The long-awaited M+ museum in West Kowloon Cultural District will finally open on November 12, with admission fees waived for a year for Hong Kong residents.
Around 1,500 artworks drawn from the M+ Collections will be presented in the 17,000-square-meter exhibition space in 33 galleries and other display spaces.
Doryun Chong, deputy director and chief curator at M+, said the museum is different when compared to leading modern art museums in the West “because our vantage point on this side of the world is distinct. This is a multidisciplinary contemporary collection, grounded in Asia and like no other in the world.”
The museum’s opening displays will have thematic exhibitions featuring visual art, moving images, architectural projects and archival items.
One exhibition is the M+ Sigg Collection: From Revolution to Globalization, which features contemporary Chinese art from the 1970s into the 2000s.
The displays are drawn from the M+ Sigg Collection, which was donated by former Swiss ambassador to Beijing Uli Sigg.
But the Sigg Collection has recently been in focus for the wrong reasons.
Legislator Eunice Yung Hoi-yan claimed the collection could breach the national security law for featuring dissident artist Ai Weiwei’s photograph which shows a person giving the finger in front of Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
And Ai has just said in Artnet News that the museum excluded a number of his artistic photographs from its opening exhibition.
Another exhibition – Things, Spaces, Interactions – will feature more than 500 examples of furniture, architecture, graphic arts and various design objects that have had a “profound influence” in Asia over the last 70 years.
A special celebratory program of live performances, talks, tours, workshops, screenings and online events will run across three weekends following the museum opening.
Henry Tang Ying-yen, chairman of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority board, said the opening of M+ will be “a major milestone in the development of the West Kowloon Cultural District as a vital contribution to the future of Hong Kong … one of the world’s leading arts and cultural hubs.”
M+ will be open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm, with extended hours to 10pm on Fridays. The standard admission fee for adults is HK$120. Concessionary tickets for children, seniors, students and disabled people are HK$60.