The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City has announced the creation of a new initiative to advance the achievements of Chinese artists and broaden the conversation around contemporary Chinese art.
Launched with a $10 million grant from the Hong Kong-based Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation, the initiative will include the creation of a curatorial position at the Guggenheim and the commissioning of works by artists born in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao. Dr. Thomas J. Berghuis will serve as the inaugural Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Curator of Chinese Art.
The initiative will help support the museum's existing Asian Art Program, which is led by Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art, and whose team will consult with Berghuis to identify artists for commissioned projects and develop exhibitions and related programs. For each commission, the Guggenheim will conduct in-depth research to identify critical topics, significant talent, and trends in contemporary Chinese art and discourse.
"We created exceptional possibilities for the Guggenheim when we inaugurated the Asian Art Program in 2006, becoming the first U.S. museum of modern and contemporary art with dedicated curatorial expertise in Asian art," said Richard Armstrong, director of the Guggenheim Museum and Guggenheim Foundation. "We are proud to build on that and our related global arts programs by joining with such a distinguished organization, the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation, to expand long-term international awareness and appreciation of contemporary Chinese art and culture, beginning with direct commissions of artists themselves. For this, all of us at the Guggenheim are deeply grateful to the foundation."