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April 11, 2017

Honolulu Biennial 2017

The Honolulu Biennial runs through May 8
Over the weekend our family visited the inaugural Honolulu Biennial, which, according to the website, "showcases the diversity of ideas, art, and culture from the people who live today throughout the places connected by the Pacific Ocean...By exhibiting the work of artists from all around this vast region, Honolulu Biennial 2017 shines a spotlight on the collective artistic vision from this important and dynamic Pacific neighborhood."

The exhibits are spread out over numerous locations, and we visited the exhibits at Ward Village's The Hub and IBM Building.

There were many thought-provoking, creative, and interesting exhibits.  Our family had several favorites, including the following:

Love Me - Choi Jeong Hwa
A giant pig in Love Me by Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa greets guests at The Hub.  Pigs symbolize fortune and affluence in Korea.

Crossings: Project Another Country - Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan
Crossings: Project Another Country pays tribute to the sugarcane workers from other countries.

Te atua vahine mana ra o Pere (The Great Goddess Pere) L'aube ou les fauves viennent se desalterer - Alexander Lee
The colors of Te atua vahine mana ra o Pere really drew me in.  The "star burst" prints represent the "star" code names of the nuclear testing in French Polynesia.

Rhunhattan Tearoom - Beatrice Glow
I enjoyed the thoughtful presentation and colors of Rhunhattan Tearoom, which represented colonial expansion during the 1603-1800 spice trade period.

Ganoderma - Chris Ritson
I thought the Ganoderma exhibit was intriguing.  The "living paintings" are created by a Ganoderma mushroom!

Nabokov's Blues: The Charmed Circle - Fiona Pardington
Nabokov's Blues: The Charmed Circle displayed photographs of butterflies.

Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nuclear Nations - Ken and Julia Yonetani
The fluorescent chandeliers made out of uranium glass in the Crystal Palace exhibit was a beautiful way to represent something so potentially ominous, as each chandelier represented a different country, and the size reflected the number of nuclear power plants in operation in that country.  

There really was something for everyone, but my kids' favorite exhibit by far was teamLab's Graffiti Nature.

In this interactive exhibit, guests step into a kaleidoscopic room to draw a creature.  The picture is then scanned and brought to life!  It was so cool!  My kids kept wanting to draw all sorts of animals!

Graffiti Nature

My son drew a butterfly

And it was brought to life, fluttering across the floor!
Keiki can also complete a workbook full of activities and participate in a treasure hunt while exploring the art at The Hub.
Getting the kids involved!
The Ward Village IBM Building (free admission) housed three exhibits.

Breathing Flower - Choi Jeong Hwa
Artificial Rock No. 131 - Zhan Wang
We all loved Yayoi Kusama's I'm Here, but Nothing.

Using vinyl, fluorescent polka dot stickers and UV lights, an ordinary room full of everyday objects was transformed into an other-worldly realm.  It was so neat - when we first stepped inside it was as if we were looking at holograms.

I'm Here, but Nothing - Yayoi Kusama
I'm Here, but Nothing - Yayoi Kusama
There is a lot to see at the Honolulu Biennial exhibits at Ward Village, and we really enjoyed being able to witness the talent of artists throughout the Pacific.

The Honolulu Biennial runs through May 8 at the following locations (Sites with an asterisk * are free of admission charge; all other sites have regular admission fees that are set by location and tickets can be bought onsite):

1. The Hub of Honolulu Biennial, Ward Village
333 Ward Ave, Honolulu, HI 96814
Open 12 - 7pm, everyday except Wednesdays

2. Honolulu Museum of Art*
Artwork is on view outside the Museum, 24/7

3. Ward Village (IBM Building)*
Open 10 - 5pm, everyday except Wednesdays

4. Honolulu Hale*
Open Monday - Friday, 7:45am - 4:30pm

5. Foster Botanical Garden
Open everyday from 9am - 4pm

6. Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum
Open everyday from 9am - 5pm

7. The ARTS at Marks Garage*
Open Tuesday - Saturday, 12 - 5pm

8. The Hawai'i Prince Hotel Waikiki
Artwork is on view in hotel lobby, 24/7

9. Shangri La Center for Islamic Arts and Cultures
By reservation only

We received complimentary admission to The Hub of Honolulu Biennial was received.

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