Magazine article Sculpture

Megacities Asia

Magazine article Sculpture

Megacities Asia

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BOSTON

Museum of Fine Arts

The immersive, often interactive installations showcased in "Mega - cities Asia" explored identity amid the masses, sociopolitical issues, and ecological concerns. In a show that mimicked urban sprawl, curators Al Miner and Laura Weinstein examined the successes and failures of Asia's boomtowns by cherry-picking artists from Beijing, Delhi, Mumbai, Seoul, and Shanghai.

Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa's Breathing Flower was sited next to the museum's Huntington Avenue entrance. The giant, inflated crimson blossom fluttered buoyant in the wind. At bustling Faneuil Hall, Choi's inflatable Fruit Tree was equally vivid. Interventionist calling cards in the public realm, these works directed attention toward "Megacities Asia," and the museum offered free admission to anyone showing a selfie with Fruit Tree.

The exhibition's epicenter in the Ann and Graham Gund Gallery featured nine installations. Hema Upadhyay's aerial-view diorama of Mumbai's largest slum, Dharavi, highlighted recycling. Aadita Joshi's glowing miasma of plastic bags, evoking Mumbai's debris-clogged storm drains and severe flooding, continued the ecological theme. Asim Waqif's multimedia environment commented on the disconnect between typical modern building practices and sustainability in Delhi and across India. Affirming cultural identity, Shanghai artist Hu Xiang - cheng built a kaleidoscopic, walk-in maze from salvaged Ming- and Qingera doors and windows. Inside the construction, photographs and keepsakes reinforced personal connection. …

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