Colloquium Talk - Professor Celine Lai on Getting Ready for Change: Hong Kong Public Museums in Face of Cultural and Managerial Challenges Faculty of Arts

Getting Ready for Change: Hong Kong Public Museums in Face of Cultural and Managerial Challenges
Speaker: Prof. Celine Lai

 

Date: 16 March 2018 (Fri)

 

Time: 4:00pm

 

Venue: G24, Arts and Humanities Hub, Fung King Hey Building, CUHK

 

Language: English

 

Abstract: It has been more than a decade since we expected to see a new museum in the West Kowloon Cultural District. The wait is long, and it has been a rather alarming period for existing Hong Kong public museums in the face of excitement and increasing demands from the general public. In this project, which investigated the series of changes that local museum were adapted to (for example, in terms of interactive technologies and blockbuster exhibitions), I discovered that something of higher importance has been overlooked—our own permanent collection. Objects are the core business of a museum. Why was it neglected? And what were the impacts of taking focus off the permanent collection? These questions invite many thoughts that ought to be sorted out before plans are set to build better museums.

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