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Giulia Zennaro

Change in the Institutional Field: Private Art Museums in China, 2005-2014

Personal Profile:

Giulia Zennaro was born in Venice where she pursued both her BA in Chinese/English Linguistic and Cultural Mediation, and her MA in Chinese/English Translation Studies. During the course of her Master she was also admitted to the VIU program “Globalization and Cultural Heritage”. While living in Beijing and Shanghai she developed her interest in Chinese urbanization and cultural policies, which eventually brought her to Berlin to work on her research interests. Before joining GEAS in 2013, she worked at a number of cultural institutions and events, such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the Shanghai Expo 2010 – Better City, Better Life. In 2012 she was awarded a scholarship from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to work as a trainee at the Italian Embassy cultural office in Beijing.

Research Interests:

Urban Sociology, Cultural Heritage, Institutional Theory, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Chinese Studies

Mobility Phase: March to November 2015, Fudan University, Shanghai


‘Between global models and local resources: Building private art museums in the Shanghai West Bund’, Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, 4: 1, pp. 61–81, doi: 10.1386/jcca.4.1.61_1



2014 Kazan Federal University, Russia

VII International Research Conference: «Russia - China History and Culture» :

(Working paper): “The Role of The Informal Sector in Chinese Post-1979 Urbanization: Beijing Yabao Lu Market or Little Moscow.”



- 2015: Chinese to Italian translator for the magazine Internazionale, num.1107, June 2015 - “Un Autore da Esportare” , original title “为什么西方比中国更爱贾樟柯?”

- 2014: Chinese language narrator in “Stop Over City” a video project by Metasitu

- 2010-2011: Shanghai and Venice, co-curator of the project SHAVE:

                   - 2010: Shanghai ECNU, Fine Arts Department

                     Art Exhibition: “Eyjafjallajökull - from Venice to Shanghai and back”.

                    - 2011: Venice Ca' Foscari University & IUAV

                     Conference: “Chineseness and Globalization in Contemporary China”

                     Art Exhibition: “SHAVE – Visions of Shanghai”