The Hong Kong Palace Museum, set to open in July 2022, is the third Palace Museum in the world after Beijing and Taiwan. Building a major museum created to exhibit artefacts borrowed from Beijing alongside art from Hong Kong is no easy feat, but Jiao Tianlong is the man for the job.
Prior to his appointment as the head curator at the Hong Kong Palace Museum this March, Jiao worked at major museums in the US for more than 20 years. Most recently, he held a post at the Denver Art Museum, where he renewed the Asian art galleries using a new interpretive approach to the curation. The New York Times credited the result as “what a 21st-century museum should be”.
Now Jiao is in Hong Kong to oversee the completion of the building and organise a series of events and online lectures on the museum, Chinese history and highlighted exhibits. The upcoming lecture will take place on December 11, 2021.
Here, Jiao shares a typical day in his life as a head curator.
I like starting my day early by exercising first thing in the morning, a habit I picked up in high school. The neighbourhood I live in has lots of tropical birds, and I really enjoy listening to their musical sounds.
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