Cao Fei

Born in Guangzhou, 1978 and lives in Beijing

Cao Fei (b. 1978, Guangzhou) is a Chinese artist based in Beijing. She is one of the most significant and innovative young artists to have emerged on the international scene from China. Her multimedia projects explore the lost dreams of the young Chinese generation and their strategies for overcoming and escaping reality. She mixes social commentary, popular aesthetics, references to Surrealism, and documentary conventions in her films and installations. Her works reflect on the rapid and chaotic changes that are occurring in Chinese society today. Cao Fei’s recent solo exhibition Splendid River took place at Secession Museum, Vienna, Austria. Cao Fei’s recent work La Town (2014) was on display at 56th Venice Biennale: All the World’s Futures. Her online project RMB City (2007-2011) has been exhibited in Deutsche Guggenheim (2010); Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2009); Serpentine Gallery, London (2008); and Yokohama Triennale (2008). Cao Fei’s previous works had participated in a number of international biennales including 15th & 17th Biennale of Sydney (2006 & 2010), Moscow Biennale (2005), Shanghai Biennale (2004), Istanbul Biennale (2007) and 50th & 52nd Venice Biennale (2003 & 2007). She also exhibited video works in Tate Modern (London), Guggenheim Museum, the International Center of Photography, MoMA, MoMA P.S.1 (New York), Centre Pompidou and Palais de Tokyo (Paris). Cao Fei was a nominee for the Future Generation Art Prize 2010 and the finalist of Hugo Boss Prize 2010. She received the 2006 Best Young Artist Award by Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA).

Age of You
On view at Jameel Arts Centre, the exhibition explores the perception of self in the 21st century
29 Jan 2021 - 14 Aug 2021
Jameel Arts Centre
Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi
not in, of, along, or relating to a line
A virtual show exploring artistic expressions through technology in a Covid-19 world
20 Jan 2021 - 10 Jul 2021
The NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery
Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi
Unreal City
London’s biggest public festival of AR art
08 Dec 2020 - 08 Jan 2021
24 sites between Waterloo Bridge and Millennium Bridge
Cao Fei: Blueprints
This project at the Serpentine Galleries will be Cao Fei’s first large-scale institutional solo exhibition in the UK
04 Mar 2020 - 17 May 2020
Serpentine Galleries
Art in the Age of Anxiety
Curated by Omar Kholeif, this is the most ambitious exhibition to date in the region exploring art in the age of the internet. The exhibition takes place in Gallery 1,2 and 3.
21 Mar 2020 - 21 Jun 2020
Sharjah Art Foundation
Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi
China China
PinchukArtCentre presents China China, a major group exhibition including eleven Chinese artists of different...
18 May 2013 - 06 Oct 2013
Voice of Images
The exhibition Voice of Images, a selection from the video collection of the François Pinault Foundation,...
30 Aug 2012 - 13 Jan 2013
Palazzo Grassi
The Time is Out of Joint
“The Time is Out of Joint”, curated by Tarek Abou El Fetouh, is the second phase of the exhibition...
12 Mar 2016 - 12 Jun 2016
Sharjah Art Foundation
Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi
M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art
M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art is a rigorously curated exhibition of highlights...
23 Feb 2016 - 05 Apr 2016
M+ West Kowloon Cultural District
Hong Kong
Hack Space
The K11 Art Foundation (KAF) and Serpentine Galleries present the group exhibition Hack Space with New...
21 Mar 2016 - 24 Apr 2016
K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space
Hong Kong
Cao Fei Solo Show
MoMA PS1 presents the first museum solo show in the United States of Beijing-based artist Cao Fei. One...
03 Apr 2016 - 31 Aug 2016
New York
Time Test: International Video Art Research Exhibition
Co-presented by CAFA Art Museum and Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Time Test: International Video Art...
02 Jul 2016 - 28 Aug 2016
CAFA Art Museum
Hong Kong
Why The Performance?
Since its foundation in 2015, Ming Contemporary Art Museum (McaM) has been committed to support and...
18 Sep 2016 - 20 Nov 2016
Techstyle Series1.0: Ariadne’s Thread
MILL6 Foundation presents “Techstyle Series1.0: Ariadne’s Thread” the inaugural exhibition of Mill6...
19 Nov 2016 - 06 Dec 2016
MILL6 Foundation
Hong Kong
State (in) Concepts
Fondation Kadist has invited iLiana Fokianaki, founder and director of the non-profit Athens based institution...
21 Oct 2017 - 17 Dec 2017
Fondation Kadist
Cao Fei: A hollow in a world too full
A hollow in a world too full is the first large institutional exhibition dedicated to artist Cao Fei...
08 Sep 2018 - 04 Jan 2019
Tai Kwun
Hong Kong
The Street. Where the World is Made
The exhibition gathers more than 200 works by around 140 artist to pay an homage to the street, investigated not...
07 Dec 2018 - 28 Apr 2019
Cao Fei: HX
The Centre Pompidou presents a solo show by Chinese artist Cao Fei (born 1978, Guangzhou). The project...
06 Jun 2019 - 26 Aug 2019
Centre Pompidou
Is This Tomorrow?
Alserkal Avenue Foundation presents in collaboration with White Chapel gallery a landmark exhibition...
03 Nov 2019 - 23 Nov 2019
Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi
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