|Flowers That Bloom at Midnight by Yayoi Kusama|
Just as I was about to head to Wan Chai, there was a massive downpour of rain; it's no wonder so many people went to the show to shield themselves from the wet elements but also avoid another shopping mall.
As a result the place was packed, but thankfully big enough that visitors were moving in the two large exhibition halls on two different floors.
My friend YTSL and I saw several works by Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Andy Warhol, albeit not necessarily top grade pieces, but they were originals nonetheless.
|Choi Jeong Hwa's Breath Flower - Red Lotus... it really moves!|
There were some really odd pieces like Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa who created Breath Flower - Red Lotus -- a giant "breathing" red flower, its petals opening and closing every 10 to 15 seconds or so. For a moment I wondered if I had wandered into another version of the Little Shop of Horrors.
Another floral theme was by Yayoi Kusama, an eccentric Japanese artist and writer who made giant polka-dotted flowers called Flowers That Bloom at Midnight that were of an absolute delight to the many children who attended the fair today.
|Crane by Brazilian Vik Muniz|
We also saw two or three of Hirst's spot paintings and a round piece featuring an orange painted background and hundreds of red butterfly wings carefully placed all over this circle. It was simultaneously awe-inspiring to see the delicate butterfly wings, but also horrifically morbid to see them extracted from their bodies.
There were also some special installations for the show, including Ai Weiwei's Cong, one of his artistic statements on the Sichuan earthquake four years ago.
On the outside are 123 framed letters Ai's studio received from various ministries of government regarding the investigation into the May 12th earthquake. According to Galerie Urs Meile's description, the letters are all of a similar nature, refusing to disclose any information regarding the quake.
|Ai Weiwei's Cong is about the Sichuan earthquake in 2008|
Ai seems to mock the Chinese government for the formality of the letters complete with special red chops by framing them, while the authorities don't even recognize the dead or even try to find out why the students died when we all know the schools were shoddily built thanks to corruption.
Another curious piece is what looks like a giant "diamond" made from pieces of a shipping container. By Yin Xiuzhen, Black Hole represents the journey of commercial products in today's world of global exchanges. The "diamond", weighing 6.5 million carats, symbolizes perfection, luxury and desire as it emanates coloured light from within.
Everyone is chasing the China and Hong Kong market, with many galleries opening up branches here. We shall soon see if interest really translates into sales, or it's all hype and false hopes.