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Leng Lin

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Leng Lin was born in 1965 in Beijing. He received his bachelor’s degree (1988) and his master’s degree (1993) from the Art History Department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. He is a curator of Chinese contemporary art, the founder of Beijing Commune, and the director of Pace Beijing, the only Asian branch of noted American gallery PaceWildenstein.


Leng has served as the editor of Literature and Art Studies and an associate researcher in the Literature Institute at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.  From 1993 to 2007, he was an associate professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Since 1994, he has been involved in contemporary art as a critic, curator, and promoter of the marketization and commercialization of art. He is one of China’s most important critics and curators, having written numerous critical essays that have appeared in important international publications. The idea of “selfhood,” which he proposed in his analysis and theorizing of Chinese art from the 1990s, attracted significant attention; his exhibitions “A New Account of Tales of the World” and “It’s Me” were also influential. Leng organized auctions of Chinese contemporary art in 1996 and 1997, laying a foundation for the complete marketization of Chinese contemporary art.