Lars Nittve

Overseer of the construction and collection of Hong Kong's forthcoming major new Museum M+, and formerly inaugural director of Tate Modern

Overseeing the major construction project of a base for M+, a contemporary art institution for the West Kowloon Cultural District of Hong Kong, while also building a museum collection from scratch and maintaining a taster offsite programme sounds stressful. Nittve has done it with aplomb. Earlier this year the museum announced the acquisition of all Tehching Hsieh’s performance art from 1978 to 1999 (making it the biggest collection of the Taiwanese artist’s work in a public institution), and in January the Chinese collector Guan Yi donated a further 37 contemporary works, including Canton Express, a collective project created for the lauded Z.O.U. – Zone of Urgency at the 2003 Venice Biennale. Talking of Venice, M+, who commissioned Lee Kit’s You for the 2013 Hong Kong Pavilion, restaged that show back on home turf, and commissioned Tsang Kin-Wah to represent HK next year.