Tiffany Wai-Ying Beres. Exhibition Review: ‘The Weight of Lightness: Ink Art at M+’
How does a museum of 20th and 21st century visual culture approach ink painting, a native Chinese art form with over 2,000 years of history? This past winter, a survey exhibition at M+ Pavilion, part of Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, sought to take the medium well beyond its historical Chinese roots and examine ink art from a radically international and contemporary perspective. ‘The Weight of Lightness’ featured some 60 pieces by 42 artists from more than 10 countries that are part of the museum’s permanent collection, including a selection of works from the M+ Sigg Collection. The first ink art exhibition curated by Lesley Ma, M+’s ink art curator, this ambitious show set out to redefine ink art beyond its materials as an aesthetic with wide-ranging international applications.