Ian Cheng is an artist living and working in New York. He has exhibited widely including solo presentations at MoMA PS1, New York; Serpentine Galleries, London; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin; and group presentations at Whitney Museum of American Art; New York; Hirshhorn Museum; Washington DC; Tate Modern, London; Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Sculpture Center, New York.

Since 2012, Cheng has produced a series of simulations exploring an agent’s capacity to deal with an ever-changing environment. These works culminated in the Emissaries trilogy, which introduced a narrative agent whose motivation to enact a story was set into conflict with the open-ended chaos of the simulation. Most recently, he has developed BOB (Bag of Beliefs), an AI creature whose personality, body, and life story evolve across exhibitions, what Cheng calls “art with a nervous system.”

Ian Cheng
Ian Cheng
Los Angeles, 1984

Past Exhibitions

Ian Cheng: Emissary Forks at Perfection. Selected Works from the Collection

Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia
24/05/2018 — 17/03/2019

After Us

chi K11 art museum
17/03/2017 — 31/05/2017


Yuz Museum
04/09/2016 — 15/01/2017

Ian Cheng: Forking At Perfection

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst
20/02/2016 — 16/05/2016

The Tell – Tale Heart

Private: K11 Art Space
12/03/2015 — 17/04/2015

Solo Shows

Gladstone Gallery, BOB, New York
Julia Stoschek Collection, Emissaries, Berlin
Serpentine Galleries, Emissaries, curated by Ben Vickers & Rebecca Lewin, London
Serpentine Galleries, BOB, curated by Ben Vickers & Rebecca Lewin, London
Carnegie Museum of Art, Emissary Sunsets The Self, curated by Eric Crosby, Pittsburgh
Espace Louis Vuitton München, Emissary Forks featuring Thousand Islands, Munich
MoMA PS1, Emissaries, curated by Peter Eleey with Jocelyn Miller, New York
Migros Museum of Contemporary Art, Forking at Perfection, curated by Raphael Gygax, Zurich
Pilar Corrias, Emissary Forks At Perfection, London
Vdrome, Something Thinking Of You, curated by Andrea Lissoni & Filipa Ramos, vdrome.org
Standard (Oslo), Frieze, Emissary in the Squat of Gods, New York
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Emissary in the Squat of Gods, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Turin
La Triennale di Milano, Ian Cheng, curated by Filipa Ramos, Milan
Standard (Oslo), Baby Feat. Bali, Oslo
Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Club, Frieze, Entropy Wrangler Cloud, London
Off Vendome, Entropy Wrangler, Dusseldorf
Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Club, THIS PAPAYA TASTES PERFECT, Miami

Group Shows

Venice Biennale 2019, May you live in interesting times, curated by Ralph Rugoff, Venice
Museum of Modern Art, New Order: Art and Technology in the 21st Century, curated by Michelle Kuo, New York
Sharjah Biennial 2019, Leaving The Echo Chamber, curated by Zoe Butt, Omar Kholeif, Claire Tancons, Sharjah
Metro Pictures, Life To Come, curated by Asad Raza, New York
Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Biennial of Moving Image, curated by Andrea Lissoni & Andrea Bellini, Geneva
Schirn Kunsthalle, Wilderness, curated by Esther Schlicht, Frankfurt
Maxxi, Low Forms, curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, Rome
The Ghost Foundation, Ghost:2561, curated by Korakrit Arunanondchai & Akapol Sudasna, Bangkok
Whitney Museum of American Art, Programmed: 1965–2018, New York
MCA Chicago, I Was Raised on the Internet, Chicago
Fondation Louis Vuitton, In Tune with the World, Paris
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Etre moderne: Le MoMA à Paris, curated by Glenn Lowry, Suzanne Pagé, Paris
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Being There, curated by Mathias Ussing Seeberg, Humlebæk
Kestner Gesellschaft, in relation to a Spectator, curated by Studio for Propositional Cinema, Hannover
Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama Triennale, curated by Akiko Miki, Yokohama
Julia Stoschek Collection, Generation Loss, curated by Ed Atkins, Dusseldorf
Tate Modern, Ten Days, Six Nights, curated by Andrea Lissoni and Catherine Wood, London
Whitney Museum, Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016, curated by Chrissie Iles, New York
Jewish Museum, Take Me (I’m Yours), curated by Jens Hoffmann, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Kelly Taxter, New York
Yuz Museum, OVERPOP, curated by Jeffrey Deitch, Shanghai
Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool Biennial 2016, Liverpool
Julia Stoschek Collection, Dusseldorf, WELT AM DRAHT, Dusseldorf
Hirschhorn Museum, Suspended Animation, curated by Gianni Jetzer, Washington D.C.
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Stranger, curated by Rose Bouthillier, Cleveland
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (ARC), Co-Workers: Network As Artist, curated by Angeline Scherf, Toke Lykkeberg, Jessica Castex, Paris
Betonsalon, Co-Workers: Beyond Disaster, curated by Mélanie Bouteloup and Garance Malivel, Paris
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Screen Play: Life in an Animated World, curated by Joe Lin-Hill, Cathleen Chaffee, Laura Brill, Buffalo
Max Hetzler Gallery, Open Source, curated by Lisa Schiff, Leslie Fritz and Eugenio Re Rebaudengo, Berlin
Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Real Humans, curated by Elo­die Evers and Iri­na Ras­kin, Dusseldorf
Taipei Biennial 2014, The Great Acceleration, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, Taipei
Blum & Poe, Technokinesis, curated by Jenny Jaskey and Andrea Neustein, New York
Pilar Corrias, Phantom Limbs, London
Bortolami, Chatbots, tongues, denial & various other abstractions, curated by Jacob King, New York
The Artist’s Institute, Pierre Huyghe, curated by Jenny Jaskey, New York
Cura Basement, The Time Machine (The Survivors), curated by CURA with an idea from Ilaria Marotta, Rome
12th Biennale de Lyon, Meanwhile…Suddenly And Then, curated by Gunnar B. Kvaran, Lyon
Greene Naftali Gallery, Freak Out!, New York
MoMA PS1, ProBio, curated by Josh Kline, New York
Volker Bradtke, A HAMMER BLOW TO THE HEAD CAN INJURE THE SOUL, curated by Adam Harrison, Dusseldorf
iTunes, how to download a boyfriend, curated by Badlands Unlimited, Online
Primary Work Surface, A Programming Language, curated by Kari Rittenbach, London
SculptureCenter, A Disagreeable Object, curated by Ruba Katrib, New York
Mitchell-Innes & Nash, DECEMBER, curated by Howie Chen, New York

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Los Angeles Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1984 Lives in: NY, USA
W: Ian Cheng M: mail@iancheng.com