West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
2013 / Dec Issue
View of M+ form the Park at WKCD
Photo of Presentation Model of Peak Tower (Fitch & Chung).
M+'s debut architecture exhibition previews museum building design and collection

M+ will present its very first architecture exhibition “Building M+: The Museum and Architecture Collection” next month offering a more detailed preview of the design for the future museum building by renowned Swiss architectural practice Herzog & de Meuron with Hong Kong-based TFP Farrells and Ove Arup & Partners HK, alongside a preview of the museum’s growing architecture collection, the first of its kind in Asia.

Starting with an overview of the processes which the design was selected by an international jury, the exhibition will reveal the ongoing development of the 60,000 square-metre M+ building as it progresses towards its scheduled completion in late 2017. The other five shortlisted design proposals will also be displayed for the first time.

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 will 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.

M+ has so far acquired and is acquiring hundreds of architectural models, drawings, photographs, installations, videos and other materials that help document, uncover and interpret the 20th and 21st century global narratives of architecture from the perspectives of Hong Kong, China and Asia. The exhibition will present the inaugural showcase of the museum’s growing architecture collection, displaying over 100 works and materials, many previously unseen, by more than 35 architects, firms and artists, dating from the 1920s until now. Together, they provide a snapshot of the museum’s groundbreaking approach to collecting, understanding, and thinking about architecture.

Aerial View from South West of Kowloon Walled City (Ian Lambot).

Represented in the show will be important Hong Kong architects including Chung Wah Nan, Tao Ho, Eric Lye Kum-chew, Jackson Wong Chack-sang and Rocco Yim; mainland Chinese architects/artists and firms Atelier FCJZ (Yungho Chang), Ai Weiwei, JIAKUN ARCHITECTS (Liu Jiakun), MAD (Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano), OPEN Architecture (Li Hu and Huang Wenjing), Urbanus and Studio Pei-Zhu; as well as architects ranging from Frank Lloyd Wright and Paul Rudolph to Steven Holl, Bernard Tschumi, and Office for Metropolitan Architecture (Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis). In keeping with M+’s multidisciplinary nature, these will be joined by resonant works from the museum’s visual art holdings, including pieces by Cao Fei, Andreas Gursky, Aernout Mik and Stanley Wong aka anothermountainman.

A series of free special programmes will be conducted throughout the exhibition period including Public Talks by Herzog & de Meuron, M+ curators and other leading architects, Guided Tours to explore the unique architectural space around town as well as Sunday Workshops on sketching and photography.

This exhibition is a milestone opportunity to bring the M+ building design by the winning architect team to the public, as well as offer a glimpse into the work of our curators in building one of the most important collections of architecture and design worldwide. The exhibition will explore not only the intertwined histories of architecture in and from Hong Kong, the region and the world, but more so, the increasingly diverse ways of representing, seeing and interpreting architecture.

Building M+: The Museum and Architecture Collection

10 January – 9 February 2014
Open daily 10am – 8pm
(*open till 5 pm on 30 January, closed 31 January)
Free admission
Venue: ArtisTree, 1/F, Cornwall House, TaiKoo Place, Island East, Hong Kong