In this new series, we invite artists, creators and practitioners to share with us what they’re looking forward to in the coming season. For this issue, we learn WHAT’S NEXT for Chinese collector and museum founder Michael Xufu Huang.
This year, I look forward to an upcoming New Museum study trip to Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm—I’m so unfamiliar yet so excited with the Scandinavian art scene. I am also super excited that I will be speaking at Harvard China Forum!
Exhibitions I cannot wait to visit include: “Performing for the Camera” at Tate Modern, a comprehensive show of art photography for which I loaned one of my Amalia Ulman pieces; the first New York solo show of Italian artist Dario Guccio, who practices a contemporary approach to Spatialism, to be held at Room East; Jack McConville, one of my absolute favorite contemporary painters, showing at Modern Institute in Glasgow; Cao Fei at MoMa PS1, an important moment for Chinese contemporary art; Sean Kelly’s upcoming presentation of Ilse D’Hollander, an undiscovered talent from Belgium who committed suicide at the age of 29; and Sarah Meyohas at 303 Gallery, a super talented recent graduate from Yale MFA and one of my best friends. In terms of the art scene in China, I think the younger artists are really great and building an international presence. The ones I follow closely are Bodu Yang, Yu Honglei, Song Ta, Liu Han-Chiu and Firenze Lai.
At M WOODS, our spring exhibition “All Means Are Sacred,” opening in March, will experiment with the spirituality and timelessness in art by bringing together the contemporary and the ancient. I also worked with my good friend Eric Shiner, the director of the Andy Warhol Museum, to bring Warhol’s first major solo exhibition in China to M WOODS later this year, and we are working on the revitalization of our current location and the possibility of opening a new space in the business district of Beijing.
Finally, I’m spearheading an art prize with KALEIDOSCOPE that will promote young international artists and put Beijing as an important dot on the art map.
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Michael Xufu Huang (Chinese, b. 1994) is a leading new-generation collector of international contemporary art and a co-founder of M WOODS museum in Beijing. He currently lives in Beijing and New York, where he is the youngest member of the New Museum's International Leadership Council.
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