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Curator of Chinese Art
Anita Chung is the curator of Chinese art of the Cleveland Museum of Art and is responsible for the 2013 reinstallation of the new Chinese galleries for the museum’s expansion project.
Chung has been involved with many international exhibitions with China. She organized the first retrospective exhibition of Fu Baoshi in the West, Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution: Fu Baoshi (1904–1965), with significant loans from the Nanjing Museum (2011–12). She also participated in the elaborate planning for the momentous exhibition Masterpieces of Early Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy in American Collections, organized by the Shanghai Museum in collaboration with the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum (2012–13). This historic exhibition attested to the joint efforts of leading art museums to promote international cooperation and cultural collaboration between China and the United States. While the museum was closed for the expansion and renovation project, Chung was involved with the planning for the Asian tour of the exhibition Impressionist and Modern Masters from the Cleveland Museum of Art through Beijing, Tokyo, and Seoul (2006–7).
Chung began her museum profession in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she held the joint position of curator of Chinese art at the National Museums of Scotland and lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. There, she organized two exhibitions of Chinese art, including the acclaimed exhibition Chinese Paintings from the Shanghai Museum, 1851–1911 (2000) as well as Chinese Lacquer from the Royal Museum Collection (1998).
She is the author of Drawing Boundaries: Architectural Images in Qing China (2004) and the co-author of various exhibition catalogues, including Masterpieces of Early Chinese Painting and Calligraphy in American Collections (2011), Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution: Fu Baoshi (1904–1965) (2010), and Chinese Paintings from the Shanghai Museum, 1851–1911 (2000). Currently, she is working on the publication of a collection catalogue, Silent Poetry: Chinese Paintings from the Cleveland Museum of Art, written by the curator-emeritus of Chinese art, Ju-hsi Chou, with her contribution of selected entries.
Chung holds a PhD from the University of Hong Kong. She specializes in Chinese painting history, and much of her research concentrates on the 17th through the 20th centuries. Her research interests also include Chinese architecture, ceramics, lacquer, and contemporary art.