Hong Kong Museum of Art

I’ve brought you inside Macau’s Museum of Art. Now, I’ll bring you inside Hong Kong Museum of Art. This trip was sometime in early January 2011. I still remember the date but I won’t reveal it here.

Well, HK Museum of Art is not free. It’s only free on Wednesday (I find it weird that lots of museums in China open longer on Wednesdays). But the price tag is still acceptable.

The museum is located in Hong Kong’s Cultural Centre precinct. Believe me, I thought Brisbane’s Cultural Centre precinct exterior looks outdated (except SLQ & GOMA) until I saw this. I’ll have a separate post on that.

There are lots of no photography zone inside the museum. But I really enjoyed their ‘Touching Art’ exhibition. I’m not sure whether it’s the museum or someone else who fund this but they use laser technology to replicate sculptures from Paris’s Louvre Museum.

Visitors are allowed to touch the sculptures (since all sculptures are replicas) but they must use hand sanitiser provided just outside the exhibition hall.

The museum does have a souvenir shop but it was kinda compact inside methinks. Just like what Turanga Leela of Futurama said, “It’s like Hong Kong.”

Anyway, the museum consists of five levels. The family and I didn’t visit the top level since they felt very tired. Well, we were lost on the way from the MTR to the museum. Yes, finally I visited a place with a decent public transport unlike Brisbane’s rotten public transport system (not in my suburb anyway).

Here are some photos taken from the exhibition that does allow photography. Enjoy.

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I believe she is Guan Yin. If you’re Buddhist you should know this (apparently I’m not).

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Some pictures will be smaller in size.

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Dancing with the Stars ๐Ÿ˜€

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Not done yet. I’ll come back tomorrow. Good night.

P.S.: What day is today? It’s my birthday.

Wine Museum

Let’s return to Macau where last time I left you with the Grand Prix Museum. Still in the same building, just located next to GP Museum is the Wine Museum.

I wonder what wine got to do with Macau. It is a small place with people cramped that developments are going upwards. Do they have land for vineyards?

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As you may have guessed, winery in Macau is brought by the Portuguese. This is the corridor when you entered the museum.

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This museum also has a touchscreen display to make information friendlier to absorb. Readings are provided in three languages, Chinese, English & Portuguese.

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I can’t remember why I took this photo.

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The diorama shows how the wine is made indoor in the past.

I took lots of photos in this museum, actually. Unfortunately, unless you’re really interested in knowing the traditional costumes of each Portugese regions I’m not going to show it here. Leave a comment if you wish me to write a post on that.

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Same as the GP Museum, entrance is free. Location: somewhere near the park with golden lotus in the middle

Extra: Do you know why Sideshow Bob of The Simpsons was quickly accepted into an Italian town?

That’s all for now. Back soon.

Grand Prix Museum

I have been absent for a week ever since I continued blogging. It’s been a very busy week for me as first semester at university is coming to a close. This weekend also presents me with lots of fun from Brisbane’s many festivals! I’ll get there as soon as I can as this will require me to do some photo editing. So stay tuned!

Now, I’ll present you with another museum trip in Macau. This time I visited the Grand Prix Museum. This museum is also located in the same building as the Wine Museum. Another post will be dedicated for that.

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It’s quite a small distance from where I stayed, the Grand Lapa. However, this museum is not located in Macau’s Cultural Centre. Entry to both museums are free, by the way.

As the name suggests, this museum showcases Grand Prix cars, the history of Grand Prix in Macau as well as some Grand Prix related stuff.

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Just a little random question, did the car shown below ever been used for Grand Prix before? Your answer is greatly appreciated for the benefit of the blogger as well as readers.

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The car in the background (picture above) seems to be used in the early days of racing. While I’m not a Grand Prix enthusiast, I believe that type of car is no longer used for GP these days.

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I’m not a racing enthusiast, because I think it’s pollution (call me tree-hugger if you want), but I believe the cars below are used for Nascar instead of Grand Prix. Your clarification, especially if you’re a racing enthusiast would be greatly appreciated.

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“Aren’t you tired, lady?”

This museum even provides a simulator. You may use it if you wish.

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A mannequin poses to show how driver behave behind the wheels during the race. I guess it is OH&S (Occupational Health & Safety). Is your workplace abiding this? Even my recent visit to GoMA and window shopping at the soon-to-be-closed Borders Albert St required me to follow OH&S.

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This (above) is dedicated to MotoGP fans.

How mechanical repair was done? Don’t forget, OH&S must come first!

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I think the mannequin acting as camera crew is a bit over the top.

Overall, it’s quite an enjoyable experience. I definitely recommend this museum rather than some disappointing museums in my hometown – it’s good & educational but not properly taken care of.

Have a great moment. See you later.

Handover Gifts Museum of Macau

After giving you a brief of Macau Art Museum, I’ll bring you to the Handover Gifts Museum of Macau which is still located in Macau’s Cultural Centre precinct.

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By the way, if you’re in the mood of art-shopping, there’s this souvenir shop inside the Art Museum which sells quality items. And you can’t find those items elsewhere in Macau (it’s more expensive than regular souvenir stalls though). The ladies in the family even had some arguments on what to buy simply because it can’t be find elsewhere.

Because I stayed at Grand Lapa Hotel, it’s considerably close to the Cultural Centre. And the weather, although it was winter, felt like Brisbane’s spring minus temperatures in the low 20s.

When I visited this museum, there was a temporary exhibition about life in Macau before casino arrived. It was very ‘kampung’. Unfortunately due to copyright reason, I can’t take any photograph on the photos exhibited. The billboard is just an illustration of what kind of photos to expect.

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Now to the main and permanent exhibition, the gifts each provinces of China gave to Macau after it returned to the Chinese Communist Party’s hand. Since I do not memorise the name and the gifts each provinces, your kindness in assisting moi to help other readers out is greatly appreciated.

P.S.: Call me a right-wing bias for using the term CCP if you like. But I’ve been objective in writing this article and I do not defame the CCP in this article.

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Even this museum has its flaws. The glass is not long enough to allow visitors view this gift without any interference. Is Macau has a stiff relation with this Chinese province? ๐Ÿ˜€ (no, I’m not a conspiracy-theorist)

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I present you an overview of the main exhibition hall layout.

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Hold on there, I thought lotus is the symbol of Macau? Macau is giving itself a gift?

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I know this one is from Shanghai.

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I do not take photos of all the gifts in the museum. Simply because of time constraints and due to the fact that my camera is sucky. All these photos belonged rightfully to the contributor of Apa Kabar Bram (that’s me, Bram Adimas). However, the real gifts are the property of the Macau government.

That’s all for now. More museum stories coming up.

Macau Museum of Art

I know I haven’t been blogging for a while. It’s a combination of laziness and all other reasons I have stated beforehand. But after receiving news that Om Paman just received postcard which I sent through the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) recent exhibition (21 Century: Art in the first decade – which have received criticism from AGNSW). The news motivates me to blog again!

Here it is, another Bram Adimas’ piece on museum. This was a report compiled on my recent trip to Macau late last year. I love museum! But don’t ask me what city has what museums! Researching it beforehand sometimes spoils the fun of exploring a new city.

Macau Museum of Art is located in Macau’s Cultural Centre which consists of a science centre (that was the biggest science centre I’ve ever seen in my life – I didn’t enter it though), Handover Gift Museum (when Macau went back to China’s control, each Chinese provinves gave Macau gifts) and art museum just to name a few.

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This is Macau Museum of Art building from the outside. Queensland Museum South Bank suddenly looks very small (but not Railway Workshop Museum!). While Macau residents live in small, cramped flats, their art collections enjoy a more breathable space. That sentence sure is debatable, isn’t it?

P.S.: On the other hand, Aussies live in big houses but their museums and art galleries are tiny (in size). ๐Ÿ˜›

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Nice pathways, isn’t it? If you walk straight, you’ll find the Handover Gift Museum. I wonder why Hong Kong doesn’t have one. Anybody knows if perhaps it is named differently in Hong Kong’s case? Yes, HK isn’t all about shopping. I like it as a museum city.

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ๆพณ้–€่—่ก“ๅš็‰ฉ้คจ as they prefer it to be written. Old version of the Chinese characters. As for Indonesian local languages, in particular the language used in my hometown, do you use the Latin version of anacaraka or the one with ‘cecek’, ‘taling’ etc?

Call me racist if you want, if you don’t know what’s ‘cecek’ or ‘taling’, learn Balinese language. Perhaps our Sasak, Javanese and Madurese brothers/sisters may have a glimpse of idea. ๐Ÿ˜€ Call it a hopeless language with no future and I will ignore you for the rest of my life (even if the language dies before I die!)

There I go ranting off topic.

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The staircase is used as a platform to advertise one of its then current exhibition.

I forget how much does it cost to enter but it was mostly free. You do need to pay for certain exhibition. Unfortunately, my family is not really into art museum so the only exhibition we viewed was ‘Serigrafia Portuguesa’.

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At the time this photo was taken, the exhibition upstairs was a ticketed event which requires you to pay. And as I stated earlier, my family is not into art museum, don’t ask me what they (the art museum) were exhibiting.

As for me, any museum will do. The most important thing is you haven’t seen that exhibition before and curiosity. If a certain exhibition is a travelling exhibition, seeing once is enough. Don’t bother about going to another city just to see the same exhibition you have seen in your city/town.

That’s all from me for now. More stories coming up your way. ๐Ÿ˜€

The Stokes & Alice Lang

Museum of Brisbane currently exhibits the history of skateboarding in Brisbane under the name ‘The Stokes’.
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The exhibition tells us the history of skateboarding in Brisbane, skateboards that is uniquely Brisbane and how it differs from the skateboarding culture in Brisbane’s southern cousins.
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Skateboarding began in the 1950s. However, during the Joh Bjelke-Petersen era it was considered an act of crime. After the era ended, it was outlawed although there are restrictions for skateboarders such as in Queen Street Mall and Albert Street extension.

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What I find it attractive is the usage of the yellow-black line with and blocks as if you are viewing the exhibition on a road.

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A special skateboarding ring was also provided. It was taken from the suburb of Moorooka where the park in the suburb has the first skateboarding facility in Brisbane. Other suburbs noted in the ring is Kuraby. Seems like all the suburbs on the Beenleigh QR Citytrain line are being promoted.

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Inside the ring, photos of skateboarding activities in those suburbs are shown. Pillows however were put for unapparent reason. Weeks before my visit, I saw group of skateboarders using the ring.

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If you are not sure about QR Citytrain lines, never mind. Here’s a reminder : Caboolture, Shorncliffe, Ipswich, Airport (Airtrain), Cleveland and Beenleigh (no Gold Coast line?).

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Instead of ‘Queensland – The Sunshine State’ or ‘Relax, It’s Queensland’, it becomes ‘Queensland – The Shred State’.

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Of course, before you go skateboarding wear your helmet. Safety first.

Another exhibition at the Museum of Brisbane is ‘Alice Lang – Just In Case’. I’m not an artist so don’t ask me to decipher the meaning of this artwork. The photos are taken from front and back sides (objectivity sucks but it’s better than subjectivity).

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Prejudice & Pride

Mungkin karena isu ini kontroversial maka saya tulis dalam Bahasa Indonesia untuk memberikan perspektif lain pada komunitas lesbian, gay, biseksual, dan transgender (LGBT). Tidak ada niat untuk mendiskriminasi atau sok mengajari.

Prejudice & Pride adalah pameran sementara Museum of Brisbane hingga 17 Oktober 2010 mengenai komunitas LGBT di kota Brisbane, Australia. Berhubung lokasi asli Museum of Brisbane (MoB) di City Hall sedang direnovasi, jadi MoB dipindahkan ke balai kota sementara yang sebetulnya hanya di seberang lapangan balai kota yang direnovasi.

Komunitas LGBT di Brisbane dan di Queensland pada umumnya pernah mengalami masa-masa suram. Mereka merupakan salah satu komunitas yang termarjinalisasi selain penduduk Aborigin pada masa tersebut. Queensland sendiri sering dikatakan sebagai negara bagian Australia yang paling terbelakang. Terbelakang karena Queensland adalah negara bagian terakhir yang berekonsiliasi dengan kaum Aborigin dan penduduk Torres Strait. Terakhir pula yang memberikan kesetaraan hak kepada kaum LGBT.

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Darryl Nisbet, salah satu atlet yang ikut bertanding di Gay Games Vancouver 1990, mengungkapkan betapa bangga dan gembira rasanya setelah memenangkan medali serta menghilangnya sekat-sekat yang memisahkan orang jelata dengan LGBT.

Kalau kita menekan ‘Play’ di layar, maka video-video cerita kaum LGBT akan diputar. Anda dapat mendengarkannya dengan headset.

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Baju-baju yang mungkin digunakan untuk menggalang solidaritas untuk kaum LGBT.

Tujuan dari pameran ini pastinya untuk meningkatkan kesadaran kita akan kaum LGBT yang baik secara langsung maupun tidak masih mengalami diskriminasi di berbagai bidang. Toh sebetulnya, mereka begitu bukan karena pilihan. Mereka membutuhkan pertolongan, bukan dikasari.

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Bisa jadi api pemicu kemarahan kaum ekstremis jikalau pameran serupa diadakan di Indonesia, pajangan kondom.

Pameran ini memberikan gambaran perjuangan komunitas LGBT melawan diskriminasi. Mereka sendiri yang berjuang, bukan menunggu pemerintah federal atau negara bagian untuk berekonsiliasi. Mereka benar, itulah yang seharusnya dilakukan di negara demokrasi, kekuasaan di tangan rakyat. Bukan menunggu uluran tangan pemerintah.

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“Kaum lesbian ada di mana-mana”

Bahkan papan nama jalan pun diplesetkan oleh mereka, dari Queen Street (Jalan Ratu) menjadi Queer Street (Jalan Homoseksual).
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Apa pun pendapat anda mengenai isu ini, semoga saja pengetahuan anda bertambah dengan adanya tulisan ini. Tidak ada niat menggurui, cuma marilah kita belajar dari negara yang demokrasinya lebih dewasa dari kita menangani masalah ini. Tidak harus diikuti tapi dipetik apa yang penting dari perjuangan mereka yang dipulaukan.

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Ini juga sebetulnya bisa memicu masalah kalau dipamerkan di Indonesia.

Sekian dari saya. Sampai bertemu di tulisan saya lainnya dalam Bahasa Indonesia (masih belajar untuk menulis bagus soalnya).