Hong Kong’s HK$3.5 billion version of Beijing’s Palace Museum is scheduled to launch in June 2022, in the West Kowloon Cultural District of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Palace Museum, which broke ground in May 2018, will be located in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District.
According to South China Morning Post, the attraction’s director said the Hong Kong Palace Museum is debuting in June 2022.
Wang Xudong, director of the Palace Museum, said: “The Palace Museum first signed an exchange and collaborative agreement… in 2012 and had the groundbreaking ceremony of the Hong Kong Palace Museum in May 2018.
“[It is] expected to officially open at the end of June in 2022.”
In addition, a West Kowloon Cultural District Authority board member said curators for the project are in talks with Beijing about possibly showcasing exhibits not previously displayed in Hong Kong.
“It will boost the traditional visual arts elements well and help display Chinese tradition and history,” said board member Chris Ip Ngo-tung.
Artefacts will be supplied by Palace Museum in Beijing
“Among the exhibits in Beijing’s Palace Museum, there are a lot of exhibits that we have never seen.”
Hong Kong Palace Museum’s initial portfolio of artefacts will be supplied by the Palace Museum in Beijing, which has 1.86 million pieces.
Construction of the museum’s superstructure started in April 2019, with the Hong Kong Palace Museum hoping to get its occupation permit by mid-2021 and open in June 2022.
Meanwhile, the opening of the M+ museum in the West Kowloon Cultural District has been postponed once again, this time until autumn 2021.
The Herzog & de Meuron-designed M+ is dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting visual art, design and architecture, moving image, and Hong Kong visual culture of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Plans are moving ahead on M+, despite the upcoming departure of the chief executive of West Kowloon Cultural District, Duncan Pescod, on November 28.
The West Kowloon Cultural District features the M+ Pavilion, Art Park and Xiqu Centre. The Hong Kong Palace Museum is set to open in 2022, followed by the Lyric Theatre in 2024.