The new M+ cinema will be part of M+ Hong Kong’s museum of visual culture.
The M+ Collection, brings together design, architecture, moving image, and visual artworks from Hong Kong, mainland China, and beyond, as an interdisciplinary collection of visual culture.
M+’s Moving Image Centre, M+ Cinema, comprises three cinemas with 180 seats, 60 seats, and 40 seats. It will screen a wide range of moving image works, including feature films, documentaries, experimental films, video art, restored classics, and rare or unknown films, as well as new and previously discovered films.
M+ Cinema programs are cross-disciplinary. They are presented in collaboration with the museum’s current exhibitions and collections as well as contemporary issues. Audiences can anticipate programs that connect various artistic fields and their creators, moving stories from different locations, and exciting immersive audiovisual experiences.
The museum will combine the new cinema with its existing moving image spaces, Grand Stair, Mediatheque, and M+ Facade to facilitate a broader viewing experience for the audience.
Herzog & de Meuron designed the cinema. Each cinema house features seats by Italian furniture designer, Poltrona Frau. The seats are upholstered in Kvadrat fabrics, all in bold greens, purple and blue colours.
Finally, each cinema features state-of-the-art sound systems and projectors. It is expected that each film will be screened in its original formats where possible.
To kick off the opening, M+ cinema will feature 70 original features from Hong Kong and beyond along with curated programs each thematically curated. These include
Opening films Days of Being Wild by Wong Kar Wai and Xiao Wu (1998) by Jia Zhangke.
Hong Kong: The Establishing Shot Being one of the first thematic programmes at M+ Cinema, the cinema celebrates the city’s rich cinematic history as well as its legendary urban landscape through the eyes of its filmmakers.
Performing the Image The thematic program of “Performing the Image” consists of six screening programs that explore contemporary artists’ performative interventions and gender-related investigations.
Film Course: “Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema” (2018) sponsored by CHANEL Directed by Mark Cousins, the documentary serves as a guided tour of the art and craft of film in forty chapters. It uses over 700 film extracts from across twelve decades and five continents, all by women creators.
Special screening: DAU. Natasha (2020) and DAU. Degeneration (2020) An epic and multidisciplinary international film project created by Russian director Ilya Khrzhanovskiy, DAU combines film, science, performance, spirituality, social and artistic experimentation, literature, and architecture.
Makers and Making Featuring thought-provoking and sophisticated documentaries about visual art, design, architecture, film and performance, the recurrent “Makers and Making” series gives audiences behind-the-scenes access to some of the most captivating creative minds of our time.
Screen Encounters: Yau Ching x Yvonne Rainer The recurrent “Screen Encounters” series invites notable creative practitioners to select and present a moving image work that has been influential in the development of their career and/or practice.
M+ pre-show commissions M+ has engaged artists Simon Liu and Florence Lee to produce a set of pre-show commissions. These works address questions and ideas around the collective viewing experience and will be shown at screenings and selected events at M+ in the coming two years.
Where is it?
M+, West Kowloon Cultural District West Kowloon Tsim Sha Tsui Hong Kong