Chen Wenling

Sunday, July 4, 2010


Chen Wenling is well known for his highly distinctive sculptures which often feature a pig or other animal personified to form a grotesque commentary on modern consumerist society. His style is raw and to some even repulsive, fullness of form takes on a special kind of strength. Countless shapes come together irrationally, forcing the viewer to fall into an unaccountable raptive. In Chen Wenling’s idea, the very “unacceptability” of his works is where their strength lies. His sculptures have the power to affect the viewer deeply and whether you are enchanted or disturbed by them, they are always thought provoking.

1969 Born in Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China
Graduated from Xiamen Academy of Art and Design Completed Study in Sculpture Dept and the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
Now Works and Lives in Beijing, a Professional Artist, China

Solo Exhibitions
2009 (Emergency Exit - Sculptures By Chen Wenling 2009),JoyArt, Beijing, China
2008 (God of Materialism - Sculptures By Chen Wenling 2008),Asia Art Center,
Beijing, China
2007 (Metamorphose Chen Wenling Exhibition), Makii Masaru Fine Arts, Japan
(Chen Wenling’s Contemporary Sculpture Solo Exhibition), Vanessa Art House,
Jakarta,Indonesia
2006 (Chen Wenling’s Sculpture Solo Exhibition), Duolun Museum of Modern Art,
Shanghai,China
(Red Memory - Chen Wenling’s Sculpture Exhibition), Singapore
(Beneath Above), BANG-Beijing Art Now Gellery, Beijing, China
2004 (Happy Life),Chinese European Art Center, Xiamen, China
2003 (Seeking the True Nature), Xuri Bay, Zhuhai, China
2002 (Red Memory), Pearl Bay Beach, Xiamen, China
(Red = Culture + Consumption), Laiya Department Store, Xiamen, China
1991 (Chen WenLing Woodcarving Show), Xiamen Academy of Art and Design, China

Group Exhibitions
2010 (It’s Not Sculpture),Linda gallery,Beijing,China
2009 (China Narratives——The fourth Chengdu Biennale),Chengdu Contemporary Art
Museum,Chengdu,Chin
(Qriginaire——Installation Art Exhibition),DeShan Art Apace,Beijing,China (A
Conversation with Chicago:Contemporary Sculpture from China),Chicago,American
(Beyond Globalization), Beyond Art Space,Beijing,China
(Inspiration•Deconstruction),798IT Spaces, Beijing, China
(The Very Condition—The Exhibition of top 12 Chinese Contemporary Artists), Beijing, China
(Art Basel Miami Beach), Miami, American
2008 (Third International Biennial of Contemporary Art), Centro Andaluz de Arte
Contemporáneo,Seville, Spain
(The 3rd Nanjing Triennial - Reflective Asia), Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, China
(Art Beijing Contemporary Art Fair Subject Matter Exhibition - Public Art),
Beijing Agriculture Exhibition Center, Beijing, China
(Shanghai Art Fair Subject Matter Exhibition - Best of Discovery),Shanghai
Exhibition Center,Shanghai,China
(Pusan Biennale - Expenditure), Busan Museum of Modern Art, Busan, Korea
(China…Forward!)TSUM, Moscow, Russia
(Red, Smooth and Luminescent Contemporary Expression), Xin Dong Chen Space
For Contemporary Art III, Beijing, China
(International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations), Lido, Venice, Italy
(Art of Pigs - Pigs Expressed in Art), Hakodate Museum of Art, Hokka, Japan
(Mountain Flowers in Full Bloom), The First Sound Gallery, Beijing, China
(3.15 - LET'S CONSUME), Xin Dong Chen Space For Contemporary Art III, Beijing,
China
(Happy Together), Aura Gallery, Beijing, China
(China - Facing Reality), National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
(Beijing - Athens Contemporary Art From China), Technopolis of the city of
Athens, Athens, Greece
(Chinese Scene), Wanhao Hotel, Beijing, China
(Source), Moon River Contemporary Art Center, Beijing, China
(China Blue), Beijing Overseas Chinese City, Beijing , China
(China Blue), Katrinetorps Gard, Malmo, Sweden
(Image Spirit), K Gallery, Chengdu, China
2007 (My Chinese Friends), Gallery Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen, Denmark
(Beyond Reality), Beyond Art Space, Beijing, China
(The Power of Universe - The Frontier of Contemporary Chinese Art), Asia Art
Center, Beijing, China
(Reconstructed World View),K• Gallery, Chengdu, China
(Post Avant - Garde Chinese Contemporary Art: Four Directions of the New Era),
Hong Kong, China
(Energy - Spirit - Body - Material)Today’s Museum, Beijing, China
(Calling a Stag a Horse Exhibition of Sculptures by Guangci, ChenWenling,
Xiangjing and Caohui), Sanshang Art, Beijing, China
(A Truth beyond the Real), Doosan Art Center, Seoul, Korea
(Wild Beasts),Mook Gallery of Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
(Floating - New Contemporary Art), The National Art Museum of Korea, Seoul,
Korea
(Red Hot - Asian Art Today), The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, American
(China- Facing Reality), the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien,
Vienna, Austria
(Thermocline of Art-New Asian Waves), ZKM Center for Art and Media,
Karlsruhe,Germany
(Departure from Mainstream Contemporary Art Exhibition), Creative Plaze 798,
Beijing, China
(Top10 Chinese Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition), Asia Art Center, Beijing ,
China
(Chinese Whispers Osage Kwun tong), Hong Kong, China
2006 (Chinese Contemporary Art Document Exhibition), World Art Museum, Beijing,China
(Chinese Art Today), National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
(Hyper Design Shanghai Biennale), Shanghai Art Museum,Shanghai, China
(Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition), Robischon Gallery, Denver, USA
(Humanistic Shan - Shui), An Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture Art,
Huizhou,China
(The Road To Open),the 2nd Art Festival Invitation Exhibition For Public
Sculpture In The Song Zhuang, China
(New Folk Movement - The Reconstruct of the Commonality Living),Song Zhuang,
Beijing,China
(Beyond Experience - New China),Contemporary Art Exhibition, Arario Gallery,
Beijing,China
(37th Art Exposition in Basel of Switzerland), Basel, Switzerland
(In the Name of Material), Exhibition of Contemporary Art of Sculpture, HSS Art
Centre Shanghai, China
(Made in China), Vecchiato Art Gallery, Padova, Italy
2005 (Grounding Reality), Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Seoul, Korea
(Time of Sea International Contemporary Art Exhibition), Shanghai, China
(Second China Art Triennial), Nanjing Art Museum, Nanjing, China
(Heaven and Earth), Chinese Contemporary Exhibition, China Millennium Monument,
Beijing,China
(Peace and prosperity),60th Anniversary of the Victory of Anti - Fascist War
Commemoration Sculpture Exhibition, Beijing, China
(Sculpture Century),Shanghai City Exhibition, Shanghai, China
(Luxury Time China Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition), Tianjin, China
(Beautiful World Contemporary Art Exhibition), Beijing, China
(No Boundary China Contemporary Art Exhibition), Beijing, China
(Sword Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition), Beijing, China
(Contemporary Beijing), Art Literature Exhibition, Beijing, China
(Build up Fable China Art Exhibition), Beijing, China
(One Fourth Contemporary Art Exhibition), Beijing, China
2004 (Terra Vita Xiamen), Fujian, China
(Expressions of State Xiamen Contemporary Art Show), Fujian, China
(10th National Art Exhibitions), Changchun, China
(China-Belgium Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition), Antwerpen, Belgium
2003 (Chinese Sculpture Masterpieces Exhibition of the Beijing international
Biennale)Beijing,China
(Sea and Music), International Sculpture Exhibition, Xiamen, China
(The Northeast Annual Exhibition of the Works of Sculpture), Changchun, China
(China-Holland Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition), Xiamen, China
(Ship - Xiamen Port), Modern Art Exhibition, Xiamen, China(The National Fujian
- Born Modern Artists Invitation Exhibition), Fuzhou, China
2002 (First China Art Triennial), Guangzhou Art Museum, Guangdong, China
2001 (Sculpture Show), Shanghai Young Artists Exhibition, Normal University of
Shanghai, China
1999 (Ninth National Art Exhibition), National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
1997 (The first Chinese Huaihuabei Environmental Sculpture Exhibition), China
1991 (Chen Wenling’s Woodcarving Exhibition Xiamen College of Art), Xiamen, China

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