Professor Wang Chunchen is the Chief Curator and Head of the Department of Curatorial Research of the CAFA Art Museum at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China, as well as Adjunct Curator at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. In 2013, he was appointed as the Curator of the Chinese Pavilion at the 55th edition of the Venice Biennale. Wang is also a Deputy Principal Editorof the UK-based Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art and Editor-in-Chief of The Chinese Contemporary Art Series published by Springer-Verlag, Germany. Wanghas been invited to travel all over the world to participate in symposia andforums and to give lectures. In 2015, he was invited by Tate Research Center:Asia to be a Visiting Fellow.
Wang is known for his contributions to thearts via his own body of works, publications, and curatorial experiences. In2009, he was honored with the coveted Chinese Contemporary Art Awards – Critic Award, one of many awards he has received for his input in art criticism. This particular award led to the writing and publication of Wang’s book Art Intervenes in Society—A New Artistic Relationship.
Besides this exhibition, other notable shows that Wang has curatedor been involved in organizing include The 2nd CAFAM·Future Exhibition—Observer-Creator:The Reality Representation of Chinese Young Art, 2015, CAFA Art Museum,Beijing, China; Future Returns:Contemporary Art from China, 2014, Broad Art Museum at MSU, Michigan, USA; Transfiguration: The Presence of Chinese Artistic Methods in Venice, 2013, Chinese Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, Italy; Conceptual Renewal: A Brief History of Chinese Contemporary Photography, 2012, Si Shang Art Museum, Beijing, China; The First Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale,2012, OCT-LOFT, Shenzhen, China; The 1st CAFAM·Future Exhibition—Sub-Phenomena: A Report of the State of Chinese Young Art, 2012, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China; CAFAM Biennale: Super-Organism, 2011, CAFA Art Museum,Beijing, China; Mixed Maze, 2008, Red Mansion Foundation, London, UK; and Supernatural—China’s Photography in the New Century, 2008, Art Gate Gallery, New York, New York,USA.
Wang Chunchen has also greatly influenced Chinese contemporary art criticism with his translations of over ten books ofart history and theory, such as After the End of Art (Arthur C. Danto), The Abuse of Beauty (Arthur C. Danto),Art Since 1940 (Jonathan Fineberg), The Language of Art History, Theory in Contemporary Art Since 1985, etc. In 2013, Wang published his two volumes of essays, The Democracy of Art and The Politics of Images.