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Solo Exhibit by Famed Sculptor in HK's Tsim Sha Tsui Features Outdoor Installations

Solo Exhibit by Famed Sculptor in HK's Tsim Sha Tsui Features Outdoor Installations

Ju Ming's art piece in "Living World Series."

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"Ju Ming - Sculpting the Living World," a solo exhibition by Taiwanese sculptor Ju Ming, is now open at the Hong Kong Museum of Art on Victoria Harbour in the Tsim Sha Tsui district. Sponsored by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and the Ju Ming Museum of Taiwan, it is the largest-ever solo exhibition to be held in Hong Kong.

Born in Taiwan in 1938, Ju Ming has held solo exhibitions in major Asian cities as well as in Europe and the United States. He was catapulted to fame by his "Tai Chi Series." Ju Ming's "Living World Series" now on display in Hong Kong is a masterpiece that took 30 years to complete and includes a set of 120 works.

The pieces, made from different materials such as wood, ceramics, stone, bronze and stainless steel, portray the various roles people play in their daily lives, families and society. They include an elderly person playing with a grandchild, a group of people lined up, a soldier fighting bravely, and a beautiful dancer and swimmer. The artist says they represent the joys and hardships of human life.

The works range in size from 50 centimeters to larger-than-life-size shapes. Each one captures a moment in the world where humans live alone or in groups, and they seem as if they will move on their own. Also on exhibit in the "Living World Series" are "Imprisonment" and "Cube," two landmark pieces that became the basis for Ju Ming's meteoric rise.

The museum also has a corner presenting video of Ju Ming working on his art at his workshop. Taking a cue from the Ju Ming Museum in Taiwan, where the artist's works are placed in spacious natural surroundings, the Hong Kong exhibit is not confined to two galleries, but instead displays pieces outside around the building, set up so that passersby can also take photos with some of the artwork.

The Hong Kong Museum of Art is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., except on weekends and holidays when it stays open until 7:00 p.m. The museum is closed on Thursdays unless it falls on a holiday. Admission to the exhibit is HK$20, except on Wednesdays when it is HK$10. "Ju Ming - Sculpting the Living World" will remain on display until June 15.

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