Suhanya Raffel

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Suhanya Raffel is the Museum Director of the new M+ Museum for Visual Culture, which will open in late 2020 in the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong. She joined the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority in November 2016 as Executive Director, M+, before being appointed Museum Director, M+, in January 2019.

Raffel says the multi-billion-dollar West Kowloon project is the "museum Asia needs" and succeeds Lars Nittve who led the museum from 2011-2016.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Raffel was the Deputy Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney from 2013 to 2016 during which time she worked on the AGNSW expansion project with the architecture firm SANAA. From 1994-2013, she held senior curatorial positions at Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, such as the Acting Director and Deputy Director of Curatorial. She helped drive the growth of the gallery from a regional museum to a global museum with an outstanding collection of contemporary Asia-Pacific art[3] and led multiple Asia Pacific Triennials of Contemporary Art (2002–2012). She was instrumental in the realisation of major exhibitions including Andy Warhol in 2007-08, The China Project in 2009 and 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in 2009-10. Raffel also oversaw the implementation of Art, Love and Life: Ethel Carrick and E. Phillips Fox;  21st Century: Art in the First Decade; both Queensland Art Gallery initiatives; and Land, Sea and Sky: Contemporary Art of the Torres Strait Islands; a Queensland Art Gallery and Southbank Cultural Precinct partnership; Yayoi Kusama: Look Now, See Forever, was a Queensland Art Gallery initiative with the Kusama Studio in Tokyo; Matisse: Drawing Life, co-organised with Art Exhibitions Australia and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris; Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado was co-organised with Art Exhibitions Australia and the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, and the forthcoming 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, is a Queensland Art Gallery initiative.[4]

She is currently a trustee of the Geoffrey Bawa Trust and the Lunuganga Trust in Sri Lanka, and from 2009 to 2014, was a member of the Asian Art Council at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.[5] She is also a board member of the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Quin, Amy (2016-07-21). "Suhanya Raffel leaves Sydney to run multi-billion-dollar Hong Kong art park M+". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  2. ^ "Hong Kong Edition". South China Morning Post. 2015-10-28. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  3. ^ "Hong Kong's M+ museum boss determined to stay the course". South China Morning Post. 2017-03-01. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  4. ^ "Suhanya Raffel in Conversation | Ocula". ocula.com. 2019-03-09. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  5. ^ Quin, Amy (2016-07-21). "Suhanya Raffel leaves Sydney to run multi-billion-dollar Hong Kong art park M+". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2019-03-09.