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Old July 26th, 2016, 06:27 PM   #901
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Aussie named as new M+ chief
July 21, 2016

An Australian art expert has been appointed executive director of the much-delayed flagship M+ Museum project in the future West Kowloon Cultural District.

Suhanya Raffel, deputy director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, will take up the post on November 1, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced after the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority's board meeting yesterday.

Raffel will replace Lars Nittve, who quit in January due to frustrations over delays in developing the project.

"Ms Raffel is an expert in Asian contemporary art, and has over 30 years of professional experience in museum management. Her capable leadership, professionalism and vision inspire our confidence in the successful opening of a world-class M+ Museum in just three years' time," said Lam, who chairs the authority.

The M+, a vast new museum of 20th- and 21st-century culture, is expected to open by 2019 after completion in 2018 - two years later than planned - as the cultural hub saw frequent managerial changes, with Michael Lynch resigning last year.
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Old July 28th, 2016, 04:08 PM   #902
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Afternoon at West Kowloon, Hong Kong by johnlsl, on Flickr
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Old August 21st, 2016, 01:00 AM   #903
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Any info when are they starting work on the Park area?
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Old August 30th, 2016, 04:02 PM   #904
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Museum to get landmark sign
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August 30, 2016

Dangerous and disused neon signs have been offered a new home at the M+ Museum to be opened in the West Kowloon Cultural District in 2019.

The latest addition is the 30-year-old fish-shaped neon sign of Law Fu Kee Congee and Noodle Expert at Lyndhurst Terrace, which was removed yesterday.

Law Cheuk-lam, the original shop owner, created the sign in the early 1970s. The fish outline had a light blue background with the letters in red and soon became one of the landmarks in Central.

"You couldn't miss the neon fish when descending on the Central-Mid- Levels escalator," said Albert Law Kam-keo, son and the current owner of Law Fu Kee.

The sign is 150 by 410 by 45 centimeters with a head heavier than the tail. It required extra support that, the Buildings Department said, posed a danger to passersby. A notice from the department urged Law Fu Kee to remove the sign before the end of 2016.

M+ believes neon signs articulate a language of Hong Kong through its symbols, signs and texts. To preserve this disappearing culture, it started to collect signs for the museum's opening in 2019.

So far it has received four neon signs donated by the owners: Sammy's Kitchen in Sai Ying Pun, the Kai Kee mahjong parlor in Kwun Tong, Very Good Tailor in Yau Ma Tei and the Law Fu Kee in Central.

"Neon signs are not just for advertising as they also represent local culture," said assistant curator Chloe Chow Lai-shan. "You can feel the strong visual sense from the signs which numerous directors, photographers and artists have used as a source material."
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Old September 12th, 2016, 03:09 PM   #905
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Took two mediocre shots of the Xiqu Centre under construction today. In the first one, some tiered seating is visible:

XiQu1 by jezze0410, on Flickr

XiQu2 by jezze0410, on Flickr
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Old September 13th, 2016, 10:57 AM   #906
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are there two museums currently U/C?
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Old September 13th, 2016, 06:04 PM   #907
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are there two museums currently U/C?
As far as I know, the only bits of the Cultural District currently under construction are the Xiqu Centre and the M+ Museum, i.e. one theatre and one art museum. The M+ Pavilion (a small structure for small-scale art exhibits) has recently been completed, and is now hosting its first exhibition.
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Old December 23rd, 2016, 10:29 AM   #908
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Palace Museum to be built in WKCD

http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/ch/componen...3-20161223.htm

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政府決定在西九文化區興建香港故宮文化博物館,長期展示故宮珍藏,預計在2022年落成。
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部分展覽廳會長期展出有關故宮文化歷史及與宮廷生活有關的文物,亦有專門展出香港收藏家藏品的展覽。
A museum will be built in the western fringes of the WKCD to exhibit artefacts from the Forbidden City and items from Hong Kong collectors that relate to the palace's history. The estimated completion date of 2022 seems a tad optimistic, given the glacial pace of developments in the WKCD so far, but it should be an interesting project.
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Old December 25th, 2016, 12:13 AM   #909
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Hong Kong arts hub to get HK$3.5 billion replica of Beijing’s Palace Museum
Construction to begin late next year with Jockey Club funding

December 23, 2016
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In a cultural coup for Hong Kong, the city on Friday signed a HK$3.5 billion deal with Beijing to create a replica of the capital’s celebrated Palace Museum at the West Kowloon Cultural District.

The project, funded by the Jockey Club, is a highlight of next year’s events to mark the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule and the culmination of close collaboration following an agreement in 2012 between the city and the Palace Museum.

At the signing ceremony, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said construction of the new “Hong Kong Palace Museum” would begin next year, calling the original in the Forbidden City “one of the most influential museums in the world”.

“This is the best and biggest gift to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland,” he said.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, who has been overseeing the preparations for next year’s anniversary and chairs the board of the authority in charge of West Kowloon, said the support of the central government was essential.

“The future exhibits will be loaned to us by the Palace Museum on a long-term basis, which would have been impossible within the existing state policy on the export of artefacts,” she said.

According to a government source, the present policy limits the number of exhibits on loan to 120 items per tour for a maximum period of three months, but the future museum will feature over 1,000 items on display for up to three years at a time.
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Old December 26th, 2016, 05:13 PM   #910
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Carrie Lam defends plan for HK$3.5 billion Palace Museum over transparency concerns
Chief secretary cuts short her Christmas holiday to fly to Beijing for cultural exchange meetings
December 26, 2016
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Hong Kong’s No 2 official on Monday dismissed concerns about a lack of transparency over the city’s HK$3.5 billion deal to build its own version of Beijing’s celebrated Palace Museum, saying it would be “embarrassing” if a public consultation threw up opposition to it.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor was on the defensive as she announced that she would cut short her Christmas holiday to fly to Beijing for the second time in a week for official meetings on cultural exchanges. But she made clear she would not be meeting Beijing officials to discuss her widely expected bid for Hong Kong’s top job after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying opted out of seeking a second term.

“It is very difficult to conduct a public consultation because it involves the central government and the related ministries,” Lam said. “You can imagine that, if we were to ask the public if they wanted to have more exhibits from the Palace Museum more than half a year earlier, everyone should respond positively.

“But if more than half a year later, someone disagreed with it, it would be very embarrassing.”

Last Friday, Lam announced a surprise deal with Beijing to create a Hong Kong version of the Palace Museum at the West Kowloon Cultural District. Critics have questioned the lack of public consultation for the project, which will be fully funded by the Jockey Club and will not require the Legislative Council’s approval.

Lam insisted there was no need to invite public feedback because the arts hub is run by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority instead of the Hong Kong government.

She pointed out that she was also the chairwoman of the authority’s board and had met each member to discuss the project before getting their approval last month.

“It might have taken people by surprise because the confidentiality worked so well,” she said, adding that no consultation was required when the mainland gifted Hong Kong with two giant pandas about a decade ago.
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Decision to build Hong Kong Palace Museum at West Kowloon Cultural District only revealed to board last month, member claims
Lawmaker on panel monitoring arts hub implementation says public should have been consulted before plan was announced
December 26, 2016
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The plan to build a HK$3.5 billion Hong Kong version of Beijing’s Palace Museum in West Kowloon Cultural District was only made known to the district authority’s board during a meeting about a month ago, a member has revealed.

Chris Ip Ngo-tung, a member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority board, also said preparations had begun for the Hong Kong Palace Museum when members were first briefed about the plan during the meeting in November.

On Friday, the government announced it would build a 10,000 sq m museum housing a permanent display of relics provided by the Palace Museum on a long-term and regular basis to mark the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule.

But critics slammed the government for not seeking public consultation for the project and raised questions whether its decision in September to scrap a performance venue – citing a sufficient number of performance venues in the city – was to make way for the new museum.

Speaking on a radio programme on Monday, Ip said he understood that board members only learned about the plan to build the local museum at a meeting in November during which they generally expressed support for the project.

He claimed preparations for the museum had already begun before the meeting. He added that the government at the meeting updated members about the Jockey Club’s provision of the HK$3.5 billion funding and said prominent local architect Rocco Yim Sen-kee would lead the project.
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Old December 28th, 2016, 12:10 AM   #912
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Ip hits out at museum secrecy
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Dec. 28, 2016

Chief Executive candidate Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee questions the need for secrecy of a HK$3.5 billion scheme to build a Hong Kong version of Beijing's Palace Museum in the much-delayed West Kowloon cultural hub.

The plan was announced on Friday by one of Ip's potential rivals for the top job, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor.

In an interview with The Standard yesterday, Ip said the issue could have been handled differently after the plan was criticized for the lack of consultation that went into it before it was revealed in Beijing during a cultural visit by Lam, who is also chairwoman of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.

If she had been handling the matter, Ip said, she would have informed all WKCDA board members of the plan early on, taken them on a site visit and discussed the scheme in the Legislative Council.

A political leader should be aware she would face opposition and "I don't think it is necessary to keep such tight confidentiality," said Ip, chairwoman of the New People's Party and until she resigned recently a member of the Executive Council.

"There are many critics who think development of the West Kowloon Cultural District has already taken too long," she said, referring to the first moves for taking up some of the reclaimed land 20 years ago. "The land has been wasted."

Ip said of the Palace Museum plan that she thought the government had "good reasons to want to get on with it" and consult only when "absolutely necessary," that it would be a "great thing" for Hong Kong, and she "would love to go" there. Yet she did not understand why the whole matter was so secretive.

Ip added that she did not see any procedural impropriety in Lam's handling of the project, which will be fully funded by the Jockey Club and did not require legislative approval. It was "a gift from Beijing" and "a matter between the central government and the Hong Kong government."
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Old December 28th, 2016, 08:23 AM   #913
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"Planned Hong Kong Museum Will Showcase China’s Imperial Relics"
from New York Times today
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/27/wo...-article-click
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Old December 28th, 2016, 05:23 PM   #914
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The idea is quite good but I don't see why there was so much secrecy around the plans. Bad to see the lack of transparency common in the mainland seep into Hong Kong.
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Not sure how recent/unknown this is, but the official website got live cam feeds for Xiqu, M+ & Park construction, along with cool time-lapses & pics:

Xiqu Centre: http://www.westkowloon.hk/en/the-dis...tion-progress/

M+/Park: http://www.westkowloon.hk/en/mplus/m...on-progress-76

tip: Click Zoom button and then right-click -> Show Image to get bigger pics like this:

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Old December 29th, 2016, 09:12 AM   #916
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What is the building on the extreme right of the above photo?
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The oval one with blue edges and spikes on the roof? Just ventillation for the car tunnel, the one with black-yellow columns a lil bit to the left is metro tunnel's vent system. Or vice versa. Doesn't really matter, neither can be removed so they're both staying, but they should be a bit more covered & hidden by trees in future Park:

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The propsed site for the new museum that will house imperial exhibits from Beijing?
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The propsed site for the new museum that will house imperial exhibits from Beijing?
Here's an "artist conception" from the article I posted above:

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Old January 6th, 2017, 01:16 AM   #920
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'Secret' museum views sought
Jan. 6, 2017

The administration has bowed to pressure and will launch a six-week public consultation on a Hong Kong version of Beijing's Palace Museum at the West Kowloon cultural hub -- but only on its design and operation.

There had been fierce criticism of the project being kept secret, with the fact it was even in the works only becoming known on December 23 when Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor signed an agreement with the Palace Museum in Beijing.

It was presented as a marking of this year's 20th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to Chinese rule.

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority defended a need for "confidentiality" and argued that there had not been a basis to conduct a public consultation before the signing of a memorandum of understanding, which was a prerequisite to proceed with a project that is being paid for by the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Legislators now lead the way as people attack and question the administration on why the public will be consulted only on the look and the operation of the museum rather than being asked whether it should be built in the first place.

That sees Lam, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority chief executive Duncan Pescod and WKCDA vice chairman and Jockey Club chairman Ronald Arculli being called to a special Legislative Council House Committee meeting this morning, when they will also be questioned on the secrecy factor.

According to a paper for legislators from the Chief Secretary's Office and the WKCDA, the appointment of Rocco Yim Sen-kee as the design architect was approved by the authority with "full justification and authority" and the Palace Museum agreeing to the choice.

The design and construction cost will be covered by a HK$3.5 billion donation by the Jockey Club while the authority will shoulder operating costs.

The six-week public engagement begins on Monday to collect opinions on the museum's design, operation and focus of its exhibitions.

Civic Party lawmaker Tanya Chan Suk-chong dubbed it a "fake consultation" and said the public should be consulted on whether the museum should be built in the first place and about its location -- not the operational details.

She also said no explanation was given why the architect for the project was not selected by an open and competitive process.
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