Director and CEO
Since coming to UCCA in 2011, Philip Tinari has led its transformation from a founder-driven private museum into China’s leading independent institution of contemporary art, culminating in 2017 with a restructuring that has brought UCCA into the patronage of a new group of trustees. During Tinari’s tenure, UCCA has mounted more than seventy exhibitions and a wide range of public programs, bringing artistic voices established and emerging, Chinese and international, to a growing audience of nearly a million visitors each year.
Prior to joining UCCA, Tinari launched LEAP, an internationally distributed, bilingual magazine of contemporary art published by the Modern Media Group, in 2009. He is a contributing editor of Artforum, and was founding editor of that magazine’s Chinese edition in 2007. Widely regarded as an authority on China’s contemporary art scene, he was co-curator, with Alexandra Munroe and Hou Hanru, of the 2017 exhibition “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. In 2016 he was named a fellow of the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Fluent in Mandarin and resident in Beijing since 2001, Tinari holds degrees from Duke and Harvard, and is currently completing a doctorate in art history at Oxford.
Chief Operating Officer
Ada Zhang joined the team in 2009 and currently serves as Chief Operating Officer as well as general manager of UCCA Education. Her responsibilities as COO include the allocation of museum-wide resources and the maintenance of an inter-departmental framework according to financial strategy, striving to meet developmental needs that suit the varying functions of the museum. As general manager of Creative Studio, Ada is responsible for the new program’s overall planning, financial development, and daily operations.
Zhang is a graduate of Renmin University of China, and obtained her MBA at Hong Kong University. Before joining UCCA, she served as financial manager for the businesses Stellar Megamedia, Willsonn Partner, and Flight Center.
You Yang has over ten years of experience related to art institutions. He has a keen interest in development of urban culture and consumer culture, and his responsibilities include museum manager, columnist, curator, museum management lecturer, public relations and and marketing expert, and more. He is the curator of several large-scale exhibits, including “Juqi” (2012, Lijiang), “New Order: Altermondialisme” (2016, Sanya), and “Mirroring: Aegean Place Public Art Project” (Shanghai, 2017). Prior to joining UCCA, You Yang was the marketing director of the Chinese-language version of Time Out Beijing and the deputy general manager of the China International Gallery Exposition (CIGE), the first large-scale contemporary art fair in China. He has also served as Asia consultant for the ART ASIA art fair, consultant for Hyundai Motorstudio, and more.