Category Archives: EZ 47 – Mind Philosophy

Cathay Pacific Unveils New Business Class Lounge

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Cathay Pacific General Manager Product Leslie Lu (centre), General Manager Hong Kong International Airport Liza Ng (left) and General Manager Sales & Distribution Toby Smith pictured at The Pier Business Class Lounge.

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Cathay Pacific Airways unveiled its new Business Class Lounge at The Pier in Hong Kong International Airport recently after a comprehensive refurbishment. The luxurious lounge is now larger with seating for 550 people.

The Pier Business Class Lounge is divided into “fast” and “slow” lanes where The Food Hall and The Noodle Bar are located in the “fast” lane. This is where passengers can find an array of food and beverages such as coffee and noodles.

There is also a Tea House especially for those craving a soothing drink amidst a tranquil environment while the slow lane is where passengers can put their feet up in the lounge seating equipped with built-in reading lamp and side tables.

Passengers can freshen up in one of the 14 shower suites and a relaxation room for a calm and stress-free experience in order to wind-down and refresh themselves.

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Timelessness in Fun & Play 永恒的乐趣时光

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Hong Kong Museum of History has taken on an exciting challenge – one that has not only attracted the young hearts of little children in Hong Kong but has also charmed adult and kids alike worldwide with adorable designs and features.

We are, of course, talking about toys. Partnering with Hong Kong Toys Council and the Toys Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong, the exhibition weaves through the evolution of toys in the past century and the way industrialists revolutionalise and guaranteed the good quality of items ‘Made in Hong Kong’.

One of the most popular parts of the exhibition features a play area to encourage the importance of play and also the meaning of toys. The exhibits present ways on how entertainment came in various forms including animation, comics, cinema and television, and trends which influence the production of toys. Hong Kong has played a prominent role in the evolution of toys and gone beyond just fun and play.

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为了凝结快乐时光,香港历史博物馆迎来一个激动人心的挑战:不仅是深深撼动香港小孩的童稚心灵,并且以独特可爱的设计和特色,征服了全世界的成年人和孩子们。其实所指的就是形形色色趣味的玩具。博物馆与香港玩具协会、玩具制造商协会合作,携手展示了上个世纪玩具的完整历史及工业领域的革新,确保了“香港制造”的良好质量。

而展览会上游乐区是最受欢迎的环节之一,这是鼓励游戏的重要性以及玩具的意义。所有展品演示了娱乐性的由来,包括以动画、漫画、电影和电视等各种形式展现。另外,也阐述了影响玩具生产的潮流趋势。香港在玩具的演变中扮演着举足轻重的角色,超越了一般的趣味与玩乐。

 

Innovation with A Twist 曲折的创新

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Toshiya Yui x Tomohiro Yokota x Tomoko Hashida / Floatio Applever
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David Letellier / Versus

Media Ambition Tokyo, now in its 4th edition, is fast becoming one of the fastest growing cultural showcase of technological art with an experimental twist in urban Tokyo. Organised by the MAT Committee, the exhibition is set to take place for almost a month all around Tokyo focusing on some of the most dynamic part of the city including Roppongi, Aoyama, Ochanomizu, Toranomon and a few more other venues. These venues will host super-edgy artwork, video, music, performances, hacks and talk shows.

Over the years, the programmes have organically increased and expanded covering international and local participants. The exhibition focuses on showcasing the evolving systematic designs of transportation, communication and information and the potential of technology in creating the city’s future. Through experimental projects unlimited by category or genre, MAT aims to develop the reformative movement in technology through art.

Previous collaborators include Apple Store in Ginza and Omotesando, Institut Francais Tokyo, Intersect by Lexus-Tokyo, IMA Concept Store, Digital Hollywood University and the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. In 2016, they have also collaborated with Yasei Collective and producer Keiichiro Shibuya for its opening live show titled ‘Digitally Show’.

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Akira Wakita & Tesuya Komuro / Scalar Fields
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AKI INOMATA / Think Evolution / Kiku-ishi (Ammonite)
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Yuta Sasaki / Yoshiharu Suzuki

被誉为科技艺术表演秀的 ”Media Ambition Tokyo” 迈入第4年,成为增长最快速的文化科技展示,并在东京城市展开实验性大扭转。这项由MAT委员会组织主办的展览会将在东京举行,其中近一个月的活动,集中在一些最具活力的区域,包括六本木、青山、御茶水,虎之門等几个场地据点,现场举办展览超尖端的艺术作品、影像、音乐、表演,黑客和谈话节目。

多年来,这些项目不断增加和扩大,涵括国际和本土参与者。展览重点包括交通、通讯和信息不断演进的系统设计,显示科技创造城市未来的潜力。通过实验计划无限任何类别或体裁,MAT旨在推行以艺术拓展科技的革新运动。

之前的合作者计有银座和表参道的苹果旗舰店、东京法国文化中心、雷克萨斯品牌形象馆、IMA概念店,数字好莱坞大学与日本科学未来馆。在2016年,他们还与Yasei Collective和制作人涉谷庆一郎合作,开幕现场掀开“数字化表演”。

Treasures In The Austrian Mountains 奥地利山脉瑰宝

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Dachstein Skywalk
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Dachstein ice cave

Nestled in Austria’s Salzkammergut Lake Region – between the edge of Hallstätter See and the towering Dachstein mountains – is the town of Hallstatt one of Austria’s oldest and most likely most photographed village in the region. Its 16th-century Alpine houses cast shimmering reflections onto the calm waters of the lake with towering mountains on all sides. Accessible only by boat or mountain trail, the lakeside town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is also home to almost 800 residents. Towards the west, a trail leads hikers to the Echern Valley famous for its glacial potholes and Waldbackstrub Waterfall.

For centuries, the village has benefitted from a very sought-after commodity below the surface of the earth: salt. The Hallstatt mines – Salzwelten – is possibly the world’s oldest salt mines with a subterranean salt lake. Connected via a funicular railway, it is said to have been discovered as early as the 15th century and was used until modern times as the most important location for mining in the region. A particular feature here is the “Man in Salt”, a corpse that was discovered in 1734, perfectly preserved with his tools.

At an elevation of 1,677 ft above sea level, the Lake Hallstatt is about 125 meters deep and connects three other small towns. People come to admire the lake from the top, swim in its clear water, or take a boat ride as part of discovering the history of Hallstatt and the Salzkammergut surroundings.

The Dachstein Skywalk, located at an altitude of about 2,700 meters, allows visitors to see over Austria to Slovenia and the Czech Republic on a good day. Voted as one of the highest suspension bridge in Austria, this viewing platform is completely made of glass.

A short cable car ride, plus a 20 minutes walk brings you to the entrance to the Dachstein ice cave. An organised tour of the cave lasting one hour shows you the natural wonders of the ice forms and the man-made ice sculptors including the Grais Castle, Parsifal Cathedral, and the Tristian Cathedral. Annually, more than 150,000 people visit this natural wonder of the alps.

Masterpieces of Seasons 季节流转杰作

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The green vineyard 2–3 October 1888 Arles : oil on canvas • 72.2 x 92.2 cm Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo © Collection Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands
Portrait of the Artist by Vincent van Gogh
Self-portrait autumn 1887 Paris : oil on canvas • 44.1 x 35.1 cm • Musée d’Orsay, Paris Donation Jacques Laroche with life interest, 1947 © Musée d’Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt
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Sjraar van Heugten, exhibition curator, at the media preview of Van Gogh and the Seasons at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Photo@Wayne Taylor
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Nursery on Schenkweg April–May 1882 The Hague : black chalk, graphite, pen and brush and ink, heightened with white • 29.6 x 58.5 cm • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971 (1972.118.281)
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Still life with wildflowers and carnations summer 1887 Paris :  oil on canvas • 80.0 x 67.0 cm • Private Collection

The largest-ever Vincent van Gogh exhibition to be held in Australia, Van Gogh and the Seasons, was unveiled at an exclusive media preview in April at NGV International, with direct descendants of Vincent van Gogh in attendance. Josien van Gogh and Sylvia Cramer, great-grandnieces of Vincent van Gogh, joined exhibition curator Sjraar van Heugten, renowned Van Gogh expert and former Head of Collections at the Van Gogh Museum, for the first reveal of the world-premiere exhibition.

Featuring nearly 50 stunning, vividly-coloured Van Gogh masterpieces, Van Gogh and the Seasons explores the visionary artist’s profound connection to the seasons.

One of the world’s most famous artists, Van Gogh had a brief but prolific artistic career spanning barely a decade before his suicide in 1890 at the age of 37. Van Gogh and the Seasons is on display at NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Australia, until 9 July 2017. Open daily, 10am-5pm. Tickets available now at NGV.MELBOURNE. The exhibition is organised by the National Gallery of Victoria and Art Exhibitions Australia.

澳大利亚举办最大规模的文森特.梵高 (Vincent van Gogh) 展览会:“梵高与季节-Van Gogh and the Seasons”,梵高的嫡系后裔也出席在4月份NGV国际举行的独家媒体预告会。梵高的侄孙女 Josie van Gogh 和 Sylvia Cramer 连同展览策展人 Sjraar van Heugten (著名的梵高专家和梵高博物馆前负责人),一起参加了世界首场展览的揭幕仪式。

而“梵高与季节”将展出近500幅令人惊叹的梵高杰作,探索了有远见的艺术家与季节的深刻联系。

世界极负盛名的艺术家之一梵高,直至1890年自杀之前的10年间拥有短暂但多产的艺术生涯,去世时年方37岁。“梵高与季节”在澳大利亚墨尔本的 NGV 国际展出 (地址:180 St Kilda Road),展览会即日开放至2017年7月9日。每日营业时间为上午10点至下午5点。门票详情可透过 NGV.MELBOURNE 查询。这项展览会是由维多利亚国家美术馆 (NGV) 和澳大利亚艺术展览会主办。

Uncovering Bookbindings The Beauty and Workmanship of Handmade Islamic Manuscripts

by Adline Abdul Ghani


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19th century Quran from Iran, depicting Fath Ali Shah Qajar and son Mohammad Shah Qajar.

Typically, when studying a manuscript, the focus is on what’s in the book, rather than what’s on the outside. After all, as the old adage goes, we must “Never judge a book by its cover.” However, here’s an exhibition that invites you to take a closer look at the covers of books, instead of their contents. Simply called “Islamic Bookbinding,” the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia’s (IAMM) latest temporary exhibition showcases 70 artefacts that comprehensively portray the beautiful elements of bookbindings from around the Islamic world.

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18th century Quran from Iran with a protective pouch.
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18th century Quran from Iran, adorned with multi-coloured gems.

Opened to the public on 8th May, the exhibition begins by tracing the history and types of bookbinding. This is followed by a look at the intricate designs and techniques, as well as the constituting elements that form a bookbinding. The objects displayed are beautifully-handmade, most from leather, lacquerwork and textiles. Some specimens show their age and evidence of frequent use, while others are perfectly-preserved time capsules.

Overall, the exhibition hearkens back to an age where bookbinding was a treasured artform in royal ateliers. Besides their practical function, book covers were ornamented with fine tooling, stamping, gilding and painting to showcase the status of the owner.  Some manuscripts are also equipped with additional housings, such as boxes, pouches and slipcases. And then there are those that are so sumptuously decorated with gemstones, they have to be seen to be believed!

The highlights of the exhibition are several rare masterpieces, such as a pair of royal Qajar lacquered book covers, depicting Fath ‘Ali Shah Qajar (r. 1797 –1834) and his son Mohammad Shah Qajar (r. 1834 –1848). Another outstanding piece is a Qur’an binding from the East Coast of the Malay Peninsula, featuring red Moroccan leather and elaborate tooled decorations with a central medallion.

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19th-20th century Quran from the Malay Peninsula, featuring bright red leather and gold tooling.

Bookbinding is a topic rarely featured by art institutions, and this pioneering exhibition takes it a step further. It is the first exhibition of its kind to showcase a little-known and almost forgotten part of Malaysian heritage – the art of local bookbinding. Unique emphasis is given to local bindings made from textile that show detailed stitching of the endband placed over the spine.

 

In conjunction with the exhibition, the IAMM has produced a special catalogue of the same name, featuring artefacts from the museum collection, which will no doubt be a valuable reference on the subject. In addition, the IAMM’s Education Department has lined up a variety of public programmes, including lectures and hands-on workshops for adults and children, throughout the exhbition’s eight-month period.

 


For further information on this exhibition and its public/ educational programmes, please visit iamm.org.my.