Prof. Hou Hanru

Rudolf Wittkower Fellow

Main Focus

  • Cases of artistic interventions in contemporary Western and non-Western urban spaces

Research Project

Interventions in Public Spaces: Contemporary Art, Institution and the City

Publications (Selection)

  • (ed. with Elena Motisi), Una storia per il Futuro/A Story for the Future. Dieci anni di MAXXI/MAXXI’s first decade MAXXI, Macerata 2021.
  • Hou Hanru (exhibition catalogue Melbourne)ed. Natalie King and Victoria Lynn, Melbourne 2014.
  • "Curatorial Challenges. Correspondences between Hou Hanru and Hans-Ulrich Obrist"Art-It Magazine, Japan, 2006-2011, Chinese version, Beijing 2013.
  • On The Mid-Ground, selected texts of Hou Hanru edited by Yu Hsiao-Hwei, Hong Kong 2002.

Curriculum Vitae

Hou Hanru is an art critic, writer and curator based in Paris and Rome. Director of Exhibitions and Public Program, Chair of Exhibition and Museum Studies, San Francisco Art Institute (2006–2012), Artistic Director of MAXXI (National Museum for 21st Century Art and National Museum of Architecture), Rome (2013–2022).
He has curated and co-curated over 150 exhibitions for last three decades across the world including: China/Avant-Garde, Beijing, 1989; Parisien(ne)s, Camden Art Centre, London, 1997; Cities On The Move, 1997–2000, Biennales and Triennials in Johannesburg, Venice, Shanghai, Busan, Gwangju, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Tirana, Istanbul, Lyon, Auckland, exhibition programs in San Francisco Art Institute (2006–2012) and MAXXI, Rome (2013–2022).
He is an advisor for numerous cultural institutions including Times Art Museum, Guangzhou, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, The Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York, etc. He has lectured in numerous institutions and has been visiting professor at Rijksakademie van Beeldense Kunsten, Amsterdam (1995–2005), Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (2018–), School of Visual Arts New York (2015–) while serving in numerous international art awards juries. He published several books (ref. Publication list) while more than 500 essays have been published in various exhibition catalogues, books, magazines and online media. He is a chavelier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres, France.

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