Liu Jianhua is one of China’s best known sculptural and installation artists. Working primarily in porcelain and mixed media, Liu was raised in Ji’an, Jiangxi Province. He spent 14 years living, learning and working in Jingdezhen, a city renown for its porcelain industry. He graduated in Fine Art of Sculpture at the Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute in 1989, and started his own experimental practices. Liu’s works reflect the economic and social changes in China as well as the problems that emerge. His Regular Fragile series, first shown at the Chinese Pavilion, Venice Biennale in 2003, is composed of porcelain replicas of familiar objects that value appearance and symbolism over function. While his previous focus was on the social issues in China as the result of globalization, since 2008, he explored new grounds with works like Untitled.  His “no meaning, no content” approach signals a new direction of contemporary art creation.

Liu Jianhua
Liu Jianhua
Ji’an, 1962

Past Exhibitions

M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art

M+ West Kowloon Cultural District
23/02/2016 — 05/04/2016

Liu Jianhua: Between

Pace London Burlington Gardens
05/11/2015 — 23/11/2015

The Making of a Museum

22/11/2014 — 31/03/2015

Solo Shows

Square, Pace Beijing, Beijing, China
Polit-Sheer-Form: Fitness for All, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
Polit-Sheer-Form!, Queens Museum, USA
Discard, The Keng Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
Do the Same Good Thing, Times Art Museum, Guangzhou, China

Liu Jianhua, Pace Beijing, Beijing, China
Silent Anomalies, Art & Public Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland

Discard, Shanghai Pujiang Overseas Chinese Town, Shanghai, China
Screaming Walls, Beijing Ullens Center For Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China

Group Shows


“Viva Arte Viva”, 57th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

Unlived by what is Seen, Gallery Continua, Pace Beijing, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
The Making of A Museum, Aurora Museum, Shanghai, China
Asian Contemporary Art Week, Asia Society and Museum, New York, USA
Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Summer Group Show, Pace Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Aura of Poetry, Moca, Shanghai, China
We have never participated – The 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale 2014, OCT Contemporary Art Center, Shenzhen, China

Concrete & Possibility, Bi-city Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture, Shenzhen, China
Dior Esprit, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China
Portrait of the Times – 30 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
Revel – Celebrating MoCA’s 8 Years in Shanghai, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China
Insightful Charisma – Inaugural Exhibition of Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai, China
Voice of the Unseen – Parallel Exhibition of the 55th Venice Biennale, Arsenale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Pessimism or Resistance?, Taikang Space, Beijing, China
DUCHAMP and/or/in China, The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
The Amazing Shoemaker, Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, Florence, Italy
Shanghai Surprise: A Group Show on Contemporary Art in Shanghai, chi K11 art space, Shanghai, China

Of Human Scale and Beyond: Experience and Transcendence, Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong, China
HOMO FABER, Castello Sforzesco, Milan, Italy
REAL LIFE STORIES, The Bergen Museum of Art, Bergen, Norway
2012 Shanghai Sculpture Programme – Life Latitude, Museum of Shanghai Oil Painting and Sculpture Institute, Shanghai, China
Artist in Wonderland – Kuandu Biennale, Kuandu Museum of Fine Art, Taipei, China
Time Traveler, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey
Ctrl+N: Non-Linear Practice 2012 Gwangju Biennial special exhibition, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea
ARSENALE 2012: The 1st Kiev Biennale of Contemporary Arts, Mystetskyi Arsenale, Kiev, Ukraine
Face, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Future Pass: From Asia to the Future World of Art, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, China
Passing Through Memory, Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou, China

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Ji’an Country of birth: China Date of birth: 1962 Lives in: Shanghai, China