Chen Wenling

China 1969

Sculpture, Photography, Surrealism

Chen Wenling
Chen Wenling
February 18, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Chen Wenling is a sculptor who was born in 1969, in Anxi, a tiny village in the Fujian Province of China. His family was poor and could not afford to buy him new toys, so he used clay that was readily available in his surroundings to make small sculptures to play with. From these humble sculpting beginnings came the desire to study art as a profession. He decided to attend the Xiamen Academy of Art and Design, and he graduated in 1991. Not content yet with his education, he studied sculpture at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, graduating in 1994.

While receiving his education, he said the works of Auguste Rodin, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, and Fernando Botero were his inspiration. He combined the influence of these artists with aspects of the Realism movement to make works of art that would become controversial. His sculpture entitled Statue of Liberty and the Gold Bull featured the iconic United States monument with a book that had Liberal Economics instead of July 4, 1776 inscribed on it. He was trying to make a political point that the liberal United States economy was at fault for the 2008 financial crisis, which affected the global economy as well. He made many more political statements with his art, such as those in Happy Life. This series featured sculptures of humans and pigs performing daily tasks. He used pigs because they symbolize what he sees to be the gluttony and unbridled thirst for material objects in modern society. The pigs wear human clothes and perform human actions, while the humans have the traits of pigs.

Chen’s sculptures have been displayed in several places, including the solo exhibit Searching for Identity at Contemporary By Angela Li in Hong Kong and another at the Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai. Group shows that the artist has participated in include Beyond Reality at Beyond Art Space in Beijing, My Chinese Friends at Galleri Susanne Ottesen in Copenhagen, and Under the Radar: Chinese Contemporary Art at the Robischon Gallery in Denver, CO, among others.

The artist currently lives and works in both Xiamen and Beijing.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014ART BeijingAgricultural Exhibition Center, Chinagroup
2014The First China Czech Contemporary Art ExhibitionCzech china Contemporary Art Museum, Chinagroup
2014Quanzhou Contempoary Art Exhibition  Quanzhou, Chinagroup
2013Unknown55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italygroup
2013Sculpture by the Sea                               Aarhus, Denmark group
2013Experiments in Chinese Contemporary Art,First Round, Conformation and ConsciousnessToday Art Museum, Beijing, Chinagroup
2013Taipei Art International FairFirst Exhibit Hall ofTaipei World Trade Center,Taipei, Republic of Chinagroup
2013Re-history Chinese Contemporary Art Invitational ExhibitionShenzhen, Guangzhou Province, Chinagroup
2012Exotic Landscapes – Chen Wenling's New WorkPIN Gallery Beijing, Chinasolo
2012China SceneMarina Bay Sands Conference Center, Singaporesolo
2012Future Pass World ExhibitionToday Art Museum, Beijing, Chinagroup
2012Looking Awry ExhibitionIberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, Chinagroup
2012Environment – Spirit Western China International Art BiennaleYinchuan Cultural Art Center and Tian Ye Art Museum, Yinchuan, Ningxia Province, Chinagroup
2012Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Australiagroup
2012First Xinjiang Contemporary Art BiennaleXinjiang International Expo Center, Urumqi, Uyghur Autonomous Region, Chinagroup
2012Naturalmente – Biennale Italia Cina – First Eidion Monza Royal Manor, Italygroup
2012Chinese Contemporary Public Art ExhibitionKassel, Germanygroup
2012Iksan International Stone Culture ProjectIksan, South Koreagroup
2012First ChonjuGlobalBiennaleChonju, South Koreagroup
2012CAFASculptureCreation Review ExhibitionCAFA Art Museum, Beijing, Chinagroup
2011Start From the Horizon – Chinese Contemporary Sculpture Since 1978Sishang Art Museum, Beijing, Chinagroup
2011Returning --- LAC Mobile Museum Open ExhibitionShanghu Mobile Museum, Beijing, Chinagroup
2011Transcending History II – Contemporary Art Invitational ExhibitionG-Dot Art Space, Beijing, Chinagroup
2011China: the Art of a Nation, Outdoor Exhibition: Landscape in MindThe Kennedy Center, Washington District of Columbia,
2011Korea International Art ExhibitionGalerie Forsblom Gallery, Seoul, South Koreagroup
2011Bondi Sculpture by the SeaSydney, Australiagroup
2011Satori – Datong International Sculpture BiennaleHeyang Art Museum, Shanxi Province, Chinagroup
2011Remaking of Civilization – Chinese Contemporary SculpturesMacau Cultural Bureau, Macau, Chinagroup
2011FabricatorSoka Art Gallery, Beijing, Chinagroup
2011Sculpture by the SeaAarhus,Denmark and Australiagroup
2011Self Camera —— Exterior of the ModernChangwon Asia Art Festival, Sungsan Art Hall, Changwon, South Koreagroup
20117th Sculpture by the SeaPerth, Australiagroup
2010The SuspenseToday’s Art Museum, Beijing, Chinasolo
2010What You See Is RealOdetoart, Singaporesolo
2010Living in EvolutionBusan Biennale, Busan Cultural Center, Busan, South Koreagroup
2010Now. Asian ArtistsBusan Biennale Special Exhibition, Busan, Koreagroup
2010Trace and Qualitative LeapBeijing Film Academy 4D Space Museum, Beijing, Chinagroup
2010NegotiationsToday’s Document Exhibition, Today’s Museum, Beijing, Chinagroup
2010Expo 2010 Jing’An International Sculpture ExhibitionJing’An Sculpture Park, Shanghai, Chinagroup
2010The TAO of NowThe White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, Australiagroup
2010Art-Writers, Nanjing Contemporary Double ExhibitionJiangSu Provincial Art Museum, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, Chinagroup
2010AttitudeLinda Art Center, Indonesiagroup
2010Reshaping HistoryChina National Convention Center, Beijing, Chinagroup
2009Emergency ExitJoyArt, Beijing, Chinasolo
2009Visual Attack Animation Force – Animamix Taipei BiennaleTaipei MoCA, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of Chinagroup
2009China Narrative – Fourth Chengdu BiennaleChengdu Contemporary Art Museum, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, Chinagroup
2009A Conversation with Chicago Contemporary Sculpture from ChinaMillennium Park, Chicago, Illinois,
2009The Very Condition – Twelve Artists of Chinese Contemporary ArtWall Art Museum, Beijing, Chinagroup
2009Main Exhibition of the Miami Art Basel International Art FairMiami, Florida, U.S.Agroup
2008God of MaterialismAsia Art Center, Beijing, Chinasolo
2008Third International Biennial of Contemporary ArtCentro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spaingroup
2008The Third Nanjing Triennial - Reflective AsiaNanjing Museum, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, Chinagroup
2008Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair – Surprised DiscoveriesShanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, Chinagroup
2008Busan Biennale - ExpenditureBusan Museum of Modern Art, Busan, South Koreagroup
2008China… Forward.TsUM (Central University Department Store), Moscow, Russiagroup
2008International Sculpture and Installation ExhibitionLido Island, Venice, Italygroup
2008Art of the Pig – How to Represent the Pig Through ArtHakodate Museum of Art, Hokkaido, Japangroup
2008Let’s ConsumeCheng Xindong Space For Contemporary Art III, Beijing, Chinagroup
2008China - Facing RealityNational Art Museum of China, Beijing, Chinagroup
2008Beijing–Athens, Contemporary Art From ChinaTechnopolis of the City of Athens, Athens, Greecegroup
2008China BlueKatrinetorps Gard, Malmo, Swedengroup
2007MetamorphoseMakii Masaru Fine Arts, Japansolo
20071999-2006”-Chen Wenling solo exhibitionVanessa Art Link, Jakarta, Indonesiasolo
2007Post Avant-Garde Chinese Contemporary Art: Four Directions of the New EraHong Kong, Chinagroup
2007Energy - Spirit - Body - MaterialToday’s Museum, Beijing, Chinagroup
2007Truth Beyond the Real – 14 Chinese Artists’ Exploration on Realist Forms and VariationsDoosan Art Center, Seoul, South Koreagroup
2007Floating - New Contemporary ArThe National Art Museum of Korea, Seoul, South Koreagroup
2007Red Hot - Asian Art TodayThe Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas, U.S.Agroup
2007China- Facing RealityMuseum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austriagroup
2007Thermocline of ArtNew Asian Waves, ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germanygroup
2007Top 10 Chinese Contemporary Sculpture ExhibitionAsia Art Center, Beijing, Chinagroup
2007Chinese WhispersOsage Kwun Tong, Hong Kong, Chinagroup
2006Chen Wenling’s Sculpture Solo ExhibitionDuolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, Chinasolo
2006Beneath AboveBANG-Beijing Art Now Gallery, Beijing, Chinasolo
2006Chinese Contemporary Art Document ExhibitionThe China Millennium Monument, Beijing, Chinagroup
2006The Second Chinese Art Today ExhibitionNAMOC, Beijing, Chinagroup
2006Hyper DesignShanghai Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, Chinagroup
2006Chinese Contemporary Art ExhibitionRobischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado,
2006Beyond Experience-New ChinaContemporary Art Exhibition, Arario Gallery, Beijing, Chinagroup
200637th Art Exposition in Basel, SwitzerlandBasel, Switzerlandgroup
2006In the Name of Objects, Exhibition of Contemporary Art SculptureHSS Art Centre, Shanghai, Chinagroup
2006Made in ChinaVecchiato Art Gallery, Padova, Italy group
2005Grounding RealityChinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Seoul, South Koreagroup
2005Second China Art TriennialNanjing Art Museum, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, Chinagroup
2005Sculpture CenturyShanghai City Exhibition, Shanghai, Chinagroup
2005No BoundaryChina Contemporary Art Exhibition, Beijing, China group
2004Happy LifeChinese European Art Centre, Macau, Chinasolo
2004Expressions of StateMacau Contemporary Art Show, Fujian Province, Chinagroup
2004China-Belgium Contemporary Sculpture ExhibitionAntwerp, Belgiumgroup
2003Chinese Sculpture Masterpieces Exhibition of the Beijing international BiennaleBeijing, Chinagroup
2003Sea and MusicInternational Sculpture Exhibition, Macau, Chinagroup
2003The Northeast Annual Exhibition of the Works of SculptureChangchun, Chinagroup
2003Seaworthy Ship – Port of MacauModern Art Exhibition, Macau, Chinagroup
2002Red MemoryPearl Bay Beach, Macau, Chinasolo
2002First China Art TriennialGuangzhou Art Museum, Guangdong Province, Chinagroup
2001Sculpture Show, Shanghai Young Artists ExhibitionNormal University of Shanghai, Chinagroup
1999Ninth National Art ExhibitionNational Art Museum of China, Beijing, Chinagroup
1997The First Chinese Sophora Cup, Environmental Sculpture ExhibitionChinagroup
1991Chen Wenling’s Woodcarving ExhibitionMacau Art and Craft Academy, Macau, Chinasolo
1991Chen Wenling’s Woodcarving ExhibitionMacau College of Art, Macau, Chinagroup