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Expanding Contemporary Chinese Art Program, Guggenheim Hires Two New Curators

To expand its Chinese contemporary art programming, the Guggenheim’s appointed two new curators, according to Julia Halperin in the Art Newspaper. Hou Hanru is being brought on as a consulting curator, and Xiaoyu Weng will serve as an associate curator of Chinese art. Hou’s the artistic director of MAXXI, the National Museum of the 21st Century Arts in Rome, while Weng is founding director of the Kadist Art Foundation’s Asia programs.

In upcoming months, the duo will commission new projects from artists based in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao. The work will be displayed in a thematic group show in November 2016, then go on to enter the museum’s collection.

That group show’s the second of three funded by the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, a Hong Kong-based foundation that also gave ten million in 2013 to establish a Chinese art initiative and endow a Chinese contemporary art curatorship.

“In 2006, the Guggenheim became the first modern art museum in the West to hire a senior curator of Asian art,” writes Halperin.