4. Best for an immersive experience: K11 MUSEA
Perhaps fittingly for a city like Hong Kong where shopping can seem like a national sport, K11 MUSEA is a unique hybrid that combines culture and retail. Set in Kowloon’s buzzing Victoria Dockside, it is (partly) named after the Muses of Greek mythology and promises immersive experiences inart, culture, retail entertainment and gastronomy.
“As a retail experience of design and art, it’s quite different to a more formal museum experience – but it’s also fun,” said Raffel.
Entrepreneur Adrian Cheng worked with more than 100 international artists, architects and designers to create what they call “the ultimate space for all to embark on a ‘journey of imagination'”. How that translates for visitors is a dazzling collection of luxury stores in a remarkable architectural landscape, allied with a calendar of world-class art events and collaborations.
Contemporary artworks dot K11 Musea, and visitors should look out for works by Paola Pivi, Ron English or Carsten Höller for his surreal mushroom sculptures. Meanwhile, dedicated on-site spaces play host to exhibitions from global artists across multiple disciplines from graffiti and street art to reflections on 200 years of haute couture, held in collaboration with London’s V&A Museum.
For Raffel, K11 MUSEA marks a special nexus: “K11 MUSEA is within walking distance of The Hong Kong Museum of Art, so the relationship between private and public art is starting to take real legs and develop in uniquely Hong Kong ways.”
TIP: Everyone loves a gift shop and K11 MUSEA offers the MoMA Design Store featuring exclusives from the legendary New York museum, as well as local Hong Kong designs.