A cultural comeback

Local | Bernard Chan 17 Apr 2019

It feels like a lot of Hong Kong's cultural and exhibition spaces - old and new - have essentially been construction sites over the past few years.

The massive conservation and renovation project at the old Central Police complex finally ended last year with the opening of Tai Kwun. The Space Museum, built in the late 1970s, also reopened last year after refurbishment. And the brand new Xiqu Chinese opera center at West Kowloon opened just a few months ago.

All three facilities have been getting rave reviews.

Also at West Kowloon, the M+ museum of visual culture building is largely finished and should open in 2020. And construction of the Palace Museum has just started - it should open in 2022. The Museum of Coastal Defense is also being revamped and reopens next year.

The Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront got a new look a few weeks ago when the fresh-looking exterior of the newly refurbished Hong Kong Museum of Art was unveiled.

The museum will also be much bigger and brighter inside.

The three-year renovation project includes a glass facade providing dazzling views of the harbor, and new gallery space, including a nine-meter high new wing. Thanks to two major donations last year - the Chi Lo Lou collection of historic Chinese works and a collection of works by artist Wu Guanzhong - there will be plenty to see.

The new-look Museum of Art will be opening later this year. Like all these new or revamped spaces, it will surely be worth the wait.

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