Portait of Hou Hanru

Hou Hanru, Faculty at Large, is currently the artistic director of MAXXI, the national museum of 21st-century art in Rome. He served as director of exhibitions and public programs and as the chair of Exhibition and Museum Studies at the San Francisco Art Institute from 2006-2012. He has curated many exhibitions, including Cities On The Move (1997–2000); Shanghai Biennale (2000); Gwangju Biennale (2002); Venice Biennale (French Pavilion, 1999; Chinese Pavilion, 2007); Nuit Blanche (2004, Paris); the 2nd Guangzhou Triennial (2005); the 2nd Tirana Biennial (2005); the 10th Istanbul Biennial (2007); The Spectacle of the Everyday, The 10th Lyon Biennale (2009); and the 5th Auckland Triennial (2013). He has been consultant and advisor at many international institutions, including the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), Kumamoto Museum of Contemporary Art (Kumamoto, Japan), De Appel Foundation (Amsterdam), Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai), Times Museum of Contemporary Art (Guangzhou), Today Art Museum (Beijing), Deutsche Bank Collection (Frankfurt), Kadist Art Foundation (San Francisco/Paris), Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong), and served in juries of many international awards including the Hugo Boss Prize (Guggenheim Museum), Chinese Contemporary Art Award (Beijing), (Helsinki), Credit Suisse/Today Art Award, (Today Art Museum, Beijing).