Lars Nittve

M+ chief Lars Nittve vows museum won't steer clear of politics

Untitled (pair of doors) by Tsang Tsou-choi, one of the works donated to the M+ museum. Photo: SCMP

The West Kowloon Cultural District has taken centre stage again this week, courtesy of a display of giant inflatables. But a document that will have implications long after the bubble has burst on the sculptures that form the "M+: Inflation! Exhibition" has quietly taken shape behind the scenes.

Saturday, 4 May, 2013, 5:49am

M+ museum chief Lars Nittve floats idea to grant free entry

M+ museum chief Lars Nittve floats idea to grant free entry

The head of the museum of modern art planned for West Kowloon says he is supportive of making the facility free of charge to the public.

5 May 2015 - 11:46am

Glittering panel to design Hong Kong's flagship art museum

The design for the city's flagship visual arts museum will lie in the hands of a select group of professional brought together by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.

The eight-strong jury of local and foreign architects, designers and an art collector will determine the design of the waterfront museum M+.

18 Sep 2012 - 9:24am

Artistic impressions

Ever since Hong Kong joined the Venice Biennale in 2001 as a collateral event participant, the exercise has been plagued with controversies. Edition after edition, the organiser, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (ADC), had been questioned on its choice of who should represent this city in the world's oldest and largest contemporary art exhibition.

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Nice idea, but you could've asked us

Hong Kong's arts funding body has been criticised for lacking transparency in its decision to partner with the West Kowloon museum to represent Hong Kong at next year's Venice Biennale without having an open competition.

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

M+ 'will keep its focus' on HK artists

With a single HK$1.3 billion donation of Chinese contemporary art mainly by mainland artists set to fill a third of the M+ museum of visual culture, its chief has denied it is switching its focus from Hong Kong art.

Executive director Lars Nittve said he had his eye on the Hong Kong Museum of Art's collection to help fill the rest of the space.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Curator chose HK for its 'freedoms'

Hong Kong's freedom of speech and of the press are among the reasons mainland China's top curator has decided to make it his new home this summer.

Renowned scholar Pi Li, who will start work in July as a senior curator at the West Kowloon Cultural District's M+ museum, says such freedoms are vital for arts development.

12 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Man on a M+ssion

It is 10.30am and Lars Nittve has just parked his white Mini outside an Ap Lei Chau factory building.

'You pick up a lot when visiting artists,' says the bespectacled museum boss as he approaches the studio of Kacey Wong. 'I like to listen and learn. I like to talk and communicate.'

25 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Interfere and I'll resign, museum boss warns

The museum director for the West Kowloon arts project says he will quit if the government interferes in his curatorship over political issues.

Lars Nittve, who is in charge of setting up the flagship visual arts museum M+, told a Legislative Council panel yesterday he treasured the city's freedom of expression.

12 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Time for debate over beauty and art

The two concepts of beauty and art have never lived far from one another and are, indeed, rarely spotted alone. It could be said that beauty can exist without art: natural landscapes or a human body, for instance, are not works of art, but we pore over them nevertheless. Perhaps a more interesting question then, is whether art can live without beauty.

21 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

West Kowloon arts hub to get a flying start

Art lovers will not have to wait until 2016 to experience cultural events in the West Kowloon Cultural District as a 'nomadic' museum and outdoor events will be coming to town next year.

16 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Arts sector hails choice of a Tate Modern chief to head M+

The appointment of the founding director of the Tate Modern to head M+, the contemporary art museum as well as the exhibition centre to be built in West Kowloon Cultural District, has delighted the local arts community, which has been looking forward to having an internationally renowned arts professional take up the job.

24 Jun 2010 - 12:00am