“Museums have the power to transform the world around us. As incomparable places of discovery, they teach us about our past and open our minds to new ideas—two essential steps in building a better future,” says the International Council of Museums. For International Museum Day, the organisation shines a light on how museums spark positive change in the spheres of sustainability, education and technology.
The art professionals—directors, curators, patrons, art lovers—from Asia’s Most Influential list are doing just that. Through their critical eye, they shape expressions, encourage participation in art and, most importantly, give voice to Asian art.
Suhanya Raffel, Hong Kong
“Going forward, all museums will embrace the parallel strands of digital and physical experience. At M+ we have been very clear that our digital museum has to be as active, developed and sophisticated as the physical museum,” says Suhanya Raffel to Tatler about the future of museums and art in a post-pandemic world.
The director of the contemporary art, architecture and design museum is dedicated to expanding M+’s collection of 20th- and 21st-century visual culture, all of which are housed in 33 galleries spread across 183,000 sq ft of exhibition space. One of the many exhibitions on view now, Things, Spaces, Interactions includes more than 500 pieces, from furniture to graphic arts, that have influenced Asia in the last 70 years. True to Raffel’s vision, the works in Things and other collections can be viewed online via the M+ website.