A dedicated scholar of Chinese antiquities and a curator committed to sharing his extensive knowledge of Asian art with a wide audience, Mr. Xu, 45, brings a variety of international museum experience to the Asian Art Museum.
He has been the Pritzker Chairman, Department of Asian and Ancient Art at The Art Institute of Chicago since 2006, after serving as Pritzker Curator of Asian Art since 2003. While at The Art Institute, Mr. Xu worked with two of America's most respected art museum directors, James Wood and James Cuno.
Prior to that, he served as Head of the Department of Asian Art, and Foster Foundation Curator of Chinese Art at the Seattle Art Museum, where he worked from 1996 to 2003. Before his appointment at the Seattle Art Museum, Mr. Xu was a fellow in the Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and an assistant curator at the Shanghai Museum. Mr. Xu studied Chinese Literature at Shanghai University, and Art History in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University.
During his tenure at The Art Institute of Chicago, Mr. Xu led the expansion of the Department of Asian and Ancient Art, doubling the size of its staff. He spearheaded significant acquisitions in many areas of Asian art, such as ancient Chinese bronzes, Korean screens, Japanese ceramics, Indian and Southeast Asian sculptures, and developed a collecting strategy for tradition-inspired contemporary Asian art. He curated or supervised a number of remarkable exhibitions including both traditional and contemporary Asian art.
Since 2005, Mr. Xu chaired The Art Institute's major expansion and renovation of its Asian art galleries.