Yuz Museum Shanghai (YUZ), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and Qatar Museums (QM) announce a historic collaboration to jointly develop and share exhibitions and programs across their institutions. The partnership aims to encourage the exchange of art and ideas among these three cities, each a leader in the cultural sector. Each museum will bring unique expertise, collections, and audiences, forging a multi-site exhibition program that is truly global in perspective.

At Art Basel Hong Kong 2018, LACMA announced its intention to partner with Yuz Museum in Shanghai and Yuz Foundation in Hong Kong to share collections and programming, including the Budi Tek collection of nearly 1,000 works of contemporary Chinese art. The combination of LACMA’s world-class encyclopedic collections and programs, the unrivaled Budi Tek collection, and the exhibition and public education programs of Yuz Museum provide the opportunity for an unprecedented East-West cultural collaboration that would deepen engagement between Chinese and American audiences. Yuz Museum’s partnership with LACMA will center on a robust schedule of exhibitions drawn both from YUZ’s extraordinary Chinese contemporary art holdings and LACMA’s world-class encyclopedic collection, accompanied by complementary public programming.

In early 2019, philanthropist and collector Budi Tek and Michael Govan formally signed an agreement which involved establishing a non-profit foundation between LACMA and the Yuz Foundation. Based in Hong Kong, the new joint foundation will ensure that the majority of the Tek collection, particularly contemporary Chinese art, remains intact and available as a public resource for exhibitions and scholarship in China and worldwide, in perpetuity. This initiative will create a robust exhibition schedule, with content ranging from ancient through contemporary art. The Yuz program is informed by the expertise of renowned art historian Wu Hung, founder and director of the Center for the Art of East Asia at the University of Chicago, who curated LACMA’s contemporary Chinese exhibition The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China (June 2, 2019–January 5, 2020), currently on view in Los Angeles. In October 2019, Qatar Museums joined as the third partner in the collaboration. Further details related to exhibitions and curatorial projects involving QM will be announced at a future date.

“We are thrilled to embark on this collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Qatar Museums which fundamentally reconsiders the possibilities for institutional cooperation. Yuz Museum aims to create a window into China’s contemporary culture for the world and this new partnership aligns with that mission in allowing YUZ to engage audiences in Los Angeles and Doha,” said Budi Tek, founder and chairman of Yuz Museum. “The exchange LACMA, QM and YUZ are forging together through shared exhibitions and programs will support our endeavor to serve the people of China by bringing culturally significant works from across the world to Shanghai.”

“Los Angeles, Shanghai, and Doha are three centers of contemporary art. LACMA is excited to collaborate with Yuz Museum and Qatar Museums to introduce a varied and spectacular set of exhibitions in Shanghai and Doha. Together, we are experimenting with new and innovative ways to share the collections and programs from LACMA, YUZ, and Qatar Museums with a larger global audience,” said Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director. “In the last decade, LACMA has placed tremendous emphasis on growing its Chinese art exhibitions, acquisitions, publications, and educational programming, and we look forward to continuing to engage people with Chinese art and culture on an international scale. We further look forward to an expanded partnership with Qatar Museums, with whom we have been collaborating on exhibition exchange since 2012. Qatar is a very exciting place for the arts right now, with rapidly expanding museum infrastructure, collections, expertise, and audiences.”

Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Chair of Qatar Museums, said, “At Qatar Museums, we always look inward and outward at the same time—inward to the next generation of creators and cultural audiences within our country, and outward to artists and audiences throughout the world. This collaboration with Yuz Museum and LACMA advances both aspects of our mission, while enabling us to add substantially to the programs of both these distinguished partner institutions. Thanks to this agreement, we can now look forward to sharing ideas, insights, and creative visions from Doha with the public in Shanghai and Los Angeles, and to bringing extraordinary new experiences to our diverse and deeply engaged public in Qatar.”

Hyundai Motor’s on-going 10 year partnership with LACMA extends to China at YUZ, as the presenting sponsor for the inaugural exhibition of this partnership, followed by two other exhibitions and visitor programs with LACMA and YUZ Museum. Wonhong Cho, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President at Hyundai Motor said, “Hyundai’s commitment to the arts extends around the world from Europe to North America and across Asia. Having witnessed the evolution and growing appreciation of arts and culture in Shanghai in recent years, we will now support and celebrate this through our partnership with LACMA at YUZ Museum Shanghai.”

Exhibitions at Yuz Museum are organized in partnership with the Los Angeles County
Museum of Art and Qatar Museums

In Production is organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in collaboration with Yuz Museum.
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