Life is Only One: Yoshitomo Nara is the first major solo exhibition of the well-known Japanese artist in Hong Kong. The exhibition title caught my attention; a very bold and provocative statement. Indeed Life is Only One! is one of Nara's paintings.
The exhibition is held at the Chantal Miller Gallery, Asia Society Hong Kong Center. The Center was transformed from the Former Explosives Magazine - a military site into a modern cultural hub where you can enjoy exhibitions, its architectural character and history.
It's worth exploring this heritage site after viewing the exhibition
Images of children, Nara's signature figures, always appear in his paintings; it seems that they are irritated and angry, but also vulnerable and sad. There is a wide array of artwork selected in the past two decades, ranging from paintings, sketches, photographs, sculptures and mixed media installations. The artist's experience of life and the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake may influence the way on how his work was done. but it is very much open for viewers' own interpretation of "life".
After viewing the exhibition, you can also explore this heritage site. You can pick up a Centre Guide at the Main Reception located at the Ground Floor. It's pretty handy that you can take lifts to access different levels, and you'll be absolutely delighted to find that the artist's characters being featured on the lift doors.
How to get there
As there is no parking facility at the Centre and parking is not allowed in the Center, you may consider taking the nearest carpark in Pacific Place. Alternatively, you can take MTR to Admiralty Station and go to Exit C1 to Queensway Plaza. Visit here to find more details.
Follow the footpath to the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre