With Hong Kong Art Month approaching in March, art-world insider and Museum Director of M+ Suhanya Raffel shares her top recommendations for art aficionados
With a crux of new museums and hot new exhibition spaces and galleries, the arts scene in Hong Kong has never been more exciting. Ahead of the buzz of Art Month— which includes the splashy international art fair, Art Basel Hong Kong, and the emerging-art-focused Art Central (both culminating over Hong Kong Art Week)—Suhanya Raffel, Museum Director of M+ shows visitors how to get in on the action.
“Art Month is really a great time to visit,” says Raffel. “This is when we offer a really integrated and coordinated experience for local and international art lovers. It’s a time when excellent local commercial galleries work together with the public sector to present ambitious programs.”
“Personally, I am most excited about the Hong Kong International Cultural Summit, where significant international museum directors and cultural producers will come to Hong Kong,” says Raffel. This first-time event is designed to kick off Art Week and will include 20 key speakers from 11 different countries including guests from France’s Centre Pompidou; Britain’s The British Museum; Spain’s Prado Museum and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, in Washington D.C.
As this is the first year that Art Basel Hong Kong is returning to its full-scale pre-pandemic glory, this will be another highlight of the month. The 2024 edition will be hosting 25 first-time exhibitors, and M+ also has a collaboration in store: “We have established a very important ongoing relationship with Art Basel Hong Kong, commissioning a site-specific moving-image work to be shown on the M+ Façade, a giant LED screen on the front of our museum, facing Hong Kong Island across Victoria Harbour,” she says. “We will unveil an ‘architecture film’ Sparrow on the Sea by Yang Fudong…As an artist with a deep interest in the cinematic history of Hong Kong, it is wonderful to see this celebrated Chinese artist making such a unique piece for us,” says Raffel, “[And this will be the] first time he has worked in Hong Kong.”
Of course, visitors shouldn’t miss what’s inside M+, one of the world’s largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture in the world. As the “voice for Asia’s twenty-first century,” the museum—designed by Herzog & de Meuron—first opened in November 2021 and is already a must-visit spot for all travelers.
“This March, we will be having a fabulous array of exhibitions, beginning with our collaboration with the French May Arts Festival and the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) in Paris, looking at the history of 100 years of black and white photography,” says Raffel of the
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