Hu Xin: The Special Consultant of Beijing Art Summit
Hu Xin is the Special Consultant of Beijing Art Summit. She has experience in both curation and art management and is devoted to cultural exchange between China and abroad. In 2014, she launched the project 50 Years 50 Persons in honor of the China-France 50th anniversary, to discover the core Sino-Franco narratives within the fields of art, science, architecture, and literature. In 2015 she launched the Sino-French Culture Forum, aiming to build a high-quality platform for the promotion of art, education, fashion, design, and lifestyle. Since 2016 she has functioned as the general secretary for Forum China-France. Hu Xin participated in the founding of the International Ceramics Award, Blanche de China and its artist-in-residency programme in 2015, as a means of promoting understanding between international artists and traditional ceramics craftsmen with regards to Chinese culture, history, and contemporary Chinese society. In addition, she is the co-founder of the Brand Culture Salon together with the founder of Yishu 8, their goal is to propel public art education, develop social responsibility and sponsor projects with international brands.
Bénédicte Alliot: Director of the Cité internationale des arts
Bénédicte Alliot has been the director of the Cité internationale des arts since 2016. Her role, within this private foundation recognized as a public utility, is to manage a transdisciplinary, transnational and transgenerational platform that hosts more than 1200 artists per year. Since its creation in 1965, the Cité internationale des arts has been hosting artists from all over the world in residence on two complementary sites: Montmartre and Le Marais districts in Paris. Formerly, Bénédicte was the director of the Institut français (French Institute) in South Africa, Cultural Attaché at the French Embassy in India and then head of the ‘Saisons culturelles’ division at the Institut français in Paris.
Chen Dongsheng: Chairman and CEO of Taikang Insurance Group
Mr. Chen Dongsheng, founder of China Guardian Auctions and Taikang Life Insurance, currently serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Taikang Insurance Group. He received his PhD in Economics from Wuhan University and is recognized as an Outstanding Alumnus by his alma mater and also serves as a doctoral supervisor. Mr. Chen is not only a predominant figure of the financial world in China but also an active advocate for corporate social responsibility, contributing to culture, art, education and public welfare. In 2003, he founded the Taikang Space (originally called ‘Taikang Top Space’), a non-profit art organization set up for the purpose of exhibitions, publications, academic studies in art, and the promotion of experimental art production from emerging artists. In 2011, he donated 100 million Yuan to his alma mater, Wuhan University, to build The Wanlin Art Museum in an effort to propel art education. In addition he donated 30 million Yuan worth of art pieces function as the permanent collection of the museum. Again in September 2012, he was given the ‘21st Anniversary Montblanc de la Culture Art Patronage Award’. By the end of 2018, the amount of donations in the form of public welfare undertakings by the Taikang Insurance Group and Chen Dongsheng had reached a total of 480 million Yuan.
Dominique de Villepin: Former Prime Minister of France
Mr. Dominique de Villepin is a well-known French diplomat, statesman, and writer. He is the Distinguished Professor at CEIBS, the Chairman of the CEIBS International Advisory Board (IAB), and the former Prime Minister of France. In 2002, de Villepin was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, and in 2003 he managed the Iraq crisis on behalf of France and upheld the French position against war at the United Nations. He became Minister of the Interior in 2004 and then served as Prime Minister from 2005 to 2007. During this period he committed himself to boost employment and reforming the labour market, reducing deficits and public debts, as well as stimulating growth and innovative policies through the creation of competitive clusters throughout France. Prof. de Villepin is also known for writing books and essays covering subjects such as history, diplomacy, international relations and poetry.
Emmanuel Tibloux: Director of the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
Emmanuel Tibloux is the former director of the École régionale des beaux-arts de Valence, the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, and Andéa (national association of art schools). Since 2018, he was appointed director of the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. He is also a well-known curator and publisher. He has curated many important exhibitions and biennales, including Rendez-vous, Jeune création (Biennale de Lyon, 2013, 2015, 2017), and Catalogue (Museum of Modern Art, Saint-Etienne, 2011). In 2013, he established the art journal Initiales at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, and in fall 2019 he is going to launch new book series titled Icones in collaboration with the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.
Wang Yanling: CEO of SevenStar Group, Founder of 798 Art Zone
Wang Yanling is the CEO of Beijing SevenStar Science & Technology Co., Ltd. (SevenStar Group), the chairman of Beijing 798 Creative Culture Industry Investment Co., Ltd, as well as the founder of 798 Art Zone. Since the year 2000, he has directed and propelled the renovation of abandoned old factories in the 798 district by transforming them into a cultural zone. In 2010, he successfully listed the Beijing Sevenstar Electronics on the stock market, creating a sustainable ecology for contemporary art institutions. He also made the strategic decision to allow for international art and cultural organizations such as UCCA, the Faurschou Foundation, and the Pace Gallery to become a part of 798, further enhancing the art zone’s influence within the global arena. Now that 798 has become a cultural icon of Beijing, its development has aided in the citiy’s urban regeneration. 798 attracts more and more global visitors every year, with more than 8 million visitors in 2018, it continues to play a vital role in the cultural exchange between China and the world.
Mark Rappolt: Editor-in-Chief of ArtReview, Founder of ArtReview Asia
Mark Rappolt is the editor-in-chief of ArtReview and ArtReview Asia, the latter of which he founded in 2013. He has written books on the architects Greg Lynn and Frank Gehry. His writing has appeared in a number of journals, magazines and newspapers, and included in catalogues on the artists Yuko Mohri, Ádám Albert and John Kørner. In 2017, He co-curated (with Tom Eccles and Liam Gillick) Like a Moth to a Flame, a two-part exhibition spanning 4000 years of artistic production, at the Officine Grandi Riparazioni and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, both in Turin.
Lu Jie: Founder of Long March Space, Beijing
Lu Jie is the initiator and leader of the Long March Project. In 2002, Lu Jie founded Long March Space in Beijing’s 798 Art District. The space integrates exhibitions, the art market, the commission and collection of works, independent projects, residencies, academic research, conferences and lectures, publishing, and management consultation. It is a hub for communication and cooperation between the international and local art communities. It manifests itself as a complex, multi-faceted platform, open-ended ongoing art project, and an international arts organization based in Beijing. Lu Jie frequently attends international academic conferences and lectures at art colleges, galleries and institutions around the world. He participated in the founding of the China Academy of Art’s Masters Program in Contemporary Art and Curatorial Studies, the first such program in China, and was also invited to serve as a visiting professor. Lu Jie was born in Fujian, obtained his BFA from the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou (1988), and his MA in Creative Curating from Goldsmiths College, University of London (1999).
Liu Gang: Chinese Collector and Lawyer
Liu Gang is one of the leading lawyers within the Asian market and in 2010 he received the Legal Profession Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chambers and Partners. He began collecting oil paintings in 1993 and was one of the first collectors in the mainland to take part in the collection of Chinese contemporary art. With his unique taste and 26 years of experience, Mr. Liu has assembled a collection of artworks which span from the contemporary era all the way back to the 18th century. Mr. Liu is also a map collector and researcher of cartographic history. He published a non-fiction study in the Chinese cartography historiography. Particularly, in January 2006 The Economist published an article China Beat Columbus to It, Perhaps in which an old map collected by Mr. Liu was considered as evidence to prove that American continents were discovered by other navigators rather than Columbus. Upon The Economist publishing the article, the news about the old map made headlines around the world and reignited the controversy about who actually discovered the New World.
Mario Cristiani: Co-founders of Galleria Continua
Mario Cristiani was born in Calitri (AV) in 1964. He studied Political Science at the University of Florence. In 1990, together with his friends Maurizio Rigillo and Lorenzo Fiaschi, he founded Galleria Continua and Associazione Arte Continua. Occupying a former cinema, Galleria Continua established itself and thrived in an entirely unexpeced location, away from the big cities and the ultramodern urban centres, in a town — San Gimignano — steeped in history, timeless, magnificent. In 2005 Galleria Continua opened a new exhibition space in 798 Art Zone in Beijing, China and in 2007 Continua inaugurated ‘Le Mouli’, a new site specifically for contemporary creation in the Parisian countryside. In 2015, Galleria Continua established Arte CONTINUA Habana. Cristiani is also the President of Associazione Arte Continua, a not-for-profit association.
Colin Siyuan Chinnery: The Artistic Director of Beijing Art Summit
Colin Siyuan Chinnery is the Artistic Director of Beijing Art Summit. He is a curator, critic, and artist based in Beijing, as well as the founder of Sound Museum and contributing editor for frieze Magazine. He was born in the UK and has lived in Beijing since the 1990s. Chinnery has extensive experience in curatorial practice and art management. He was the Director of ShContemporary Art Fair in Shanghai (2009 – 2010), and before that, Chinnery was Chief Curator / Deputy Director at UCCA (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art) in Beijing (2006 – 2008), and the Arts Manager for the British Council in Beijing (2003 – 2006). He has curated many projects in experimental theatre, live art, sound art, and visual arts, including Aftershock: Contemporary British Art 1990 – 2006 (2007, Guangdong Museum of Art and the Capital Museum in Beijing) and one of the most influential sound art projects Sound and the City (2005 – 2006).
Lin Han: Chinese Collector, Co-founder of M WOODS Museum, Beijing
Lin Han is a Chinese contemporary art collector who together with his wife Lei Wanying founded the M WOODS art museum in the Beijing 798 Art Zone in 2014. Dedicated to supporting growth of young Chinese contemporary artists he has initiated a series of public art education programs to propel the development of contemporary art in China and provide access to a broader audience. In 2015, Lin joined the Dia Art Foundation’s Art Council. Recently, he has organized and participated in various events, including the M MEASURES FORUM Virtual reality – Paul Mccarthy’s Video Art Experiment (2018), the exhibition of Overseas Kizil Grottoes Murals & Recovered Cave Images, as well as taking part in the academic seminar Research of the Kizil Grottoes and the Silk Road. Lin Han participated in the film production and interviews on Kizil themed exhibition of the Chinese News Station CCTV 4’s Monks and Artists. He also organize the artist talk program Liu Wei and Tuymans: A Dialogue on Paintings at CAFA Art Museum (2018).
Tang Xin: Director of Taikang Space, Beijing
Tang Xin graduated from the Tianjin Technology University in 1990. As an active curator in Beijing since 1997, Tang Xin has curated a series of contemporary art exhibitions locally as well as establishing different forms of artistic exchange with Europe. In 2003, she joined Taikang Life Insurance Ltd, where she founded and served as the director of Taikang Space until present, an art institution known as one of the most vital non-profit art organizations in China. At the same time, as the head of Art Collection of the Taikang Insurance Group, she has made it into a leading corporation collection in the field in terms of scale and historical importance for over a decade. Tang Xin continues to focus on the development and promotion of modern and contemporary Chinese art. She has developed a unique systematic research approach by association of the socialist red revolutionary period art with contemporary art; her contribution in the history of photography, feminist art and the discovery and support for young artists is also significant.
Gregor Muir: Director of Collection of International Art, Tate Modern, London
Gregor Muir is presently the Director of Collection, International Art at Tate Modern. From 2011 – October 2016, Muir was Executive Director of the ICA, London, where he oversaw its exhibition programme. He also coordinated ICA Off-Site exhibitions in Birmingham, London and Hong Kong. Muir has frequently chaired panel discussion and talks with artists, including Lynda Benglis, Tracey Emin and Gilbert & George, as well as working on Frieze Talks in London. From 2004 – 2011, Gregor was the London Director of Hauser & Wirth, organising exhibitions in London, Zurich and New York with artists including Louise Bourgeois, Francis Picabia and Wilhelm Sasnal. Muir previously worked as the Kramlich Curator of Contemporary Art at Tate where he co-curated the first moving image exhibition Time Zones at Tate Modern, and In-a-Gadda-da-Vida with Angus Fairhurst, Damien Hirst and Sarah Lucas at Tate Britain, both in 2004. He also worked on contemporary art acquisitions for Tate Collections, and curated several displays of contemporary art from the Tate collection.