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Suhanya Raffel

Suhanya Raffel

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M+ museum director Suhanya Raffel has spearheaded the launch of Hong Kong’s most important cultural institution

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Suhanya Raffel brings vast experience to the role of museum director of the M+ museum for visual culture, which opened in 2021 in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District. She took over the top job in 2019 after joining as executive director in 2016, before which she worked in various curatorial roles for galleries in Australia.

From 2013 to 2016 she was the deputy director of the Art Gallery New South Wales in Sydney, overseeing a major expansion project; while from 1994 to 2013 she was curator at Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane. At M+, she has gone out of her way to expand the reach of the museum’s collection, while also engaging with the local community through programmes of touring exhibitions and schools’ outreach, while also forming partnerships with organisations including Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum and the Sydney Opera House.

Born in Sri Lanka and raised both there and in Australia, Raffel is also a trustee of the Geoffrey Bawa Trust, which furthers the artistic and educational legacy of the great Sri Lankan architect. She was also a member of the Guggenheim’s Asian Art Council from 2009 to 2014.

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The M+ building, the work of architects Herzog & de Meuron and Farrells, features about 185,000 square feet of exhibition space. 

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