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Shen Qibin is former Director of the Zendai Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai, which he joined in 2005, and founder of the Zendai Art-S Supermarket, which aimed to support 10,000 young Chinese artists by providing an open platform where their work could be displayed and sold. In 2007, Shen co-curated Soft Power: Asian Attitude, in which the works of thirty artists with Asian backgrounds toured Poland, Germany and China, Participant Chinese artists included Jin Feng, Qiu Zhijie, Song Dong and Wu Gaozhong. While at Zendai, Shen also curated Intrude: Art & Life 366 Project, which comprised 366 art events every day throughout 2008, in locations all across Shanghai. From 2003-2006 he was Curator at the Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, and prior to that Artistic Director of the Nanjing Arts Center in 2002, a non-profit art space. He is based in Shanghai.