Beijing Art Summit :Special Session - Speakers

Special Session:How Art Promotes Urban Development


How Art Promotes Urban Development: Speakers



Moderator: Hu Xin

Hu Xin is the Special Consultant of Beijing Art Summit. She has experience in both curation and art management and is devoted to cultural exchange between China and abroad. In 2014, she launched the project 50 Years 50 Persons in honor of the China-France 50th anniversary, to discover the core Sino-Franco narratives within the fields of art, science, architecture, and literature. In 2015 she launched the Sino-French Culture Forum, aiming to build a high-quality platform for the promotion of art, education, fashion, design, and lifestyle. Since 2016 she has functioned as the general secretary for Forum China-France. Hu Xin participated in the founding of the International Ceramics Award, Blanche de China and its artist-in-residency programme in 2015, as a means of promoting understanding between international artists and traditional ceramics craftsmen with regards to Chinese culture, history, and contemporary Chinese society. In addition, she is the co-founder of the Brand Culture Salon together with the founder of Yishu 8, their goal is to propel public art education, develop social responsibility and sponsor projects with international brands.




Panelist: Chen Dongsheng

Mr. Chen Dongsheng, founder of China Guardian Auctions and Taikang Life Insurance, currently serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Taikang Insurance Group. He received his PhD in Economics from Wuhan University and is recognized as an Outstanding Alumnus by his alma mater and also serves as a doctoral supervisor. Mr. Chen is not only a predominant figure of the financial world in China but also an active advocate for corporate social responsibility, contributing to culture, art, education and public welfare. In 2003, he founded the Taikang Space (originally called ‘Taikang Top Space’), a non-profit art organization set up for the purpose of exhibitions, publications, academic studies in art, and the promotion of experimental art production from emerging artists. In 2011, he donated 100 million Yuan to his alma mater, Wuhan University, to build The Wanlin Art Museum in an effort to propel art education. In addition he donated 30 million Yuan worth of art pieces function as the permanent collection of the museum. Again in September 2012, he was given the ‘21st Anniversary Montblanc de la Culture Art Patronage Award’. By the end of 2018, the amount of donations in the form of public welfare undertakings by the Taikang Insurance Group and Chen Dongsheng had reached a total of 480 million Yuan.




Panelist: Dominique de Villepin 

Mr. Dominique de Villepin is a well-known French diplomat, statesman, and writer. He is the Distinguished Professor at CEIBS, the Chairman of the CEIBS International Advisory Board (IAB), and the former Prime Minister of France. In 2002, de Villepin was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, and in 2003 he managed the Iraq crisis on behalf of France and upheld the French position against war at the United Nations. He became Minister of the Interior in 2004 and then served as Prime Minister from 2005 to 2007. During this period he committed himself to boost employment and reforming the labour market, reducing deficits and public debts, as well as stimulating growth and innovative policies through the creation of competitive clusters throughout France. Prof. de Villepin is also known for writing books and essays covering subjects such as history, diplomacy, international relations and poetry.



Panelist: Emmanuel Tibloux

Emmanuel Tibloux is the former director of the école régionale des beaux-arts de Valence, the école Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, and Andéa (national association of art schools). Since 2018, he was appointed director of the école nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. He is also a well-known curator and publisher. He has curated many important exhibitions and biennales, including Rendez-vous, Jeune cr¨¦ation (Biennale de Lyon, 2013, 2015, 2017), and Catalogue (Museum of Modern Art, Saint-Etienne, 2011). In 2013, he established the art journal Initiales at the école Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, and in fall 2019 he is going to launch new book series titled Icones in collaboration with the école nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.




Panelist: Bénédicte Alliot

Bénédicte Alliot has been the director of the Cité internationale des arts since 2016. Her role, within this private foundation recognized as a public utility, is to manage a transdisciplinary, transnational and transgenerational platform that hosts more than 1200 artists per year. Since its creation in 1965, the Cité internationale des arts has been hosting artists from all over the world in residence on two complementary sites: Montmartre and Le Marais districts in Paris. Formerly, Bénédicte was the director of the Institut français (French Institute) in South Africa, Cultural Attaché at the French Embassy in India and then head of the ‘Saisons culturelles’ division at the Institut français in Paris.



Panelist: Wang Yanling

Wang Yanling is the CEO of Beijing SevenStar Science & Technology Co., Ltd. (SevenStar Group), the chairman of Beijing 798 Creative Culture Industry Investment Co., Ltd, as well as the founder of 798 Art Zone. Since the year 2000, he has directed and propelled the renovation of abandoned old factories in the 798 district by transforming them into a cultural zone. In 2010, he successfully listed the Beijing Sevenstar Electronics on the stock market, creating a sustainable ecology for contemporary art institutions. He also made the strategic decision to allow for international art and cultural organizations such as UCCA, the Faurschou Foundation, and the Pace Gallery to become a part of 798, further enhancing the art zone’s influence within the global arena. Now that 798 has become a cultural icon of Beijing,its development has aided in the citiy’s urban regeneration. 798 attracts more and more global visitors every year, with more than 8 million visitors in 2018, it continues to play a vital role in the cultural exchange between China and the world.