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Hongkong Land presents 'Parallel Worlds: Where Art & Archaeology Collide'
Elephas Hysudrindicus / The Blora Elephant (replica). Location: Sunggun Village, Kradenan, Blora, Central Java, Indonesia. Age: estimated to be about 165,000 years old, 165h x 125 x 220 cm.

HONG KONG.- Hongkong Land collaborates with the Bandung Geology Museum of Indonesia to present the major upcoming exhibition Parallel Worlds: Where Art & Archaeology Collide, reconciling the realms of science and the arts. It's staged at The Rotunda, Exchange Square in Central from 1st to 18th September 2015. The exhibition brings large-scale fossil reproductions, as well as contemporary photography and sculptures by Indonesian artists Kinez Riza and Rudi Hartono under a singular platform, and is premised on an interweaving narrative of the past and present, offering a lens into the evolution of humanity.

Parallel Worlds assembles 21 exhibits covering a number of geologic periods, and through a careful curation of contemporary artworks and a natural history collection communicates the inter-connectedness between two seemingly diverse disciplines. One of the key highlights of the exhibition is the replica of a head fossil of monolithic elephant, known as the Blora Elephant, which is estimated to be 165,000 years old. Concurrently a replica of an important ammonite fossil dating back to 161.2 to 145.5 million years ago, a period when dinosaurs were the dominant land animal, will also be on display. These archaeological discoveries have, in their own right, provided significant contributions to the world of science, impacting the study of evolutionary biology, paleontology, anthropology and beyond.

In parallel, celebrated Indonesian artists Kinez Riza and Rudi Hartono created artworks in response to the phenomenal findings derived from the study of these significant artefacts. In her photographic series, Riza embarks on an intimate experiment in search of an ‘origin theory’, documenting the tensions between modern civilisation and nature. Similarly, the practice of Hartono is deeply rooted in the natural world, creating rock sculptures from precious gemstones. He imbues rich and layered beauty of the original stone with a contemporary narrative. The juxtaposition of artefacts and art creates stimulating dialogue and offers an immersive experience into the previously undiscovered.

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