Today the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University (Broad MSU) announced that its Beijing-based adjunct curator Dr. Wang Chunchen will curate the Chinese pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale. His exhibition theme is “Transfiguration,” was selected by a committee assembled by China’s Ministry of Culture, and will include works by seven Chinese artists: He Yunchang, Hu Yaolin, Miao Xiaochun, Shu Yong, Tong Hongsheng, Wang Qingsong, and Zhang Xiaotao.
Chunchen’s exhibition will mark China’s fifth presentation at the Venice Biennale. It will also overlap with his first curatorial effort at the Broad MSU, “Re-China: As a Cultural Concept,” which opens in East Lansing on October 4 and marks the beginning of the museum’s five-year exhibition series “The History of Mind in Contemporary Chinese Art.” In addition to his duties in Michigan, Chunchen serves as the head of the curatorial research department of the CAFA Art Museum at Beijing’s China Central Academy of Fine Arts.
“Chunchen is one of the most important curators and scholars of contemporary Chinese art, exemplified by his selection to curate the Chinese Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale,” the Broad MSU’s founding director Michael Rush said in a statement. “We are fortunate to have him on our curatorial team – the exhibitions he is planning will provide Michigan State University and our community with the opportunity to explore the latest developments in contemporary Chinese art and further understand this rapidly changing culture.”
“Transfiguration” will focus on motifs of transformation, remaking, and liminality as they apply to distinctions between artistic production and daily life, and the processes by which everyday activity can become artistic practice and performance art.
The Venice Biennale runs June 1-November 24. “Re-China: As a Cultural Concept” opens on October 4.
— Benjamin Sutton
(Photo courtesy Broad MSU.)