Documentary about Hong Kong’s current arts scene and M+, the museum for visual culture
Together with Filmerei Zurich we are currently filming and producing a documentary about Hong Kong’s museum for visual culture M+. After three years of isolation Hong Kong is open to international audiences again. We are taking a look at one of the most striking cities and its arts scene.
M+ offers a complete range of historical awareness of Asian modern art, film, design, architecture and fashion for the first time in such an extent. No other museum has done it before.Finally on November 12th, 2021, the M+, designed by the worldwide best known star architects Herzog & de Meuron opened the doors to the public. Several thousand invited art enthusiasts of Hong Kong and due to the pandemic only a few visitors from other parts of the world were able to enjoy the fantastic building and the
outstanding collection of the Swiss collector and patron Uli Sigg.
Meanwhile a substantial number of Hong Kongers visit the museum every day and they are fascinated by the art collection and the outstanding building. M+ has become a hot spot despite the covid pandemic. The film M+, Asia’s first global Museum of visual culture, shares the eventful story of M+’s creation with a visually attractive and intellectually convincing account. It will offer an insight view from the perspective of the architects, the museum people, the exhibiting Chinese artists, the collector Uli Sigg, the Hong Kong public.
I have been following China‘s and Hong Kong’s sociopolitical transformation for over twenty years. By the end of 2003 I documented the ground-breaking ceremony for the Olympic Stadium in Beijing. Since then, two documentaries have been released theatrically in many countries: Bird‘s Nest (2008, with Christoph Schaub) and The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg (2016), which examined the political, economic and social change in China through its developments in architecture, arts and culture. In both films, the important Swiss protagonists, such as Herzog & de Meuron and the diplomat, patron and art collector Uli Sigg.
M+, Asia’s first global Museum of visual culture continues where Bird‘s Nest and The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg left off, completing the film trilogy about the change within contemporary China at the social and cultural level.