M +, a museum dedicated to contemporary visual culture, designed by Swiss architect Herzog & de Meuron, has opened to the public in Hong Kong.
The 65,000 m² building, located in West Kowloon, contains 17,000 m² of exhibition space, with 1,500 works in 33 galleries, as well as three cinemas, a media library, a research center and a rooftop garden. overlooking Victoria Harbor.
The facade is clad in rectangular terracotta tiles, with an LED screen on the south facade for displaying M + content.
The site is built around an underground rail tunnel housing the Airport Express, with skylights and cutouts in the floor plates bringing daylight to the lower floors.
During the excavation, a “found space” was discovered which will be used for large-scale installations.
Six inaugural exhibitions are:
- Hong Kong: here and beyond: Capturing the city’s transformation from the 1960s to the present day
- M + Sigg Collection: A chronological exhibition of Chinese art from the 1970s to the 2000s
- Objects, Spaces, Interactions: This focuses on international design and architecture
- Individuals, Networks, Expressions: An Asian Perspective on Post-War International Visual Art
- Antony Gormley: Asian Champ: An installation of tens of thousands of clay figurines created by Gormley and 300 villagers from a village in Guangdong over five days in 2003
- The dream of the museum: A collection of artistic practices presenting the Asian context of M +.
Jacques Herzog said: “For art to enter the life of a city like Hong Kong, it must come from below, from its own foundations. This is exactly what our M + project does, literally emerging from the basement of the city.
Doryun Chong, Deputy Director of M +, said: “The construction of M +, from its collections to the museum itself, is the culmination of nearly 10 years of investment and expertise to create a museum of our time that tells multidimensional stories comprising geographies and timelines from a holistic perspective that originates from and is framed by the unique context of Hong Kong.