What does art feel like?

Venus de Milo, public domain photo
Been checking out the website of Hong Kong Museum of Art lately, and a sculpture exhibit is ongoing. Pieces from France's Louvre Museum were replicated and transported for this season's "Touching Art" thematic exhibition. And the title says it all. These valuable sculptures (their originals, at least) such as Michelangelo's The Rebel Slave (1513) and the famous Venus de Milo (2nd c.BC) will not just be there for visual show, but to be literally felt, touched.

What is most notable about the Hong Kong Museum of Art, for me, is that it always presents interactive art as this. I remember visiting it last year to witness the "Charming Experience" exhibition. Even my younger sisters who don't know much about art were able to appreciate it.

My sister Kim Diola enjoying an installation.
Curator Grace Cheng successfully executed to create an experience of art "with different senses" instead of isolating art forms into visual, auditory and written. The exhibition provides answers to some curious questions: How can we see and feel sound?

"Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No.5 in C Minor, First Movement" (2009) by Otto, Li Tin Lun. Mixed media and video installation.
This sculpture by Otto visualizes Beethoven's piece that demonstrates the rise and fall of notes and rhythm. It makes possible for the hearing and visually impaired to experience the virtuoso composer's work in their own way, though not the way Beethoven intended it to be.

I hope next time they can do a sculpture for film, which is primarily a visual and auditory combined form. It can give an altogether new meaning to 3D cinema.  #

Mimimayhem by the fountain outside the museum, with McDonald's bag in hand.

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