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VICTOR WANG 王宗孚

CURATOR





          Victor Wang 王宗孚 is currently Artistic Director and Chief Curator of M WOODS Museum in Beijing: M WOODS 798 and M WOODS Hutong.

With cultural exchange emerging as a common thread in his work, Wang has curated collaborative exhibitions with institutions such as Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Tate Modern, London, Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin, and the first collaborative exhibition between the British Museum (U.K.) and a non-state-run art museum in China.

         Named one of Apollo International Art Magazine’s “40 under 40: Europe, Thinkers” (2018), Wang’s recent exhibitions include the first museum surveys in China, and often Asia, of artists such as: Martin Margiela (2022) (co-curated with Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel); Bruce Nauman (2022); Man Ray (2021) (co-curated with Marion Meyer)
; Ryuichi Sakamoto (2021) (co-curated with
Sachiko Namba and Zhang Youdai); Giorgio Morandi (2020); and Richard Tuttle(2019), all at M WOODS Museum, Beijing.

With a particular interest in performance art, Wang was previously curator of Frieze LIVE at Frieze Art Fair, London (2020) edition, editor of the publication Performance Histories from East Asia 1960s–90s (DRAF 2018), and founder of the Institute of Asian Performance Art (IAPA).

He also curated Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu (2019) at Lisson Gallery, London, which exhibited for the first time in London the work of key Chinese female artists such as Yu Hong, Lin Tianmao and Xiang Jing, and was a co-curator of the exhibition Micro Era. Time-based Media-Art from China (2019), alongside curator Anna-Catharina Gebbers, co-curator Yang Beichen and curatorial advisor, Pi Li, a special exhibition for the Nationalgalerie Berlin – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, which featured works by artists such as Cao Fei and Zhang Peili.

Highlighting connections and exchange between Asia(s) and the West, Wang has curated the first solo presentation of video works in China by British-born Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare CBE RA (2020), at M WOODS, Beijing; and the first solo museum exhibitions in Asia of artists such as Salman Toor (2022) and Austin Lee (2022) at M WOODS (2022); and the first solo exhibitions in China of British artists Haroon Mirza at the Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing (2019) and  Michael Dean at ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai (2018); Estonian artist Katja Novitskova at Cc Foundation, Shanghai (2017); Brazilian artist Jac Leirner at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Pavilion, Shanghai (2016); and French-Algerian artist Neïl Beloufa at the chi K11 art museum, Shanghai (2016). Expanding concepts of Asia(s), Wang also curated the first UK presentation of Shanghai-based artist Xu Zhen’s XUZHEN Supermarket (2007/2017), and the group exhibition Zhongguo 2185 at Sadie Coles HQ, London (2017), which exhibited for the first time in London the work of Chinese artists such as Lu Yang, Yu Ji, Nabuqi, and Tianzhuo Chen. He curated the first U.K. performance by influential Korean artists Kim Ku Lim at the David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2018) and co-curated Lee Kun-Yong’s first U.K. performance at the Korean Cultural Centre UK, London (2017).




  [Photo by Mia Song 2021]
         In 2018 Wang collaborated with artist Oscar Murillo on his publication The Build-up of Content and Information, published by David Zwirner Books; and collaborated with artist Katja Novitskova on her first solo exhibition in the UK, at the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2018). Highlighting the importance of Indigenous practices, Wang curated the first institutional solo exhibition in Europe by artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun who is of Hul’q’umi’num’ Coast Salish and Okanagan (Syilx) First Nations descent, at the Canadian High Commission’s gallery in London (2017).

         In 2015, Wang was appointed by the K11 Art Foundation as a curator, with curator Jo-ey Tang (Palais de Tokyo), of the travelling exhibition Inside China - L’Intérieur du Géant (Shanghai Station), the first collaborative exhibition between the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and the K11 Art Foundation. In 2018 he curated the exhibition  The Same But Also Changed (物是人非 ) for  PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai , and assisted Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator and Associate Director (Vancouver Art Gallery), and the curatorial team for the Vancouver Pavilion: Brian Jungen at the 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012).

Wang has lectured on contemporary Chinese art and curating at a number of universities, including the Royal Academy Schools, London, Central Academy of Fine Art (CAFA), Beijing, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, Goldsmiths, University of London, the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, and the Royal College of Art, London. Wang was a guest curator for the Royal College of Art‘s Graduate Show (2020).

       In 2014 Wang began assisting the curatorial team of the Twelfth Havana Biennial (2015), under its Artistic Director and Curator Margarita González Lorente, and was co-curator of the exhibition Ensemble sin órganos (2016), with Cuban curator Blanca Victoria López, the first performance-based exhibition at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam (Wifredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art ), Havana, Cuba, which exhibited for the first time in Cuba the work of key artists such as Trisha Brown, VALIE EXPORT, and Yvonne Rainer.


        Wang has written for art periodicals such as Artforum International, Art Review, and Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art and has been a guest editor of LEAP 艺术界 magazine. In 2016 he was awarded the AICA Incentive Prize for Young Critics by the International Association of Art Critics (AICA).


 
         Wang has held research and curatorial residencies at Tokyo Arts and Space (TOKAS, 2017), Japan, and Contemporary Art Heritage Flanders (CAHF 2014-2015), Belgium; and attended the 7th Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course, South Korea (2016) and the ICI Curatorial Intensive Program, (2011), New York. Wang holds an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London. 

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王宗孚VICTOR WANG 个人介绍

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王宗孚是北京木木美术馆(木木美术馆798馆,木木美术馆钱粮胡同馆)艺术总监兼首席策展人。以文化交流为基础,他与巴黎东京宫、伦敦泰特现代美术馆、柏林国家博物馆等机构共同策划展览,并促成大英博物馆与中国非国营美术馆的首次展览合作。

2018年,王宗孚被英国《阿波罗国际艺术》杂志 (APOLLO - THE INTERNATIONAL ART MAGAZINE) 评为 “40位40岁以下杰出者” (Europe 40 under 40) 之一。他的近期作品包括多位艺术家在中国的首次研究型个展,如:马丁·马吉拉(2022 年)(与黎贝卡·拉马什维德尔共同策划);布鲁斯·瑙曼(2022 年); 曼·雷 (2021年)(与玛丽昂·梅耶共同策划);坂本龙一(2021年)(与难波祐子、张有待共同策划);乔治·莫兰迪(2020年);理查德·塔特尔(2019 年);均在北京木木美术馆。

王宗孚为《艺术论坛》(Artforum)和《艺术评论》(Art Review)等艺术期刊撰稿,并于多所大学讲授中国当代艺术与策展,其中包括中央美术学院、东京艺术大学、英国考陶尔德艺术学院、伦敦大学金史密斯学院和皇家艺术学院等。

他亦于2020年的伦敦弗里兹艺术博览会上担任LIVE项目策展人。近年来,在中国,他策划了上海香格纳画廊英国艺术家迈克尔·迪恩(Michael Dean)的首个中国个展——《笑之类比》(2018);上海Cc基金会&艺术中心爱沙尼亚艺术家卡特娅·诺维兹科娃(Katja Novitskova)个展——《卡特娅·诺维兹科娃:洛基的城堡》(2017);上海当代艺术馆艺术亭台巴西艺术家雅克·雷纳(Jac Leirner)个展——《雅克·雷纳:手绘的边界》 (2016);以及上海chi K11艺术中心法国-阿尔及利亚艺术家尼尔·贝鲁法(Neïl Beloufa)个展——《尼尔·贝鲁法: Soft(a)ware》(2016)。2015年,K11艺术基金会邀请王宗孚作为策展人,同邓祖儿(Jo-eyTang)一起策划巡回展《中国内部-巨人之内》中的上海站,这是巴黎东京宫(Palais de Tokyo)与K11艺术基金会的第一次合作展出项目。 

拥有国际化工作经验的王宗孚,作为联合策展人 ,策划了一个在柏林国家博物馆-柏林国立博物馆和德中文化交流协会(GeKA e.V.)-展出的特别展览——《微纪元·中国媒体艺术 》。他创建了亚洲表演艺术学院(IAPA),作为第十一届大卫·罗伯茨艺术基金会策展人系列的一部分 ,该项目承办了韩国极具影响力的艺术家Kim Ku Lim在英国的第一次表演 。王宗孚也曾策展上海艺术家徐震的英国首展《徐震超市 》(2007/2017)、以及伦敦赛迪HQ画廊(Sadie Coles HQ)的群展《中国2185》。

他曾与艺术家奥斯卡·穆里略(Oscar Murillo)合作了由DavidZwirner Books出版的《内容和信息的积累‘TheBuild-up of Content and Information’》(2018) ;并且与艺术家卡特娅·诺维兹科娃合作,在伦敦白教堂美术馆(Whitechapel Gallery)举办了她在英国的首次个展《Invasion Curves》(2018) 。他也曾在加拿大驻英总领事馆为艺术家劳伦斯·保罗·尤克斯韦卢顿(LawrencePaul Yuxweluptun)策划其在欧洲的首次机构个展(尤克斯韦卢顿是Hul'q'umi'num Coast Salish和Okanagan (Syilx)原住民血统)。另外,王宗孚作为联合策展人在英国的韩国文化中心策划了《韩国前卫表演排练档案'Rehearsals from the Korean Avant-Garde Performance Archive’》(2017),韩国知名艺术家李健镛(LeeKun-Yong)在此次活动中成功完成了他在英国的第一次演出。

2018年,王宗孚在上海影像艺术博览会2018年『洞见』中策划了《物是人非‘The Same But Also Changed’》一展。 

2016年,王宗孚曾因《制裁空间的产生和古巴墙的倒塌:第12届哈瓦那双年展》一文获得由国际艺术评论家协会(AICA)颁发的AICA青年批评家奖励奖(Incentive Prize for Young Critics)。 



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