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Liu Jianhua Biography

Born in 1962 in Jian, Jiangxi Province, Liu Jianhua began working in a porcelain sculpture studio in Jingdezhen in 1977. In 1985, he was admitted to the Fine Arts Department of the Jingdezhen Pottery & Porcelain College, majoring in Sculpture. Liu graduated from the Jingdezhen Pottery & Porcelain College in 1989 and went on to teach at the College of Fine Arts at the Yunnan Institute of the Arts. He is currently an associate professor at the Yunnan Institute of Arts.

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Art’s path is a continuous exploration for the thoughtful artist. After working mainly in the medium of ceramics, Liu Jianhua turned towards experimenting with a variety of integrated materials. Though the artist’s earlier work focused on personal feelings, he later began to demonstrate a more clear concern for social issues. Liu Jianhua has now aimed his attention towards the creation of a more formal stage.

Liu Jianhua’s earlier works Play focus on elements of “cheongsam,” a traditional one-piece Chinese women’s dress imbued with strong sensory qualities, to address its importance in Chinese culture. In 1994, Liu began his Discordant series, which marked the first time the artist’s work clearly expressed his deep concern for social issues. In this series, he placed the lower parts of nude female dummies together with Sun Yat-Sen jackets, demonstrating the distinct, though rather controversial, form of the works. Liu Jianhua then created Secretseries and Obsessive Memories series. The texture of these ceramics demonstrates the energetic characteristics of modern society. The co-existence of hard and fragile features illustrates the modern public’s unstable obsession with material objects.

In 2008, Liu Jianhua opened Export: Cargo Transit at the Shanghai Gallery of Art, Three on the Bund, again directing his attention towards the increasing stage of socialization. Ten tons of foreign garbage nearly filled the entire exhibition space. Artists try to give these “goods” another kind of value. Liu Jianhua stated: “It is the West’s creation of original eco-garbage, when shipped to China it is ‘exported,’ in China we can view it by means of art and then ‘export’ it back again, I expect a foreigner will collect these things, or they will be put on display in overseas exhibitions, so the art will return back to the West, in this way the whole concept was set up!” In 2009, Liu Jianhua’s exhibition Horizon was held at Beijing Commune. The exhibition exemplified the artist’s shift towards a more formalized stage.

Liu Jianhua has participated in many international and domestic group and solo exhibitions. Organized solo exhibitions include Dream in Conflict at Galleria Continua, Italy (2008) and Liu Jianhua: Horizon at Beijing Commune (2009). Solo exhibitions include What Do You Really Know About Yourself? at ShangArt, Shanghai (2003) and Export: Cargo Transit at the Shanghai Gallery of Art, Three on the Bund (2007).

Liu Jianhua Featured Artworks

Blank Paper by Liu Jianhua contemporary artwork
Liu JianhuaBlank Paper, 2009Porcelain
110.3 x 57.2 x 1.5 cm
Pace Gallery

Liu Jianhua Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Liu Jianhua, Liu Jianhua at Pace Gallery, Palo Alto
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21 June–4 August 2019 Liu Jianhua Pace Gallery, Palo AltoPalo Alto
Contemporary art exhibition, Liu Jianhua, Square at Pace Gallery, Beijing
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20 September–22 November 2014 Liu Jianhua Square Pace Gallery, BeijingBeijing

Liu Jianhua Represented By

Pace Gallery contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Pace Gallery New York, London, Geneva, Palo Alto, Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing

Liu Jianhua In Ocula Magazine

LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter Ocula Report LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter By Jareh Das, Los Angeles

The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (2 June 2019–5 January 2020) is an inter-generational show of 21 Chinese artists working from the 1980s to the present, including Ai Weiwei, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lin Tianmiao, Song Dong, He Xiangyu, Yin Xiuzhen, and Ma Qiusha.

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Shanghai Museum Shows: “Myth / History II” at the Yuz Museum and “Xu Zhen Solo Show” at the Long Museum Ocula Report Shanghai Museum Shows: “Myth / History II” at the Yuz Museum and “Xu Zhen Solo Show” at the Long Museum By Sam Gaskin, Shanghai

Both shows are milestone moments in the institutions’ development. The massive museums—each with about 10,000 square metres of space—are learning to stand.

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Liu Jianhua In Related Press

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Incredible alchemy: renowned ceramicist Liu Jianhua Related Press Incredible alchemy: renowned ceramicist Liu Jianhua 30 May 2016, Radio New Zealand

When walking into the Transfer exhibition space at The Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt, its numbers confront first; 1500 individually cast ceramic pieces, 46 crates containing art work, dozens of pools of gold across a darkened floor, references to three airline crashes in China, one ceramic baby shoe hanging alone. White against white, the...

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M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art exhibition comes to Hong Kong Related Press M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art exhibition comes to Hong Kong 8 January 2016, West Kowloon

M+, West Kowloon Cultural District, is delighted to announce that the tenth edition of the Mobile M+ exhibition series M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art will take place at ArtisTree in Taikoo Place from 23 February to 5 April 2016 with the support of Leading Sponsor Credit Suisse. M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades...

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Maria Taniguchi awarded Hugo Boss Asia Art Award 2015 Related Press Maria Taniguchi awarded Hugo Boss Asia Art Award 2015 1 December 2015, ArtAsiaPacific

Filipino artist Maria Taniguchi has been awarded the 2015 Hugo Boss Asia Art Award for Emerging Asian Artists, winning a prize of RMB 300,000 (USD 47,300) to foster her artistic practice. Announced on November 26, by Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) director Larys Frogier and Marc Le Mat, managing director of Hugo Boss China Retail Co. Ltd, the award...

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Between Liu Jianhua Related Press Between Liu Jianhua 1 December 2015, ArtAsiaPacific

Liu Jianhua has always placed an importance on the spiritual and perceptual experiences of the viewer—and nowhere is this more fundamental than in “Between,” his show coinciding with the 18th installment of Asian Art, an annual ten-day event in London showcasing Asian artists and galleries. Four works are on display at Pace...

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