U.K. Artist Vows to Promote Chinese Art Internationally
   2014-05-01 14:05:57    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Xu Fei

Chris Wainwright speaks at a ceremony in Beijing during which he signed a contract to become an advisor to Today Art Museum, China's first private, non-profit museum on Tuesday afternoon, April 29, 2014. [Photo: globaltimes.cn]

Anchor: Chris Wainwright, an active British professional artist and curator working in photography and video, has recently vowed to help promote the work of contemporary Chinese artists after becoming part of the council for the Today Art Museum in Beijing.

CRI's Xu Fei has more.

 

Reporter: Chris Wainwright is now vice chancellor of The University of the Arts London and head of the Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon Colleges of Art.

He has recently signed a contract with Today Art Museum in Beijing to become an advisor for China's first private, non-profit museum. Wainwright expects his involvement will facilitate exchanges between foreign galleries and the Today Art Museum.

"It is more often a particular project will be developed between two institutions. So I think if Today Art Museum is thinking about a particular kind of exhibition, then it's possible to talk to the Tate Gallery or other institutions to see if they are interested in the same kind of exhibitions and some cooperation can exist. That's the best way to work."

The U.K.-based artist just finished his contract as a council member with Tate Gallery. Wainwright says he visits China four or five times per year and plans to advise the museum in four areas: the role of the museum, finding an audience, financing and internationalization.

Chris Wainwright believes that Chinese museums need to make improvements so that they may better promote Chinese art and culture.

"I think outside of Asia, there are growing numbers of museums in Europe and North America which are exhibiting works of leading Chinese contemporary artists. And I think having a museum like Today Art Museum is very important in promoting the work of Chinese artists, not just in China but also internationally. My ambition will be that the museum is part of international network or can promote Chinese art around the world."

Meanwhile, curator of the Today Art museum, Gao Peng, believes the British artist will guide the museum on the way to internationalization, both in terms of management and operation.

The Today Art museum was founded in 2002.

For CRI, I'm Xu Fei.
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