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Upcoming Exhibition to Celebrate Architectural Contributions of the Late I. M. Pei

The Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong is among the key projects of the late I. M. Pei; image by Cheung Yin/Unsplash

The first major retrospective of Ieoh Ming Pei (1917–2019), a Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate, will be held at M+ museum from 29 June 2024 to 5 January 2025. With the theme of Life Is Architecture, the curation is dedicated to celebrating the Chinese-American architect, notably known as I. M. Pei, whose contributions have spanned two centuries. It will be presented through the following sub-themes:

  • Pei’s Cross-Cultural Foundations;
  • Real Estate and Urban Redevelopment;
  • Art and Civic Form;
  • Power, Politics and Patronage;
  • Material and Structural Innovation; and
  • Reinterpreting History through Design.

There will be an unveiling of over 300 exhibits—many of it previously unseen—such as original drawings, models, photographs, videos and other archival documentation. This is set to be complemented by a series of public programmes, comprising guided tours, conversations, film screenings and workshops.

The first day of the display will see the hosting of a free public talk to discuss Pei’s key projects, namely Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, Fragrant Hill Hotel in China and Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar. The following screenings will run from July to December 2024, featuring related documentaries and films. Meanwhile, participants of the family-friendly workshops will get to use modules of various shapes to create structures, adopting Pei’s approach of conducting design tests with mock-ups.

For details, please refer to the museum’s website. —Construction+ Online

Sources: West Kowloon Cultural District Authority; M+ museum

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