The Museum and Architecture Collection: Building M+, Hong Kong

M+ is Hong Kong’s new museum for visual culture, encompassing 20th and 21st century art, design and architecture and the moving image from Hong Kong, China, Asia and beyond. A landmark exhibition showcasing the first acquisitions and donations to the M+ architecture collection is running until 9 February. The exhibition reveals the ongoing development of the 60,000 square-metre M+ building as it progresses towards its scheduled completion in late 2017.

An installation organised in collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron will feature models, diagrams, renderings and projections that highlight the project’s core features. A newly-produced video and other materials lend additional insight into the architects’ design process, the M+ building, and the many ways in which it will engage and contribute to Hong Kong’s cultural and urban landscape.

In its first 10 months of collecting architecture, M+ acquired hundreds of architectural models, drawings, photographs, installations, videos and other materials that help document, uncover and interpret the global narratives of architecture from the perspectives of Hong Kong, China and Asia. The selection of works previewed in “Building M+” describe the museum’s initial emphasis on architecture from post-World War II Hong Kong and contemporary China, but also including materials from other times and places.

The exhibition presents the inaugural showcase of the museum’s growing architecture collection—the first of its kind in Asia, many previously unseen, by more than 35 architects, firms and artists from across the world, dating from the 1920s to today. Together, they provide a snapshot of the museum’s ground breaking approach to thinking about architecture.

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1. Architect’s model, MAD Architects Beijing 2050: Central Business District, Beijing, China (2006).