‘Global Museums’ Collection and Display Strategies Today’ presents the examples of three standard-setting museums of modern and contemporary art in the world - The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; Tate Modern, London; and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Although all three museums can be said to have started out with a primarily local and limitedly international mandate, they have, in recent years, embraced—and struggled with—a more international, even global scope in their collecting and display strategies. Due to their distinct histories as well as their structures and strategies of acquisition, the resulting collections also differ considerably from one another. This M+ Matters symposium will address a series of questions, including: How do these museums deal with the ‘global’ mandate? Why has it been considered necessary, and will it continue to be necessary in the future? What roles are China, East Asia, and even broader Asia playing in their collections and programmes? What can M+ learn from their successes and shortcomings, and as a new museum of visual culture in Hong Kong, what can we offer them in the coming years? 

18 November 2014


Chiang Chen Studio Theatre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

English, with Cantonese simultaneous interpretation


  • Frances Morris (Head of Collections, International Art, Tate Modern, London)
  • Suhanya Raffel (Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney)
  • Ann Temkin (The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York)

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