Chen Shaoxiong

China 1962

Fine Art, Painting

Chen Shaoxiong
Chen Shaoxiong
February 25, 2015
Music, Gestalt, .

Chen Shaoxiong is a well known Chinese artist primarily trained in Chinese ink but he has worked across mediums including paint, photography, and collage, thus became increasingly focused on the combination of ink, video, and installation.

Chen Shaoxiong, born in 1962 in Guangdong and educated in the printmaking department of the Guangzhou Fine Art Academy, is a founding member of the Big Tail Elephant Collective, one of the most important artistic collectives in the history of contemporary Chinese art.

Often set against the background of an imaginative or imaginary skyline, the artist records the hectic pace and absurdity of everyday existence: fragments from family life, political issues, rumors from the entertainment industry, restaurants, nightlife, and prostitution.

Chen Shaoxiong begins with the directness of media such as traditional ink painting and transforms it into technical media such as video; it is a combination of this and the uncomplicated manner in which the everyday confront more extraordinary issues of modern life that gives the work added import. Thematically, his work often deals with the rapidly urbanizing and constantly changing environments of his home province in southern China, the nature of the crowd, the dominance of the image, the aesthetics of globalization, and public or collective memory.

Today, he works both independently and collaboratively as a member of an Asian artist collective called “Xijing Men” as well as another Chinese artist collective, “Project without Space.” His art crosses mediums, including painting, photography, collage, and conceptual art.

Shaoxiong currently lives and works in Beijing and Guangzhou.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing Bruce Museum of Arts and Sciences, Greenwich,USAGroup
2014We Have Never Participated Shenzhen Sculpture BiennaleGroup
2014Art-HistoriesMuseum der Moderne Salzburg , AustriaGroup
2014Thingworld – International Triennial of New Media Art NAMOC, BeijingGroup
2013Air –Dry History Pekin Fine Arts, Hong KongSolo
2013INK ART: Past as Present in Contemporary China The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USAGroup
2013SITE: Places of Memories Spaces with Potential, Hiroshima MOCA, JapanGroup
2013The Garden of the Forking Paths – Exploring Independent Animation OCT Contemporary Terminal ShanghaiGroup
2013I’m Not Involved in Aesthetic Progress: A Rethinking of Performance Star Gallery, BeijingGroup
2013THE XIJING MEN H & R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art InstituteGroup
2013Autonomous Regions Time Museum, GuangzhouGroup
2012Prepared: Strategies for ActivistsSpencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, USASolo
2012The World of Soul: As Virtual Artistic Engineering First Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale, B10 ArtGroup
2012Conceptual Renewal – Short History of Chinese Contemporary Photographical Art Si Shang Art Museum,BeijingGroup
2012Project Without Space #6Pekin Fine Arts, BeijingGroup
2012ROUNDTABLE Gwangju Biennale, KoreaGroup
2012K CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, USAGroup
2012The 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale :Accidental Message – Art is Not a System, Not a World Shenzhen ,ChinaGroup
2011Out of the Box Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2011Moving Image in China: 1988-2011Minsheng Art Museum, ShanghaiGroup
2011Line Up Boers-Li Gallery, BeijingGroup
2011Project without Space 5 : Transparent but Impenetrable Magician Space, BeijingGroup
2011Spiritual , Material Pekin Fine Arts, BeijingGroup
2011Xijing, Fondazion Bevilacqua La Masa Galleria di Piazza San Marco 71Group
2011You Are Not A Gadget Pekin Fine Arts, BeijingGroup
2010History Lessons Pekin Fine Arts, BeijingGroup
2010An Unexpected Turn of Events Chen Shaoxiong- Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Osage kwun tong, HongkongGroup
2010Negotiations- The Second Today’s Documents Today Museum, BeijingGroup
2010An Unexpected Turn of Events Chen Shaoxiong- Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Osage Gallery , ShanghaiGroup
2010Trust – Media City Seoul 2010 Seoul Museum Of Art, KoreaGroup
2010Aichi Triennale 2010 — Arts and Cities Aichi Arts Center, JapanGroup
2010Mu :Screen- Three Generations of Chinese Video Art UTS Gallery , Sydney, AustraliaGroup
2010Double Infinity Dutch Culture Centre-2010 Shanghai World EXPO, ShanghaiGroup
2010Glass Factory – Art in the New Financial Era Iberia Art Center for Contemporary Art, BeijingGroup
2010Timelapse – Switzerland China Media Art Exhibition Kunsthaus CentrePasquArt – Centre d’Art, BielGroup
2010Looking Through Film: Traces of Cinema and Self Constructs Contemporary Art, OCT, ShenzhenGroup
2010Jungle—A Close-Up Focus on Chinese Contemporary Art Trends Platform China, BeijingGroup
2010Timelapse – Switzerland China Media Art ExhibitionKunsthaus CentrePasquArt – Centre d’Art, BielGroup
2009Chen Shaoxiong: Ink Things Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, USASolo
2009Seeing is Believing Boers-Li Gallery , BeijingSolo
2009Time Lapse, China –Switzerland Media Art Exhibition National Art Museum of China, BeijingGroup
2009ExtraOrdinary: Video Art From Asia Group
2009Ink Storm Transformer, Washington DC, USAGroup
2009The 10th Lyon BiennaleThe Spectacle of the Everyday, FranceGroup
2009The 4th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale LIVE and LET LIVE: Creators of Tomorrow, JapanGroup
2009Summertime; or, Close-ups on Place We’ve (Never)Been San Francisco art Institute, San Francisco, USAGroup
2009The First Stop on the Super Highway Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin-si, KoreaGroup
2009China UrbanThe Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USAGroup
2009Up close, Far away Heidelberger Kunstverein, HeidelbergGroup
2009Post – American L.A 18th Street Arts Center, Los angeles, USAGroup
2008Collective Memory, Art & Public Cabinet PH, Geneva, SwitzerlandSolo
2008CASH IN, ParaSite Art Space, Hong KongSolo
2008The Fifth Floor –Ideas Taking SpaceTate Liverpool,U.KGroup
2008Platform Seoul 2008: * I have nothing to say and I am saying it* Seoul, KoreaGroup
2008The 7th Gwangju Biennale: Annual Report, KoreaGroup
2008Xijing Olympics Boers-Li Gallery,BeijingGroup
2008China Power Station :Part III MUDAM – Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, LuxembourgGroup
2008Asia Triennial Manchester 08 Asia Triennial Manchester, EnglandGroup
2008Too Early For Vacation ev+a EVENTS, Limerick, IrelandGroup
2008Orient Without BordersEspace Louis Vuitton, ParisGroup
2008Refabricating City Hong kong & Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale Of UrbanismGroup
2008Crouching Paper Hidden Dragon-Works on Paper, F2 Gallery, BeijingGroup
2008Winter Group Show Boers-Li GalleryGroup
2007Visible and invisible, Known and Unknown UniversalStudios-beijing, Beijing, ChinaSolo
2007Chen ShaoxiongBarbara Gross Galerie Munich GermanySolo
2007One Fine Day Rodin Gallery, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2007Tomorrow,SAMUSO:Space for Contemporary Art, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2007Guangzhou Station-Special Exhibition Contemporary Art Of Guangdong, Guangdong Museum of Art, GuangzhouGroup
2007REBOOT-The Third Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu, ChinaGroup
2007City_net Asia 2007,Seoul Museum Of Art, KoreaGroup
2007Beautiful New World: Contemporary Visual Culture From Japan, Long March Space, BeijingGuangdong Museum of Art, GuangzhouGroup
2007TOMORROW NOW – when design meets science fiction MUDAM – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, LuxembourgGroup
2007Critical Mass – Kritische Masse II Kunsthalle Bern, BernGroup
2007All About Laughter-Humor in Contemporary Art Mori Art Museum, TokyoGroup
2006Chen Shaoxiong , Art & Public Cabinet PH, Geneva, SwitzerlandSolo
2006Ink City on Paper The CourtYard Gallery, BeijingSolo
2006let’s see who’s lucky BizArt Art CenterSolo
2006International Ink Biennale of Shenzhen: Ink, Life, Taste -To Sugar Add Some Salt He Xiangning Museum of Art, ShenzhenGroup
2006ALLLOOKSAME? Art China Japan Korea Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, ItalyGroup
2006China Power Station: Part 1 Serpentine Gallery, LondonGroup
2006Summer Holiday UNIVERSALSTUDIOS, BeijingGroup
2006Infiltration: Idylls and Visions Guangdong Museum of Art, GuangzhouGroup
2006GUANGDONGTOKYO Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2006China – Between Past and Future House of World Cultures, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2006Mirror Worlds––New video art from Asia IMA-Institute of Modern Art, AustraliaGroup
2005Double Landscape Grace Alexander Contemporary Art Gallery, Zurich, SwitzerlandSolo
2005Ink City: New Works by Chen Shaoxiong The CourtYard Annex, Beijing, ChinaSolo
2005Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video From China Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonGroup
2005City, Open Door! Shenzhen Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture, ShenzhenGroup
2005The 2nd Guangzhou Triennial: BEYOND-an Extraordinary Space of Experimentation for Modernization Guangdong Museum of Art, GuangzhouGroup
2005The 3rd Tirana Biennale: Go Inside National Art Gallery, Tirana, AlbaniaGroup
2005Mahjong:Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, SwitzerlandGroup
2005Follow Me! Chinese Art at the Threshold of the New Millennium Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2005Montpellier-China:1 (The 1St Montpellier Biennale of Chinese Contemporary Art) Montpellier, FranceGroup
2005Emergency Biennale in Chechnya: A suitcase from Paris to Grosny palais de Tokyo, ParisGroup
2005Zooming into Focus National Art Museum of China, BeijingGroup
2005China! China!! China!!!Grace Alexander Contemporary Art Gallery, Zurich, SwitzerlandGroup
2005In-Between Realities Shanghai Gallery of Art Three on the bund, ShanghaiGroup
2004Making Differences Historiska Museet, Stockholm, SwedenGroup
2004Zooming into Focus University Art Gallery San Diego State University, U.S.A., Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2004Stopover Hong KongHanart T Z Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2004Light As Fuck! Shanghai Assemblage 2000-2004The National Museum of Art, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2004A l¹ouest du sud de l¹est,Center of Contemporary Art Sète-Villa Arson in Nice, FranceGroup
2004Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video From China ICP International Center of Photography, New YorkGroup
2003Anti-C.S.X Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou, ChinaSolo
2003The Fifth System: Public Art in the Age of Post-Planning Hexiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen Fabricated Paradises, Le Parvis Centre of Contemporary Art, FranceGroup
200310th Biennial of the Moving Image, Geneva, SwitzerlandGroup
2003Everyday-Contemporary art Japan,China,Korea,Thailand, Kunstforeningen, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
200350th International Art Biennale di VeneziaGroup
2002Pause-Gwangju BiennaleGwangju, KoreaGroup
2002New internationalism Kunstforeningen, Copenhagen, DanmarkGroup
2002Golden Harvestthe Museum of Contemporary art Zagreb, CroatiaGroup
2002Moist-Multimedia Art Asia PacificThe Art Museum of China Millennium Monument, BeijingGroup
2002Reinterpretation: A Decade of Experimental Chinese Art-Guangzhou Triennial Guangdong Museum of Art, GuangzhouGroup
2002Urban Creation – Shanghai Biennale Shanghai Art Museum, ShanghaiGroup
2002Under Construction Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, JapanGroup
2002Synthetic Reality East Modern Art Centre, BeijingGroup
2001New media Art of China Loft New-Media Art Space, BeijingGroup
2001City Slang He Xiangning Museum, ShenzhenGroup
2001Chinese Photography Now Canvas International Art, AmsterdamGroup
2001Living in Time National Gallery Hamburger Bahnhof, BerlinGroup
2001The New-Media Art Festival: Non-Linear Narrative National Academy of Art, Hangzhou, ChinaGroup
2000Our Chinese Friends Bauhaus-University and ACC Gallery, WeimarGroup
2000Individual and Society in Art Guangdong Museum of ArtGroup
2000Multimedia Art Asia Pacific 2000 Festival Brisbane Powerhouse, AustraliaGroup
2000Pusan International Contemporary Art Festival 2000 Pusan Metropolitan Museum of Art, KoreaGroup
2000Fuck offEastlink Gallery, ShanghaiGroup
20002nd Festival International d’Arts Multimedia Urbains Belfort, FranceGroup
1999Cities on the Move 4,5,6,7 Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; Hayward Gallery, Group
1999Fast>>Forward: New Chinese Video Art Contemporary Art Center, MacauGroup
1999Art For Sale ShanghaiGroup
19999th International Photography Biennial Image Center, MexicoGroup
19998th Biennial of Moving Images Saint-Gervais, GenevaGroup
1998Breach¬The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong KongGroup
1998Transmediale’98 11th Video Festival, Podewil, BerlinGroup
1998Cities on the Move 2,3: CAPC Bordeaux; PS1, New YorkGroup
199816th World-Wide Video Festival, AmsterdamGroup
1998Inside Out PS1, New York, San Francisco MoMA, USAGroup
1998Big Tail Elephant, Kunsthalle, BernGroup
1997Another Long March: Chinese Conceptual Art Breda, The NetherlandsGroup
1997Demonstration of Video Art’ 97 China The Gallery of Center Fine Art Academy, BeijingGroup
1997Cities on the Move Secession, ViennaGroup
1997New Asia, New City, New ArtShanghai Contemporary Art Exhibition HallGroup
1996Phenomenon and Image Video Art China Fine Art Academy, HangzhouGroup
1994No Room No.14 SanYu Road, GuangzhouGroup
1993Third Exhibition of Big Tail Elephant Group Red Ants Bar, GuangzhouGroup
1992Big Tail Elephant Group A Joint Exhibition, Guangdong, BroadcastGroup
1991Exhibition of Big Tail Elephant Group Guangzhou No.1 Workers’ Palace, GuangzhouGroup