Thomas J. Berghuis

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Curator of Chinese Art

Guggenheim curator since 2013

Dr. Thomas J. Berghuis is The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Curator of Chinese Art. He is also a visiting scholar at the Center for China in the World at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. An eminent scholar and researcher of contemporary Chinese art, contemporary Asian performance art, and contemporary Indonesian art, Dr. Berghuis previously served as a Lecturer in Asian Art History at the University of Sydney, Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Asian Art and Archeology, a committee member at China Studies Centre, and a member of the Sydney Southeast Asian Studies Centre.

In 2012 Dr. Berghuis worked as research team member for the Power Institute at the University of Sydney in Australia on a pilot study examining modern and contemporary art practices and historiographies in Southeast Asia, supported by a grant from the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles as part of their funding of research and research collaborations on Connecting Art Histories across the globe.

He is the author of Performance Art in China (2006), the first major art-historical study on performance art in China. His writings have been published in prominent journals and art magazines including Art Review UK, Art Asia Pacific, C-Arts: Asian Contemporary Art and Culture Magazine, Positions: East Asian Cultures Critique, The Journal of Visual Art Practice, and Third Text. Dr. Berghuis is also a member of the editorial team of the newly established Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art.

Dr. Berghuis has curated several exhibitions of contemporary Asian art, including most recently the international group exhibition Suspended Histories at Museum van Loon in Amsterdam (2013). He has held additional curatorial positions including Founding Cocurator for Edge of Elsewhere (2010–2012), Guest Curator for the third Israel Video Art Biennial in Tel Aviv (2006), Principal Cocurator for the first Dashanzi International Arts Festival at the 798 Art District in Beijing (2004), and Associate Curator for the sixth Sharjah International Biennale in the United Arab Emirates (2003). He received his BA and MA in Sinology from Leiden University in the Netherlands and his Ph.D. in Asian Art History from the University of Sydney.

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