Aric Chen

Curator of Design and Architecture M+ Museum, Hong Kong Hong Kong
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Aric Chen

Aric Chen is Lead Curator for Design and Architecture at M+, the new museum for visual culture currently under construction in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District. He previously served as inaugural Creative Director of Beijing Design Week, and has organized exhibitions and projects at museums, biennials and other events internationally. Chen has written for numerous publications including The New York Times, Monocle, Architectural Record and PIN-UP.

Q&A

If there was one piece of art you could feature in, which would it be and why?

Ron Herron (of Archigram)’s Walking City, for its vision of a mobile world where no one needs to be left behind.

Who inspires you and why? An artist, a family member, someone current or historical?

Xuanzang, the Tang dynasty monk who traveled to India in search of enlightenment, without the emperor’s permission.

What are your cultural aspirations? What do you still want to see, do and achieve?

Helping to build a great museum (see below).

What are your favourite cultural cities in the world and why?

New York, London, Berlin, of course; Mexico City for its many strata; Beijing for its resilience.

What are you up to at the moment and where can we find it?

www.westkowloon.hk/mplus

Aric Chen's
2016 nominees

Exhibition - China through the looking glass

Exhibition - China through the looking glass

Exhibition of the Year Metropolitan Museum, New York
D.T. Suzuki Museum

D.T. Suzuki Museum

Museum Architecture of the Year Kanazawa
Fondazione Prada

Fondazione Prada

Museum Restaurant of the Year Milan
The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)

The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)

Digital Museum of the Year Tazmania