The M+ Collections are focused on twentieth- and twenty-first-century visual culture, encompassing the disciplines of design and architecture, moving image, visual art, and the thematic area of Hong Kong visual culture. Geographically, the collections cover Hong Kong, mainland China, and regions across Asia and beyond. As the backbone of the museum, the M+ Collections are constantly growing alongside M+’s temporary exhibitions, public programmes, and learning and interpretation programmes. The M+ Collections are composed of the M+ Collection, the M+ Sigg Collection, and the M+ Collection Archives.

 

The M+ Sigg Collection

The M+ Sigg Collection forms a significant part of the M+ Collections. The M+ Sigg Collection is the most comprehensive chronological collection of Chinese contemporary art. The collection spans the period from 1979 to 2012, with a particularly strong representation of work from the 1990s, a period that saw the emergence of many pivotal art movements in China. Read more about the M+ Sigg Collection.

 

Building the Collections

Building a collection is a cumulative, complex, and rigorous process. At M+, our goal of assembling a body of important works is underscored by a desire to propose new ways of seeing and to invite multiple interpretive narratives. Learn more about our collections strategy.

We invite you to begin discovering the collections and to view a selection of works from the collections online. The collections are always growing, and new acquisitions go through a process of research, curatorial justification, verification, and approval before being accessioned.

We are committed to continuing to catalogue, photograph, enrich, and translate our collections data. This data will be published online as it becomes available.

 

Collections Management Policy

This policy is the guiding document for the management of the M+ Collections and, with related procedures, defines and describes our leading principles with regards to collection custodianship and care. Complementing the parameters set out in the Acquisition Policy with regard to the collection strategy and acquisition procedures, this policy delineates M+ Ltd.’s responsibilities with regard to the management of the M+ Collections. The document is available in the Downloads section.

 

Open Data

M+ is embracing the practice of open access and working towards releasing as much of our collections metadata as possible. Our goal is to unlock the museum’s institutional knowledge and release it into the public domain, driven by M+’s mission as a public institution. Read more about our open access journey here.

The M+ Collections textual metadata is available online at our GitHub repository and through our public API. Our data set is being offered under the CC0 1.0 Universal License.

By releasing this dataset into the public domain, we are empowering the public to use it freely. The individuals who use this data will own the intellectual property in their projects. The views, thoughts, and opinions they express as a result belong solely to them and do not necessarily represent or reflect those of M+.

 

Use of Images

M+ has an ongoing programme of copyright/permissions research, and makes all reasonable efforts to ensure that the images published here do not infringe individual copyrights. If you have any queries regarding rights in the works in our collections, or if you wish to use any of the images of a work included here, please contact rights@mplus.org.hk, stating the title and author of the work.

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