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Renowned Asian Curator Doryun Chong named Chief Curator of M+  
Shortly after the unveiling of the M+ building design last month, the M+ team has heralded another coup with the appointment of Mr Doryun Chong, a respected name in the international museum field, as the visual culture museum’s Chief Curator. The cultural district is one step closer to becoming an international arts hub in the world’s art scene.

Born in South Korea and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, Mr Chong first served as a curator for the San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum in 1999. After four years, he joined the Walker Art Center Minneapolis. He has been the Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York since 2009. Mr Chong is also a contributing editor for ArtAsiaPacific and serves on the editorial board of Art Journal. In addition, he has contributed his writings to a wide range of contemporary art periodicals such as Artforum, Parkett, and Afterall. In 2010, Mr Chong was awarded the inaugural Independent Vision Award by the Independent Curators International. Joining the WKCDA in September, Mr Chong will assist Executive Director Dr Lars Nittve in overseeing the future development of M+ with his extensive curatorial experience and global network.

Dr Lars Nittve is very pleased with the find. He said, "I am thrilled that Mr Doryun Chong is joining the M+ team. We have been searching for a right Chief Curator for years and with his extensive knowledge and understanding of the contemporary art scene, not the least in Asia, Doryun is an extraordinary addition to our growing team,"

Mr Chong has been visiting Hong Kong for curatorial research since 2001 and he has witnessed the rapid exponential growth of Hong Kong’s art scene, longing to be part of shaping the place and the discourse. "I am extremely excited about M+'s vision of creating a unique 20th and 21st century multidisciplinary institution of visual culture. I look forward to working with the already accomplished, diverse team of curators at M+ to build a truly global museum that is also locally rooted and contribute to making Hong Kong a great cultural hub," said Mr Chong.