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The first major retrospective of Ieoh Ming Pei (1917 - 2019)
I. M. Pei: Life Is Architecture

The Hong Kong museum M+, will debut "I. M. Pei: Life Is Architecture," the first full-scale retrospective of Chinese American architect Ieoh Ming Pei (1917–2019), widely known as I. M. Pei, one of the most influential architects of the 20th and 21st centuries.

This special exhibition will be held in the museum’s West Gallery from Saturday, 29 June 2024, to Sunday, 5 January 2025. M+, Asia’s global museum of contemporary visual culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong, will also present a series of public programs related to "I. M. Pei: Life Is Architecture" throughout the exhibition period, including guided tours, conversations, film screenings, and workshops.

On the exhibition's opening day, Saturday, 29 June 2024, M+ will host a free public talk at the Grand Stair featuring architect Li Chung (Sandi) Pei, founder of PEI Architects and third son of Eileen and Ieoh Ming Pei, along with Pei’s close collaborators Calvin Tsao and Aslihan Demirtas. Moderated by Shirley Surya, co-curator of the exhibition, the discussion will explore the relevance and impact of Pei’s values on life, architecture, and cities through the lens of key architectural projects, namely the Fragrant Hill Hotel (1979–1982) in Beijing, the Bank of China Tower (1982–1989) in Hong Kong, and the Museum of Islamic Art (2000–2008) in Doha.

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