Suhanya Raffel (Hong Kong)

M+: Museum and More

Hong Kong has spawned a spectacular architectural skyline, renowned film, fashion and design industries, the third largest global art market, and is the center of an active and energetic contemporary art scene. In this keynote lecture, in her role as executive director of the highly anticipated M+ museum (aimed for completion in 2019), Raffel discussed how M+ is positioning itself as a distinct institution of scale in a city without prior success in museum culture. She addressed how its collections are shaped by its Asian context within the recent sprouting of museums throughout Asia, offering insights about how M+’s programmatic perspective from Hong Kong, will bring a unique and necessary voice to the international museum world.

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Suhanya Raffel’s FIELD MEETING participation is supported by M+ (Hong Kong).

Suhanya Raffel, M+: Museum and More, 2017. Lecture documentation FIELD MEETING Take 5: Thinking Project, November 14th at Asia Society.


Suhanya Raffel is the Executive Director of M+ Hong Kong, at the West Kowloon Cultural District. Previously, she was at the Deputy Director at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Prior to this role she worked at the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, where she held many senior curatorial positions including Acting Director and Deputy Director of Curatorial. At the Queensland Art Gallery she was instrumental in building its contemporary Asia Pacific collection and led its Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (2002-2012). She is currently an advisor for the 2017 Yokohama Triennial, Japan, is a trustee of the Geoffrey Bawa Trust and the Lunuganga Trust, Sri Lanka, and is on the Board of CIMAM.

M+ NEONSIGNS.HK – night bus tour, courtesy of M+, West Kowloon Cultural District