THE SEASON AHEAD
“Lilac and star and bird twined with the chant of my soul, There in the fragrant pines and the cedars dusk and dim. ”
If you’re in Hong Kong join The Floristry for a spring-themed workshop in Gough Street’s Meadow Room. With a calendar of events designed to celebrate the season, learn the art of flower arranging while connecting with other members. Available to members only, book online now.
May is a month for song, human or otherwise. As the sun becomes more of a frequent fixture, the UK’s cultural events spring into action. If you’re in London, the British Library will be listening to the sound of the wild. Musician Cosmo Sheldrake’s new EP, Wild Wet World is made with underwater recordings of fish, whereas Tom Mustill will immerse the audience in a subsonic Whale Song Sound Bath.
Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 14 May in Hong Kong and Singapore. Our Mother’s Day collection is now available to order online and in our Hong Kong stores. This year, our limited-edition pieces include our Violet Lands Bouquet & Lilac Striped Glass Vase as well as our new floral-scented candle evoking late spring blossom and meadow walks. Discover the full collection online now and make sure to order early.
If you prefer to give great ideas, Living Wild is a rich compendium of images and essays from people around the world who’ve returned to the land and carved out livelihoods and lifestyles in the depths of nature. An inspirational read for anyone who’s dreamt of escaping to the wilderness to live off the land. Published by Thames & Hudson, it’s out now.
In Singapore, don’t miss Hide & Seek (until 16 April), an exhibition staging Jamie Tan and Jamie Teo’s visually arresting works that play with perception and colour.
In Hong Kong, numerous exhibitions are on show. Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now (until 14 May), the largest-ever survey outside Japan, fills M+ with the artist’s immersive, dotted universe (below).
The specialist Lacquer art gallery, SOIL, showcases Japanese artist Shingo Muramoto’s biomorphic forms (until 23 April). Whereas conceptual artist Kimsooja’s large textural works are on display at Topography of Body, Axel Vervoordt gallery (until 3 June)
London-based photographer and filmmaker Gabriel Moses unveils his first exhibition at 180 Studios this April, featuring photographs from his career across fashion, music and sport, including never-before-seen images (Below)
In TCM, the seasonal point is Grain. Late spring encourages liver-friendly foods such as radish, purslane and celery, among other leafy greens. To know what other nourishing plants to gather, traditional south-east Asian medicinal plants will be the focus at the Healing Garden tour at Singapore Botanic Gardens (6 May). With over 400 varieties of plants, the expert-led event will explain which relate to head, respiratory and reproductive systems.
Lilac, or syringa, blooms in April through June. These woody stemmed flowers are steeped in myth and poetry and for us signify the beautiful lull and transition from spring into summer. According to Greek mythology Pan, the god of fields and forests, fell hopelessly in love with the nymph Syringa. After endless advances from Pan, Syringa was eventually forced to turn herself into a lilac shrub to protect and disguise herself from him.