This is the first of a two-part programme exploring the notion of the ‘global’ and its relevance to creating a new 21stcentury museum in Hong Kong.  ‘Theorising Art Histories Globally’ brings together three important thinkers/practitioners, who are building new intellectual frameworks for understanding today’s art world that is undergoing continuous—if uneven—globalisation. M+ is a new kind of institution that is shaped by the particular historical conditions of Hong Kong, with its unique postcolonial context and its global nature since the beginning of its modern history. As contemporary Chinese art matures, evolving beyond an explosive market phenomenon to become a well-regarded area of studies and research, and as the contemporary Hong Kong art gains legitimacy, respect, and even urgency, this is a timely moment in which to consider the topic of globalisation in art in more critical ways. This M+ Matters symposium will propose a new theoretical lens through which to understand the current and future state of art history. For the second part of the symposium, please refer to ‘Global Museums’ Collection and Display Strategies Today

18 October 2014


Rayson Huang Theatre, The University of Hong Kong

English, with Cantonese simultaneous interpretation


  • Ute Meta Bauer (Founding Director, Centre for Contemporary Art and Professor of Contemporary Art, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University)
  • Michio Hayashi (Professor of Art History and Visual Studies, Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University, Japan)
  • David Joselit (Distinguished Professor, Department of Art History, The Graduate Centre, The City University of New York)

Free Admission. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The event will be cancelled if the Hong Kong Observatory issues a No. 8 or above Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal, or the Black Rainstorm Warning Signal at or after 11 am.

Online registration is now closed. Walk-in registrations will be allowed depending on the availability of seats on the day.

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