Liu Ding

born in 1976 in Changzhou (Cina)

“Self-awareness is a key feature of Liu Ding’s work — in many cases incessantly so. When you look at Liu Ding’s work, it is as if it is winking back at you, slyly implicating you in its investigations.” Edward Sanderson
Liu Ding pursues a research-based practice that manifests in a range of media, from painting to theatre production, as well as curatorial and theoretical work. Liu Ding’s works investigate the various mechanisms and rules of the art system. Through contrasts and comparisons between past and present archetypes, Liu Ding examines shifting ideas of the model citizen, the role of artists and intellectuals in society, and conditions of cultural production and historical knowledge.
Born in 1976 in Changzhou, the Chinese Jiangsu Province. In 2001 he moved to the South of China to establish Pink Studio in Nanjing, where he continued his artistic practice. Among his achievements there is the foundation of Complete Art Experience Project (2004-2005) and his designation as the artistic director of Beijing’s JoyArt. He currently lives and works in Beijing as an independent artist. His main exhibitions count both solo and group shows in China and Europe, especially Italy, Germany, UK, The Netherlands, Norway as well as Russia and Australia.

Solo Exhibitions (selected)

Rice, Mango, Pork... and Ghosts, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, IT
Li Jianguo Born in 1952, Antenna Space, Shanghai, CN

Reef: A Prequel, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, NL

Three Performances, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing, CN

BMW Tate Live: Liu Ding Almost Avante-garde, Performance Room, Tate Modern, London, UK

Liu Ding’s Store: Take Home and Make Real the Priceless in Your Heart, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, US

Gravestone for Rumour Mongers/Grabstein für Verleumder, L.A. Galerie, Frankfurt, DE

Liu Ding’s Store, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing, CN
Liu Ding: Conversations, Moscow Biennale for Young Art, Aftergallery, Moscow, RU

Special project: Chen Ke, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, IT

Traces of Sperm, L.A. Galerie, Frankfurt, DE


The Ruins of Pleasure, Marella Gallery, Milan, IT
Tiger, Universal Studios Beijing, Beijing, CN


Samples from the Transition – Products, L.A. Galerie Frankfurt, DE

Samples from the Transition – Treasure, Long March Project Room, Beijing, CN

Noah’s Living Room – The Power of the Mass, China Unlimited, Berlin, DE
Image Beyond Image – Liu Ding’s Photography, Rooseum, Malmö, SE


White Ecstasy – Liu Ding’s Installation, KEYI Gallery, Nanjing, CN

Unbalance – Liu Ding’s Paintings, FEIFAN Art Center, Nanjing, CN

Group Exhibitions (selected)

The Szechwan Tale: China Theatre and History, FM Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea, Milan, IT

Chinese Whispers, Kunstmuseum, Bern, CH
Discordant Harmony, Guandu Museum of Art, Taipei, TW

Discordant Harmony, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, JP
Do Disturb, MOMA PS1, New York, US
8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, AU
The 14th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, TR
Do Disturb, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR
Discordant Harmony, Art Sonje Center, Seoul, KR

Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai, CN
Prospect3 Notes for Now, New Orleans, US
5000 Names: Hans van Dijk, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art , Rotterdam, NL
5000 Names: Hans van Dijk, UCCA Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, CN


Chen Shaoxiong and Liu Ding, Primae Noctis Art Gallery, Lugano, CH

Taipei Biennial 2012, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, TW
Pulse Reaction: An Exchange Project on Art Practice, Times Museum, Guangzhou, CN
The Tanks – Art in Action, Tate Modern, London, UK

A Museum That is Not, Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, CN
Marker, Art Dubai Projects (non-profit curated programme), Madinat Arena, Dubai, UAE
The Global Contemporary. Kunstwelten nach 1989, ZKM - Zentrum für Kunst und
Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, DE

Lianzhou International Photo Festival 2010, Lianzhou, CN
The Third Party – An Exhibition in Three Acts, Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, CN
EAA (Emerging Chinese Artists), KDJ Convention Center, Gwanju, KR
Zeitgenössische chinesische Fotografie, Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, DE
Liberation – and its Relative Meaning, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, UK
Personal Frontier – An Inaugural Exhibition by ia32 Space, ia32 Space, Beijing, CN
Reshaping History – Chinart from 2000 to 2009, China National Convention Center, Beijing, CN
Glass Factory – Art in the New Financial Era, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, CN
Mush-room, Aftergallery, Moscow, RU
Jungle – A Close-Up Focus on Chinese Contemporary Art Trends, Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, CN

Chinese Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennal, Venice, IT
that obscure object of desire, offiCina, Beijing, CN
The Big World: Recent Art from China, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, US
The 2009-2011 Vancouver Biennale, Vancouver, CA
5th Latin-American Biennial of Visual Arts – VENTO SUL, Instituto Paranaense de Arte, Curitiba, BR

China: Construction Deconstruction, Museum of Art San Paulo, San Paulo, BR
Aurum – Gold in Contemporary Art, Centre PasquArt, Bienne, CH
Down Town Prodution – Exhibition of the Artists Who Live in the City, Red Mansion Foundation, London, UK
Far West, Arnolfini Arts Center, Bristol, UK
Art Multiple, Ke Center for Contemporary Arts, Shanghai, CN
New World Order, Groningen Museum, Groningen, ND
Global Eurasia, special exhibition in Art Cologne, Cologne, DE
Community of Tastes, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, CN

China Power Station II, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, NO
Forms of Concepts – The Second Documentary Exhibition of Fine Arts, Center for Documentary
Exhibition of Fine Arts, Wuhan, AU
Thermocline of Art – New Asian Waves, ZKM Center for Art & Media, Karlsruhe, DE

AllLookSame? Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, IT
Dual Realities – The Fourth Seoul International Media Art Biennale, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, KR
China Power Station I, Battersea Power Station, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
Beijing Biennial of Architecture 2006, The National Museum of China, Beijing, CN
Chaos City, Universal Studios Beijing, Beijing, CN
The Poetic Reality – A Reinterpretation of Jiangnan, RCM Art Museum, Nanjing, CN
Fiction @ Love, MOCA, Shanghai, CN

Renovation – Relations of Production, Long March Space, Beijing, CN
Beyond - the Second Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, CN
Limitation and Freedom, Wuhan Art Archives and Center, Wuhan, CN
Complete Art Experience Project No. 5 – 24 Hours, Beijing Film Studio, Beijing, CN
Archaeology of the Future – The Second Triennial of Chinese Art, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, CN
Complete Art Experience Project No. 1 – Incest, Platform China, Beijing, CN

Illusion, Artist Commune, Hong Kong, CN
Aphrodisiac, Hai Shang Shan Art Centre, Shanghai, CN
Space – Guangdong Museum of Art Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition, Guangdong, Museum of Art, Guangzhou, CN
Lustre – Two-Man Exhibition of Yu Fan & Liu Ding, China Art Archives and Warehouse, Beijing, CN

Death is Silence, Yan Club, Beijing, CN
New Urbanism – Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Guangdong Museum Of Art, Guangzhou, CN

Money Funny Honey, Taikang Top Space, Beijing, CN
Inauguration of the New Gallery, China Art Archives and Warehouse, Beijing, CN

Aesthetes and Vagueness – Performance Art Exhibition, Qinliang Park, Nanjing, CN
The Feeling of Floating, Nanjing Normal University Museum, Nanjing, CN