Actually among the venues of contemporary art, Today Art Museum is completely different from traditional museums which emphasize on classic aesthetics and collect works that have become formulated aesthetic mode worthy of admirations and researches. However, museums of contemporary art initially arouse people’s thinking through a kind of academics, an exhibition or an activity, then urge them to improve themselves and get perceptions during these processes.
Zhang Zikang was born in 1964 and graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Hebei Normal University in 1989. Zhang was invited in early 2004 to helm the Today Art Museum, which was founded by real estate developer Zhang Baoquan in 2001 and widely recognized as a leader among the country's private museums of contemporary Chinese art. Zhang Zikang still works there and is hailed as “a key supporter and promoter of contemporary Chinese art”. After 2009, he also works as the director of Research and Promotion Center, Chinese National Academy of Art and the president of Culture and Art Publishing House.
1985.9–1989.7 Graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Hebei Normal University
1998.7–1999.5 Advanced Studies in seminar class for assistant professor at the Landscape Painting Studio of Traditional Chinese Painting Department, Central Academy of Fine Arts.
2009—Present Director of Research and Promotion Center, Chinese National Academy of Arts;
2006—2009 Director of Information Research Center, China National Academy of Painting.
2004—Present Curator of Today Art Museum
Editor-in-chief of Magazines— “Oriental Art” and “Art Today”.
1999—2006 Director of Beijing FengYaSong Art and Culture Center, Hebei Education Press;
1991.6 – 1995.9 Art Editor of Hebei Education Press.
1989.7 – 1991.5 Art Editor of “Hebei Book Business Report”.
Image Courtesy of Zhang Zikang