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Philip Tinari: "We're in a Golden Age for Museums in China."

Published on , by Pierre Naquin and Carine Claude

Publisher, critic and museum director all at once, this American forty-something is above all a leading specialist in contemporary Chinese art and a harbinger of its international recognition.

Philip TinariCourtesy UCCA Philip Tinari:

Philip Tinari
Courtesy UCCA

Originally from Philadelphia, Philip Tinari (born in 1979) graduated from Duke and Harvard and soon garnered a PhD in Art History from Oxford. He moved to Beijing in 2001, at a time when "the art scene was still very informal, with a mere handful of galleries and very few exhibitions." He set up a series of exhibition projects, then, in 2009, gave expression to his passion for writing through a major editorial concept, when he founded Leap, a bilingual art review with international circulation (published by the Modern Media Group). This was a bold move in China as a country where "information mainly circulates peer-to-peer and there's still a very limited number of specialist publications." Another landmark in his career was starting up the Chinese edition of Artforum magazine. In 2011, he took over the reins of the UCCA Centre for Contemporary Art, one of the country's most prominent private museums, founded by Belgian collectors…
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