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In the Mood for Art

Canadian Premiere

In the Mood for Art

Michael Schindhelm

Switzerland | 2023 | 53 min
English, German |
Subtitles: English
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A rare foray into the art world of Hong Kong since the city’s return to China, exploring the aftermath of an extended lockdown and a failed revolution, under the strictures of a rigorous security law. This documentary delves into the opening of the M+ Museum, designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron and enriched by the donation of Chinese contemporary art pieces from Swiss collector Uli Sigg. It examines the museum’s and the art scene’s contributions to the debate on Hong Kong’s future, unveiling a new generation of artists and offering an unprecedented perspective on this Asian metropolis in search of its identity.

About M+

The M+ building in the West Kowloon Cultural District is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture in the world. Located at the southernmost edge of Kowloon overlooking Victoria Harbour, it is among Hong Kong’s most iconic landmarks, both monumental in its architectural form and radically open in its position in the urban landscape.
Designed by Herzog & de Meuron in partnership with TFP Farrells and Arup, the building is composed of a podium and a slender tower that fuse into the shape of an upside-down T’. The expansive podium cantilevers above ground and includes 17,000 square metres of exhibition space across thirty-three galleries, three cinema houses, the Mediatheque, Learning Hub, and Roof Garden that faces Victoria Harbour. The tower houses the museum’s Research Centre, offices, restaurants, and the M+ Lounge on level 11. The M+ Facade, facing the harbour, is embedded with LEDs for screening moving image works, which can be seen from the West Kowloon waterfront promenade and Hong Kong Island. Visitors can enter the museum from various points on the ground and lower floors, creating a highly accessible space that offers a continuity between indoor and outdoor areas.
Director Michael Schindhelm
Production Sven Rufer, Luzius Müller, Kaja Leonie Ramseier
Editing Kaja Leonie Ramseier
Camera Sven Rufer

In Partnership with


• Centre Canadien d’Architecture
Saturday, march 16, 2024, 05:30 p.m. — 06:45 p.m.


Michael Schindhelm

Michael Schindhelm

Born in 1960 in Eisenach, Germany. Michael Schindhelm studied quantum chemistry in Voronezh (former Soviet Union). Translator of Russian literature into German (Chekhov, Gogol, Gorky, Mandelshtam). He is a writer, filmmaker, performing arts expert and cultural consultant for international organizations. Guest lecturer at various universities in Europe and Asia. Since 2008 he was Founding Director of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority in Dubai, UAE, previously General Director of the Berlin Opera Foundation (2005 — 2007) and Artistic Director of Theater Basel (19962006). He lives and works in Ticino.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team
Outland (2021)
A vaccine at the speed of light (Project Biontech) (2021)
The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg (2016)
Bird’s Nest (2008)

In the same session

Centre Canadien d’Architecture

Saturday, march 16, 2024, 05:30 p.m.

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