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Xing Danwen

Born in Xi'an, China

Lives and works in Beijing

1998-2001 MFA at School of Visual Arts, New York, USA

1988-1992 BFA at Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China


Selected Solo Exhibitions


A Personal Diary: The Chinese Avant-Garde 1993-2003, MOMA Warsaw, Poland

Captive of Love, Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing, China



UTOPIA, Officine dell'Immagine, Milan, Italy



The Myth of Progress, Poligono Gallery, Marbella, Spain



A Personal Diary, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, USA

Chinese Modernism and U.S. Vernacular Xing Danwen & Jim Vecchi, arCHArchitecture Center Houston Foundation, USA

Seeing Utopia, Past and Future Wang Di and Xing Danwen, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University, USA



In A Perfect World..., Ooi Botos Gallery, Hong Kong

A Personal DiaryChina Avantgarde in 1990s, Modern Chinese Art Foundation, Gent, Belgium

Between the Walls, epSITE, Shanghai, China

A Round Trip, Galerie Sollertis, Toulouse, France



The City Fairy, Korea Art Center, Busan, Korea

Wall House, project space at Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney, Australia



disCONNEXION/duplication, Chinese Museum, Melbourne, Australia

Urban Fiction, TPW, Toronto, Canada



disCONNEXION, Kiang Gallery, Atlanta, USA

dis+dup, Gow Langsford gallery, Sydney, Australia

Urban Fiction, Galerie Piece Unique, Paris, France


Group Exhibitions


40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Photography (19762017), Three Shadows Beijing, China

ZUR NACHAHMUN GEMPFOHLEN! Expeditionen in Ästhetik & Nachhaltigkeit ( EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW! Expeditions in Aesthetics & Sustainability), Parque Cultural de Valparaiso, in Valparaiso, Chile

Breaking the Barrier, Xi'an Art Museum, China



In Focus: Electric! (works from the museum collection), GETTY CENTER, LA, USA

M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art, Hong Kong



Lest The Two Seas Meet, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland

Triennale Brugge 2015, Brugge, Belgium

HERE OUT THERE, Cable Factory space @ Helsinki Art Festival, Helsinki

The M+ Sigg Collection: Chinese art from the 1970s to now, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Mancheste,UK

Grain to Pixel: A Story of Photography in China, Shanghai Center of Photography (SCôP),Shanghai, China

Dislocation: Urban Experience in Contemporary East Asian Photography, Smith College Museum of Art, USA

Inward Gazes: Documentaries of Chinese Performance Art 2015, The Old Court by Macau Art Museum, Macau



Right Is Wrong: Four Decades of Chinese Art from the M+ Sigg Collection, Bildmuseet, Umea University, Umea Sweden

Convergences: Selected Photographs from the Permanent Collection, the J. Paul Getty Museum, L.A, USA

Where is China?, Museu do Oriente, Lisbon, Portugal

New Photos since 2009, Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China

HYPERRESEMBLANCES, MODA Curates 2014, the Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, USA

One & Three, Project Space at CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China



Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

1st Beijing Photo Biennale, Millennium Museum of Art, Beijing, China

Breakthrough: Work by Contemporary Chinese Women Artists, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick Maine, USA

PANORAMA DEL PAISAJE, FOTOGRÁFICA BOGOTÁ 2013, FOTOMUSEO – National Museum of Photography of Colombia,Bogota

Making It Up: Photographic Fictions, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

Women: Contempoary Chinese Art, The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis, USA



imPOSSIBLE - Video works of Chinese contemporary artists, Cultural Center Kühlhaus, Berlin, Germany MINIMAL, Hå gamle prestegard, Hå kommune, Norway

ZUR NACHAHMUN GEMPFOHLEN!Expeditionen in Ästhetik & Nachhaltigkeit (EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW! Expeditions in Aesthetics & Sustainability), Mumbai, India; Addis Abeba, Ethiopia; Iberia Art Center, Beijing, China



MASTERS OF CHINESE PHOTOGRAPHY, Poligono Gallery, Malaga, Spain

Half the Sky: Women in the New Art of China, The New Leonard PearlsteinGallery, DrexelUniversity, Philadelphia, US

Highrise – Idea and Reality, The Museum für Gestaltung (Museum of Design Zurich), Zürich, Switzerland

ZUR NACHAHMUN GEMPFOHLEN!Expeditionen in Ästhetik & Nachhaltigkeit,

The federal Environment Agency in Dessau; 3 loactions in Bavaria, Germany



ZUR NACHAHMUN GEMPFOHLEN!Expeditionen in Ästhetik & Nachhaltigkeit, Uferhallen Berlin, Germany

Remaking Vision - Travelling Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Photography, world tour The Butterfly Effect: An Artistic Communication Project of Crossstrait Fourregions, Hexiangning Art

Museum, Shenzhen, China

Love Lines, RedLine, Denver, Colorado, USA



Wonder World Expecting a restless future, Moscow Biennale, EKATERINA Cultural Foundation,Moscow, Russia

Still Life, Palais Des BeauxArts, Brussels, Belgium

ATTITUDES, La Centrale électrique, Brussels, Belgium

Up Close Far Away, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany

imPOSSIBLE, San Francisco Arts Commission and MISSION17, San Francisco, USA

Stairway to Heaven, H&R Block Artpace at the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, USA

Action Camera: Beijing Performance Photography, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada



Strategies for Concealing, CSpace, Beijing, China

New World Order, Groninger Museum, the Netherlands

Another Voice, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

FOTOFEST 2008, Houston, Texas, USA

ING REAL Photography Award, LP II Art Exhibition Centre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

China Design Now, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK



City of Expiration and Regeneration, 2007 Shenzhen Biennal, China

China production, Architekturzentrum Wien, Vienna, Austria

Floating, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

Thought Provoking, Sense Provoking, Noorderlicht, Groningen, the Netherlands

Altered States, Tisch Gallery, AIDEKMAN ARTS CENTER / TUFTS University, USA

METAMORPHOSIS, Tampere Art Museum, Tampere, Finland

MADE in CHINA, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel



Xing Danwen / China Show, , URBIS, Manchester, UK


C On Cities, 10th Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy

New Urban Realities, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam & NAi, The Netherlands

Fantasy Landscapes, Asia House, London, UK

MADE in CHINA, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA



Urban / Culture, CP Biennale, Museum Bank Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia

Traces and Omens, the 12th Noorderlicht Photo Festival, Groningen, the Netherlands

The WALL, AlbrightKnox Art Gallery/UB Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, USA

Unspeakable Happiness, MUSEO TAMAYO ARTE CONTEMPORANEO, Mexico city, Mexico

On the Edge, Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University, California, USA

Between Past and Future, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

ReVIEWING the CITY, 1st Guangzhou Photo Biennale, Guangdong Museum of Art, China



Grotesque Reality, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

GRAVITY, the Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Die Chinesen, Kunst Museum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany

REASON & EMOTION, the Biennale of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

Between Past and Future, International Center for Photography & Asian Society, New York, USA

Smart Museum of Art & Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA

Je t’envisage: La disparition du portrait, the Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland



Chinese Maximalism, UB Art Gallery, Buffalo, USA

Les Rencontres d’Arles Festival, Arles, France

the American Effects, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA

Alors, la Chine?, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Spatial Narrative, Japan Society, New York, USA



Reinterpretation, A Decade of Experimental Chinese Art, 1st Guangzhou Triennial,

Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

Queens International, Queens Museum of Art, New York, USA



Mega Wave Towards a New Synthesis, 1st YOKOHAMA TRIENNIAL, Yokohama, Japan

1st Tirana Biennale, Tirana, Albania



BEIJING The Revolutionary Capital, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK

Transience Chinese Experimental Art at the end of the 20th Century, the Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, USA


Public Collections

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

The Progressive Corporation, USA

JGS Foundation, New York

Estella Collection, New York

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, USA

ICP, International Center for Photography, New York

Smart Museum of Art, Chicago

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, USA

Groupe Lhoist, Belgium

Dr. Sigg Collection, Switzerland

UBS, Union Bank of Switzerland

George Pompidou Center, Paris

FNAC / Fonds National d'art Contemporain, France

The Red Mansion Foundation, London

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Groninger Museum, The Netherlands

Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou


Grant / Award / Fellowship

2009, Asia 21 Fellow, Asia Society, USA

2008, Finalists, ING REAL photography award, the Netherlands

2003, Best Publishing Project Award, Les Rencontres d’Arles Festival, France

1998 2001, Grant & Fellowship, Asian Cultural Council, USA