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Old May 16th, 2015, 05:25 PM   #881
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Opening of M+ museum in cultural district delayed until 2019
13 May 2015
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The West Kowloon Cultural District's visual culture museum, M+, faces more setbacks after the opening date for the venue was pushed back once again and a key member of the curatorial team resigned.

The building that will house the museum is now scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2018, with a public opening of the venue set for late 2019, some two years later than originally scheduled.

But despite the delays, museum head Lars Nittve says that at the end of it all, Hong Kong will have a cultural institution to rival the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, which houses the largest modern-art gallery in Europe.

"It's taking longer than originally planned. Taking everything we know into account, this is a realistic timetable," said Nittve, the museum's executive director, in Venice. A team from M+ is presenting a solo exhibition by Hong Kong artist Tsang Kin-wah at the city's Biennale.

The museum, one of the first facilities at the long-awaited culture hub, will house 60,000 square metres of floor space and is expected to cost HK$5 billion by completion. After a delay in funding due to filibustering by lawmakers, and wrangling over the final design, the new timetable had been set by construction managers, Nittve said.

A 21-member curatorial team is researching and building a collection for the museum consisting of visual art, architecture, design and moving images, while also working on exhibition programmes.
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Old July 8th, 2015, 08:29 PM   #882
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Cash running out for culture spot
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There may not be enough funds to finance the third phase of the West Kowloon Cultural District, the chief secretary admitted yesterday.

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, who chairs the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, described the project's financial pressures as "quite serious."

"The second pressure is that, although in terms of land and financial consideration, we don't yet have a timetable for batch three facilities, we will explore feasible financing plans ... for batch three facilities including the music center, whether or not it will eventually be built, the sector has expressed its worries," Lam told the Legislative Council's joint subcommittee monitoring the project.

"Therefore, we have asked the WKCD management to adopt a macro point of view to think of a substitute financing plan ... we have proposed commercial developments so as to meet the authority's financial challenges."

Batch three facilities of the project include a musical theater and a musical center with a concert hall and recital hall.

Lam said the original endowment of HK$21.6 billion for the project, approved by Legco in 2008, had grown to HK$23.5 billion by the end of the 2014-15 financial year. "We are confident we have sufficient [funds] for batch one and batch two. But until we complete batch one, we won't ask for extra funding from Legco," she said.

Lam emphasized the government is still committed to completing batch three of the project.

"In the past five or six years in Hong Kong, construction costs have been rising ... according to Architectural Services Department indicators, they have risen 131 percent in that period and the investment environment has also changed, so we have not been able to retain a good investment return," she said.
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Old July 22nd, 2015, 06:06 AM   #883
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Cash running out for culture spot
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There may not be enough funds to finance the third phase of the West Kowloon Cultural District, the chief secretary admitted yesterday.

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, who chairs the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, described the project's financial pressures as "quite serious."

"The second pressure is that, although in terms of land and financial consideration, we don't yet have a timetable for batch three facilities, we will explore feasible financing plans ... for batch three facilities including the music center, whether or not it will eventually be built, the sector has expressed its worries," Lam told the Legislative Council's joint subcommittee monitoring the project.

"Therefore, we have asked the WKCD management to adopt a macro point of view to think of a substitute financing plan ... we have proposed commercial developments so as to meet the authority's financial challenges."

Batch three facilities of the project include a musical theater and a musical center with a concert hall and recital hall.

Lam said the original endowment of HK$21.6 billion for the project, approved by Legco in 2008, had grown to HK$23.5 billion by the end of the 2014-15 financial year. "We are confident we have sufficient [funds] for batch one and batch two. But until we complete batch one, we won't ask for extra funding from Legco," she said.

Lam emphasized the government is still committed to completing batch three of the project.

"In the past five or six years in Hong Kong, construction costs have been rising ... according to Architectural Services Department indicators, they have risen 131 percent in that period and the investment environment has also changed, so we have not been able to retain a good investment return," she said.
The penny has finally dropped that you need to have commercal space in this area in order to help cover the cost of it.
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Old July 24th, 2015, 03:34 PM   #884
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The penny has finally dropped that you need to have commercal space in this area in order to help cover the cost of it.
Other Western countries are well aware that arts and culture don't typically turn profits. The Hong Kong government should commit to a steady funding stream for these new facilities, rather thaning turn this into another boring shopping mall.
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Old July 24th, 2015, 07:17 PM   #885
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Other Western countries are well aware that arts and culture don't typically turn profits. The Hong Kong government should commit to a steady funding stream for these new facilities, rather thaning turn this into another boring shopping mall.
Should do and will do are not the samething.

With all the negative press surrounding the HK HSR situation , the delays and resulting cost overuns the last thing they need is to announce yet another delay and another cost overun.

They owe it to the public to make every reasonable attempt to finish on time and on budget or at least be seen to be doing so.

Arts and Culture don't turn profits well in the context of the WKCD that is somewhat of an understatement.
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Art and culture don't work well in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is well known as a cultural desert.
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Should do and will do are not the samething.

With all the negative press surrounding the HK HSR situation , the delays and resulting cost overuns the last thing they need is to announce yet another delay and another cost overun.

They owe it to the public to make every reasonable attempt to finish on time and on budget or at least be seen to be doing so.

Arts and Culture don't turn profits well in the context of the WKCD that is somewhat of an understatement.
The HSR's woes has nothing to do with WKCD. It won't turn into a shopping mall. Period.
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Old July 26th, 2015, 08:19 PM   #888
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The HSR's woes has nothing to do with WKCD. It won't turn into a shopping mall. Period.
Nobody is suggesting the fiasco with the HSR terminus has resulted in the difficulties in funding the WKCD.

The facts are both projects are behind schedule and over budget and you can;t reasonably expect to pass on the extra cost to the HK taxpayer .

There should be a full accounting of costs both incurred and projected with an explanation to the public as to why they should foot the bill over and above what was agreed to originally.

Unlike the HSR which is practical and might be beneficial to HK in the future I fail to see how the WKCD is anyting more than a concept that is unsustainable in financial terms.

As for a shopping center the whole of Hong Kong is resembling a giant shopping center for Mainland Chinese with each passing year.

The WKCD is a prime location soon to be located next to the world's largest and busiest HSR terminus across the border from the country with the largest middle class with immense spending power.

An expensive half finished project or a massive injection of public funds to finish a facility that benefits a minority .
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Nobody is suggesting the fiasco with the HSR terminus has resulted in the difficulties in funding the WKCD.

The facts are both projects are behind schedule and over budget and you can;t reasonably expect to pass on the extra cost to the HK taxpayer .

There should be a full accounting of costs both incurred and projected with an explanation to the public as to why they should foot the bill over and above what was agreed to originally.

Unlike the HSR which is practical and might be beneficial to HK in the future I fail to see how the WKCD is anyting more than a concept that is unsustainable in financial terms.

As for a shopping center the whole of Hong Kong is resembling a giant shopping center for Mainland Chinese with each passing year.

The WKCD is a prime location soon to be located next to the world's largest and busiest HSR terminus across the border from the country with the largest middle class with immense spending power.

An expensive half finished project or a massive injection of public funds to finish a facility that benefits a minority .
Accountability of cost overruns is a separate issue from improving the cultural facilities in the city. A prime area that is easily accessible would make a great location for a cultural district so people can actually get to it. We don't build a city for the sake of tourists. We build a city for its inhabitants.
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Old August 9th, 2015, 08:29 AM   #890
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Cutting red tape an art for culture hub chief
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Dealing with bureaucracy is nothing new for Duncan Pescod.

However the new head of the West Kowloon arts hub wants to make sure his organization is the least bureaucratic.

Pescod was speaking on his second day as chief executive of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority in the wake of comments made by predecessor Michael Lynch about the amount of red tape he faced.

Pescod, a 33-year civil servant and former housing director, said he has dealt with bureaucracy all his life. "It doesn't matter what size of organization, big or small, you have bureaucracy that you have to deal with and that's reality."

Speaking to the media for the first time since assuming his latest position, he was asked whether he lacked the relevant experience in cultural issues. He replied: "My job is to make sure they [his team members] are able to do their job properly."

Pescod, 55, who until his promotion had been the authority's chief operating officer, said the whole project was never about "one person."
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^ Is that an actual rendering of the WCKD or some made-up drawing from a teenager's art project? I have not seen any credible report of a new supertall.
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^ Is that an actual rendering of the WCKD or some made-up drawing from a teenager's art project? I have not seen any credible report of a new supertall.
I think it's the tower from The Avengers...?

edit: or Iron Man?

The artist credited Disney, so...
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For the arts in Hong Kong, 2015 was year of firsts, friction, departures and delay
23 December 2015
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2015 has been an eventful year for the city's art scene. The future M+ museum made the biggest headlines for a series of unsettling developments. The MTR Corporation drew fire for its cackhanded approach to commuting musicians. And then there was the not so unexpected correction in the auction markets. There were some bright spots, too, courtesy of some of the city's most persistent art promoter.

The future museum for visual culture promises to be the best museum Hong Kong's ever seen ... when it eventually opens. In May, M+ announced that the museum building “should be” ready in the fourth quarter of 2018, with a public opening of the venue set for late 2019, which is some two years later than originally scheduled. Meanwhile, Asia's other aspiring art hub wows the world with its new national gallery.

Next month, Lars Nittve is leaving Hong Kong and M+, the institution he has done so much to lay the foundations for. He will stay on as a consultant, but the founding director of the Tate Modern museum leaves big shoes to fill.
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Swede who put M+ museum on the world map
25 January 2016
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Lars Nittve left his job earlier this year but will retain an advisory role; he is non-committal about survival of the city's freedom of expression

Lars Nittve is leading a new life. For the first time in three decades, the internationally renowned museum director is taking it easy.

Having left his job of more than five years as executive director of M+, the visual culture museum to open in 2019 in the West Kowloon Cultural District, Nittve is spending most of his time reading and writing in his mountain house in the north of Sweden, as well as skiing.READ MORE: Lars Nittve stuns Hong Kong art world with exit from M+ museum he built from scratch

"I'm moving into a type of life I've never had before," he said. "I've always worked incredibly hard, like 24/7. I've been doing this type of work for 30 years, and now I'm moving into a new situation."

Is Nittve happier now? "It's too early to say," he said.

But Hong Kong's cultural sector certainly isn't. When the news of Nittve's departure broke in October, just months after that of former CEO Michael Lynch, gallerist Pearl Lam called it "disastrous".

Art critic John Batten believed political pressure on West Kowloon got in the way. Artist Stanley Wong was saddened by the news, describing the museum director as "a very visionary, fair and open-minded fellow, with a super positive attitude about learning to engage in the Asian and local context." The arts hub is still looking for his successor.

Nittve said it was a difficult decision to make. He recalls that when he first took the job, it appeared to be a five-year project.

"Then very soon I understood that it would take longer than that. We believed it would open in 2017/18 ... I was prepared to do that as well," he said. "When construction started and we really got the final date, it turned out it was another four years almost."READ MORE: Profile: Lars Nittve, director of Hong Kong's M+ museum of visual culture

Nittve said if he had renewed his contract, he would have worked until 2017, but that meant there would be just another year and a half left for his successor to prepare for the museum's opening, which he said wasn't ideal.

"So what I had to do was to make a hard decision - to stop now or go on for five years."

Nittve chose to stop. But the good news is that the former director of Moderna Museet and Tate Modern did not completely cut his ties with Hong Kong. The 62-year-old has taken up a new role as external adviser to the arts hub and will therefore spend one week a month in the city.
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Have the funding issues around the WKCD been resovled?
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You mean the high-speed train station? That is not the WKCD.
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