In collaboration with K11 ARTUS, Curious Wonders is a debut exhibition by K11 Craft & Guild Foundation that showcases K11 ARTUS private collection of antiques from the Ming and Qing dynasties and the foundation’s effort in conserving and rejuvenating fast-disappearing Chinese traditional craftsmanship.
In this exhibition, a traveller’s trunk has been whimsically converted into a modern interpretation of the curiosity cabinet. On display are two types of antique crafts: baibaoqian (semi-precious stone inlays) and guangcai (Canton enamel porcelains). With these craft works used as both functional objects in daily living and works of art with distinct aesthetics made to delight and impress, we hope to demonstrate the relevance of these age-old treasures in a creative and contemporary setting.
Next to the curiosity cabinet, a 1:1 replica of a lion plaster-moulded sculpture from the roof of the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall in Guangzhou is on display. Models of wooden caisson ceilings commonly seen in the Zhejiang Ningshao area are also exhibited, flaunting the broad range of architectural wonders found in different regions of China.