Ken Lum is an Chair of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design in Philadelphia. Previously, he has taught at UBC in Vancouver, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Akademie der Bildenden Kunst in Munich, and Bard College in upstate New York.
He is co-founder and founding editor of the Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. He has an extensive publishing record including giving the keynote speech at the 2010 World Museums Conference in Shanghai and for the 15thBiennale of Sydney in Australia. His exhibition record includes Documenta 11, the Venice Biennale, Sao Paolo Bienal, Shanghai Biennale, Carnegie Triennial, Sydney Biennale, Liverpool Biennial, Gwangju Biennale, Moscow Biennale among others. He has had solo exhibitions at the Kunstmuseum Luzern, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, Badischer Kunstverein in Karlsruhe, CCA Wattis Center for Contemporary Art and the National Gallery of Canada.
Since the mid 1990s, Lum has worked on numerous major permanent public art commissions including for the cities of Vienna, the Engadines (Switzerland), Rotterdam, St. Louis, Leiden, Utrecht, Toronto and Vancouver. He has also realized temporary public art commissions in Stockholm, Istanbul, Torun (Poland), Innsbruck and Kansas City. He is currently working on several public art projects including for Edmonton, Vancouver, Toronto and Yaounde (Cameroon).
Lum has also been involved in co-conceiving and co-curating several large scale exhibitions including Shanghai Modern: 1919 – 1949, Sharjah Biennial 2007, in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates and the NorthWest Annual in Seattle. In 2017, he was co-curator of a city-wide public art and architecture exhibition titled Monument Labin Philadelphia.