Guggenheim Announces Major Initiative to Advance Contemporary Chinese Art

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Guggenheim Announces Major Initiative to Advance Contemporary Chinese Art

Yesterday, Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, and Ted Lipman, Chief Executive Officer of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, announced the inauguration of an initiative to advance the achievements of and expand the discourse on contemporary Chinese art. Made possible by a major grant to the Guggenheim from The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, which focuses much of its philanthropy on Chinese and Buddhist visual art and culture, the new initiative will allow for the commissioning of artworks by artists who were born in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Macao.

Over the course of the initiative, the Guggenheim will commission major works from at least three artists or group of artists that will enter the Guggenheim’s permanent collection as The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collection. The commissions will be exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in three exhibitions from 2014 through 2017, and a rich offering of publications, lectures, education programs, and public interactions with the artists will be developed for each.

The initiative will also see the creation of a curatorial position at the Guggenheim for a Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Curator of Chinese Art. The work of Dr. J. Thomas Berghuis, who has been selected for this position, will be central to the initiative. An eminent scholar of Chinese and Southeast Asian art, Dr. Berghuis serves at the University of Sydney as a Lecturer in Asian Art History and Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Asian Art and Archeology; he also serves as a committee member of the university’s China Studies Centre, and as a member of its Sydney Southeast Asian Studies Centre. Working in consultation with Alexandra Munroe, the Guggenheim’s Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art, and with other members of the Guggenheim’s curatorial team, Dr. Berghuis will identify artists for commissioned projects and develop exhibitions and related programs. Conceived to support the Guggenheim’s existing Asian Art Initiative, led by Munroe, the initiative aims to enlarge the institution’s related global arts initiatives.

For more information on the initiative and The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, read the media release.

From left to right: Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation; Jean Miao, Operations Director, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation; Ted Lipman, CEO and President, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation; Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation; Thomas J. Berghuis, future Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Curator of Chinese Art; Cai Guo-Qiang. Photo: Kris McKay © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation