Thomas Berghuis appointed Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation curator of Chinese art at the Guggenheim

Congratulations to Dr Thomas Berghuis, for his future appointment as the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Curator of Chinese Art at the Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Berghuis currently serves as a committee member on 4A’s Visual Advisory Committee and also serves as Lecturer in Asian Art at the Department of Art History & Film Studies at the University of Sydney; Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Asian Art and Archeology (ACAAA) and is on the committee of the University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre. Most recently he was founding co-curator of Edge of Elsewhere (2010-12).

He states that, “This is great news for contemporary Asian art and contemporary Chinese art, and provides a recognition for the valuable work we do in Sydney.”

According to the Guggenheim’s official press release this appointment has been “made possible by a major grant to the Guggenheim from The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, (and) the new program will enable the commissioning of artworks by artists who were born in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Macao.” The Hong Kong based foundation has previously supported the museum’s 2008 Cai Guo-Qiang major retrospective, I Want to Believe and the 2009 show The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989.

Major work by at least three artists or group of artists look set to be commissioned and will enter into the Guggenheim’s permanent collection as The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collection. These works will later be exhibited at the Guggehnheim in New York between 2014-2017.

Best wishes to Thomas and his family as they move to NYC later in the year!