'M+ Highlights' takes audiences on a journey across the M+ building through a documentary video and a series of playful animations that explore its different aspects. This screening programme also showcases moving image works and thematic videos featuring objects selected from the M+ Collections that highlights the museum's diverse body of works.
Seeing Beyond the Visible
The museum is filled with unique objects that are like riddles waiting to be solved. Look closely and you will realise that each object is a doorway leading to more stories behind it. As we observe, compare, and connect different objects, we gain a broader view of our world.
Human Body explores the body as a powerful creative medium. Artists have employed the body as a symbolic vehicle to express different facets of identity, such as gender, sexuality, class, and ethnicity. By claiming control over their own bodies, artists can challenge political and historical norms and elicit an empathetic and visceral response from their audiences.
Signs and Symbols explores the visual cues that help inform our interpretations of visual art, graphic design, and moving image. They form a wider reading of visual culture that narrates our personal daily experiences—from the handwritten calligraphy of the King of Kowloon signposting an individual’s mark on urban territory, to glowing neons signifying a transition into the night.
Still from Human Body. M+, Hong Kong
Still from Signs and Symbols. M+, Hong Kong
How to Build a Museum: SUPERCUT
You might have watched artist Vincent Broquaire conjure rods and tiles from thin air with the stroke of a pen. You may have followed all of his button-pressing, switch-flipping, rocket-shooting, and fly-by landscaping. Now, you can relive our favourite builder's whimsical construction journey from start to finish in this SUPERCUT.
This series of ten animated episodes was commissioned by M+ to document the museum's complex, multi-year building project from a new and playful perspective. Broquaire’s black-and-white animations offer a poetic commentary on the contradictions of our relationship with the built environment and a roadmap for rebuilding the world according to our imaginations.
Vincent Broquaire is a Strasbourg-based artist working with drawings, animations, and installations in collaboration with galleries and museums. He studied art and graphic design at L’École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and the Haute école des arts du Rhin in Strasbourg. His works has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, XPO gallery, Paris, at the Sciences-Po contemporary art prize in Paris, at the Paréidolie show in Marseille, at the Nantes museum of fine arts, Moving Image in New York, and at the Hypersalon in Miami.
What does it mean to establish an institution at the same time as constructing its physical building?
Building M+ charts M+’s journey from a vision on paper to a museum of visual culture moving into its concrete home. As a new kind of global institution based in Hong Kong, M+ has worked closely with Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron and a team of international collaborators to articulate its identity and ambitions through architecture and materiality. Through footage of the construction process and interviews with architects, engineers, builders, and partners, Building M+ reveals how the final form of the building is not only a fitting response to M+’s geographical location and functional needs, but also an embodiment of the museum’s core values.