Xu Lei

China 1963

Abstract Art

Xu Lei
Xu Lei
November 19, 2014
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Xu Lei is a Chinese artist who uses traditional tools, namely, rice paper and inkbrush and absorbs inspiration on spirit and structure from Song period painting and Ming period opera woodcuts. He opens a new path for Chinese painting by extracting modern concepts from Rene Magritte, Yves Klein and Marcel Duchamp.

Born in Nantong, Jiangsu, China in 1963, Lei graduated from Nanjing Arts Institute in 1984, and currently works at the Creation Research Centre of China Art Academy and is the Art Director of Today Art Museum and the Editor-in-chief of “Classics” magazine.

In his works, he puts delicately drawn horses, chairs of the Ming period, butterflies or birds in stage-like virtual spaces between curtains or between folding screens embroidered with ancient maps.  Through subtle interplay of motifs, the relationship between “emptiness” and “phenomenal form”, the very essence of the traditional Chinese life philosophy and aesthetic, is elaborated fascinatingly in a language truly modern.

A piece of his work is selected by Chateau Mouton Rothschild for use on its label for the vintage 2008.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014The 1st Xinjiang International Arts BiennaleXinjiang International Arts Biennale, UrumqiGroup
2013Xu Lei - Veneer of the WorldToday Art Museum, BeijingSolo
2013Xu Lei - Veneer of the WorldHive Center for Contemporary Art, BeijingSolo
2012Original Forms of Chinese Water Ink PaintingSanchuan Modern Art Museum, Nanjing, JiangsuGroup
2012Future PassNational Taiwan Museum of Art, TaichungGroup
2012The Chinese Scholar: Ink paintings and works of artFive Friends of Spring exhibition, New YorkGroup
2011Future PassWereldmuseum, RotterdamGroup
2011Future Pass-from Asia to the WorldCollateral event of the 54th Venice Biennale - Abbazia di San Gregorio, VeniceGroup
2011Blue DreamAsia House, London UKSolo
2011The Story of EmptinessKwai Fung Hin Art Gallery, Hong Kong, ChinaSolo
2010Recycling of the classic - limited edition art famous CarnivalGallery Yang, BeijingGroup
2010Reshaping History--Chinart 2000-2009National Convention Center, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2010Pavilion of China at The 12th International Architecture ExhibitionLa Biennale di Venezia, Venice, ItalyGroup
2009In PrintAmy Li Gallery, BeijingGroup
2009YiPai - Century ThinkingToday Art Museum, BeijingGroup
2009Chinese Gardens for Living (Europalia International Art Festival)The Square Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2009Silent Voices: Ink Paintings by Xu LeiJoan B. Mirviss Ltd., New York, USASolo
2008Case Studies of Artists in Art History and Art CriticismSZ Art Center, BeijingGroup
2008Zeichen im Wandel der Zeit: Chinesische Tuschemalerei der GegenwartStaatlichen Museen zu Berlin & Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen DresdenGroup
2007What’s next?Chinese contemporary art exhibition, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2007Sensitivity—Memories of twelve artists’ worksDimensions Art Center, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2007RotationNanjing Qinghe Contemporary Art Center, Nanjing, ChinaGroup
2006City skin-Images Of the Contemporary MetropolisShenzhen Art Museum, ShenzhenGroup
2006Poetic Reality: A Reinterpretation of JiangnanRCM Gallery, Nanjing, ChinaGroup
2006South-east China, Groups Exhibition of Hong Lei, Tang Guo and Xu LeiBeijing TS1 Contemporary Art Center, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2005Beyond temporality: presentation of photography according to contemporary Art approachPing Yao, ChinaGroup
2005ConspireBeijing TS1 Contemporary Art Center, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2005Pele dacidade: Imagens of MetropoleContemporaneaGaleria Tap Seac of Macau; Shenzhen Museum of ArtGroup
2004One to One: Visions - Recent Photographs from ChinaChambers Fine Art - New York, New York City, NYGroup
2004Photographs from NanjingNanjing Art Museum, ChinaGroup
2004Dragon’s Nation: Contemporary Art of ChinaIrish Museum of Modern ArtGroup
2004The First Nominative Exhibition of Fine Arts LiteratureWuhan, ChinaGroup
2004One to One: Photographs from ChinaChambers Fine Art, New York, USAGroup
2003The Different Same: Contemporary Art Exchange ExhibitionShanghai Duolum Museum of Modern Art, ChinaGroup
2002Behind the Reality Other ModernityDimensions Art Center, Taipei, TaiwanGroup
2002Paper/ColourTaiKang Art Museum, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2002Contemporary Artist Print Art ExhibitionToday Gallery, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2001Exhibition of Chinese Ink & Wash PaintingsEdinburgh, United KingdomGroup
2001Contemporary Silk-screen by Chinese ArtistsDynasty Art Group, Taipei, TaiwanGroup
2001Exhibition of 5000 Years of Chinese Art and CivilizationGuggenheim Museum, BilbaoGroup
2000Exhibition of Shanghai Art Museum’s CollectionShanghai Art Museum, ChinaGroup
2000Neo-InkpaintingsJiangsu Province Art Museum, ChinaGroup
2000Neo-InkpaintingsLiuhaisu Art Museum, ShanghaiGroup
2000New Frontier-New VisionShanghai, ChinaGroup
1999Illusions: Xu Lei’s Art ExhibitionKeyi Gallery, NanjingGroup
1998New Voices: Contemporary Art Dialogue Among Taipei, Hong Kong & ShanghaiDimensions Art Center, Taipei / Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong KongGroup
19985 Cinesi a VerpunoArte Nel Castello, ItalyGroup
1998Exhibition of 5000 Years Of Chinese Art and CivilizationGuggenheim Museum, New YorkGroup
1997New WorkBrowse & Darby Gallery, LondonSolo
1996Reality: Today and Tomorrow - Chinese Contemporary Art, International Art Garden.....International Art Garden Museum, BeijingGroup
1996Eight Artists From ChinaBrowse & Darby Gallery, LondonGroup
1995The Mystery of Absence: Xu Lei’s Art ExhibitionAlisan Fine Arts, Hong KongGroup
1995Walasse Ting & Xu LeiThe International Fine Art and Antiques for Asia, SingaporeGroup
1994UntitledJiangsu Province Art Museum, NanjingSolo
1991Xu Lei’s Painting ExhibitionCultural Office of the Italian Embassy, BeijingSolo
1991The Practical Art of PaperShanghai Library, ShanghaiGroup
1989China/Avant-GardeNational art gallery China, BeijingGroup
1989China Avant-GardeNational Art Museum of China, BeijingGroup