Director and deputy director/chief curator of Hong Kong’s M+ museum
M+’s Summer Camp – a youth-targeted initiative – was titled ‘Far Out’. That’s exactly what the continuously postponed completion date for Hong Kong’s megamuseum (where Raffel is director and Chong chief curator) has started to feel like. In August the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (which runs the larger development of which M+ is a part) fired its main contractor, Hsin Chong Construction, following its insolvency (a year after trading in the company’s shares was suspended), which will lead to further delays to the museum’s opening: the current date of 2020 (the museum was originally due to open in 2017) is a possibility, not a promise. To make up for that, M+ acquired the Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries Archive, containing 500 works (largely online) by the Korean duo and any future works the pair post to their website, adding to its already impressive holdings of modern and contemporary Asian art.