M+ is a museum dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting visual art, design and architecture, moving image, and Hong Kong visual culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, we are building one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture in the world, with a bold ambition to establish ourselves as one of the world’s leading cultural institutions. Our aim is to create a new kind of museum that reflects our unique time and place, a museum that builds on Hong Kong’s historic balance of the local and international to define a distinctive and innovative voice for Asia’s twenty-first century.
(Candidate with less experience may be considered for the post of Senior Conservator)
Reporting to the Deputy Director, Collection & Exhibitions, the position of Head, Conservation & Research is a key leadership role and an integral part of the Collection & Exhibition Department. The Head will have strategic and operational responsibility and will work with colleagues across the museum to develop an integrated approach to conservation for the institution.
The current conservation team is comprised of professional conservators with a diverse range of specialities reflecting the broad variety of materials represented in the M+ Collections including paper, photography, painting, object, digital and installation art as well as preventive conservation.
The job holder will lead on the development of preventative and remedial conservation activities to support ambitious curatorial programmes and ensure the long-term preservation of the M+ Collections. He/she will play a vital role in institutional initiatives and research projects.
With the projected opening of the Museum in the year 2021, the current focus of the conservation team is to set on preparing the collections for display, managing all required treatments and mounting projects as well as carefully monitoring the building progress and relevant systems performance. In the coming few months, the focus of the team will shift from preparation to providing hands-on support to the installation of the collections in the galleries.
Following the museum public opening, the Head, Conservation and Research will lead the team through a transitional period, from project delivery mode to full museum operation. As the team develops further, Senior Conservators are expected to support the Head to help coordinating efforts across different disciplines.
14. Aug 2020