HONG KONG CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM FORUM
A must-attend event for Hong Kong’s art insiders; Lars Nittve, Executive Director of the M+ Museum of Visual Culture in the up-and-coming West Kowloon Cultural District, will take part in a free public forum on 11 April 2012, entitled “Where We are Now and Where We are Going”.
On Wednesday 11 April 2012 from 7 to 9pm at the Hong Kong Science Museum lecture hall, the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) will host the open forum with M+ Executive Director Lars Nittve. The former Tate Modern Director will discuss his plans for the forthcoming museum, followed by a question-and-answer session. The forum will be held in English with Cantonese and Mandarin language interpretation. There are 300 seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information on the event, visit the WKCDA website.
The West Kowloon Cultural District is a multi-billion dollar project intended to revolutionise Hong Kong’s arts infrastructure. While the ambitious plan has run into political and budgetary problems in the past, the District Authority maintains that the decision to hire high-profile museum and art professionals reflects their dedication to bringing a world-class contemporary art and culture district to Hong Kong. In total, the project calls for the construction of seventeen cultural venues, including the M+ Museum of Visual Culture. According to the WKCDA website,
The mission of M+ is to focus on twentieth and twenty-first century visual culture, broadly defined, from a Hong Kong perspective and with a global vision. With an open, flexible and forward-looking attitude, M+ aims to inspire, delight, educate and engage the public, to explore diversity and foster creativity.
While the museum will not open until after 2017, they have already kicked off a programming schedule with the opening of the Bamboo Theatre Exhibition in January 2012. Nittve has previously talked of his excitement to build the M+ museum institution and brand virtually from scratch, a rare opportunity for an experienced director.
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- Sotheby’s announces launch of new Hong Kong gallery space – March 2012 – the auction house’s new space is another major advance for Hong Kong’s art infrastructure
- Seasoned Hong Kong artist seed WKCD project as “one step forward” – AAA interview – March 2012 – an interview and an article that outline the hopes and problems behind the plan
- ART HK repositions ASIA ONE section for 2012, now “heart” of fair – February 2012 – one way ART HK’s new owners, MCH Group, plan on changing the fair
- Norman Foster promises accessible arts for Hong Kong Kowloon project – Time Out – August 2011 – how the architect designed the space to seamlessly fit into Hong Kong’s cityscape
- Ex-Tate Modern director Lars Nittve appointed to lead West Kowloon’s M+ – July 2010 – announcing the new director and his thoughts on the unique project
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