SUI Jianguo


Born in Qingdao, Shandong province in 1956, Sui Jianguo studied sculpture at the Shandong Academy of Fine Arts, then at…

Biography

Born in Qingdao, Shandong province in 1956, Sui Jianguo studied sculpture at the Shandong Academy of Fine Arts, then at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, where he now serves as a professor and director of the sculpture department. World famous for his dinosaurs and his Mao jackets, Sui Jianguo has exhibited all over the world and his works are present in many public collections.

Sui Jianguo’s sculpture represents introspection in the artistic process in modern China: whether it be realism in his early works or classical forms, in his sequel Mao “jackets” and “dinosaurs”, discussed here; his sculptures essentially translate what the “idols” of the past represent, what they really are in the unconscious of the contemporary Chinese people.

Sui Jianguo has participated in numerous international exhibitions, both individually and collectively, for example at the Beeldenaan Zee Museum in The Hague, Netherlands, Today’s Art Museum in Beijing, China, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Manila, Philippines as well as the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China.

Comment

Director of the sculpture department of the Academy of Fine Arts, it is thanks to him that abstract and conceptual sculpture was accepted by the Chinese authorities. Going beyond the borders of China, he is probably one of the most promising sculptors of the 21st century. By sculpting his domed jacket in the image of Mao Zedong, he wants to associate each compatriot in his process of introspection.
This jacket wanted by Sun Yatsen in 1911 and worn by millions of people in China symbolizes the paternity of a period that marked an entire generation, an extraordinarily powerful cultural symbol.
More recently, his red dinosaur (a symbol of both imperial and communist China) bears the words “Made in China” engraved on the chest, a nod to the plastic toys of the beginning of China’s economic boom, a symbol of this times of a thousand-year-old China awakening to contemporaneity.

Career

EXPOSITIONS PERSONNELLES (sélection)

2015
Tachable, Pace Pékin, Chine

2014
Sui Jianguo, L.A. Louver, Venise, Etats-Unis
Sui Jianguo: Blind Portraits, Public Art Fund, New York, Etats-Unis

2013
Sui Jianguo: Physical Trace, Galerie Scheffel, Francfort, Allemagne
Sui Jianguo: Physical Trace 2, Galerie Scheffel, Bad Homburg, Allemagne

2012
Sui Jianguo's Discus Thrower, The British Museum, Londres, Royaume-Uni
Sui Jianguo, Pace Beijing, 798, Pékin, Chine
Restrained Power: Sui Jianguo's Work, MOCA, Singapour

2011
The Hague Under Heaven – Sui Jianguo Sculpture, Museum Beelden aan Zee, La Haye,
Pays-Bas

2010
Made in China by Sui Jianguo, Art Issue Projects, Beigao District, Pékin, Chine

2009
Motion/Tension : New Work by SuiJianguo, Today Art Museum, Pékin, Chine

2008
Art Time Square-Exhibition of works by Sui Jianguo, HongKong, Chine
Revealing Traces, Joyart, Pékin, Chine

2007
Dian Xue - Sui Jianguo Art Works, OCAT, Shanghai, Chine
Speeding up – Sui Jianguo Space Video, Arario, Pékin, Chine

2005
Sui Jianguo: The Sleep of Reason, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, Etats-Unis

1999
Clothes Veins Studying, Passage Gallery, Pékin, Chine

1997
You Meet the Shadow of one Hundred Years, Melbourne, Australie

1996
Exhibition of Works by Sui Jianguo, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

1995
Deposit and Fault, New Delhi Culture Centre, Inde

1994
Remember of Space, CAFA Gallery, Pékin, Chine
Exhibition of Works by Sui Jianguo, Hanart Gallery, Taipei, Taïwan


EXPOSITIONS COLLECTIVES (sélection)

2015
Situated in Future/Beyond Today,Today’s Art Museum,Pékin,Chine
Objecthood, Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, Chine

2014
Post Pop: East Meets West, Saatchi Gallery, Londres, Royaume-Uni
Busan Biennale 2014, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Corée du Sud
Future Returns: Contemporary Art From China, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, Etats-Unis

2013
Blickachsen 9: Sculpture in Bad Homburg and Frankfurt RheinMain, Francfort, Allemagne
Space Drawings, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Pays-Bas

2012
The 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale: Accidental Message, OCAT, Shenzhen, Chine
Special Show for The 1st International Festival of Contemporary Sculpture, Kiev, Ukraine

2011
Leaving Realism Behind, Pace Beijing, Pékin, Chine
Start from the Horizon-Chinese Contemporary Sculpture Since 1978, Sishang Art Museum, Pékin, Chine
Ideology and Manifestation, Wenxuan Art Museum, Chengdu, Chine
the 4th Guangdong Trinnale, GMOA, Chine
Super-Orgnasm-CAFAM Biennale, Pékin, Chine
Collection History-China New Art, MOCA Chengdu, Chine
Martell Artists of the Year, Pékin, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chine

2010
Made in Pop Land, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Séoul, Corée du Sud
The city of forking paths, The sculpture project of the expo boulevard, World expo Shanghai, Chine
The constructed dimension - 2010 Chinese contemporary art invitational exhibition, National Art Museum of China, pékin, Chine
Sculpture - Sui Jianguo and his students, A4 gallery, Chengdu, Chine

2009
The home court, White Box Museum of Art, 798, Pékin, Chine
Beijing—Havana The Revolution of Art, The National Museum of Fine Arts, La Havane, Cuba
I Can Believe Chinese Contemporary Artist’s Exhibition & Star Art Museum Opening Exhibition
Embrace Suzhou - Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art, Suzhou Art Museum, Chine
09 Art Changsha, Hunan Museum, Changsha, Chine
Conversation With Chinese Contemporary Sculpture Milennium Park, Chicaco, Etats-unis
State Legacy-Research in the visualisation of political history, MMU, Manchester, Royaume-Uni
Spectacle—to each his own, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taïwan

2008
Art and Chinese Revolution, Asia Society, New York, Etats-Unis
Beyond-Sotheby’s at Chatsworth, Chatsworth, Royaume-Uni
Conciliatory-Poznan Biennalia, Poznan Art Museum, Poznan, Pologne
Come Over, Li Space, Caochangdi, Pékin, Chine
Hanging in Sky Drifting on Surface, Linda Gallery, 798 Pékin, Chine
Reflective Asia—3rd Nanjing Triennial, Nanjing Musuem, Nanjing, Chine
Hypallage — The Post - Moden Mode of Chinese Contemporary Art, The OCT Art & Design Gallery, Shenzhen, Chine
Half - life of a Dream — Contemporary Chinese Art, SFMOMA, Etats-Unis
Ships at Sea, Henk Visch & Sui Jianguo, C-Space, Pékin, Chine
New World Order, Groninger Museum, Groningen, Pays-Bas
Free Fall, Chen Ling Hui Contemporary Space, Pékin, Chine
Crouching Paper Hidden Dragon, F2 Gallery, Caochangdi, Pékin, Chine
Hunting Birds, Tang Contemporary, Pékin, Chine

2007
Energy—Spirit, Body, Material, The First Today’s Documents 2007, Today’s Art Museum, Pékin, Chine
Forms of Concepts—the reform of concepts of Chinese contemporary Art 1987-2007, Hubei Art Museum, Chine
Red Hot - Asian Art Today from the Chaney Family Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Etats-Unis
Metamorphosis: The Generation of Transformation in Chinese Contemporary Art, Tampere Art Museum, Tampere, Finlande
Fashion Accidentally, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taïwan
What is Monoha?, B.T.A.P., Pékin, Chine
Breathe, Jinan, Chine
Top 10 Chinese Contemporary Sculptors, Asia Art Center, Pékin, Chine
Chinese Contemporary Socart, The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscou, Russie
We Are Your Future - Special Project for 2nd Moscow Biennale, Russie

2006 City in Progress / Live from Zhang Jiang, Shanghai, Chine
Double - kick Cracker, Tang Contemporary, Pékin, Chine
Susi - Future & Fantasy, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Philippines
Absolute Images, Arario Tian, Corée du Sud
China Trade, International Center for Contemporary Asian Art, Vancouver, Canada
Jianghu, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, Etats-Unis
Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Allemagne
On the Edge, Davis Museum and Culture Center, Wellesley College, Massachusetts, Etats-Unis

2005
Beautiful Cynicism, Arario, Pékin, Chine
Ten Thousand Years, Postmodern City, Pékin, Chine
To Each His Own, Zero-Space 798, Pékin, Chine
Xianfeng! Chinese Avant-garde sculpture, Museum Beelden aan Zee, Scheveningen, Pays-Bas
Transportation Box, Jianwai SOHO, Pékin, Chine
On the Edge - Contemporary Chinese Artists Encounter the West, Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University, Etats-Unis
Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Etats-Unis

2004
Now - Conceptual Estate in Shanghai, Shanghai, Chine
The First Nominative Exhibition of Fine Art Literature, Wuhan, Chine
Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney, Australie
Gods Becoming Men, Frissiras Museum, Athènes, Grèce
What Is Art - Two Wrongs Can Make One Right, Xian Art Museum, Xian, Chine
Playing With Chi Energy, House of Shiseido, Tokyo, Japan
Exposition des Sculptures Chinoises, Jardin Des Tuileries, Paris, France
Busan Sculpture Project, Busan, Corée du Sud

Light As Fuck, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norvège
Beyond Boundaries, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, Chine
Celebrating 20 Years of Hanart, TZ Gallery, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
Art on the Beach, Galerie Enrico Navarra and Hanart TZ Gallery, St. Tropez, France
Future and Past, International Center of Photography, New York, Etats-Unis

Lili Waiwai, Lyon Contemporary Art Museum, Lyon, France
2003 Open Sky, Duolun Art Museum, Shanghai, Chine
Open Time, National Gallery, Pékin, Chine
Triennial for Contemporary Art by the Sea, Beaufort, PMMK, Museum of Modern Art, Oostend, Belgique
Today’s Chinese Art, Century Alter Art Museum, Pékin, Chine

2002
Artists of the Ideal, Palazzo Forti, Vérone, Italie
Paris-Pekin, Espace Cardin, Paris, France
The First Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, Chine
2001 Open 2001, Lido, Venise, Italie
Transplantation in Situ, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, Chine
Between Earth and Heaven: New Classical Movements in the Art of Today, Museum of Modern Art, Oostend, Belgique
Art on the Beach, Nice, France

2000
Chinese Sculpture International Exhibition, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, Chine
Shanghai Biennial 2000, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, Chine
Sharing Exoticisms–Contemporary Art Lyon Biennial, Lyon, France

1999
Art China, Limn Gallery, San Francisco, Etats-Unis
Transcience – Chinese Experimental Art at the End of the Twentieth Century, The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Etats-Unis; tournée à l’University of Oregon Museum of Art, Eugene, Etats-Unis ; et au The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, Etats-Unis

1999
Mao: From Icon to Irony – The Cult of Mao Zedong from the mid 1940’s to the 1990’s, Victoria and Albert Museum, Londres, Royaume-Uni
The 14th International Asia Art Exhibition, Asia Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japon
Les Champs De La Sculpture 2000, Paris, France
Avant-Gardes En Chine, Galerie Loft, Paris, France
The Second International Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, Chine

1998
The 1st Annual Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, He Xiangning Art Museum, Chine

1997
A Point of Contact – Korean, Chinese and Japanese Contemporary Art, Daegu Culture
Centre, Daegu, Corée du Sud
Dream of China – 97’ Chinese Contemporary Art, Yan Huang Art Museum, Pékin, Chine

1996
From the East of Urasia – Japan, Korea, and China, Installation & Painting 1996, Kodama
Gallery, Osaka, Japon
The First Academic Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Artist, Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong

1995
From the Central Kingdom: Chinese Avant-Garde Artists, Centre d’Art Santa Monica,
Barcelone, Espagne
Women Site, Beijing Contemporary Art Gallery, Pékin, Chine

1994
Substance and Creativity – Asian Arts and Craft from its Origin to Present Day, Hiroshima,
Japon

1993
China’s New Art, Post-1989, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong; tournée à la Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada; University of Oregon Art Museum, Eugene, Etats-Unis; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Etats-Unis; Salina Arts Center, Etats-Unis; Chicago Cultural Center, Etats-Unis; San Jose Museum of Art, Etats-Unis
Mao Goes Pop, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australie
Sui Jianguo and W.K.P Sculpture Exhibition, Chinese Modern Art Centre, Osaka, Japon