WANG KEPING
Wang Keping was one of the founders of the non-conformist artist group “The Stars” (Xing Xing), formed in 1979 during the post-Cultural Revolution “Beijing Spring”. This group of young avant-garde artists challenged the status quo and were pivotal in initiating some of the first free art expressions in the Post-Mao era bringing together like-minded artists such as Huang Rui and Ma Desheng. As one of France and China’s foremost sculptors, Wang Keping’s sculptures are an exploration of the human form. With a natural intuition of space and balance, they convey a highly sensual representation of the female body, of man and woman, mother and child. Wang Keping reveals the natural contours of the wood: the grain; knots; and flaws to evoke figurative representations in his work. Inspired in his early years by masters of European Modernist sculpture, his search today stems from Taoist ideas of simplicity and nature, material and the non-material, physical and spiritual, each piece defying definition.
Biography

Wang Keping was born in Beijing in 1949. In 1979, he took part in the Beijing Spring Democracy Movement. He is a founder of the Stars Group (Xing Xing 星星), China’s first avant garde art group following the Cultural Revolution. In September 1979, the The Stars Group (Xing Xing 星星) organized the first non-conformist art exhibition on the gates of the National Art Museum of China in Beijing. It had a great impact in China. He has been living and working in Paris since 1984.

 

HISTORICAL EXHIBITIONS

1979    First STARS (XING XING 星星) Exhibition, an unauthorized exhibition hung on the

            gates of the National Art Museum of China, Beijing. Exhibition outlawed after 2 days.

1980    Second STARS (XING XING 星星) Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing.

 

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013    Wang Keping, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing

2010    La Chair des Forêts, Musée Zadkine, Paris

2008    He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen

1994    Museum fur Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt

1993    Chinese Modern Art Center, Osaka

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016    Figures, Musée national d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

            M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art, M+Museum,

            Hong-Kong

            An/other avant-garde – China-Japan-Korea, Busan Biennale 2016, Busan           

            Arts et Nature 2016, Domaine régional de Chaumont sur Loire

2015    The Civil Power, Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing

2013    Light before Dawn, Unofficial Chinese Art 1974-1985, Asia Society, Hong-Kong

2011    Artistes Chinois à Paris, Musée Cernushi, Paris

           Blooming in the Shadows, Unofficial Chinese Art, 1974-1985, China Institute, New

           York

2008   China Gold, Art Contemporain Chinois, Musée Maillol, Paris

           Go China – Writing on the Wall, Chinese Art from the Eighties and Nineties,

           Groninger Museum, Groningen

           Origin Point, The Stars 30 years, Today Museum, Beijing, China

2007   China Contemporary Art : the long march of the Avant-Garde,

           Contemporary Art Museum, Geneva

           China Onward, The Estella Collection, Chinese Contemporary Art 1966-2006,

           Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen

2005   Chinese Contemporary Art from the Sigg Collection, Kunstmuseum, Bern

2004   Chine, le corps partout ?, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Marseille

2001   Modern Chinese Art, The Khoan and Michael Sullivan Collection,

           Ashmoleum Museum, Oxford

2000   Le corps morcelé, Fondation d’art contemporain Daniel et Florence Guerlain,

           Les Mesnuls

           At the New Century, 1979-1999 China Contemporary Art’s Works,

           Contemporary Art Museum, Chengdu

1999   Les Champs de la Sculpture, Champs-Elysées, Paris

           The Buyeo Gudurae Sculpture Park, Buyeo

1998   Vision 2000, Chinesische Gemälde und Skulpturen der Gegenwart,

           Kunstmuseum, Stuttgart

1992   Sculptures - Frédéric Bleuet, Peter Briggs, Wang Keping, Salle Saint-Jean,

           Hôtel de Ville de Paris

1989   Tian An Men, je me souviens, Musée National d’Art Moderne,

           Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

1983   Painting the Chinese Dream, Chinese Art 30 Years after the Revolution,

           Brooklyn Museum, New York

 

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

Musée Cernuschi, Paris

Domaine régional de Chaumont sur Loire

M+ Uli Sigg Collection, M+ the New Museum of Visual Culture, Hong Kong

Aidekman Art Center, Boston

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Collection de la Ville de Paris, Paris

Buyeo Gudurae International Sculpture Park, Buyeo

He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka

Museum of Modern Art, Taizhong

The Olympic Sculpture Park, Seoul

 

AWARDS

Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France, 2015)