M+ finally opens in Hong Kong—but is it censoring its displays?

Plus, the revamped Courtauld Gallery and Black American Portraits at Lacma in Los Angeles

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M+ in Hong Kong features 17,000 sq m of exhibition space across 33 galleries. Courtesy of M+

M+ in Hong Kong features 17,000 sq m of exhibition space across 33 galleries. Courtesy of M+

In Hong Kong, the long-awaited M+ Museum opens this week, amid accusations of censorship by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Ilaria Maria Sala joins us to tell us about her visit to the museum.

The Courtauld Gallery, one of London’s great collections, is re-opening after a three-year renovation, and we take a tour of the gallery with its director Ernst Vegelin van Claerbergen. He picks out some of the key works:

Robert Campin, The Entombment, known as  ‘The Seilern Triptych’ (around  1425) © The Courtauld

Sando Botticelli, The Holy Trinity with Saints Mary Magdalen and John the Baptist (around 1491-94) © The Courtauld. Photo © David Levene

Pair of marriage chests: The Nerli Chest by Biagio di Antonio, Jacopo del Sellaio and Zanobi di Domenico (1472) © The Courtauld

Peter Paul Rubens, The Family of Jan Brueghel the Elder (around 1613–15) © The Courtauld

Peter Paul Rubens, Landscape by Moonlight (1635–40) © The Courtauld

Joshua Reynolds, Cupid and Psyche (around 1789) © The Courtauld

The LVMH Great Room at The Courtauld Gallery Photo: © David Levene

Cecily Brown, Unmoored from her reflection (2021) in the revamped Courtauld Gallery © Cecily Brown. Courtesy the artist, Thomas Dane Gallery. Photo © David Levene.

And in this week’s Work of the Week, Christine Y Kim tells us about Samella Lewis’s Bag Man, a key work in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s exhibition Black American Portraits.

Samella Lewis, Bag Man (1996) © Samella Lewis, photo courtesy of Stella Jones Gallery and the artist

The Week in Art podcast byThe Art Newspaper is available every Friday on our website and all the usual places where you find podcasts. This podcast is sponsored by Christie's.

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