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40 Under 40 Asia Pacific 2022

Xiaoyu Weng

22 September 2022

Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

In 2021, Xiaoyu Weng joined the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), where she heads up the museum’s modern and contemporary art department – a prestigious appointment with a brief that includes oversight not only of exhibitions, programming, and growing the collection, to which she brings a particular acuity for art that takes on social and geopolitical issues against the backdrop of globalisation, especially by making use of new technologies. She arrived in Toronto from the Guggenheim in New York, where as associate curator she was responsible for a number of acclaimed exhibitions that include ‘Tales of Our Time’ (2016–17) and ‘One Hand Clapping’ (2018), which explored the responses of Chinese artists to a globalising world. Weng curated the fifth Ural Industrial Biennial in 2018–19 in Yekaterinburg; from 2010–15 she was director and curator of Asia Programs at Kadist Art Foundation. She is a prolific writer, and has published numerous essays on contemporary art in catalogues, books and journals.

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