Philip Tinari

Director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (84 in 2011)

Appointed director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in 2011, Tinari has put the insight he gained into China’s art scene in his former role as founding editor of LEAP to good use. His broad programme for the Beijing institution celebrates China’s early-career artists (He Xiangyu was the subject of a show this summer) and established talents (a major spring show of works by Liu Wei) while also drawing the gallery firmly into international discourse with shows by artists driving the conversation elsewhere in Asia (Ming Wong) and beyond (William Kentridge’s largest exhibition in Asia to date). The fluent Mandarin-speaking curator’s roles on the advisory boards of the Guggenheim, the Asia Society and NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore – as well as his involvement with international art bunfights like New York’s Armory Show – ensure that his vision of China’s contemporary art scene is experienced well beyond Beijing.