CHEN Shaoxiong


1962 Born in Shantou, Guangdong Province, PR China

1984 Graduated from the print department of Guangzhou Fine Art Academy

1990 Founder “ Big Tail Elephant Group” with Lin Yilin, Liang Juhui

2007 Founder “Xijing Men” with Tsuyoshi Ozawa and Gim hongsok

Now lives and works in Beijing


Solo Exhibition:


2013 Air –Dry History, Pekin Fine Arts, Hong Kong, China

2012 Prepared: Strategies for Activists, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, USA

2009 Chen Shaoxiong: Ink Things, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, USA

Seeing is Believing , Boers-Li Gallery , Beijing, China

2008 Collective Memory, Art & Public – Cabinet PH, Geneva, Switzerland

CASH IN, Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong, China

2007 Visible and invisible, Known and Unknown, UniversalStudios-beijing, Beijing, China

Chen Shaoxiong, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich ,Germany

2006 Chen Shaoxiong , Art & Public – Cabinet PH, Geneva, Switzerland

Ink City on Paper, The CourtYard Gallery, Beijing, China

let’s see who’s lucky, BizArt Art Center,Shanghai, China

2005 Double Landscape, Grace Alexander Contemporary Art Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

Ink City: New Works by Chen Shaoxiong, The CourtYard Annex, Beijing, China

2003 Anti-C.S.X., Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou, China


Group Exhibition:

Upcoming :

The World of Xinjin, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea

,,CHINA8“,The Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany

Ink Remis: Contemporary Art From China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, Tour Exhibition: Canberra Museum and

Gallery, Victoria: Bendigo Art Museum, Sydney and Brisbane



A Hundred Years of Shame – Songs of Resistance and Scenarios for Chinese Nations, Para Site, Hong Kong, China

The System of Objects, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Making Histories, Kansas City Art Institute, USA

In the World of 2015, UCCA, Beijing, China


Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video, The Jewish Museum, New York, USA

Background Story: Reframing Tradition in Chinese Contemporary Art, Vancouver Art Gallery,Canada

Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing, Bruce Museum of Arts and Sciences, Greenwich,USA

We Have Never Participated, Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, OCAT, Shenzhen, China

 Art-Histories,Museum der Moderne Salzburg , Austria

“Thingworld – International Triennial of New Media Art” , NAMOC, Beijing, China


INK ART: Past as Present in Contemporary China, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

SITE: Places of Memories, Spaces with Potential, Hiroshima MOCA, Japan

The Garden of the Forking Paths – Exploring Independent Animation, OCAT Contemporary Terminal Shanghai, China

I’m Not Involved in Aesthetic Progress: A Rethinking of Performance, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

THE XIJING MEN, H & R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute,USA

Autonomous Regions, Time Museum, Guangzhou, China


The World of Soul: As Virtual Artistic Engineering, First Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale, B10 Art

Center , OCAT, Shenzhen, China

Conceptual Renewal – Short History of Chinese Contemporary Photographical Art, Si Shang Art Museum,Beijing, China

Project Without Space #6, Pekin Fine Arts, Beijing, China

ROUNDTABLE, Gwangju Biennale, Korea

K, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, USA

The 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale :Accidental Message – Art is Not a System, Not a World, Shenzhen ,China


Out of the Box, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China

Moving Image in China: 1988-2011,Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Line Up, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China

Project without Space 5 : Transparent but Impenetrable, Magician Space, Beijing, China

Spiritual / Material, Pekin Fine Arts, Beijing, China

Xijing, Fondazion Bevilacqua La Masa, Galleria di Piazza San Marco 71/c , Venezia, Italy

You Are Not A Gadget, Pekin Fine Arts, Beijing, China


History Lessons, Pekin Fine Arts, Beijing, China

An Unexpected Turn of Events, Chen Shaoxiong- Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Osage kwun tong, Hongkong, China

Negotiations- The Second Today’s Documents, Today Museum, Beijing, China

An Unexpected Turn of Events, Chen Shaoxiong- Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Osage Gallery , Shanghai, China

Trust – Media City Seoul 2010, Seoul Museum Of Art, Korea

Aichi Triennale 2010 — Arts and Cities , Aichi Arts Center, Japan

Mu :Screen- Three Generations of Chinese Video Art, UTS Gallery , Sydney, Australia

Double Infinity, Dutch Culture Centre-2010 Shanghai World EXPO, Shanghai, China

Glass Factory – Art in the New Financial Era, Iberia Art Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

Looking Through Film: Traces of Cinema and Self Constructs in Contemporary Art, OCAT, Shenzhen, China

Jungle—A Close-Up Focus on Chinese Contemporary Art Trends, Platform China, Beijing, China

Timelapse – Switzerland China Media Art Exhibition, Kunsthaus CentrePasquArt – Centre d’Art, Biel/Bienne,Switzerland


Time Lapse, China –Switzerland Media Art Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

Extra/Ordinary: Video Art From Asia , Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, USA

Ink Storm, Transformer, Washington DC, USA

The 10th Lyon Biennale–The Spectacle of the Everyday, Lyon , France

The 4th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale – LIVE and LET LIVE: Creators of Tomorrow, Japan

Summertime; or, Close-ups on Place We’ve (Never)Been, San Francisco art Institute, San Francisco, USA

The First Stop on the Super Highway , Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin-si, Korea

China Urban , The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA

Up close, Far away, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg,Germany

Post – American L.A, 18th Street Arts Center, Los angeles, USA


The Fifth Floor –Ideas Taking Space,Tate Liverpool,U.K

Platform Seoul 2008: ” I have nothing to say and I am saying it”, Seoul, Korea

The 7th Gwangju Biennale: Annual Report, Korea

Xijing Olympics, Boers-Li Gallery,Beijing,China

China Power Station :Part III, MUDAM – Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg,Belgium

Asia Triennial Manchester 08,  Manchester, England

Too Early For Vacation, ev+a EVENTS, Limerick, Ireland

Orient Without Borders, Espace Louis Vuitton, Paris, France

Refabricating City, Hong kong & Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale Of Urbanism/Architecture,HongKong, China

Crouching Paper, Hidden Dragon-Works on Paper, F2 Gallery, Beijing,China

Winter Group Show, Boers-Li Gallery,China


One Fine Day, Rodin Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Tomorrow,SAMUSO:Space for Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

Guangzhou Station-Special Exhibition Contemporary Art Of Guangdong, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou,China

REBOOT-The Third Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu, China

City_net Asia 2007,Seoul Museum Of Art, Korea

Beautiful New World: Contemporary Visual Culture From Japan, Long March Space, Beijing/Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou,China

TOMORROW NOW – when design meets science fiction, MUDAM – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, Belgium

Critical Mass – Kritische Masse II, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland

All About Laughter-Humor in Contemporary Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan


International Ink Biennale of Shenzhen: Ink, Life, Taste -To Sugar Add Some Salt, He Xiangning Museum of Art, Shenzhen,China

ALLLOOKSAME? Art from China\ Japan \Korea, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy

China Power Station: Part 1, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK

Summer Holiday , UNIVERSALSTUDIOS, Beijing,China

Infiltration: Idylls and Visions, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou,China

GUANGDONGTOKYO, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan

China – Between Past and Future, House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany

Mirror Worlds––New video art from Asia, IMA-Institute of Modern Art, Australia


Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video From China, Victoria and Albert Museum, London,UK

City, Open Door! Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, Shenzhen,China

The 2nd Guangzhou Triennial: BEYOND-an Extraordinary Space of Experimentation for Modernization, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou,China

The 3rd Tirana Biennale: Go Inside, National Art Gallery, Tirana, Albania

Mahjong:Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland

Follow Me! Chinese Art at the Threshold of the New Millennium, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Montpellier-China:1 (The 1St Montpellier Biennale of Chinese Contemporary Art), Montpellier, France

Emergency Biennale in Chechnya: A suitcase from Paris to Grosny, palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

Zooming into Focus, National Art Museum of China, Beijing,China

China! China!! China!!! Grace Alexander Contemporary Art Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

In-Between Realities, Shanghai Gallery of Art Three on the bund, Shanghai,China


Making Differences, Historiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Zooming into Focus, University Art Gallery San Diego State University, U.S.A., Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Stopover Hong Kong, Hanart T Z Gallery, Hong Kong, China

Light As Fuck! Shanghai Assemblage 2000-2004,The National Museum of Art, Oslo, Norway

A l¹ouest du sud de l¹est,Center of Contemporary Art, Sète/Villa Arson in Nice, France

Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video From China, ICP International Center of Photography, New York,USA


The Fifth System: Public Art in the Age of “Post-Planning”, Hexiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen,,China

Fabricated Paradises, Le Parvis Centre of Contemporary Art, France

10th Biennial of the Moving Image, Geneva, Switzerland

Everyday-Contemporary art from Japan,China,Korea,Thailand, Kunstforeningen, Copenhagen, Denmark

50th International Art Exhibition-Z.O.U. la Biennale di Venezia, Italy


Pause-Gwangju Biennale , Gwangju, Korea

New internationalism , Kunstforeningen, Copenhagen, Danmark

Golden Harvest,the Museum of Contemporary art Zagreb, Croatia

Moist-Multimedia Art Asia Pacific, The Art Museum of China Millennium Monument, Beijing,China

Reinterpretation: A Decade of Experimental Chinese Art-Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou,China

Urban Creation – Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai,China

Under Construction, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Japan

Synthetic Reality, East Modern Art Centre, Beijing,China


New media Art of China, Loft New-Media Art Space, Beijing,China

City Slang, He Xiangning Museum, Shenzhen,China

Chinese Photography Now, Canvas International Art, Amsterdam,Netherlands

Living in Time, National Gallery Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin,Germany

The New-Media Art Festival: Non-Linear Narrative, National Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China


Our Chinese Friends, Bauhaus-University and ACC Gallery, Weimar,Austria

Individual and Society in Art, Guangdong Museum of Art, China

Multimedia Art Asia Pacific 2000 Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse, Australia

Pusan International Contemporary Art Festival 2000, Pusan Metropolitan Museum of Art, Korea

Fuck off, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China

2nd Festival International d’Arts Multimedia, Urbains Belfort, France


Cities on the Move 4/5/6/7: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark/Hayward Gallery, London/Bangkok/The Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

Fast>>Forward: New Chinese Video Art, Contemporary Art Center, Macau, China

Art For Sale, Shanghai, China

9th International Photography Biennial, Image Center, Mexico

8th Biennial of Moving Images, Saint-Gervais, Geneva, Switzerland


Breach, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China

Transmediale’98, 11th Video Festival, Podewil, Berlin,Germany

Cities on the Move 2/3: CAPC, Bordeaux, France /PS1, New York,USA

16th World-Wide Video Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Inside Out, PS1, New York/ San Francisco MoMA, USA

Big Tail Elephant, Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland


Another Long March: Chinese Conceptual Art, Breda, The Netherlands

Demonstration of Video Art’ 97 China, The Gallery of Center Fine Art Academy, Beijing,China

Cities on the Move, Secession, Vienna,Austria

New Asia, New City, New Art, Shanghai Contemporary Art Exhibition Hall, Shanghai, China

1996 Phenomenon and Image Video Art, China Fine Art Academy, Hangzhou,China

1994 No Room, No.14 SanYu Road, Guangzhou,China

1993 Third Exhibition of Big Tail Elephant Group, Red Ants Bar, Guangzhou,China

1992 Big Tail Elephant Group, A Joint Exhibition, Guangdong, Broadcast/Television University, Guangzhou, China

1991 Exhibition of Big Tail Elephant Group , Guangzhou No.1 Workers’ Palace, Guangzhou,China



2013 Bellagio Creative Arts Fellows, The Rockefeller Foundation


Major Collections:

Seattle Art Museum,USA

MoMA, New York, USA

M+, HongKong, China

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas, USA

Kunst Halle Bern, Switzerland

Guangdong Museum of Art, China

Guy & Myriam Ullens Foundation. Switzerland

Uli Sigg, Switzerland

China Minsheng Bank, China

Haudenschild Collection, USA