Hong Kong protests force closure of Museum of Art shortly after grand reopening | attractionsmanagement.com news
POST YOUR JOB ONLINE
Free ezine/digital edition sign up
Jobs   News   Features   Video    Products   Profiles   Magazine   Handbook   Advertise  
NEWS
Hong Kong protests force closure of Museum of Art shortly after grand reopening
POSTED 03 Dec 2019 . BY Andy Knaggs
The Hong Kong Museum of Art has undergone a HK$930m renovation since 2015 Credit: Hong Kong Museum of Art
We would like to establish a contrast via our architectural language and various materials to show the new identity of the museum.
– Tony Lau
Having only reopened on Saturday 30 November after a closure of more than four years, the Hong Kong Museum of Art (HKMoA) quickly found itself at the centre of ongoing political protests in the territory at the weekend, forcing it to close almost immediately.

Only a day after the museum reopened to the public, Hong Kong police used tear gas to break up a protest that was taking place close to the museum, prompting concerns that its artworks might be at risk.

The rally in the Tsim Sha Tsui district was supposed to be peaceful and was approved by police in advance. Drawing tens of thousands of protesters, about one hour into the rally, police began firing tear gas into the crowd and announced that those who did not disperse could be arrested.

Ahead of the clash, the museum had already posted a notice that it would close early. It's not clear whether fleeing protesters were able to seek refuge in the museum, nor whether either staff or exhibits were affected by the use of tear gas, which can contaminate ventilation systems, according to Clarisse Yeung, a newly elected councillor who studied fine art at the Chinese University.

"Temperature, humidity and acidity of the air can affect the preservation of the artworks," said Yeung speaking to The Art Newspaper. "The police and government still refuse to publicise the ingredients of the tear gas. We cannot afford the damage of these cultural treasures because of the government's incompetence in resolving a political crisis."

A government spokesman indicated that HKMoA was not affected by tear gas, and that it remained open until 6pm, adding that ventilation systems at the Museum of History and the Science Museum had been cleaned. More than 4,800 visitors attended the HKMoA during its first weekend.

The government-run institution closed in August 2015 for a facelift. Its redevelopment has increased its exhibition space by 40 per cent to around 10,000sq m (32,800sq ft) and increased the number of galleries from seven to 12.

An inaugural programme of 11 exhibitions includes four displays that trace the lineage of Hong Kong art, six that draw upon the museum's vast collection of 17,000 works, including those of traditional Chinese ink paintings and paintings by Wu Guanzhong, and a loan show – A Sense of Place: from Turner to Hockney – from the Tate in the UK.
A gallery with a 9m (30ft)-high ceiling allows for the display of large artworks
The number of galleries has been increased from seven to 12
The renovation was carried out by Hong Kong's Architectural Services Department
The newly expanded museum now has 40 per cent more exhibition space Credit: Hong Kong Museum of Art
Clashes between pro-democracy protesters and police have been taking place in Hong Kong for much of 2019 Credit: Shutterstock
RELATED STORIES
Hong Kong Museum of Art to undergo major HK$930m renovation


The Hong Kong Museum of Art is to close in August for a four-year HK$930m (US$120m, €109m, £78m) renovation, which will nearly double the amount of exhibition space available to the 53-year-old institute.
MORE NEWS
V&A launches digital database for cultural heritage preservation projects
The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is demonstrating its commitment to protecting the world's cultural heritage and supporting communities that suffer cultural loss, through the launch of a new Culture in Crisis Portal.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opens at Disney World
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance has opened at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.
Disney's first Mickey Mouse ride gets 2020 opening date
Disney has announced an opening date for Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway at its Hollywood Studios park, with the new attraction set to debut on 4 March 2020.
Astronaut Tim Peake calls for more investment in science
British astronaut Tim Peake has urged the UK government to invest more in science, education and research and development.
+ More news   
LATEST JOBS
Front Office Clerk
Gardaland Resort
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Castelnuovo del Garda, VR, Italy
Education Specialist
Sea Life
Salary: Competitive
Job location: East Rutherford, NJ, USA
Attractions Assistant Manager
Legoland
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Goshen, NY, USA
Admissions Assistant Manager
Legoland
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Goshen, NY, USA
HR Manager
Madame Tussauds
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Tokyo, Japan
Operations Manager
Madame Tussauds
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA
+ More jobs  

COMPANY PROFILES
IAAPA EMEA

We are pleased to announce that Euro Attractions Show is now IAAPA Expo Europe. [more...]
IDEATTACK

IDEATTACK is a full-service planning and design company with headquarters in Los Angeles. [more...]
FORREC Ltd

We create guest experiences others don’t, masterplan like no one else can, and give the world’s bi [more...]
Red Raion

Founded in 2014, Red Raion is the CGI studio specialized in media based attractions. [more...]
+ More profiles  
FEATURED SUPPLIER

ProSlide appoints Chantal Theoret as director of global marketing
ProSlide Technology has appointed Chantal Theoret as its new director of global marketing. [more...]
VIDEO GALLERY

Red Raion - Jurassic War - Immersive tunnel movie trailer
Red Raion is the CGI studio specialized in media based attraction. Find out more...
More videos:
Miko and the Spell of the Stone - Movie Trailer – Red Raion
Trailer Aladdin - The Bachelor Party VR – Red Raion
Introducing AnimaChat! – Animalive
+ More videos  

CATALOGUE GALLERY
 

+ More catalogues  
DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

 

14 Jan 2020

BALPPA Annual General Meeting

ExCel, London, United Kingdom
14-16 Jan 2020

EAG International

ExCel London Exhibition Centre, London,
+ More diary  
LATEST ISSUES
+ View Magazine Archive

Attractions Management

2019 issue 4


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management

2019 issue 3


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management

2019 issue 2


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management

2019 issue 1


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management News

27 Nov 2019 issue 144


View on turning pages
Download PDF
View archive
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Handbook

2019


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription
 
ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
 
ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT
ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT NEWS
ATTRACTIONS HANDBOOK
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2019
Jobs   News   Products   Magazine
NEWS
Hong Kong protests force closure of Museum of Art shortly after grand reopening
POSTED 03 Dec 2019 . BY Andy Knaggs
The Hong Kong Museum of Art has undergone a HK$930m renovation since 2015 Credit: Hong Kong Museum of Art
We would like to establish a contrast via our architectural language and various materials to show the new identity of the museum.
– Tony Lau
Having only reopened on Saturday 30 November after a closure of more than four years, the Hong Kong Museum of Art (HKMoA) quickly found itself at the centre of ongoing political protests in the territory at the weekend, forcing it to close almost immediately.

Only a day after the museum reopened to the public, Hong Kong police used tear gas to break up a protest that was taking place close to the museum, prompting concerns that its artworks might be at risk.

The rally in the Tsim Sha Tsui district was supposed to be peaceful and was approved by police in advance. Drawing tens of thousands of protesters, about one hour into the rally, police began firing tear gas into the crowd and announced that those who did not disperse could be arrested.

Ahead of the clash, the museum had already posted a notice that it would close early. It's not clear whether fleeing protesters were able to seek refuge in the museum, nor whether either staff or exhibits were affected by the use of tear gas, which can contaminate ventilation systems, according to Clarisse Yeung, a newly elected councillor who studied fine art at the Chinese University.

"Temperature, humidity and acidity of the air can affect the preservation of the artworks," said Yeung speaking to The Art Newspaper. "The police and government still refuse to publicise the ingredients of the tear gas. We cannot afford the damage of these cultural treasures because of the government's incompetence in resolving a political crisis."

A government spokesman indicated that HKMoA was not affected by tear gas, and that it remained open until 6pm, adding that ventilation systems at the Museum of History and the Science Museum had been cleaned. More than 4,800 visitors attended the HKMoA during its first weekend.

The government-run institution closed in August 2015 for a facelift. Its redevelopment has increased its exhibition space by 40 per cent to around 10,000sq m (32,800sq ft) and increased the number of galleries from seven to 12.

An inaugural programme of 11 exhibitions includes four displays that trace the lineage of Hong Kong art, six that draw upon the museum's vast collection of 17,000 works, including those of traditional Chinese ink paintings and paintings by Wu Guanzhong, and a loan show – A Sense of Place: from Turner to Hockney – from the Tate in the UK.
A gallery with a 9m (30ft)-high ceiling allows for the display of large artworks
The number of galleries has been increased from seven to 12
The renovation was carried out by Hong Kong's Architectural Services Department
The newly expanded museum now has 40 per cent more exhibition space Credit: Hong Kong Museum of Art
Clashes between pro-democracy protesters and police have been taking place in Hong Kong for much of 2019 Credit: Shutterstock
RELATED STORIES
Hong Kong Museum of Art to undergo major HK$930m renovation


The Hong Kong Museum of Art is to close in August for a four-year HK$930m (US$120m, €109m, £78m) renovation, which will nearly double the amount of exhibition space available to the 53-year-old institute.
MORE NEWS
V&A launches digital database for cultural heritage preservation projects
The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is demonstrating its commitment to protecting the world's cultural heritage and supporting communities that suffer cultural loss, through the launch of a new Culture in Crisis Portal.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opens at Disney World
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance has opened at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.
Disney's first Mickey Mouse ride gets 2020 opening date
Disney has announced an opening date for Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway at its Hollywood Studios park, with the new attraction set to debut on 4 March 2020.
Astronaut Tim Peake calls for more investment in science
British astronaut Tim Peake has urged the UK government to invest more in science, education and research and development.
Government support signals green light for South Korean theme park plan
The long-proposed US$3.8bn (€3.4bn, £2.9bn) theme park at Hwaseong, 45km (30mi) from South Korea's capital Seoul, looks set to definitely go ahead, after the country's finance minister pledged the government's support.
Budapest mayor hits breaks on €250m New National Gallery due to environmental concerns
Gergely Karácsony, mayor of Budapest, has brought plans for The New National Gallery in Budapest's City Park to a halt, claiming that the project will have a detrimental impact on the environment.
+ More news   
 
COMPANY PROFILES
IAAPA EMEA

We are pleased to announce that Euro Attractions Show is now IAAPA Expo Europe. [more...]
IDEATTACK

IDEATTACK is a full-service planning and design company with headquarters in Los Angeles. [more...]
FORREC Ltd

We create guest experiences others don’t, masterplan like no one else can, and give the world’s bi [more...]
Red Raion

Founded in 2014, Red Raion is the CGI studio specialized in media based attractions. [more...]
+ More profiles  
FEATURED SUPPLIER

ProSlide appoints Chantal Theoret as director of global marketing
ProSlide Technology has appointed Chantal Theoret as its new director of global marketing. [more...]
VIDEO GALLERY

Red Raion - Jurassic War - Immersive tunnel movie trailer
Red Raion is the CGI studio specialized in media based attraction. Find out more...
More videos:
Miko and the Spell of the Stone - Movie Trailer – Red Raion
Trailer Aladdin - The Bachelor Party VR – Red Raion
Introducing AnimaChat! – Animalive
+ More videos  

CATALOGUE GALLERY
 

+ More catalogues  
DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

 

14 Jan 2020

BALPPA Annual General Meeting

ExCel, London, United Kingdom
14-16 Jan 2020

EAG International

ExCel London Exhibition Centre, London,
+ More diary  
 


ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2019

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT NEWS
ATTRACTIONS HANDBOOK
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS