The Artling sits down with Michael Xufu Huang, the 22-year-old co-founder of the private museum M WOODS in Beijing, a collector of international contemporary art and a member of the New Museum's International Leadership Council, to find out more about his collecting habits and his thoughts on the art scene in China.
The first unique art piece I bought was a Chinese painter called Bodu Yang. Her work depicts scenes in art museums. The subject matter and how it looks visually really resonated with me.
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I officially became the Co-Founder half a year after its original opening but the conversation started at the beginning. I have been great friends with Wanwan Lei and Lin Han for a long time and we share a lot of thoughts on art and collecting. We are very complementary and I joined to enable the collection to be more rounded and the museum to be more international-facing.
Of course everyone’s taste and aesthetics vary but I think the three of us work cohesively on the art and exhibition programming. Personally, I explore post-internet art more than the other founders but they always have an open mind about my propositions.
Yes. China is transitioning and developing quickly. Creative industry is important to that and I think both the government and the public realize that. We have already received support from many patrons and it’s growing.
I meant that the contemporary art scene is still young. I think it will grow naturally as more people are exposed to it and at M WOODS we are doing our best to present the most exciting art to the Chinese public.
Personally I think Beijing is stronger on the creative side as more artists like to have their studios in Beijing, and there is more active discussion. Shanghai is more commercial because of the art fairs there. I don’t think there is a rivalry – we are growing together.
Any views or opinions in the interview are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors.
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