The breathtaking M + EJINSIGHT –

Spacious. Ambitious. Litigation. It was my first impression of M +, the contemporary art museum which will debut in about two weeks.

The new West Kowloon Cultural District Museum comes at the right time to boost the morale of Hong Kong people. After two difficult years, it’s refreshing to see the birth of M +, which took nearly 10 long years from concept to completion, a bit slower by the standards of the world’s most efficient city.

But it’s worth the wait. When I first walked into the premises last weekend on his Appreciation Day, I couldn’t help but think that it was Hong Kong’s Tate Modern.

In all respects the new addition along Victoria Harbor is similar to the Queen’s Walk along the Thames if we substitute the Observation Wheel by the London Eye, the Xiqu Center by the Southbank Center and many delicious type restaurants. Borough Market.

You can almost immediately say that M + is the baby of Herzog & de Meuron, who designed the Tate Modern in London and also the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing. Swiss architects know best how to use space, a luxury element in a small town, and perfectly integrate the constraints of the metro into the museum.

As such, I could imagine that Lars Nittve, founding director of M + and Tate who I had the privilege of working with 10 years ago, would be happy to see the baby too.

With approximately 1,500 works ready to be exhibited in its 33 galleries and other exhibition spaces, M + has a rich collection of 8,000 pieces of visual art, design and architecture, moving image and visual culture. of Hong Kong of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

There is indeed a lot to see, starting with the calligraphy of Tsang Tsou Choi, or the “King of Kowloon”, and several references from the late singer Anita Mui, photographer Michael Wolf all in the session of “Hong Kong: Here and Beyond ”.

However, it is a bit ambitious to include different aspects of Hong Kong and therefore not easy to follow without proper curation.

I can’t wait to see the M + Sigg Collection by Uli Sigg, a former Swiss diplomat who owns the world’s most comprehensive collection of contemporary Chinese art, including the controversial Ai Weiwei and Yue Minjun.

At the time of the visit, the Sigg Galleries are closed. Based on previous media reports, it is unlikely that any part of the controversial artwork will be on public display – at least not at this time sensitive to national security law.

Art is a matter of taste and we can enjoy it in different ways. With this in mind, we are delighted to welcome M + to Hong Kong and around the world.

M + will open to the public on November 12.

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