Date
29 May 2017
The Hong Kong Museum of Art is embarking on a HK$930 million renovation and expansion project. The building will bear a new look (right) once the project is complete. Photos: HK Government
The Hong Kong Museum of Art is embarking on a HK$930 million renovation and expansion project. The building will bear a new look (right) once the project is complete. Photos: HK Government

Art Museum to be shut for 3 years due to renovation work

The Hong Kong Museum of Art, which is located near the waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui, will be closed from August 3 for a major renovation and expansion project.

Under a HK$930 million project, the museum will see its exhibition space being expanded to over 10,000 square meters from the current 7,000 square meters.

Also, the ceiling height will rise to 9 meters from 3.5 meters, according to information posted on the government website.

The project is expected to be completed in about three years.

Meanwhile, two more galleries will be added to the museum, including one hosting a permanent exhibition on local arts. More glass walls will be put up in the building.

There will be improved visibility in the galleries, even as the style of the decorated museum will remain simple and natural, Eve Tam Mei-yee, director of the museum, was quoted as saying in a TVB report.

Some citizens are complaining that the museum closure period is too long. There have been suggestions that the city’s only art museum should remain open to the public even as renovation work goes on.

Tam, however, said that partial closure is not suitable as the construction work involves a change of building structure.

The museum will organize mobile exhibitions over the next few years, bringing artworks into different districts, she said.  

If things go according to schedule, the museum should reopen by 2019.

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