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Heritage Museum showcases different views on home design

A showcase of four imaginary homes, a joint effort of guest curator, Douglas Young, a prominent local home designer and the founder of lifestyle store G.O.D., and four local personalities, Mathias Woo, Wing Shya, Eric Kot and Chip Tsao, will be open to the public from tomorrow (January 15).

"4 X Home", the third exhibition of the Hong Kong Design Series, will run at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum until September 4.

The exhibition was opened today (January 14) by the Assistant Director (Heritage and Museums) of Leisure and Cultural Services (LCSD), Mr Gerard Tsang Chu-chui; Acting Chief Curator of the Heritage Museum, Mrs Judy Chan Lee Suk-yee; Young, Woo, Shya, Kot and Tsao.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Gerard Tsang said that the Heritage Museum had been committed to collecting and displaying the works of local designers since its establishment. To recognise the infinite possibilities of design and the contributions of its practitioners, the museum has organised the "Hong Kong Design Series". The first two exhibitions of the series, "building hong kong – redwhiteblue" and "Spaces and Places", were acclaimed by the public.

"This exhibition attempts to realise the imaginary and the creative home by adopting a crossover approach. Five 'designers' from different disciplines were invited to explore the fine boundary between imagination, distortion and reality, inspiring audiences to think about the relationship between individual and home," Mr Tsang said.

In this exhibition, Young and the four designers have created a fresh perspective, and their works will inspire audiences with a unique representation of home design.

Mathias Woo, an art administrator, has many definitions of "home" - a place where one lives; a physical structure within which one lives; a household where family or social unit lives; a place such as a country or town, where one was born or has lived for a long period; the native habitat of a plant or animal; a source where something is discovered, founded, developed, or promoted; a headquarters and a home base; and an elderly home where people are cared for.

Photographer Wing Shya's metaphoric work is full of surprises. When one wanders around his plain-looking room with tables, chairs and sofas, images will suddenly appear in places that are least expected.

This exhibition is also a record of the fascinating journey of creativity Young made with the renowned actor, Eric Kot. Kot's collaboration has produced an exciting chemistry and as a result, an alternate "home" was created.

Writer Chip Tsao's work shows his idea of a dream study, full of books. Tsao says that reading at home is like being engaged in a cemetery of knowledge, in which he can communicate with the great minds of the past and present. Within the realms of books and literature, there is no distinction between life and death, and no boundaries between past and present.

Located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, the Heritage Museum opens from 10am to 6pm from Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 7pm on Sundays and public holidays and from 10am to 5pm on Lunar New Year’s Eve. It is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of Lunar New Year. Admission is $10, with a half-price concession for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and full-time students. Admission is free on Wednesdays.

Car parking is available at the Heritage Museum. Those who prefer to use public transport may take the KCR Ma On Shan line to the Che Kung Temple station, which is within five minutes’ walk of the museum.

For enquiries, call 2180 8188. For details of the exhibition, visit the Heritage Museum's website at .

Ends/Saturday, January 14, 2006

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