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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Feel like coming back to Nature Discovery Park for all sorts of amazing activities? Here comes your chance!
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.
Date: 2020.11.1 (Sun)
Time: 6:30pm - 8:15pm
Venue: Sunken Plaza, K11 MUSEA
About the film:
In Disney/ Pixar’s vibrant tale of family, fun and adventure, an aspiring young musician named Miguel embarks on an extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors. There, the charming trickster Hector becomes an unexpected friend who helps Miguel uncover the mysteries behind his family’s stories and traditions.
Chief Producer Adrian Cheng Director Cheng Ran Starring Carina Lau
Conceived as a sequel to Cheng’s work Always I Trust in 2014, which was inspired by a computer-generated spam email sent to the artist by an unknown woman, Cheng continues to explore the subject of emotional isolation experienced by city dwellers. Contrary to the previous piece, the new work is taken from the perspective of an abandoned hacked email account that auto-generates unintelligible messages to hundreds of recipients, creating a random list that reverberates in the virtual city network. Starring acclaimed actress Carina Lau, Always I Distrust constructs a fantasy world in a fictional setting, a space for listening and meditation, immersing the viewers in an abstract yet magnificently tactile and interactive time-space, as they traverse liquid spaces and interconnected portals in a nine-minute experience.
Cheng Ran stated, “If urban construction is done by thousands of unknown workers, then the construction of the information city should include these ‘virtual builders’. As rapid urban development brings unprecedented technological changes, the relationship between cities and people has evolved accordingly. This relationship now stands at a new crossroad, over a new horizon.”
Inspired by this concept, Always I Distrust constructs a fantasy world in a fictional setting, a space for listening and meditation, immersing the viewers in an abstract yet magnificently tactile and interactive time-space, as they traverse liquid spaces and interconnected portals in a nine-minute experience.
In the video work, Carina Lau plays different roles to interpret various emotional states of people in the current world. It visually creates a meditation space that is forgotten in the infinite depth of the Internet, wrapping audience’s senses in an environment of constant exploration and allowing them to search for the answer to the confusion of this century.
Affected by the pandemic, Cheng Ran and Carina Lau were unable to produce the work together on site. Unlike the previous video works, artist, director and teams cooperated remotely to complete the cross-regional production, which fully shows the current social situation and the action status.
Carina Lau expressed, “I appreciate Cheng Ran very much and I am pleased to work with him again. This is the first remotely filming experience I have had. The process of using various technologies to conduct in-depth communication with the artist and teams are new and special. I hope to use modern technology, as well as my personal experience and feelings, to produce a work that resonates with the audience.”
Click here to watch behind-the-scenes
Presented by: K11 Art Foundation
Producer: Adrian Cheng
Co-producer: Martin Goya Business
Virtual Reality in Partnership with: HTC VIVE ART
Starring: Carina Lau
Director: Cheng Ran
Executive Director & Director of Photography: Oneness Zeng
Executive Producer: Ricky Choy
Screenwriter: Da Mian
Sound Artist: Wang Wenwei
Visual Artist: Tou Henwan, Rundong Chao, Jinkun Zhu
1st AD: Gerry Li
Camerawoman: Etienne Leung
1st AC & Gaffer: Chau Siu Hang
2nd AC: Kate Siu
Sound man: Tong Fung
Production Assistants: Toky Wang , Billy Chan, Hu Ze
BTS video: Wallas Lin
Nature Art Jam at the Park
Looking for ways to channel your child’s energy into creativity?
Come take a breath of fresh air in the city’s oasis, let your child’s imagination run free with a guided tour to discover native and exotic plant species as well as components from the earth, sky and sea at Hong Kong’s first urban biodiversity museum, Nature Discovery Park (8/F, K11 MUSEA).
Treating this urban park as a studio, children can take inspiration from the surrounding greenery to create their own nature art.
Our docent will demonstrate proper hand sanitizing techniques for kids to raise their hygiene awareness.
Fee: HK$200 (for one child and one guardian）
Tour price includes one set of art supplies*
*Photos are for reference only; actual products and materials might vary.
- Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- For the health of all guests and staff, all participants are required to have their body temperature measured by K11 MUSEA staff upon arrival, and to wear a mask throughout the session. K11 MUSEA and Nature Discovery Park reserves the right to turn away, without refund, those who do not comply with the health and hygiene measures deemed necessary by K11 MUSEA, with body temperature over 37°C, or show signs of illness.