Jessica Zhang is appointed Director of Today Art Museum

2020-03-20

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Today Art Museum (Beijing), today announced that Jessica Zhang has been appointed the new director of the museum. Zhang succeeds Gao Peng, who will retire as its honorary director. 

 

As the first privately-owned Chinese contemporary art museum, founded in 2002 by Zhang Baoquan, a Chinese real estate mogul and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Today Art Museum (TAM), TAM has been a significant symbol in China’s art scene. Jessica Zhang was selected after an international search overseen by the Board. “Zhang’s international vision, passion and endeavors for art across cultures make her the right person to serve as our new director. She has done excellent work in promoting contemporary art in China and worldwide,” stated by Zhang Baoquan, “We look forward to having her to bring new vision to the museum.”

 

Prior to this position, Jess Zhang was the Publisher of artnet news China and Director of Asia of artnet. Over the past 8 years, she built the Asia team and oversaw artnet’s strategy, marketing initiatives and business development in the Asian markets. She launched artnet news China, sister newswire of artnet news in Mandarin, and initiated “artnet art awards”, art world’s first data-driven award. She also localized a series of successful products such as White-Label WeChat consulting services and WeChat Mini-Program. Zhang has actively participated in international and education forums such as Harvard China Forum as guest speaker and moderator. She is the New York Art Foundation’s (NYFA) Asian committee member and the Recharge Foundation’s (New York & Singapore) advisory committee member. She also serves on jury board for The Porsche Young Artist Award, Three Shadows 10th young photographer award, and the Power 100 art awards. Zhang is a guest lecturer at the Chinese Central Academy of Fine Art. A Beijing Native, Zhang studied economics and art history at Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, and received her management degree from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

 

The board expressed sincere gratitude to Gao for his contribution in the past 10 years, and awarded him the first ever “Outstanding Directorship of Today Art Museum”. The board stated: “Gao has made substantial contribution to the museum. We cannot appreciate more of Gao’s professionalism during his directorship. Gao joined the museum in 2011 and took positions as deputy director, executive director followed by the directorship and presidency of Antaeus Culture Group. His achievements were highly acclaimed. The board respects Gao’s personal choice to retire and wishes him the best luck in his life and career development in future.”

 

Gao expressed: “During the past 10 years, I'm absolutely honored and proud of having this opportunity to work at the museum with this fantastic team. Year 2020 marks the 10th year of my directorship, which is perfect timing for pausing and reflecting before moving on to explore new opportunities in life. I am very grateful to the support offered by the board of trustees, as long as all the sponsors, collaborators, artists, and all my colleagues for their help, mentorship and friendship. I will miss the time here and wish every single one of you the best luck. I firmly believe that under the new directorship of Jessica Zhang the museum will achieve a bright future.”

 

“It’s an honor to be selected to serve as the new Director of TAM”, said Zhang, “This is an exciting and challenging task, given the global pandemic of Coronavirus and macroeconomic circumstances as uncertain as today. However, TAM has a long legacy in China and a solid foundation established by previous leaderships. As world becomes ‘flatter’ with increased exchange between the East and the West, museums in China are also rethinking their positioning in the global context. I look forward to working with my new colleagues to continue TAM’s growth and develop new ways in promoting art in the region.”