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Exhibition Previews Herzog & de Meuron’s M+ Museum in Hong Kong

By Clifford A. Pearson
January 15, 2014
Image courtesy M+
Herzog & de Meuron’s design for the M+ museum in Hong Kong.

An exhibition examining plans for M+, the new visual arts museum scheduled to open in Hong Kong in late 2017, is on display through February 9 at ArtisTree, a multipurpose venue on Hong Kong Island. Curated by Aric Chen, who is the new museum’s curator of design and architecture and an international correspondent for Architectural Record, Building M+: The Museum and Architecture Collection looks at designs for the institution’s building and some of the items that will fill its design and architecture galleries.

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Last year, an international jury selected Herzog & de Meuron with TFP Farrells and Ove Arup & Partners to design the museum, a 650,000-square-foot building that will be one of the anchors of the West Kowloon Cultural District. The current show presents renderings, models, and video of the winning scheme, along with an overview of those by the other shortlisted firms: Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA; Renzo Piano Building Workshop; Shigeru Ban Architects + Thomas Chow Architects; Snøhetta; and Toyo Ito & Associates + Benoy.

The exhibition also presents highlights from the first 10 months of collecting for the museum’s architecture galleries. These include more than 100 works that tell the story of 20th- and 21st-century architecture from the perspectives of Hong Kong, China, and Asia. Some of the architects represented in the show are: Rocco Yim, Yung Ho Chang/Atelier FCJZ, Ai Weiwei, Liu Jiakun, MAD (Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano), Urbanus, Studio Pei-Zhu, Steven Holl, Paul Rudolph, OMA, and Frank Lloyd Wright.

"Building M+ lays the first stakes around which the collection will continue to grow in scope and depth—and around which we hope the public can start to engage architecture in new ways,” says Chen.

SKEW Collaborative designed the exhibition and Project Projects did the graphics.

Building M+: The Museum and Architecture Collection runs at ArtisTree in Hong Kong through February 9.

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