Hou Hanru, born 1963 in Guangzhou, China, is an international curator and critic based in Rome, Paris, and San Francisco. He is the artistic director of MAXXI in Rome, and Consulting Curator at the Guggenheim Museum, New York. Over the past two decades, Hou has curated and co-curated over 100 exhibitions around the world, including biennials and triennials in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Istanbul, Venice, Lyon, Auckland and Johannesburg. He is a founding member of the Guggenheim’s Asian Art Council, a curatorial think tank. His recent project with the Guggenheim, Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World (2017–18), co-curated with Alexandra Munroe and Philip Tirani, drew outrage from animal rights activists over works that incorporated footage of animals, as well as one work that used live reptiles and insects. After the museum received threats of violence, it removed the three controversial works from the show.
Rome, Italy, Paris, France and San Francisco, United States