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Madame Song:
Pioneering Art and Fashion in China

Madame Song:
Pioneering Art and Fashion in China

29 Jul 2023
14 Apr 2024
Location: West Gallery
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Ticket Information

Standard: HKD 140
Concessions*: HKD 70
M+ Members: HKD 98
M+ Patrons' Guests: HKD 70

Special Exhibitions Dual Pass

Standard: HKD 210
Concessions*: HKD 105

M+ Members: HKD 147
M+ Patrons' Guests: HKD 105

Meet the icon who transformed the landscape of arts, fashion, and popular culture in China from the 1980s to 2000s.

Song Huai-Kuei (1937–2006), widely known during her lifetime as Madame Song, was a legend in the spheres of Chinese art, film, music, and fashion during the 1980s and 1990s. With her husband, Bulgarian fibre artist Maryn Varbanov (1932–1989), Song helped foster a forward-looking creative scene and cultivated a modern, international lifestyle in China at a time when the country was largely isolated from the rest of the world for much of the Cold War.

This Special Exhibition brings to light Madame Song’s fascinating multiple identities and professional pursuits. It chronicles her life and practice from the 1950s to the early 2000s and unveils Song’s thus-far overlooked and underestimated influence on China's transformation into the cosmopolitan and culturally diverse society it is today.

Installation view of Madame Song: Pioneering Art and Fashion in China, 2023. Photo: Dan Leung, M+, Hong Kong

Installation view of Madame Song: Pioneering Art and Fashion in China, 2023. Garments: Pierre Cardin Archives. Photo: Lok Cheng, M+, Hong Kong

Installation view of Madame Song: Pioneering Art and Fashion in China, 2023. Photo: Dan Leung, M+, Hong Kong

Installation view of Madame Song: Pioneering Art and Fashion in China, 2023. Garments: Pierre Cardin Archives. Photo: Dan Leung, M+, Hong Kong

Installation view of Madame Song: Pioneering Art and Fashion in China, 2023. Photo: Dan Leung, M+, Hong Kong

Installation view of Madame Song: Pioneering Art and Fashion in China, 2023. Photo: Lok Cheng, M+, Hong Kong

Installation view of Madame Song: Pioneering Art and Fashion in China, 2023. Photo: Dan Leung, M+, Hong Kong

Installation view of Madame Song: Pioneering Art and Fashion in China, 2023. Garments: Pierre Cardin Archives. Photo: Lok Cheng, M+, Hong Kong

Installation view of Madame Song: Pioneering Art and Fashion in China, 2023. Photo: Dan Leung, M+, Hong Kong

Installation view of Madame Song: Pioneering Art and Fashion in China, 2023. Garments: Pierre Cardin Archives. Photo: Dan Leung, M+, Hong Kong

Installation view of Madame Song: Pioneering Art and Fashion in China, 2023. Photo: Dan Leung, M+, Hong Kong

Installation view of Madame Song: Pioneering Art and Fashion in China, 2023. Photo: Lok Cheng, M+, Hong Kong

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Tickets

Tickets to Madame Song: Pioneering Art and Fashion in China include General Admission access. Children ages 6 and below do not need to purchase tickets.

A Special Exhibitions Dual Pass will be available to visitors who wish to visit both special exhibitions—The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Noir & Blanc—A Story of Photography and Madame Song: Pioneering Art and Fashion in China on the same day, in addition to all General Admission exhibitions.

A complimentary guided tour led by M+ Volunteer Guide is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Public

Standard: HKD 140

Concessions*: HKD 70

M+ Members

Discounted tickets: HKD 98
Special Exhibitions Dual Pass: HKD 147

Members can enjoy a 30% discount (unlimited quota). Guests holding discounted tickets must be accompanied by members. Become a Member to unlock exclusive benefits.

M+ Patrons

Discounted guest tickets: HKD 70
Special Exhibitions Dual Pass for Guests: HKD 105

Patrons of all tiers can enjoy unlimited free access with designated number of guest(s); and a 50% discount on additional guest tickets (unlimited quota). Guests holding discounted tickets must be accompanied by patrons. Become a Patron to unlock exclusive benefits.

*Concession tickets are available to full-time students, children ages 7 to 11, senior citizens ages 60 or above, persons with disabilities and companion, and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients.

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Image at top: Fashion shoot at the Forbidden City with Madame Song and a group of Chinese models trained by her, 1980s. Photo: © Yonfan

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