M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship Grant

Brutalism and its Cultural Implications in Hong Kong: Late modernism or the beginning of a new tradition?

Oliver Elser / M+, West Kowloon Cultural District

M+ and Design Trust are pleased to announce that Oliver Elser and Yasmin Tri Aryani are the recipients of the M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship 2019. Elser will investigate Brutalist architecture in Hong Kong, and Aryani will study the appropriation of traditional architecture in Indonesia. These topics are in dialogue with the curatorial interests and activities of M+.

Now in its fifth year, the M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship has expanded into two separate fellowships to address a broader geographic context. One fellowship supports a project focused on Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta region, and another supports a project related to other parts of Asia through a transnational lens.

About Oliver Elser
Oliver Elser holds a degree in architecture from Berlin Technical University. He is now a curator at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), Frankfurt am Main, focusing on topics such as Postmodernity, architecture models in the 20th century and Brutalism. In 2016, he served as a curator for the German Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale. He also co-founded the Center for Critical Studies in Architecture, a new research cluster of the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, the Technische Universität Darmstadt and the DAM. As an architecture critic, he writes extensively for newspapers and magazines alike

Tao Ho: Special Room Block, St.Stephen’s College, Hong Kong, 1980 - Photo courtesy Joint Publishing, circa 1989


About the Partnering Institution
A cornerstone of the ambitious West Kowloon Cultural District, M+ is Hong Kong's new museum for visual culture, encompassing twentieth and twenty-first century art, design and architecture, and moving image from Hong Kong, China, Asia, and beyond. From its vantage point in one of the world's most dynamic regions, M+ will document the past, inform the present, and contribute to the future of visual culture within an ever more interconnected global landscape. The museum will take a multidisciplinary approach that both challenges and respects existing boundaries, while creating a meeting point for a diversity of perspectives, narratives, and audiences.