On November 20th, a heavyweight international exchange event was held in Zhejiang Art Museum – “The U.S.-China Museum Leaders Forum”. Nearly 30 curators from important galleries in China and the United States enjoyed a happy get-together by the West Lake and discussed the new possibilities of future communication and cooperation among the cultural organizations in China and the United States. As one of the projects of the U.S.-Chine Forum on The Arts and Culture, the U.S.-China Museum Leaders Forum was hosted by Asia Society and the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and co-hosted by Zhejiang Art Museum, China Academy of Art, the Power Station of Art, MOCA Shanghai and Long Museum. Its aim is to build a close bond between China’s galleries with America’s so as to promote cooperation and communication between two countries. The U.S.-China Museum Leaders Forum included two agendas: A case study of the international cooperation among galleries of two countries and a discussion of the possibilities to launch an international cultural public welfare program.
In the section of communications between China and America on cultural public welfare programs, representatives of three of the most famous art fund in America – James Cuno, the director and executor of Los Angeles J•Paul•Getty Trust Fund and, Elizabeth Glassman, the director and executor of Chicago Terra Foundation for American Art, and Mimi Haas, the chairman of Los Angeles Haas Fund, along with Hallam Chow, the founder of Haoran Art and Education Foundation, Christy Maclear, the executive director of Robert Rauschenberg Fund, Li Lin, CEO of JNBY, and Xiang Xingliang, the curator of Quan Shanshi Art Center and vice chairman of Quan Shanshi Art Foundation made their speeches in turns. They introduced the different modes of cultural charity in the two countries and had a heat discussion on how to promote the Sino-U.S. international cultural public welfare program with the support of art foundations.
The U.S.-China Museum Leaders Forum provides a beneficial platform for communications among elites in the field of art in the two counties. In the next few days, curators of two countries will have further discussions on how to develop an in-depths and substantial cooperation. Through this forum, more beneficial Sino-U.S. international cultural public welfare programs will be developed continuously among the art museums in two countries.