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PLACEText: Peggy Lee

A latest art museum is opening in Hong Kong on 29th May 2018. Named as “Tai Kwun“, meaning “Big Station”, it is located on Hollywood Road in Central, Hong Kong. This is a project by a Swiss architectual team Herzog & de Meuron, which is also the architect of Tate Modern in London, UK (2000) and the National Stadium Beijing in China (2008), also the upcoming M+ museum in Hong Kong (2019). Transformed from the former Central Police Station which was built in 1864, Tai Kwun has its own historical value to locals also it is a herritage spot. Being a hub of art exhibition, interiors and heritage, it is a new rise in Hong Kong with an art highlight.

© Tai Kwun

Tai Kwun is comprised of Tai Kwun site and visitor centre. The old prison area is restored from the former Central Police Station. Architect tried to remain all the old gates, locks and even the bricks. Inside the prison room, they are playing a documentry projection of old prison living. You can experience the old prison and imagine how the prisoner stayed there.

© Tai Kwun

Contrasted from the historical part of the venue, the art exhibition centre in Tai Kwun is much more modern and minimalistic. There is an iconic staircase which is an elegant symbol of Tai Kwun.

© Tai Kwun

A variety of art exhibitions are expected to happen in Tai Kwun. Opening exhibition is about young Hong Kong artists exploring the aesthetics of Chinese medicine, sculpture, pharmacology and science. In the outdoor theatre, a light art installation by a French performance group about “Dreamlike Horses”. There are also lifestyle shops selling daily life ceramics, easy clothes and accessories. You can find restaurants next to the shops.

Come visit the place and the shows if you are around Hong Kong, it has a very nice and relaxing atmosphere created by the modern interior and heritage structure.

Tai Kwun
Address: 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Opening hours: 11:00 – 23:00
* Opening hours of shops, restaurants, exhibitions and performances vary
Free Admission

Text: Peggy Lee

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