The Art Community in Hong Kong is refusing to postpone their exhibitions, with this being proven after it was announced that the Hong Kong Museum of Art would reopen on November 30th. This announcement comes after continuous escalating violence against communism in Hong Kong, which has been prevalent state-wide for six months. Unfortunately, there isn’t any end in sight for Hong Kong’s fight against democratic freedom. Subsequently, this could cause significant damage to fall under threat against the museum.
The Government-maintained museum closed their doors far before these protests began, with rebuilding efforts starting back in 2015. The Hong Kong Government spent more than $119 Million for the redesign, hoping that it would showcase the best qualities of their culture. It’s known that eleven exhibitions will be displayed on the opening day, showcasing the lineage and history of Hong Kong Art. There will also be additional exhibitions that showcase Chinese ink Paintings from the 20th Century.
However, there are significant concerns that extremist protestors will enact violence onto the new facility. This would be in retaliation to the government, who have claimed this new museum could be a beacon that brings the Hong Kong people back together. Needless to say, if Hong Kong citizens were to destroy this unique landmark, it would show the government that nothing can stop them from accomplishing their democratic freedom. It would also mean that $119 million the government spent would have been worthless, creating new waves of anger amongst political leaders.
The Violence Ensues
Hong Kong has had more than thirty significant protests in 2019. These protests began when the Hong Kong Government agreed to the Chinese Extradition Bill. This legislation would’ve allowed the Chinese government to deport anyone in Hong Kong that was deemed against the state. Considering that Hong Kong residents live by democratic, equal rights and have the freedom to speech, hundreds to thousands would’ve been considered criminals by Chinese officials. After the Extradition Bill was terminated, protests continue at Universities after police dissolved peaceful demonstrations. From all accounts, the Chinese and Hong Kong government don’t know how to handle the political rise of millennials. Change is coming, somewhat they approve or disapprove.
We will keep our readers up to date on what happens with the Hong Kong Museum of Art and if it’ll be vandalized in the coming weeks. For the love of art, we plead with protestors to leave this new landmark alone.