A new museum of contemporary visual culture is set to open in November in the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong.

M+ is said to be the first museum of this nature in Asia and will welcome visitors from November 12 this year. Hong Kong residents will be able to attend the museum for free for the 12 months from opening, if they are able to provide valid identification. 

Members of M+ and patrons will enjoy unlimited year-round access to the exhibitions at the museum. 

The museum will highlight and honour works from the 20th and 21st century with a focus on visual art, design, architecture and moving image from Hong Kong, Greater China, Asia and further afield. 

M+ will also encompass a landscaped roof garden, a cafe and shops. Visitors will be able to enjoy Hong Kong’s skyline once viewing the museum exhibitions. 

The opening exhibits include ‘Hong Kong: Here and Beyond’ in the Main Hall Gallery, which details the city’s transformation and unique visual culture since the 1960s. 

Other works include ‘Individuals, Networks, Expression – a narrative of post-war international visual art told from the perspective of Asia’. 

There will be around 1,500 visual artworks, moving image works, design objects, architectural projects and archival items across the M+ museum. 

The building was designed by Swiss architecture company Herzog & de Meuron in a partnership with British architecture firm TFP Farrells and British multinational services company Arup. 

Image: Virgile Simon Bertand. Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron