The Glorious Heritage
Presented by K11 Craft & Guild Foundation, The Glorious Heritage celebrates the age-old craftsmanship of Baibaoqian and Luodian inlay art. With antique masterpieces and reinterpreted craftwork by contemporary artisans and designers, the exhibition tells the story of the long-forgotten inlay art and how the endangered artistry can be innovatively adapted to modern living, which K11 MUSEA offers. The iridescent decorations of the inlay exhibits provide a shimmering kaleidoscope of colours against the gleaming backdrop of Gold Ball at K11 MUSEA.
Dating back to late Ming dynasty 400 years ago, Baibaoqian refers to the intricate wood inlay work comprised of variegated semi-precious materials. Each inlay component is skilfully carved separately before the pieces are assembled together to make up a pictorial image rich in colour, texture and depth.
With over 1,000 years of history dating back to the Tang dynasty, Luodian is a distinctive decorative method featuring Mother-of-Pearl inlay techniques. Luo refers to the texture of the inlay material while Dian refers to the decorative process.
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All the way from San Sebastián to Hong Kong, the La Viña pop-up arrives at K11 MUSEA with its original recipes for the classic cheesecake. Indulge in these heavenly desserts while picnicking at the city's oasis with two K11 MUSEA exclusive creations, the Genmaicha 3” Cheesecake and the Earl Grey 6” Cheesecake!
With limited quantities every day, hurry on down to grab your exclusive treats!
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Santa Meow and Donut are spreading joy throughout the universe! Especially to celebrate Christmas on planet Earth, the positivity they’re sharing is 500 times more powerful than usual, visit the ‘Santa Meow from the Universe’ Kids Carnival to help Donut and Santa Meow spread joy to all the planets. Merry Meowy Christmas!
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