The Weight of Lightness: Ink Art at M+

Why We Recommend it

The exhibit will explore the pivotal role of ink art in global visual culture, offering fresh perspectives using cross-disciplinary and geographically diverse approaches.


M+, the highly anticipated museum of visual culture at Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, will exhibit selections from its exceptional ink art collection for the first time ever this autumn.

While ink art generally refers to visual works with lineage to ink painting and calligraphy in the Asian tradition, M+ is taking a more expansive view with The Weight of Lightness, which will present a transnational, interdisciplinary perspective on ink art from the 1960s to the present day.

The show explores how ink art is not only a medium, but also a crucial aesthetic in contemporary visual culture. Featuring works in various media including painting, calligraphy, installation, photography and moving image that demonstrate artists’ diverse explorations.

Nearly 60 works by 42 artists from more than 10 regions – representing Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, India, the US, Spain and more – will be on display.


When: 13 Oct 2017 - 14 Jan 2018 Where: M+ Pavilion – West Kowloon Cultural District, – Tsim Sha Tsui,