The M+ Collection is an interdisciplinary and transnational compendium of twentieth- and twenty-first-century visual culture, encompassing the disciplines of design and architecture, moving image, and visual art, and the thematic area of Hong Kong visual culture.
Our Interdisciplinary and Transnational Focus
A collection is not only a gathering of objects, but also a proposal of possible knowledge structures or ways of seeing. Since the museum’s earliest accession in 2012, M+ has built an unparalleled collection of works by artists, designers, and architects from across the world, tracing diverse narratives from both within and outside the art historical canon. Objects and makers have always travelled as freely as ideas, often far from their places of origins, and we find creative practices today extending beyond the boundaries of any single discipline. As a museum that explores and documents the diverse cultures and technologies of our time, we reflect this reality in our collections and seek to give shape to the wide network of objects and ideas that cross disciplinary and geographic borders.
Design and Architecture
The M+ Collection surveys the global narratives of twentieth- and twenty-first-century design and architecture, placing particular emphasis on design from Hong Kong and Asia. The collection consists of thousands of design and architecture objects, including posters, electronics, textiles, furniture, building models, and even entire architectural interiors.
Moving image in the M+ Collection traces the historical development of time-based media and its significant impact on visual culture over the last two centuries. The collection covers a range of objects, such as animations, celluloid films, feature-length films, videos, digital installations, video games, software, and web-based works. It includes a singular acquisition of all past and future works by artist duo YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES (1999–ongoing).
Visual art in the M+ Collection comprises a broad spectrum of objects that are connected across geographies and historical moments. Works include modern and contemporary drawings, installations, paintings, live art and performance-related ephemera, photographs, prints, sculptures, video works, and more.
Hong Kong Visual Culture
The thematic area of Hong Kong visual culture brings together material from across disciplines, acknowledging M+’s home city as a framework for interpretation.