Liu Xiaodong

Liu Xiaodong (b. 1963 in Jincheng, Liaoning Province, China) lives and works in Beijing. 


He is best known for his involvement in a new generation of Chinese realism characterised by the need to break free of historical or propagandistic motifs to express stronger emotions. Xiaodong is in search of scenes that are part of life. Looking for people’s everyday existence, he depicts moments and stories from contemporary human life showing an extraordinary empathy, capturing not only the characters but also their environment. His practice tackles contemporary social issues including migrant displacement, environmental crisis, living conditions of the less fortunate and the results of ill-politics and economic disruption. 

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Biography

Solo exhibitions
Year
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
2022
PRC, Liu Xiaodong: Your Friends Curated by UCCA Director Philip Tinari and UCCA Curator Yan Fang, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
2021
PRC, Liu Xiaodong: Your Friends Curated by UCCA Director Philip Tinari and UCCA Curator Yan Fang, UCCA Edge, Shanghai
USA, Borders, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas
2020
UK, New England, Massimo De Carlo, London
2019
DK, Expedition to Uummannaq, Greenland, Louisiana Museum, Humlebæk
2018
D, Slow Homecoming, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf
2017
I, Chittagong, Massimo De Carlo, Milano
2016
PRC, Weight of Insomnia, Chronus Art Center, Shanghai
I, Liu Xiaodong: Migrazioni, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze
DK, Painting as Shooting Curated by Jérôme Sans, Farschou Foundation, Nodhavn
2015
PRC, Diary of an empty city Curated by Jérôme Sans, Faurschou Foundation, Beijing
I, Painting as Shooting, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venezia
2014
UK, Liu Xiaodong: Half Street, Lisson Gallery, London
PRC, Liu Xiaodong’s Two Projects, Shao Zhong Foundation Art Museum, Guangzhou
PRC, Liu Xiaodong: Childhood Friends Getting Fat, Minsheng Museum, Shanghai
TW, Liu Xiaodong in Indonesia, ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei
2013
USA, Liu Xiaodong: In Between Israel and Palestine, Mary Boone Gallery, New York
USA, Liu Xiaodong: Hometown Boy, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
PRC, Liu Xiaodong's Hotan Project, Today Art Museum, Beijing
2012
A, The Process of Painting, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz
I, These Days, Very Happy, Massimo De Carlo, Milano
2011
TW, Liu Xiaodong: Hometown Boy, Eslite Gallery, Taiwan
2010
PRC, Liu Xiaodong: Hometown Boy, UCCA, Beijing
USA, Liu Xiaodong: Yan' Guan Town, Mary Boone Gallery, New York
2009
PRC, Traces: Liu Xiaodong, Angle Gallery, Beijing
2008
USA, Qinghai-Tibet Plateau & Beijing Girls: New Paintings by Liu Xiaodong, Mary Boone Gallery, New York
2007
TW, Liu Xiaodong Solo Exhibition, Eslite Gallery, Taiwan
PRC, The Richness of Life: The Personal Photographs of Contemporary Chinese Artist, Time Zone 8, Beijing
PRC, Liu Xiaodong 1984-2006, Time Zone 8, Beijing
PRC, Awakening From a Ten-Year Long Sleep 1997-2007, HJY Art Center, Beijing
2006
PRC, Liu Xiaodong's New Works: Domino, Xin Beijing Gallery, Beijing
USA, The Three Gorges Project: Painting by Liu Xiaodong, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Group exhibitions
Year
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
2022
Night Owl Curated by Archie Raphulu, MASSIMODECARLO, VSpace
2019
USA, The warmth of other suns, The Phillips Collection, 2019
PRC, Under Construction, Tank Shanghai, Shanghai
2017
USA, Art And China After 1989: Theater Of The World, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum , New York
I, La Terra Inquieta (The Restless Earth), La Triennale di Milano, Milano
2016
UK, Self, Massimo De Carlo, London
PRC, Datumsoria, Chronus Art Center, Shangai
F, Bentu, des artistes chinois dans la turbolence des mutations, Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris
Q, What About the Art? Contemporary Art from China, QM Gallery Al Riwaq, Doha
2014
ROK, 10th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju
PRC, 1st Xinjiang International Arts Biennale, Urumqi
S, Right Is Wrong: Four Decades of Chinese Art from the M+ Sigg Collection, Bildmuseet, Umeå
UK, Asia Triennial Manchester, Manchester
2013
USA, From Beijing - Works by the Faculty of China Central Academy of Fine Arts, New York Academy of Art, New York
PRC, CAFA Professors: Special Exhibition of the Works of Central Academy of Fine Art Professors, Central Academy of Fine Art Museum, Beijing
I, Passage to History. 20 Years of La Biennale di Venezia and Chinese Contemporary Art, Arsenale di Venezia, Venezia
PRC, Portrait of the Times: 30 Years of Contemporary Art, Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai
IL, Host and Guest, Tel Aviv Art Museum, Tel Aviv
I, Mind Beating, Spazio Thetis, Venice
PRC, Experiencing Simplicity: Realistic Paintings from Long Collection, Long Museum, Shanghai
2012
PRC, Face, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai
2011
PRC, Collecting History: China New Art, MOCA, Chengdu
AUS, A New Horizon: Contemporary Chinese Art, National Museum of Australia, Canberra
PRC, Museum on Paper: Twelve Chinese Artists, Iberia Centre for Arts, Beijing
PRC, Reshaping History: China Art from 2000 to 2009, China National Convention Center, Beijing
2010
USA, Fresh Ink, Museum of Fine Art, Boston
PRC, Zaoxing: Artwork from the Faculty of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
PRC, The Force From Central Academy of Fine Arts: Contemporary Art Exhibition, Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
PRC, Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art 1979-2009, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai
PRC, Contemporary Art from China and Belgium, National Art Museum of China, Beijing
PRC, Rehearsal' 2010 Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
2009
PRC, Collision - Experimental Cases of Contemporary Chinese Art, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing

Bibliography

Year
Author, Publication Title, Date
2019
Boggio, Sara, Arte, May
Farago, Jason, The New York Times, August 13
2017
Tarocco, Francesca, Frieze, July
Alliata Nobili, Alessandra, Art Asia Pacific
2016
Artsy, 25 May
D'ars Magazine, 6 May
Sky Arte, 23 April
Milano Zone, 22 April
Met, 21 April
Due Righe, 23 April
Ansa, 22 April
Artnoise, 27 April
Arte, April
Exibart, 21 Aprile
Marie Claire Maison, April
Il Giornale dell'Arte, April
Corriere Fiorentino, 22 April
2014
Manzotti, Giovanna, Arte e Critica, January
2013
VV, AA, Australian Art Collector, April-June
Galletta, Alessandra, Flash Art, May - June
2012
Yiyi, Li, Chinese Contemporary Art News, January
NEW WEEKLY, October
, AAVV, BAZAAR ART, May
Merewether, Charles, Philip Tanari e Hou Hanru, Parkett
2011
Pascucci, Marisa, The Art Economist, November
Staff,, Harper's Magazine, November
Pollack, Barbara, Art News, March
Seno, Alexandra, The Wall Street Journal, January 21
2010
Cotter, Holland, The New York Times, November 19
Ayers, Robert, Art News, November
Staff,, The New Yorker, October 11
Kerr, Merrily, Time Out New York, October

Public collections

Country
Location
Australia
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane 
Austria
Graz Art Museum, Graz 
Belgium
Modern Chinese Art Foundation, Ghent 
China
Central Academy of Fine Arts Art Museum, Beijing 
Dong Yu Museum, Shenyang 
Guandong Museum of Art, Guangzhou 
Museum for Contemporary Art Chengdu, Chengdu 
National Art Museum of China, Beijing 
Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai 
Start Museum, Shanghai 
The Parkview Museum, Beijing 
Upriver Art Museum, Chengdu 
Yuz Foundation, Shanghai 
Denmark
Faurschou Foundation, Copenhagen
Japan
Fukoka Art Museum, Fukoka 
Singapore
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore 
Switzerland
Guy and Myriam Ullens Foundation, Geneva 
Museum for Modern Art, Zürich
United Arab Emirates
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi 
United States of America
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco 
Getty Center, Los Angeles 
Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
MoMA – Museum of Modern Art, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco
TIA Collection, Santa Fe

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