Hang Jian is the director of Art Museums of China Academy of Art as well as a professor and thesis advisor for PhD students at the Academy. He has dedicated his career to the research of Chinese art history and initiated the systematic research of the history of Chinese arts and crafts. In the 1990s he focused on the history and theory of design to support the development of the creative and cultural industries and promoted local Chinese designers through his international and domestic curatorial projects. Since the 1980s, he has been an active member of the contemporary art community by way of theory and criticism. He has been the curator of numerous exhibitions including “Design as Enlightenment: Bauhaus Collection from China Design Museum,” Beijing (2014); Shanghai Design Biennial (2013); and “Mexican Contemporary Art,” Beijing International Art Biennial (2012). He has authored and coauthored The Benevolence of Design (2011), Visual Revolution—An Art History of Seeing (2010), and The History of Chinese Arts and Crafts Aesthetics (2007). He holds a PhD in literature.