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Opening of Hong Kong’s M+ Museum Now Delayed until 2019

The opening date for M+ has been pushed back once again, to 2019, reports the South China Morning Post’s Vivienne Chow. The building housing the museum is now estimated to be completed in 2018, and the public opening, the following year, will now be taking place two years later than originally scheduled.

“It’s taking longer than originally planned. Taking everything we know into account, this is a realistic timetable,” said museum head Lars Nittve, who cited a delay in funding thanks to filibustering by lawmakers, as well as debates over the museum’s final design. He says it was his most difficult project ever, and, asked if he would remain in his job, said: “I make no promises. My intention is to remain. I have no plans to remain after the opening. When the museum opens, I will just stay a couple of months to hand it over to someone. I have no intention of running it.”

“In Hong Kong, you have to prove your case with everything you do because there are very few models of reference,” he added.