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Grand Stair Screenings: Art of the Everyday

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Programme: Grand Stair Screenings: Art of the Everyday
Type: Screening
Length: 54 min.
Language: Multiple
Audience: Everyone
Location: Grand Stair

Grand Stair Screenings: Art of the Everyday

'Art of the Everyday' offers visitors a closer look at the art we may encounter in our everyday life. This screening programme presents a rich selection of videos in which artists and makers share stories and behind-the-scenes insights about their works in the M+ collection. 'Art of the Everyday' also features King of Kowloon (1997), a documentary film about the elusive street calligrapher whose work is featured in our main hall exhibition, Hong Kong: Here and Beyond.

King of Kowloon

Tsang Tsou-choi, also known as the 'King of Kowloon’, was a controversial figure that sparked debates on the definition of art and the use of public space. Once omnipresent throughout the streets of Kowloon, the King’s calligraphy—now fondly remembered as a relic of the city's unique culture—has almost disappeared along with a bygone era of Hong Kong. Beyond purported commentary on sovereignty and agency found in his writing, are there more personal explanations for his relentless pursuit?

In this documentary, filmmakers Joanne Shen and Martin Egan interview admirers and detractors, and retraces the King’s daily quest, during which he scribbled on various surfaces around town. His anarchic modus operandi has amused onlookers, bemused police officers, annoyed neighbourhood residents, and inspired high fashion copycats. Oozing style of the 1990s with its Dutch angles and vibrant colours, King of Kowloon is an essential viewing for those interested in the story of its titular subject.

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Directed by Joanne Shen and Martin Egan. King of Kowloon, 1997. Photo courtesy of Joanne Shen and Martin Egan

M+ Stories II

In this series of screenings at the Grand Stair, we aim to deepen the audience's intellectual, emotional, and physical connections with objects in the M+ galleries. Artists and makers share stories and behind-the-scenes insights about their work.

Leung Mee-ping: Material Meaning. © M+, Hong Kong

Leung Mee-ping: Material Meaning. © M+, Hong Kong

Unboxing Henry Steiner’s Design Archive. © M+, Hong Kong

Unboxing Henry Steiner’s Design Archive. © M+, Hong Kong

James Kinoshita: Building the Unanticipated. © M+, Hong Kong

James Kinoshita: Building the Unanticipated. © M+, Hong Kong

Rirkrit Tiravanija: A Condition for Experience. © M+, Hong Kong

Rirkrit Tiravanija: A Condition for Experience. © M+, Hong Kong

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