Contemporary Art

Hong Hao /   Hong Hao

China 1965


Hong Hao
Hong Hao
February 27, 2015
Music, Gestalt, .


Hong Hao is a Contemporary photographer from Beijing. His work reflects his careful observational skills and wit demonstrated through his art.

Hong was born in Beijing in 1965. He attended the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, where he studied in the Printmaking Department, and has been exhibited internationally since 1988. After graduating in 1989, Hong created his first major series, a group of prints resembling Chinese maps, executed with a remarkable attention to detail.

The artist began working with photography in 1999, and, in 2001, began his most well-known series, My Things. Hong Hao is a highly independent artist, not forming part of any school. His work is innovative, astute and satirical. Much of his work deals with illusion, appearance and preconception. He has spent many years working on a book of maps, called the Scriptures, that reshapes the world according to different forces. For example one map, New World Order, shows the world rearranged geographically and the names of large corporations used to name the countries. Another redistributes land mass according to military and economic strength. Another replaces the names of capital cities with popular expressions or words, yet another shows nuclear arms stationed in selected sites the world over. Hong Hao’s intent is to confuse and thus challenge orthodox perceptions.

One of Hong Hao’s best known photographic series, “My Things”, opened up a new realm of personal expression for the artist. The photographs are composed of thousands of scanned images of objects from his own life. These commonplace things are arranged by the artist using a computer. There is no traditional photo taken by a camera. The objects are shown life size and some represent over 20 years of accumulation on the part of the artist while others could have been part of that day’s lunch. These micro universes, from afar like satellite photos, close up invite a moment of intimacy, a glimpse into the life of the artist, a discovery of contemporary China and a chance to pick out what we would find in our own homes. Hong’s work has been featured in many group and solo shows around the world, and has been collected by leading arts institutions.

Hao currently lives and works in Beijing.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2013Hong Hao Pace Gallery, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2012Do a Book White Space, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2011Little Movements: Self-practice in Contemporary Art OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen, ChinaGroup
2011Image History ExistencecNational Art Museum of China, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2011We Are Polit-Sheer Form Shanghai Gallry of Art, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2011Mappamundi Museum Coleccao Berado, Lisbon, PortugalGroup
2011 The Asia Pacific Contemporary Art Fair, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2011Art Taipei 2011 Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, TaiwanGroup
2011XianXiangZhiJing CAFA Museum, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2011Art HK 2011 Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2011Hong Hao AS IT IS Beijing Commune, Beijing, ChinaSolo
2010Contemporary Drawing Fair 2010 in Paris Paris, FranceGroup
2010Erotic Exhibition Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2010Glass Factory-Chinese Art Under the New Financial Order Iberia Center for ontemporary Art, Beijing, ChinaGroup
20102011 Art Palm Beach Miami, USAGroup
2010Things-Hong Hao Solo Exhibition Base Gallery, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2009Inaugural Exhibition Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery, Beijing, China (group)Group
2009Bottom Beijing Commune, Beijing, ChinaSolo
2009Third Guangzhou International Photography Biennale Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, ChinaGroup
2008Library Beijing Commune, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2008People, History - Studies of Chinese Art of the 20th Century Art Museum of CAFA, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2008Downtown Production - An Exhibition of Chinese Urban Art Red Mansion Foundation, London, UKGroup
2008Reason's Clue Queens Museum of Art, New York, U.S.A.Group
2008Our Future Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2008China Gold Maillol Museum, Paris, FranceGroup
2008Beijing—Athens: Contemporary Art from China Technopolis of the city of Athens, Athens, GreeceGroup
2008Urban Mirroring – Contemporary Art Exhibition Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen, ChinaGroup
2008Building Code Violations II Long March Space, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2008Book-Shelf the Museum of Modern Art, New York, U.S.AGroup
2007Hong Hao's Elegant Gathering, Chambers Fine Art, New York, USA Solo
2007Journeys: Mapping the Earth and Mind in Chinese Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, U.S.AGroup
2007PASSION FOR ART, ESSL Museum, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2007Polit-Sheer-Form Office in Shanghai, BizArt Art Center, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2006Since 2000: Printmaking Now, Museum of Modern Art, New York, U.S.AGroup
2006TWELVE Contemporary Chinese Art Awards 2006 Shanghai Zendai MOMA, ChinaGroup
2006CHINA NOW ESSL Museum, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2006One Work: the Taikang Project of Hong Hao+Yan LeiTaikang Top Space, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2006The 5th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland, AustraliaGroup
2006Only One Wall Artspace, SydneyGroup
2006Mahjong Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland; Hamburg Contemperory KunstMuseum, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2005FAIRY TALES FOREVER, AROS Arhus Kunstmuseum, Arhus, DenmarkGroup
2005Young Artists from China, Japan and Korea, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2005Dreaming of the Dragon's Nation- Contemporary Art Exhibition from China Irish Museum of Modern Art, IrelandGroup
2005On the Edge-Contemporary Chinese Artists Encounter the West, Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, USAGroup
2005Guangzhou International Photography Biennale Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou ChinaGroup
2005China: Contemporary Art Perspectives Art Museum, Milan, ItalyGroup
2005Only One Wall Beijing Commune, BeijingGroup
2004Dreaming of The Dragon's Nation Contemporary Art Exhibition from China Irish Museum of Modern Art, IrelandGroup
2004Hong Hao Base Gallery Tokyo, JapanSolo
2004Hong Hao, Fotografias LOFT Gallery, Barcelona, Spain, Paris, FranceSolo
2004Hong Hao's Reading Room Chambers Fine Art New York, USASolo
2004Young Artists from China Japan and Korea National Museum of Contemporary Art, KoreaGroup
2004The Chinese Contemporary Photography and Video in China Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg, GermanyGroup
2004Between Past and Future International Center of Photography, New York, USAGroup
2004Zooming into Focus: Contemporary Chinese Photography and VideoSan Diego Museum of Art, USAGroup
2004UntitledShanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2003Hong Hao at Rencontres d'Arles Arles, FranceSolo
2003A Strange Heaven: Contemporary Chinese PhotographyGallery Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech RepublicGroup
2003An Opening Era China National Museum of Fine Arts, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2003Chinese Maximalism Millennium Art Museum, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2003Prayer Beads and Brush Strokes Tokyo art Projects, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2002China Contemporary Art Exhibition - Red Continent Kwangju Art Museum, Kwangju, KoreaGroup
2002First Guangzhou Triennial Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, ChinaGroup
2001L' ALBUM DE LA FAMILLE CHINE Nice Museum, FranceGroup
2001CROSS PRESSURES - Contemporary photography and video from Beijing, Oulu Art Museum the Finnish Museum of Photography, FinlandGroup
2001CHENGDU BIENNALE Chengdu Modern Art Exhibition Hall, Chengdu, ChinaGroup
2000Basel Art Fair 2000 Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2000Chinese Avant-Garde Artists Document Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, JapanGroup
2000Shanghai Biennale> Shanghai Art Museum, ChinaGroup
2000Suspended Disbelief Art Beatus Gallery, Vancouver, CanadaSolo
2000Big Torino 2000 Biennial for Emerging Artists Torino, ItalyGroup
2000Scenes from the Metropolis The Court Yard Gallery, Beijing, ChinaSolo
1999Hong Hao - Selected Scriptures Canvas International Art Amsterdam, NetherlandsSolo
1999A Whirlwind of 1999s Beijing in London ICA London United KingdomGroup
1999Beijing in London Institute of Contemporary Art London, U.K.Group
1999Five continents and one city Museum of Mexico City MexicoGroup
1999Chinese Maze OTSO Gallery, Espoo, FinlandGroup
1999Inside Out: New Chinese Art Asia Society and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center New YorkGroup
1998Double Kitsch: New Paintings, Prints and Photos from Mainland China, Max Protetch Gallery New YorkMax Protetch Gallery New YorkGroup
1997Faces and Bodies of the Middle Kingdom, Chinese Art of the 90’s Gallery Rudolfinum Praha, Czech RepublicGroup
1997Immutability and Fashion: Chinese Contemporary Art in the Midst of Changing Surroundings Tokyo Osaka Fukuoka JapanGroup
1996China Arktuelles aus 15 ateliers Performances Installation, Munich, GermanyGroup
1995CHANGES: Modern Art from China Art Museum of Gothenburg SwedenGroup
1995New Anecdotes of Social Talk Art Gallery of Beijing International Art Palace, Beijing, ChinaGroup
1993China's New Art Post-1989 Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, AustraliaGroup
198819'es Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie Arles, FranceGroup