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Michael Xufu Huang Departs M Woods, Plans to Open X Museum in Beijing

Collector Michael Xufu Huang has resigned from his position at M Woods, the private contemporary art museum housed in Beijing’s 798 Art District that Huang and collectors Lin Han and Wanwan Lei founded in 2014. He plans to open a new institution, X Museum, with work from his own collection—including pieces by Amalia Ulman, Nicolas Party, Julie Curtiss, Alex Gardner, and James Turrell—in the Chinese capital in March of 2020, coinciding with Beijing Gallery Weekend.

The new museum’s collection currently comprises about three hundred works, and Huang said its programming will be inflected by his experience as a board member of New York’s New Museum. He also wants the institution to “be very multidisciplinary, showing not only artists, but also architects, scientists, engineers, and musicians.”

Huang told Artsy that the decision to open his own space came in part from seeing M Woods become one of the country’s most established museums, and from a desire to have more creative control. “As a millennial, I want to create a space that is focused on youth culture and new talents, as well as cultivating the new generation of Chinese people on making art a part of their lives.”