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Curatorial Intensive Beijing 2012

Aug 5 – 11, 2012

Beijing, China
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA)

Beijing, China

In collaboration with the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, ICI unveils the Curatorial Intensive The Museum of the Future?: Curating Institutions, the first Curatorial Intensive to be held in China.

This short-course training program uses curatorial thinking to respond to the changing needs of artists and the new art public. Since the “Experimental Institutionalism” that arose in Europe at the beginning of the new millennium, curators have increasingly taken on directorial roles to establish new precedents for programming institutions and challenging traditional exhibition formats. We are witnessing the development of an incredible range of institutions — from the smallest and most itinerant to vast exhibition halls — responding to the social and political contexts through which they arise.

The Curatorial Intensive at UCCA was organized in affiliation with the College of Humanities at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.


Miguel Amado

Miguel Amado is a curator, researcher, critic, and Director of Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland.

Ceren Erdem

Ceren Erdem is the Co-founder and Co-curator of Court Square Project Space in Long Island City, is also Co-founder and Co-editor of Interventions, a web-based journal and curatorial platform.

Özge Ersoy

Özge Ersoy is Public Programmes Lead at Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong.

Oko Goto

Oko Goto is an artist and curator currently based in Tokyo, Japan.

Amita Kirpalani

Amita Kirpalani, currently based in Melbourne, Australia, is presently the Assistant Curator and Communications Manager at Gertrude Contemporary.

Thierry Leviez

Since 2016, Thierry Leviez has been in charge of the exhibition program at Beaux-Arts Paris.

Kang Li

Li is currently enrolled in the Central Academy of Fine Arts Graduate program in Curatorial studies in the Department of Art Management.

Zhenzheng (Felix) Ma

Zhenzheng (Felix) Ma, currently based in Pudong, Shanghai, holds the position of Deputy Secretary General of Shanghai Himalayas Culture and Arts Foundation, and Executive Curator of Shanghai Zendai Art.

Lili (Veronica) Wang

Lili Wang (Veronica) is Chief Curator of Public Programmes, Guangdong Times Museum.

Anca Mihuleţ

Anca Mihuleţ has worked as an art critic and curator at the Contemporary Art Gallery of the National Brukenthal Museum in Sibiu since 2006.

Sabrina Moura

Sabrina Moura currently works as a Curator of Public Programs at Videobrasil, in São Paulo, Brazil.

Martha Soemantri

Martha Soemantri is Head of Visitation and Facilities at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (MACAN), Jakarta, Indonesia.

Ping Chiao (Paula) Tsai

Tsai, currently based in Beijing, currently holds the position of Curator at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art.

Jiang Yuehong

Jiang is currently enrolled in the Ph.D program of Visual Culture Studies at the Central Academy of Fine Arts.

Kate Fowle

Kate Fowle is Director of MoMA PS1 in New York.

Zdenka Badovinac

Zdenka Badovinac is a curator and art critic who has served as Director to the Moderna Galerija (Museum of Modern Art) in Ljubljana since 1993.

Rodrigo Moura

Rodrigo Moura is a curator, editor and art writer.

Zoe Butt

Zoe Butt is a curator, writer, and founder and director of in-tangible institute. She nurtures critical thinking and historically conscious artistic communities, fostering dialogue among cultures of the globalizing souths.



Mami Kataoka

Mami Kataoka has been the Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum (MAM) in Tokyo since 2003

Terry Smith

Terry Smith, FAHA, CIHA, is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh.

Doryun Chong

Doryun Chong is Chief Curator at M+ Hong Kong.

Wang Huangsheng

Wang Huangsheng is Director of the CAFA (Central Academy of Fine Arts) Art Museum in Beijing, where he teaches in the Institute of Chinese Painting, and is Editor-in-Chief of Art Museum Magazine, China.

Philip Tinari

Philip Tinari is director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, China’s leading independent museum of contemporary art.

Colin Chinnery

Colin Chinnery is an artist and curator based in Beijing.

Shen Qibin

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.

The Curatorial Intensive was made possible, in part, by grants from the Dedalus Foundation, the Hartfield Foundation, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and the Toby D. Lewis Philanthropic Fund; and by generous contributions from ICI's Board of Trustees, James Cohan, the ICI Gerrit Lansing Education Fund, and the supporters of ICI's Access Fund.