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Installation artwork with nine wooden school desks placed in three rows. On each desk is an electric contraption with cassette tape players. Two cast heads with closed eyes are mounted on a metal base and placed at the seat of each desk.

Five Works We Couldn’t Include in our Latest Exhibition (and Why)

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Each museum exhibition tells multiple stories, and curators often have to make difficult choices about what works to include, to best present these stories to their audiences. In the case of In Search of Southeast Asia through the M+ Collections, the curators hope to present stories that represent the breadth and diversity of the museum’s collection related to the region of Southeast Asia. However, they weren’t able to include certain works due to some practical reasons, such as lack of space in the M+ Pavilion, needing to represent each maker’s practice with only one or two works, and even limited ceiling height. Below, exhibition curators Pauline J. Yao and Shirley Surya spotlight some of the works they would have included if they could:

Heri Dono’s large, kinetic sculpture installations

Heri Dono’s works incorporate the important socio-political context of contemporary Indonesia, and Dono’s training in Indonesian folk art and puppetry, fusing traditional materials and subject with a modern or contemporary approach.

Five slivers of the works and objects in the post below have been put together to form a banner. From left to right is a robot dog, a monochrome video still of a dog running on a lawn, an oil painting on canvas of a woman breastfeeding next to a small dog, a colour print of a dog staring pensively upwards, and an oil painting on canvas with a small dog against a bright yellow background.

Five Lovable Dogs in the M+ Collections

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We’re in the middle of the Year of the Dog, so what better time to take a look at some of the great dogs you can find in the M+ Collections? We’ve got it all: happy dogs, pensive dogs, dogs on video, dogs on canvas, and even a robot dog.

1. Sony’s AIBO entertainment robot dog 🤖🐶

A woman with dark hair and black-rimmed glasses smiles at the camera while standing in front of a grey building with glass doors and a sign saying ‘M+ Pavilion’. She is a wearing a navy button-down shirt with white pinstripes, and is holding two M+ booklets with both hands.

Meet the Team: What Does Museum Visitor Service Look Like?

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Judith Siu, Visitor Services Manager, answers five questions about her job at M+!

1. What brought you to M+?

I was originally trained as a social worker, but, by chance, ended up working in a gallery specialised in collectible Hong Kong prints for ten years. I accumulated a skill set in understanding art and heritage, and a passion for being the bridge connecting the objects and the audience. That’s why, when the visitor services post came up at M+, I was immediately interested. I wanted to contribute what I had learned from my work, continuing to help audiences understand art and visual culture and create an unforgettable visitor experience.

2. Describe a typical day for you.

A number of boxes sit in a row against a white background. The box in the center of the image has been opened, and the lid is lying in front of it. The words ‘The art of sleep, the art of silence’ are printed on the side of the box, while the words ‘Ask some guy in the street if art is worth a damn, he’ll smack you upside the head just for asking’ are on the inside of the lid. More words and phrases printed on the inside of the box.

Why M+ Acquired YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES’ Entire Body of Work (Past and Future)

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In late 2016, M+ acquired artist’s proof 2 of 2 of the entire body of work of the artist duo YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES (proof 1 of 2 remains with the artists). This trove included not just editions of everything that they’ve ever exhibited or published over the past twenty years, but also their drafts, unrealised projects, and translated works—we’re talking twenty-six different languages, and counting.

Every acquisition made by a museum for its collection is a commitment in perpetuity—for safekeeping, conservation, displays and exhibitions, and research and education—as museums and their collections, by definition, are permanent. M+ has made this commitment to YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, the widely acclaimed trailblazer in internet art, because we believe they are some of the most pioneering artists working today and have already made a unique contribution to the history of visual culture.

What makes this acquisition, YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES: THE COMPLETE WORKS (YHCHANG.COM/AP2), extra special is that it will also continue to be updated every six months, for as long as the artists make new work and present their projects internationally. M+ will receive one edition of every work they produce. We believe this is a truly visionary collaboration, and it represents a deep confidence in the artists and their work.