FINE ART ASIA 2020 Academic Programme


M+: 21st Century Museum
Presented by The Ink Society


Speaker:  Ms. Suhanya Raffel, Museum Director, M+, Hong Kong
Date: 28 November 2020 (Saturday)
Time: 2 – 3:15pm
Venue: Lecture Hall
Language: English


2020 has been indelibly marked by change in our social, political and economic future amplified by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. For all global museums, our environments have had to adapt, be responsive and consider how we continue to operate while keeping our audiences central to our work. Many of us have been enhancing our digital content, while being nimble regarding the restrictions we have encountered. Digital resources have been a tool we have all embraced, bringing us closer together as communities. It is important to consider the challenge of these platforms while reaffirming the civic role of the museum to present researched, thought provoking and balanced content. This is as essential as it has ever been. Trust and well-being become key ingredients in museum work.

The much-anticipated opening of M+ next year will bring to Hong Kong a museum that will transform the city; the core of this will be revealed through a truly magnificent collection of contemporary visual culture.


Suhanya Raffel leads and oversees all of M+’s activities, including collections building, exhibitions, research, programming, institutional collaborations, and operations. She joined the WKCDA in November 2016 as Executive Director, M+. She was appointed Museum Director, M+, in January 2019.

Previously, Raffel was Deputy Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Before that she worked at the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, where she held many senior curatorial positions, including Acting Director and Deputy Director of Curatorial. At the Queensland Art Gallery, she was instrumental in building the contemporary Asia Pacific collection and led its Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (2002–2012). Raffel is currently a trustee of the Geoffrey Bawa Trust and the Lunuganga Trust in Sri Lanka, and a member of the Board of the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM).