EXHIBITION: 24 September – 12 October 2020
Curator: Kim KiBu
Shen JingDong (1965- ) is an acclaimed contemporary artist of the Chinese new wave movement. His works depict soldiers and workers as icons of Chinese life rendered in blue, green, yellow or red. Shen’s works can be seen in collections worldwide.
Shen’s first solo exhibition in UK, ‘Shen JingDong: The Beautiful Fairy Tales’, introduces 29 works produced in response to the changing times he faced and archives related to his works. JingDong’s Great Britain series has been selected especially for the upcoming exhibition in London. Through this, you can appreciate the portraits of representative British figures, as viewed from JingDong’s Chinese perspective.
In the 2000s, the emergence of Shen JingDong in a period of revival for Chinese Contemporary Art suggested a dawning of a new era. Previously, ideological criticism determined the direction of new contemporary art. Shen JingDong provides a definitive example of commercialised aesthetics in Chinese pop art. While serving as a soldier, he was praised by a Chinese leader for his theatrical background design, in 1998. He attempted various conceptual and performing arts in the 1990s, influenced by Dadaism and pop art.
In 2006, ‘Hero No.12‘ was collected in the National Art Museum of China, the Most Famous National Museum of Art in China, and his artistry began to be recognised. His art received numerous praise for its pursuit of “cuteness” along with its commercialized ideological features.
Starting in 2007, an exhibitions of his works have been hosted in Hong Kong and New York, and his performances were held in the United States, Italy, the Republic of Korea, Japan, and France.
Through his work, he reveals his innermost thoughts, hidden in metaphors, humor and smiles. Amid the urbanisation and globalisation going on throughout China, Shen JingDong can be seen in his works as a witness to the changes globalisation brings. Amid the strengthening of ideology and oppression of freedom that coincides with globalisation, his work provides a new way out. Through the harmony of the realm of both imagination and reality, he builds his own fairy tales.
His “Fairy tale” perspective hides knowledge behind a smile. In exploring his work, we too can see what he sees- hiding our new perspective about the world behind a smile.
(This is an external exhibition not organised by Asia House.)
Shen JingDong 沈敬东
1965 Born in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China；
1984 Graduated from the fine art class of Nanjing Xiaozhuang Normal School；
1991 Graduated from the Department of Fine Arts, Nanjing Academy of Art；
1991—2009 Serving in the Battlefront Art Troupe of the Political Department of Nanjing Military Region；
At present living in Beijing。
Shen Jingdong : The Beautiful Fairy Tales, Asia House, London, UK
Small eyes-big world, XSPACE Gallery, Nanjing, China
Art.Design and Home, Red Star Macalline, Guiyang, China
Shen Jingdong came here, Hôtel de l’industrie, Paris, France
Shen Jingdong is here, Chinese gallery, New York, USA
Shen Jingdong was here, Il Giardino Bianco Art Space, Venice, Italy
From South to North in 2018–Shen Jingdong’s Invitational Exhibition of Individual Works, Art Museum of School of Fine Arts and Design of Shenyang Normal University, China
Start from Nanjing, Jinling Art Museum, Nanjing, China.
Guns N’Roses–Shen Jingdong’s Solo Exhibition, Parkview Green ART, Beijing, China
International Joke: Shen Jingdong, Ross Art Museum, Maryland, USA
Art Career Record of Good Soldier Jingdong: Shen Jingdong Literature Exhibition, Songzhuang Contemporary Art Documentary Exhibition, Beijing China
Shen Jingdong Story:Shenjingdong, Art and Design Academy Art Museum, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao, China
International Joke: Shen Jingdong Solo Exhibition, Korean Craft Museum, Cheongju, Republic of Korea
Shen Jingdong +Jon Tsoi:No head No heart, WhiteBox, New York, USA
Let’s Paint Together: Shen Jingdong and Liao Mingming Collaborative Exhibition, Yue Museum of Art, Beijing, China
New Representational Art in China, Hudson Center for Contemporary Arts, Poughkeepsie, USA
The Little Prince, E Space, Hong Kong
Dawn of a New Age: Ink Redefined, Art Futures Gallery, Hong Kong
Censure, Galerie Dock Sud, Sète, France
My Kingdom of Fairytales, Art Futures Group, ArtOne, Hong Kong
Hidden Meanings, Colour Explosion, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
Continue with Revolution, 3V Gallery, Nanjing, China
We could be HeroesⅡ, The Rotunda, Exchange Square, Central, Hong Kong
Hero, Volta Art Fair, New York, USA
Hero, China Square Gallery, New York, USA
The Most Beloved People, Today Art Museum & New Millennium Gallery, Beijing, China
Making of Heroes over 10 Years, Imagine Gallery, Beijing, China
We could be Heroes, Yan Gallery, Hong Kong
Images of Heroes, New Millennium Gallery, Beijing, China
Exhibition of One Painting, 88 Art Document Storehouse, Beijing, China
2019 Hello, Van Gogh, acrylic on canvas, 80 × 60cm. French Industrial Palace, Paris, France
2018 The Little Prince, oil on canvas, 100x100cm. Jinling Art Museum, China
2014 Salute, Stainless Steel, 200cm high. Bengbu University, China
2013 Salute, Stainless steel, 200cm high. Xiamen Jimei University, China
2013 Soldier with a Gun, Cast bronze, 200cm high. Xiamen Jimei University, China
2012 Salute, Cast bronze, 170cm tall. Nanjing Art Institute, China
2009 Hero, oil on canvas, 100cm × 100cm. WURTH Art Museum, Spain
2008 Harmony One, oil on canvas, 200cm × 600cm. Oberte Museum, Germany
2008 Head of a Soldier, spray paint in glass-steel, 56cm × 52cm × 35cm, Henan Art Museum, China
2007 Heroes Series No.12, oil on canvas, 200cm × 200cm, National Art Museum of China, China
2007 Heroes Series No.42, oil on canvas, 200cm × 200cm, Singapore Museum of Fine Arts, Singapore
2006 Founding Ceremony, oil on canvas, 200cm × 700cm. Shanghai Art Museum No. 1, China