Behind the Scenes with M+

2024-06-19 03:27:46

Suhanya Raffel

Behind the Scenes with M+


August 3, 2022    
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

For the first episode of MAP’s new series Insider’s View, we present M+, Hong Kong’s new museum of 20th and 21st century visual culture in Asia. 

This virtual walkthrough, led by M+ Museum Director, Suhanya Raffel, will provide a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes of the Museum’s inaugural exhibitions: M+ Sigg Collection: From Revolution to Globalisation, which presents a survey of contemporary Chinese art from the early 1970s to the present; and Asian Field, showcasing the monumental work by British artist Antony Gormley.

Designed by renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron, M+ is one of Hong Kong’s most iconic architectural landmarks. It is monumental in form and radically open in its position within the urban landscape. It is also the first museum of its kind in Asia with a multi-disciplinary collection encompassing visual art, design and architecture, and moving image from Hong Kong, Greater China, Asia, and beyond.   

MAP’s series, Insider’s View, takes you behind-the-scenes to explore the journeys of exhibitions, collections and programmes that inspire, engage and provoke curiosity. Through these guided walkthroughs, viewers can travel virtually to a range of diverse institutions and enjoy an exclusive peek behind the curtain as arts and museum professionals share funny anecdotes, rewarding experiences, and significant challenges in the conceptualisation, development and realisation of the projects in focus.  

Suhanya Raffel

Museum Director, M+

Suhanya Raffel leads M+ as a whole and oversees all museum activities, including acquisitions, programming, collections care, development, research, institutional collaborations, and museum operations. She joined M+ as Executive Director in 2016 and was appointed Museum Director in 2019. Since joining M+, Ms Raffel has led the museum’s mission, broadening its international reach and championing its deep connection with its local community.

Formerly, Ms Raffel was Deputy Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney from 2013 to 2016. She also held several positions, including Deputy Director of Curatorial, at the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane from 2002 to 2012, where she was instrumental in building the contemporary Asia Pacific collection and led its Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art.

Ms Raffel is the ex-officio Member of the M+ Board, a trustee of the Geoffrey Bawa Trust and the Lunuganga Trust in Sri Lanka, a member of the Board of the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art, and a member of the Bizot group. She was awarded the title of Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2020.

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