The highly anticipated M+ museum, Asia’s first of its kind, announces its official opening in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District in November, 2021. The museum of visual culture will feature global contemporary pieces including visual art, design, architecture, and moving images. 

Hong Kong’s long-awaited M+ museum will host an official opening ceremony on Thursday, the 11th of November, 2021, and will open to the public the next day in the city’s West Kowloon Cultural District. Featuring over a thousand works from a global collection of artists originating from Hong Kong, China, Asia, and other parts of the world, visitors will be immersed in contemporary visual art, design, architecture, and moving images.

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1995.2 by Fang Lijun and Red A Plastic

As Asia’s first global museum of contemporary visual culture, M+ is committed to its mission of curating and interpreting Hong Kong culture from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Bringing together artists and global cultures, M+ is paving the way for a new breed of museum reflecting on visual representations of the present whilst paying tribute to the history and culture of the past. M+ is defining and guiding Asia’s voice for the twenty-first century.

Suhanya Raffel, the Museum Director of M+ said, “I firmly believe that the future history of the art museum will be written to a significant degree in Asia. Few institutions will be more pivotal to that story than M+, a brand new centre for visual culture and a world-class landmark for a great international city. M+ delivers the stories from our part of the world, told by voices participating in and influencing the global conversation.”

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Virgile Simon Bertrand. © Virgile Simon Bertrand Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

Set in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, spanning forty hectares of reclaimed land located alongside Victoria Harbour containing theatres, performance spaces, museums, and a water promenade, the district is transforming into an artistic hub in the city.

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MAD Architects’ Superstar and Thoughts Across the Lands by Wucius Wong

Around 1,500 works will be shown over M+’s 17,000 square-metre exhibition space, spanning across thirty-three galleries and additional display spaces. Six thematic exhibitions will be featured: Hong Kong: Here and Beyond divided into four chapters, Here, Identities, Places and Beyond, the M+ Sigg Collection: From Revolution to Globalisation, Things, Spaces, Interactions, Individuals, Networks, Expressions, Antony Gormley:Asian Field, an expansive installation of tens of thousands of clay figurines created by the world-renowned British sculptor together with over 300 villagers from a Guangdong village in five days in 2003, and The Dream of the Museum, a global constellation.

Designed by Herzog & de Meuron and in partnership with TFP Farrells and Arup, M+ is Hong Kong’s newest addition to the city’s iconic skyline. The architectural feat contains a terracotta tile-clad tower and dynamic LED system.

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Bloodline – Big Family No. 17 by Zhang Xiaogang

Starting from November 12th, M+ will be open from Tuesday to Sunday (10:00am–6:00pm) except a few public holidays, with opening hours extending to 10:00pm on Friday, and admission fees will be waived for a year for Hong Kong residents.

 Featured banner image credit:Virgile Simon Bertrand

 

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