The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, East Lansing, has hired Wang Chunchen, a renowned Beijing-based critic and curator, as its adjunct curator in March, as reported by Brian Boucher in Art in America. The museum is due to open Nov. 9 in a building designed by Zaha Hadid. Wang Chunchen will work with Michael Rush, founding Direcor of The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, to develop an ambitious program of exhibitions and events exploring contemporary art from China and the Far East.
Wang Chunchen, Associate Professor, Ph.D of Art History and art critic, now works as deputy head of the Department of Curatorial Research of the art museum at China’s Central Academy of Fine Arts( Abbr. CAFAM), Beijing. He has published widely on Chinese contemporary art and artists and has earned numerous awards for his art criticism. In 2009, he won the Chinese Contemporary Art Award to support the development of “Art Intervenes in Society—A New Artistic Relationship,” which examines works of art inserted into everyday social situations in order to question political and artistic norms. Chunchen has organized numerous international exhibitions including “CAFAM Future Exhibition 2012”, “CAFAM Biennale 2011: Super-Organism” (Beijing, September 2011), “Infinity” (Galerie Iris Schuhmacher, Berlin, June 2009), and “Mixed Maze” (Red Mansion Foundation, London, November 2008). In recent years, he has contributed to ArtForum in Chinese, Art Research Journal, Art Observation, Contemporary Art, Contemporary Artist, Oriental Art, Art Criticism, Art Time, etc.
Although Wang is not the first Chinese curator entrusted with an important post at a US art institutions, Brian Boucher points out that unlike Hou Hanru, former director of exhibitions and chair of museum studies at the San Francisco Art Institute or Wu Hung, Director of Center for the Art of East Asia at the University of Chicago and Consulting Curator, Smart Museum of Art — have been based in the US for their appointments. Beijing-based Wang Chunchen will remain in China, which makes his curatorship remarkable.