Miao Xiaochun

China 1964

Installation, 3d Art, Digital Art, Photography, New Media Art

Miao Xiaochun
Miao Xiaochun
February 27, 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.

Miao Xiaochun, born in 1964, in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, is a Chinese multidisciplinary artist best known for his large scale photographs, often assembled panoramas, of modern Chinese cityscapes. He also creates painting, sculptural installations and 3D animations.

Xiaochun received his bachelor’s degree and graduated from Nanjing University in 1986. Three years later he graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China and from Kassel Academy of Fine Arts in Germany in 1999 for two master degrees. Until now he is teaching Art Photography and Digital Media at the Central Academy of Fine Arts.

Miao Xiaochun creates expansive photographic works that document the realities of contemporary Chinese cities and affirm the relationship between the inhabitants and the constructed spaces. He also uses digital technology to create entirely new conceptual worlds, often as 3D animations. As an artist he has made a conscious choice to use contemporary tools, however, he retains his belief in the traditional concepts and aesthetic principles of Chinese art. His signature element is the presence of “He”, a figure in ancient Chinese costume. Other works include computer graphics installations such as The Last Judgement in Cyberspace, a 3D monochrome reworking of Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment from the Sistine Chapel replacing every figure with a virtual model of Miao himself.

Xiaochun’s recent work involves the development of paintings from the canon of Western art history into computer models. These works are expanded from their two-dimensional origins into a rich virtual space complete with enhanced depth and volume. The resulting large-scale photographs retain the semblance of the historical work, but are freed from past temporal associations to become ephemeral and utterly contemporary.

He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in his native China as well as in Berlin, Seoul, Chicago, New York, Madrid, Rome, among others.

Xiaochun is currently based in Beijing.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014MicrocosmsEs Baluard – Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, Palma, Spainsolo
2014The Best of Time, The Worst of Times RevisitedChronus Art Center, Shanghai, Chinagroup
2014An Exhibition on Contemporary Digital Art in ChinaToday Art Museum, Beijing, Chinagroup
2014Encountering: New Art on the Silk RoadXinjiang Biennale, Urumqi, Chinagroup
2014The Garden of Earthly DelightsInstituto Cervantes, Beijing, Chinagroup
2014Future Returns: Contemporary Art from ChinaEli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MIgroup
2014Echo: Sudy on Presentation of Multidimensional Tradition in Chinese Contemporary ArtUnited Art Museum, Wuhan, Chinagroup
2014Seeing the Unseen: Photography and Video Art in China NowThe Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FLgroup
2014The 12th National Exhibiiton on Experimental ArtToday Art Museum, Beijing, Chinagroup
2014Metamorphosis of the Virtual 5+5chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, Chinagroup
2014Performance and Imagination: Chinese Photography 1911 – 2014Stavanger Art Museum, Stavanger, Norwaygroup
2014Chinese Contemporary Photography 2009 – 2014Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, Chinagroup
2013Came From Kassel Zhangzhou Public Art ExhibitionFujian Avon Ecological Park, Zhangzhou, Chinagroup
2013@What: New Contemporay Art from ChinaARTMIA Caochangdi Space, Beijing, Chinagroup
2013TransfigurationPavilion at Arsenale, The 55th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italygroup
2013Move on Asia: Video Art in Asia 2002 to 2012Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Media Museum, Karlsruhe, Germanygroup
2013Nothing to Declare? – World Maps of Art Since 1989Akademie Der Künste, Berlin, Germanygroup
2013@What: New Contemporary Art from ChinaArko Art Center, Seoul, Koreagroup
2013Platform 2013Metro Arts, Brisbane, Australiagroup
2013Portrait of the Times – 30 Years of Chinese Contemporary ArtPower Station of Art, Shanghai, Chinagroup
2013The Best of Times, The Worst of Times Revisited: Selected Video Works from the 1st Kiev BiennaleMomentum, Berlin, Germanygroup
2013Spectacle Reconstruction – Chinese Contemporary ArtMODEM, Debrecen, Hungarygroup
2012On Water: Waves, Dragons, and BoatsPrinceton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJgroup
2012Mountains and Waters: Chinese Animation Since the 1930’sAustralian Cinémathèque, Queensland, Australiagroup
2012Go F!gure: Contemporary Chinese PortraitureNational Portrait Gallery, Parkes, Australiagroup
2012The UnseenThe 4th Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, Chinagroup
2012Transformation: A View on Chinese Contemporary ArtIstanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkeygroup
2012ARSENALE 2012The First Kiev International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Kiev, Ukrainegroup
2012RESTART, Spiritual Realm, DisillusionEli Klein Fine Art, New York, NYgroup
20121st Xinjiang BiennaleXinjiang International Exposition Centre, Urumqi, Xinjiang, Chinagroup
2011LimitlessArarin Gallery, Beijing, Chinasolo
2011Out of BodyWhite Box Museum of Art, 798 Beijing, Chinasolo
2011Miao XiaochunGaleria Arsenal w Bialymstoku, Polandsolo
2011The Global Contemporary, Kunstwelten nach 1989(The World of Art since 1989)Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germanygroup
2011Future Pass-from Asia to the WorldThe 54th Biennale of Venice, Venice, Italygroup
2011New Horizon – Contemporary Chinese ArtThe National Museum of Australia, Canberra, Australiagroup
2011The 4th Guangzhou TriennialGuangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, Chinagroup
2011Thirty Years of Contemporary Chinese Art-Moving Image in China 1988-2011Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, Chinagroup
2011Verso Est. Chinese Architectural LandscapesMAXXI, Rome, Italygroup
2011Representation of Realistic Art—The 5th Chengdu Biennale 2011Chengdu Contemporary Art Museum, Chengdu, Chinagroup
2011Dual senses and A Decade of RabbitWhite Rabbit Museum, Sydney, Australiagroup
2011Magic SpacesToday Art Museum, Beijing, Chinagroup
2010MacromaniaLudwig Museum, Koblenz, Germanysolo
2010MicrocosmArario Gallery, New York, USAsolo
2010Beijing IndexAlexander Ochs Galleries Berlin|Beijing, Berlin, Germanysolo
2010A Fresh Look at Chinese LandscapesGalerie Moderne Chinesische Malerei des Museums für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin, Germanygroup
2010Negotiations-The Second Today's Documents 2010Today Art Museum, Beijing, Chinagroup
2010MediatorsThe National Museum in Warsaw, Warsaw, Polandgroup
2010Reshaping History – Chinart from 2000-2009National Conference Center, Beijing, Chinagroup
2010The 7th Shenzhen International Ink Painting BiennaleShenzhen Fine Art Institute, Chinagroup
2010A Decade Long ExposureCAFA Art Museum, Beijing, Chinagroup
2010China Design NowPortland Museum of Art, Portland, MAgroup
2010Speed and Chaos: Into the Future of Asian ArtBryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York, NYgroup
2010State of the Dao – Chinese Contemporary ArtLehman College Art Gallery, New York, NYgroup
2010DIGIFESTA – Speed of Earth - 2010 km second, see - BEIJING TIMECasa Asia, Madrid, Spaingroup
2009IndexWhite Space Beijingsolo
2009MicrocosmArio Gallery, Beijing, Chinasolo
2009Guangzhou International Photo Biennial 2009Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, Chinagroup
2009Open VisionNational Gallery in Prague, Czech Republicgroup
2009China Design NowCincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OHgroup
2009Next NatureNational Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesiagroup
2009Vistas|Vision of U-CityIncheon International Digital Art Festival, Koreagroup
2009Nature|NationMuseum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israelgroup
2009Collision: Experimental Cases of Contemporary Chinese ArtCAFA Art Museum, Beijing,Chinagroup
2009Re-Imagining AsiaThe New Art Gallery Walsall, UKgroup
2009Spectacle: To Each His OwnMuseum of Contemporary Art Taipeigroup
2008MicrocosmOsage Gallery, Singapore and Hong Kongsolo
2008MicrocosmAlexander Ochs Galleries Berlin|Beijing, Berlin, Germanysolo
2008Heaven and Earth: Miao Xiaochun’s Virtual WorldLin & Keng Gallery, Taipeisolo
2008The Last Judgment in CyberspaceMuseum of Contemporary Religious Art, St. Louis, MOsolo
2008ExpenditureBusan Biennale 2008, Busan MoMA, Koreagroup
2008International ExhibitionRoma International Contemporary and Modern Art Center, Roma, Italygroup
2008China: Construction, Deconstruction – Contemporary Chinese ArtMASP, Sao Paulo, Brazilgroup
2008Images in the NightLe Grand Palais, Paris, Francegroup
2008MediationsPoznan Biennial, Poznan, Polandgroup
2008Up: Chinese Contemporary ArtSingapore Art Museum, Singaporegroup
20082D-3D: Negotiating Visual LanguagesPKM Gallery, Beijing, Chinagroup
2008Go China – New World OrderGroninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlandsgroup
2008Re-Imagining AsiaHaus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germanygroup
2008China Design NowVictoria & Albert Museum, London, UKgroup
2008China GoldMusée Maillol, Paris, Francegroup
2008The 6th Shenzhen International Ink Painting BiennialShenzhen Fine Art Institute, Chinagroup
2008Synthetic Times – Media Art China 2008National Art Museum of China, Beijing, Chinagroup
200855 Days in Valencia, Chinese Art MeetingIVAM Centre Julio González, Valencia, Spaingroup
2008Facing RealityNational Art Museum of China, Beijing, Chinagroup
2008Zhù Yì! China Actual PhotographyPalau de La Virreina, Barcelona, Spaingroup
2007H2OWhite Space, 798, Beijingsolo
2007H2OAlexander Ochs Galleries Berlin|Beijing, Berlin, Germanysolo
2007H2O – A Study of Art HistoryOsage Contemporary Art Space, HKsolo
2007H2O – A Study of Art HistoryWalsh Gallery, Chicago, ILsolo
2007The Last Judgment in CyberspaceContemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Australiasolo
2007China: Facing RealityMUMOK, Vienna, Austriagroup
2007CHINA NOW, Art at a Time of TransformationCobra Museum, Amstelveen, The Netherlandsgroup
2007Floating – New Generation of Art in ChinaNational Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Koreagroup
2007Red Hot – Asian Art Today from the Chaney Family CollectionMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston, TXgroup
2007Thermocline of Art – New Asian WavesZentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germanygroup
2007New Directions from China[], Basel, Switzerlandgroup
2007The Constructed image: Photographic CultureMuseum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canadagroup
2007Chinese Contemporary Photography and VideoGana Art Center, Seoul, Koreagroup
2007Passion For ArtThe Essl Collection of Contemporary Art, Klosterneuburg, Austriagroup
2007Zhù Yi! Chinese Contemporary PhotographyArtium, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spaingroup
2007MADE IN CHINALouisiana Museum of Modern Art, Louisiana, Humlebaek, Denmarkgroup
2007MahjongMuseum der Moderne Mönchsberg, Salzburg, Austriagroup
2006A BirdviewZhu Qizhan Art Museum, Shanghai, Chinasolo
2006Image + ImaginationOsage Contemporary Art Space, Hong Kongsolo
2006ViewpointWhite Space, 798 Beijing, Chinasolo
2006Urban LandscapeJohn Hope Franklin Centre of Duke University, Durham, NCsolo
2006The Last Judgment in CyberspaceWalsh Gallery, Chicago, ILsolo
2006The Last Judgment in CyberspaceAlexander Ochs Galleries Berlin|Beijing, Berlin, Germanysolo
2006Media City Seoul 2006The 4th International Media Art Biennial, Seoul, Koreagroup
2006New Urban Reality: Chinese Contemporary ArtMuseum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlandsgroup
2006Between Past and FutureHaus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germanygroup
2006Susi: Opening up to China Art TodayMetropolitan Museum, Manila, Philippinesgroup
2006CHINA NOW – Art at a time of transformationThe Essl Collection of Contemporary Art, Klosterneuburg, Austriagroup
2006Totalstadt: Beijing caseZentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germanygroup
2006Mahjong – Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg CollectionHamburger Kunsthalle, Germanygroup
2006Beyond EmpireArario Beijing, Chinagroup
2006Entry Gate: Chinese Aesthetics of HeterogeneityMOCA, Shanghai, Chinagroup
2005Scapes: The Century and Paradise2nd Chengdu Biennial, Chinagroup
2005Between Past and FutureMuseum of Contemporary Art Seattle, WA; Victoria andgroup
2005Albert MuseumLondon, Englandgroup
2005Re-Viewing the City, Guangzhou International Photo Biennial 2005Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, Chinagroup
2005Mahjong – Chinese Contemporary Art from the Sigg CollectionArt Museum Bern, Switzerlandgroup
2005Confluents IIInternational Artists in Ludwig Museum Koblenz, Germanygroup
2004Phantasmagoria – Photographs by Miao XiaochunWalsh Gallery, Chicago, ILsolo
2004A Visitor from the PastEpson Photogallery Shanghai-Beijing, Chinasolo
2004Between Past and FutureICP and Asia Society, New York, NYgroup
2004e Printemps de ChineCentre Rhénan d´art contemporain, Altkirch, Francegroup
2004Spellbound Aura – The New Vision of Chinese PhotographyMuseum of Contemporary Art, Taipeigroup
2004Beyond BoundariesThe Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, Chinagroup
2003Me & MoreArt Museum Lucerne, Switzerlandgroup
2003EncounterMuseum of CAFA, Beijinggroup
2003Left hand, right hand-A Sino-German Exhibition of Contemporary Art798 Art Space, Beijing, Chinagroup
2002LingerGalerie Urs Meile, Lucerne, Switzerlandsolo
2002Urban CreationShanghai Biennial 2002, Shanghai Art Museum, Chinagroup
2002Media City Seoul 2002The 2nd International Media Art Biennial, Seoul, Koreagroup
2002China – Tradition and ModernityLudwig Museum, Oberhausen, Germanygroup
2002Under ConstructionTokyo Opera City Art Gallery, The Japan Foundation, Tokyo, Japangroup
2002Golden Harvest – Chinese Contemporary ArtMuseum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatiagroup
2001From East to West and Back to EastMuseum of CAFA, Beijing, Chinasolo
2001From East to West and back to EastMuseum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, Chinagroup
1999KulturbegegnungenGalerie Stellwerk, Kassel, Germanysolo
1999KulturbegegnungenGallery Stellwerk, Kassel, Germanygroup
1994Miao XiaochunBeijing Art Museum and Shanghai Art Museum, Chinasolo
1994UnknownBeijing Art Museum, Beijing, Chinagroup
1992Miao XiaochunNational Museum of Chinese History, Beijing, Chinasolo
1992UnknownNational Museum of Chinese History, Beijing, Chinagroup
1991Miao Xiaochun: Recents WorksBeijing Art Museum, Chinasolo
1991The First Annual Exhibition of Chinese Oil PaintingsThe National Museum of Chinese History, Beijing, Chinagroup
1988Miao Xiaochun’s PaintingsGallery of CAFA, Beijing, Chinasolo