Taiwan's 'first daughter' Lesley Ma joins West Kowloon arts hub

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 October, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 October, 2013, 9:02am

Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou's eldest daughter, Lesley Ma, has joined the West Kowloon visual culture museum M+ as ink art curator.

Ma, a museum studies graduate who has worked for Chinese artist Cai Guoqiang in New York, reports for duty today.

A West Kowloon Cultural District Authority spokesman said Ma would be working part-time for M+ , but gave no further information. She will be responsible for the development of the museum's collection, exhibitions and other ink art programmes.

Ma, described as the "first daughter of Taiwan", is perpetually in the spotlight because of her family.

Earlier this year, news of her marriage to Harvard classmate Allen Tsai Pei-jan, who works for a financial institution in Hong Kong, caused a stir in Taiwan as the media accused her father of keeping it a secret. The wedding took place in New York last year.

Born in America in 1980, Ma was raised in Taiwan. She received a bachelor's degree in history and science, followed by a master's degree in museum studies at New York University and lived a low-profile life in the US.

In 2005 she joined the studio of Cai, a prominent contemporary artist famous for his works with gunpowder, as project director until 2009.

M+ executive director Lars Nittve said last week that half of the curatorial team should come from Hong Kong and the rest from elsewhere.

The museum earlier appointed New York's Museum of Modern Art curator Doryun Chong as chief curator.

The HK$5 billion museum, set to open in 2017 in a building designed by Swiss firm Herzog & De Meuron, now has curators for the main areas of visual culture including contemporary art, ink art, architecture and design, but has yet to appoint a moving image curator.