(Excerpt from 'Life on the South China Sea' posted by Alexandra Seno on The Art Newspaper on feb. 12, 2013. Found here http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Life-on-the-South-China-Sea/28349)
While M+, Hong Kong’s museum-in-the-making of contemporary visual culture, attracts international attention, a museum that tells the history of the port city’s rise to global importance is due to reopen on 26 February. The Hong Kong Maritime Museum is moving to a three-storey pier in the city’s central business district. The space will boast coveted views of Victoria Harbour and, at 35,000 sq. ft, will be six times bigger than the museum’s previous home, a colonial building in Stanley, a suburb of Hong Kong.
“The waterfront and maritime trade is where Hong Kong started; without shipping, the British would never have chosen to stay in Hong Kong,” says Anthony Hardy, the museum’s chairman, who led its expansion and move to Pier Eight in the Central district, next to the building from which the Star Ferry runs to Kowloon’s Tsim Sha Tsui shopping district.
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(Image: Viceroy Bailing tackles pirates in this section of the museum’s 18m scroll; Courtesy The Art Newspaper)