• Chen Shaoxiong, Visible and Invisible, Known and Unknown, 2007, installation with video and 200 ink paintings (46 x 35cm each), rice paper, ink, model train, steel supports, wireless transmitting system
  • CHEN Shaoxiong, Ink Diary, 2006, single channel video, 3'00’’, Edition 6/8
  • CHEN Shaoxiong, Streetscape 2005, Photo cut-collage, 30 x 30 x 1000 cm
  • Chen Shaoxiong, Anti-Terrorism Variety, 2002, 2-channel video, 5’00
  • Chen Shaoxiong, Sight Adjuster 3, 1996, 2 channels video Installation, Edition 2/5

Chen Shaoxiong

pdf Chen Shaoxiong Frieze

Chen Shaoxiong (1962 Guangdong - 2016 Beijing)


Chen Shaoxiong, born in 1962 in Guangdong and educated in the printmaking department of the Guangzhou Fine Art Academy, is a founding member of the Big Tail Elephant Collective, one of the most important artistic collectives in the history of contemporary Chinese art.


The artist’s conceptual work employs a variety of media, including photography, video, installation and ink painting, to investigate the dynamics of China’s rapidly changing cityscapes. Often set against the background of an imaginative or imaginary skyline, the artist records the hectic pace and absurdity of everyday existence: fragments from family life, political issues, rumors from the entertainment industry, restaurants, nightlife, and prostitution.


Chen Shaoxiong begins with the directness of media such as traditional ink painting and transforms it into technical media such as video; it is a combination of this and the uncomplicated manner in which the everyday confront more extraordinary issues of modern life that gives the work added import. Thematically, his work often deals with the rapidly urbanizing and constantly changing environments of his home province in southern China, the nature of the crowd, the dominance of the image, the aesthetics of globalization, and public or collective memory.



Selected Solo Exhibitions



Chen Shaoxiong, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China
Chen Shaoxiong: Prepared, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China




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



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

Seeing is Believing , Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing           

Visible and Invisible, Known and Unknown, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China
Chen Shaoxiong, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich, Germany    

Chen Shaoxiong, Art & Public - Cabinet PH, Geneva, Switzerland
Let’s See Who’s Lucky, BizArt Art Center, Shanghai, China    



Selected Group Exhibitions


Culture City of East Asia 2017 Kyoto: Asia Corridor Contemporary Art Exhibition, Nijo Castle, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan

A Decade within 293 mins: Retrospective of Moving Image Collections in GDMoA (2000-2010), Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou

Big Tail Elephants: One Hour, No Room, Five Shows, OCAT Institute, Beijing, China


Operation PRD-Big Tail Elephants: One Hour, No Room, Five Shows,Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, China
Xijing Men: “Xijing Is Not Xijing, Therefore Xijing Is Xijing.”, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
The Shadow Never Lies, M21, Shanghai, China
M+Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art, ArtisTree, Hong Kong, China

Ink Remix: Contemporary Art from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, Canberra Museum and Gallery, Australia
World of Xijing, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
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
The World in 2015, UCCA, (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art) Beijing, China


Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video, The Jewish Museum, New York, USA
Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing, Bruce Museum of Arts and Sciences, Greenwich,USA
We Have Never Participated, Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale
Art-Histories, Museum der Moderne Salzburg , Austria
“Thing World – International Triennial of New Media Art”, NAMOC, (National Art Museum of China) Beijing


INK ART: Past as Present in Contemporary China, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Chen Shaoxiong Continued SITE: Places of Memories, Spaces with Potential, Hiroshima MOCA, Japan
THE XIJING MEN, H & R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute


The World of Soul: As Virtual Artistic Engineering, First Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale, B10 Art Center, OCT, Shenzhen, China
K: Group Exhibition, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, USA


Line Up, Boers-Li Gallery,  Beijing
Xijing, Fondazion Bevilacqua La Masa, Galleria di Piazza San Marco 71/c, Venezia, Italy


Negotiations- The Second Today’s Documents, Today Museum, Beijing
Trust – Media City Seoul 2010, Seoul Museum Of Art, Korea
Aichi Triennale 2010 -- Arts and Cities , Aichi Arts Center, Japan
Double Infinity, Dutch Culture Centre-2010 Shanghai World EXPO, Shanghai
Timelapse - Switzerland China Media Art Exhibition, Kunsthaus CentrePasquArt - Centre d'Art,

Time Lapse, China –Switzerland Media Art Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing
The 10th Lyon Biennale–The Spectacle of the Everyday, France
The 4th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale – LIVE and LET LIVE: Creators of Tomorrow, Japan
The First Stop on the Super Highway , Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin-si, Korea
Xijing Olympics, Boers-Li Gallery,Beijing
China Power Station :Part III, MUDAM – Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
Asia Triennial Manchester 08, Asia Triennial Manchester, England
Winter Group Show, Boers-Li Gallery    
City_net Asia 2007,Seoul Museum Of Art, Korea
TOMORROW NOW - when design meets science fiction, MUDAM - Musée d’Art
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
The 3rd Tirana Biennale: Go Inside, National Art Gallery, Tirana, Albania
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
Zooming into Focus, National Art Museum of China, Beijing

10th Biennial of the Moving Image, Geneva, Switzerland
50th International Art Exhibition-Z.O.U. la Biennale di Venezia    
Pause-Gwangju Biennale , Gwangju, Korea
Pusan International Contemporary Art Festival 2000, Pusan Metropolitan Museum of Art, Korea
9th International Photography Biennial, Image Center, Mexico
8th Biennial of Moving Images, Saint-Gervais, Geneva    
Transmediale’98, 11th Video Festival, Podewil, Berlin
Inside Out, PS1, New York, San Francisco MoMA, USA