CHEN WENBO

Biographie

Chen Wenbo est né en 1969 à Chongqing, dans la province chinoise du Sichuan. Il est diplômé de l’Académie des Beaux-Arts du Sichuan.

Dans la continuité de Yue Minjun et des artistes de Pékin associés au « réalisme cynique », évoquant l’irruption de la consommation à outrance et la déshumanisation moderne, Chen Wenbo détourne le médium classique de la peinture à l’huile pour produire des portraits saisissants et dérangeants. Ces visages ultra réalistes, à la peau lisse et nue, rose bonbon, sont parcourus de motifs géométriques semblant les emprisonner.

Mais l’intention de l’artiste est aux antipodes du rire cynique ou de la résignation tragique. Les sujets sont intensément subjectifs, leurs regards clairs, déterminés et ouverts déchirent le maillage parasitique des motifs géométriques. Les mains sont au premier plan, questionnant le visage, s’en saisissant, pointant les oreilles, les yeux et la langue dans des postures énigmatiques, silencieuses et complices, en forme de défi. Une tierce main intervient fréquemment, nouant un contact avec le sujet.

Si l’oeuvre de Chen évoque, comme nombre de ses contemporains chinois, la souffrance d’une société moderne en proie à la réification, elle dépeint aussi et surtout la persistance inaliénable et subversive de la subjectivité, et l’affirmation de son pouvoir de nouer ses propres formes de liens sociaux. Au-delà du malaise viscéral qu’ils peuvent de prime abord susciter, ces portraits interpellent directement le spectateur sur la puissance de son propre regard, de sa propre emprise sur le monde. Il ne s’agit plus de se plaindre de l’absence de la liberté, il nous incombe de la conquérir.

Expositions

EXPOSITIONS INDIVIDUELLES

2018
Report, Galaxy Museum of Contemporary Art (GCA), Chongqing, China

2017
Carnival, SKP Beijing, Beijing, China

2016  
Day and Night, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

2015  
The Fat Years, Klein Sun Gallery, New York, NY

2009

ABIO-VIEW, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China

Chen Wenbo: Broken Series, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

2008

Chen Wenbo: Asian Rays, PKM Gallery, Beijing, China

Chen Wenbo: Epidemiology, Michael Schultz Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2003

Back door, Chen Wenbo 2003, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

2000

Chen Wenbo Solo Exhibition, Galerie Loft, Paris, France 

 


EXPOSITIONS COLLECTIVES

2016
Doctrine of New Capital: Huang Yu Collection Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu, China

No Candy to Make Trouble, Yang Art Museum, Beijing, China

2015
Flower and Style - Exchange Exhibition between Taiwan and China, Ant Nest Art Gallery, Chengdu, China

China 8: Chinese Contemporary Art From China at Rhine & Ruhr, itinerary exhibition, Germany

The Cabinet of Wonders, Heiqiao Art District, Beijing, China

Illuminated, Gland Space, Beijing, China

The Civil Power, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China

2014
Re-View, Long Museum, Shanghai, China

Civilization, OCAT Xi’an, Xi’an, China

Harmonious Society: Asian Triennial Manchester 2014, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, UK

Blue Roof Art Festival, Chengdu, China

Broached Retreat, UCCA, Beijing, China

Life Path, Wang Xingwei Studio, Beijing, China

Shanghai Deal, Radical Space, Shanghai, China

M Home: Living in Space, UCCA, Beijing, China

Aftermath: Post-Sensibility, Fifteen Years On, Duddell’s, Hong Kong

2013
Auction Bienniale, World Expo Museum, Shanghai, China

Square Cube, ArtDepot, Beijing, China

Timeline - An exhibition of Contemporary Art (Session I), Youmingtang Art Center, Nanning, China

Nightwalk at Heiqiao, Heiqiao Art District, Beijing, China

Village Poem, Gland Space, Beijing, China

2012

LATITUDE/ATTITUDE : 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong

Face, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2010

Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Erotic, Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery, Beijing, China

2009

16 Years of Running a Gallery, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, USA

Inaugural exhibition, Hadrien De Montferrand Gallery, Bejing, China

All the Great Modern Things - Chinese Pop, Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabruck, Germany

All the Great Modern Things - China Total, Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany

Anmnesis and Extrapolation, PKM Gallery, Beijing, China

2008

Mediation Biennale 08, Poznan, Poland

86 Steps to Nine Layers Heaven, Beyond Art Space, Beijing, Chine.

Portraying Food (and the absence of it), Walsh Gallery, Chicago, USA

Empty, Milan, Italy

2007

Neo Painting from China, Galerie Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan

RE-collection - A Retrospective Look at 15 years of Art and Vision, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong

Ddmwarehouse 2000-2007, DDM Warehouse, Shanghai, China

Floating - New generation of Art in China, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, South Korea

Modern Chinese Art, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, South Korea

Barcelona - Paris - Pekin, Espace Cultural Ample, Barcelona, Spain

Neue Asiatische Kunst, Thermocline of Art - ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany

We are your Future, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, USA

Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia

Vanguardias Chinas, Dolores de Sierra Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2006

6th Shanghai Biennale - Hyper Design, Shanghai, China

Contemporary China, PKM Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

Beyond the Canvas, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong

2005

Biennale of Contemporary Chinese Art, Montpellier, France

Dr. Uli Sigg Collections Exhibition, Switzerland

Second Triennial of Chinese Art, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, China

Chinese Contemporary Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

2004

All Under Heaven - China now !, Centre Régional d'Art Contemporain, Sète, France

MuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp, Belgium

East of the South in the West/West of the South in the East, Villa Arson, Nice, France

Temporality, LA Gallery, Beijing, China

Object System: Doing Nothing, ARCO 2004, Madrid, Spain

2003

Out of Focus, 25,000 Cultural Transmission Center, Beijing, China

Chinart, Museo del Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Roma, ltaly

Chinart, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary

2002

Too Much Flavor, 3H Art Center, Shanghai, China

Chinese Modernity, Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Paris-Pékin, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris, France

Chinart, Museum Kuppersmuhle Sammlung Grothe, Duisburg, Germany

Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China

Miragel, Suzhou Art Museum, Suzhou, China

2000

Chinese portraits, François Mitterand Cultural Center, Périgueux, France

Personality and Sociability in Arts, Guangdong Art Museum, China

1999

Representing the People, Tyneand Weir Museum Newcastle, UK

Starting a new channel in 1999, Dongyu Art Museum Shen Yang, China

1998

Confused, Contemporary Art Fair Amsterdam, Netherlands

1997

Chinese Video Art 1997, CIFA Gallery Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

1996

South Western Conceptual Art Show, University of Chengdu, China

1994

Fragmentation, Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts Chongqing, China

1993

China Oil Painting Biennal, China Art Gallery, Beijing, China

1992

The First Guangzhou Oil Painting Biennal, Guangzhou Exhibition Centre, China

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