sign bilingual vocabulary learning package.
• Four offline workshops - Nature Discovery Tour, three Nature and Social Inclusion Workshops (The Nature Sign Language Workshop, Little Picasso Touchable Art and “Little Nature Ambassador Programme” graduation).
This programme aims to nurture a new generation of sustainability changemakers. Through the multi-sensory learning kit, children will discover the mysteries of nature and be motivated to care about the environment. The programme also aims to promote social inclusion and Creating Shared Value (CSV).
Age : 4 to 8 years old
Price : $1580 (For one child and one guardian)
Date of online class: Self-paced with all modules to be completed by 31 Dec 2020
Date of workshops: Workshop 1 : 14 Nov 2020 Time: 10am to 11am
Workshop 2: 21 Nov 2020 Time: 10am to 11am
Workshop 3: 28 Nov 2020 Time: 10am to 11am
Workshop 4: 5 Dec 2020 Time: 10am to 11am
H210 x W173 x D147 cm
The term "BB", with its duality of simple appearance and overabundance of connotations, bears the artist's reflection on the phenomenon of over-interpretation in the contemporary art world. Xiao Yu’s BB series of bronze sculptures is an extension of his past "bamboo" sculptures that emphasize the “violent deconstruction” of traditional symbols. Having evolved from that, the new series moves away from the manifestation of violence and instead devotes itself to the construction and writing of the artist's own language. The lines of these works are disorderly yet fluent, reminiscent of the brushstrokes in Chinese calligraphy. Xiao Yu adapts the medium of bronze to make the "bamboo" break away from its innate physical characteristics and realize otherwise unachievable postures. The lines and colors form an internal context that does not depend on the external environment – fragmentation and alienation of bamboo as a symbol makes it a part of his personal abstract language. The artist retains the visual cognition of bamboo through details on the works while removing its traditional connotations, and in this process, the subtle convergence from the natural to the artificial is acquired, providing a most intuitive aesthetic experience to the audience.
Xiao Yu (b. 1965, Inner Mongolia) graduated from the Mural Painting Department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1989 and now lives and works in Beijing. He was invited to participate in international exhibitions including La Biennale di Venezia, Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art, Istanbul Biennial, Shanghai Biennale and Guangzhou Triennial including the Offsite Project at the Royal College of Art in London. He has exhibited works at Centre Pompidou, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum Japan, Seoul Art Museum, Bern Art Museum Switzerland,NAMOC, Shanghai Art Museum, Guangdong Art Museum, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Pace Gallery Beijing and other eminent exhibition spaces. He was awarded the Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA) in 2000.
As K11 MUSEA ushers in its first anniversary, the city’s cultural-retail destination reflects the city’s harbourfront culture with exciting art and cultural offerings.
Best known for investigating social, cultural, and political structures by creating artworks that engage with their surrounding contexts, Danish-Norwegian artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset’s meticulously tailored architectural installations put site-specific works in dialogue with existing spaces. Van Gogh’s Ear is a sculpture that takes the form of a swimming pool sitting upright. With its cyan blue interior encompassed by a white edge, and elements like a stainless steel ladder, lights around the inner perimeter, and a diving board, the work reminds the viewer of a real garden pool. Located at the centre of Hong Kong, the artwork stands in surreal contrast against the city’s busy urban landscape.
As the title suggests, the evocation of artist Vincent Van Gogh’s missing ear opens up the possibility for a different perception of the form itself and demonstrates a witty take on the modern system of visual semiotics.