MUCHEN AND SHAO YINONG
Muchen, b. 1970, Liaoning, China; Shao Yinong, b. 1961, Qinghai, China. Live and work in Beijing, China.

The artist duo began their work with photography, but has recently explored other mediums such as installation and sculpture. Their practice reflects on the social and political implications of the rapid transformations of China. As they examine the memories of both collective and individuals, they are able to explore the dichotomies of both reality and representation, producing pieces that are nostalgic, dream-like and provocative.

SHAO YINONG
Born in 1961 in Qinghai, China.
Currently lives and works in Beijing.

EDUCATION
1982
Qinghai Normal UniversityFine Art Department, BA

1987
Assistant Lecturer Class of Oil Painting Department Central Academy of
Fine Arts

MUCHEN
Born in 1970 in Liaoning, China.
Currently lives and works in Beijing.

EDUCATION
1995, People’s University of China, Photojournalism, MA


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014
Autumn Spring, 10 Chancery Lane Art Projects, Hong Kong
A Splendid Web from Heaven to Earth, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong

2013
Art Sanya: Encounters, Shaoyinong solo exhibition, Hainan Sanya
Shaoyinong & Muchen: Weathered root - Fleeting eternity, Shanghai Gallery or Art, Shanghai

2012  
Forum Fur fotografie ,Cologne, Germany

2011
Forever and Ever, Muchen Solo exhibition, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
Landscape as Movitation, Muchen solo exhibition, SPAM Art Foundation, Gallery @ ALL, Shanghai, China

2010   
Non-Presences, Zamek Cultural Centre, Poznan, Poland

2008   
Between Sky and Earth- White Dews, Shao Yinong solo exhibition, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong
Between Sky and Earth-Beginning of Summer, Shao Yinong solo exhibition, Art Channel, Beijing

2005   
Shao Yinong and Muchen Works, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong
Shao Yinong and Muchen Works, FotoGrafia - Festival Internazionale di Roma, Museum of Rome in Trastevere, Italy
Shao Yinong and Muchen Works, Grace Alexander Contemporary Art Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

2004   
Shao Yinong and Muchen Works, China Art Archives & Warehouse, Beijing, China
Shao Yinong and Muchen Works, Taiwan International Visual Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan
Shao Yinong and Muchen Works, Goedhuis Contemporary, New York, USA
Shao Yinong and Muchen Works, Chinese Contemporary, London, UK

2003
Shao Yinong and Muchen Works, Les Rencontres d’Arles, France

2002
Shao Yinong and Muchen Works, Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China
Shao Yinong and Muchen Works, Pingyao International Photography Exhibition, Shanxi, China

1996   
Shao Yinong Oil Painting Exhibition, TAO Gallery, Beijing, China

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014
Confronting Anitya – Oriental Experience in Contemporary Art, Kunstwerk Carlshutte, Germany
Hanart 100: Idiosyncrasies, Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong

2013
Tai---Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Shone-show Gallery, Beijing
Silent Realm---Renaissance of Eastern Aesthetics, Zero Art Center, Beijing
From House to Home, Fang Suo Commune, Guangzhou
Filter The Public, SWFC - Shanghai World Financier, Shanghai
Confronting Anitya---Oriental Experience in Contemporary Art, 900magimuseo, Bologna/ Palazzo Michiel, Venice, Italy
Individual Growth---momentum of contemporary art, Tianjin art Museum /Shijiazhuang Art Museum, Hebei
Datong 2nd International Sculpture Biennale, Heyang Museum, Shanxi
The Portrait of Space"2013 Parkview Green Art Festival , Parkview Green, Beijing
Night Walking in Heiqiao, Beijing

2012
Credit Suisse— Today Art Award 2012, Today Art Museum, Beijing
Conceptual Renewal—Short History of Chinese Contemporary Photographical Art, Sishang Art Museum
Theme of Biennal:Naturalmente, Villa Reale, Monza, Milan, Italy
Shanghai Sculpture Project One 2012——Life Latitude, Shanghai Oil Painting & Sculpture Institute, Shanghai
Homeward Bound, Lake Mobile Museum, Beijing
Architecture Fotografie - Made in China, Museum Fur Angewandte kunst Koln, Germany
The Noumena, re-C Art Space,Chendu
Slow Pace: A King of Contemporary Art, Li-Space
The Third Nature Chinese Reconstruction - Guangzhou Triennial,
Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou
Poetic dwelling - 798 Yitel Art projects, Yitel Hotel,Beijing
Announcement - Contemporary Art Exhibition, 798 Space, Beijing

2011
Open House, Singapore Biennale, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Changing Vistas: Creative Duration, Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Dual Senses and Dynamic Views ——Contemporary Art Exhibition across the Taiwan Straits of 2011, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China; Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan
Black and white, O Zero Museum ,798, Beijing , Chin
Relationship - Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, GuangdongMuseum of Art, Guangzhou, China
CHINA: The Art of a Nation , Outdoor Exhibition: Landscape in Mind, Group Exhibition at The Kennedy Center, Washington, U.S.A.
Unexpected Issue, Art Channel, Beijing, China
RED, CHINA AND ARTISTIC FREEDOM, 17 perspectives, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery Art Projects, Hong Kong

2010
Reshaping History—China art from 2000 to 2009, National Exhibition Center, Beijing, China
Negotiations: The Second Today’s Documents, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China (Shao Yinong)
Beyond Memory: Contemporary Photography in China, The Art Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
Two Sides of the Same Coin: Project Infrasound Round Ⅱ, Chunchi Contemporary Art Space, Beijing, China
The Time Being Kept: Group Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Artists, Artist Commune, Hong Kong (Shao Yinong)
The First Cross-Strait Chinese Character Festival, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
Beyond the Body: Contemporary Image Art Exhibition, MOCA, Shanghai, China
China Today, Edsvik Konsthall, Sollentuna, Sweden

2009
Political/ Minimal, MS2, Muzeum Sztuki, Poland
Rites de Passage, SCHUNCK , Heerlen, The Netherlands
Never Equal Distance to the Moon: Power, Politics, and the Environment, Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark
Three Decades: The Contemporary Chinese Collection, Queensland Art Museum, Australia
Art & Environment-Art TaiPei 2009, Taipei, Taiwan (Muchen)
Shooting Image, 1st Photo Korea, Seoul, Korea
Beijing-Havana New Revolution from Chinese Contemporary Art, National Museum of Cuba, Havana, Cuba
Black Screen, Langqiao Art Space, Chengdu, China
The Way of Image, Pure Space, Beijing, China
The Wunderkammer (higgledy-piggledy), Alexander Ochs Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2008
Political/ Minima, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
Farewell to Post-colonialism – Third Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China
Make up – Liverpool Biennial, FACT, Liverpool, UK (Muchen)
New World Order – Contemporary Installation Art and Photography from China, Groninger Museum, the Netherlands
Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, The UC Berkeley Art Museum (Touring exhibition)
Chinese Freedom, T Space, Beijing, China
Himmlischer Frieden (1919-2008), Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, Germany
Under the Sky, International Positions in Contemporary Painting, White Space, Beijing, China
Spring Training, Beijing 2008, Pekin Fine Arts, Beijing, China
Chinese Fantasies – Found Museum Inaugural Exhibition, Beijing, China
The Evolution of Concept, 10 Years Chinese Conceptual Photography Memorial Exhibition, Time Space in 798, Beijing, China
Zhù Yì ! China Actual Photography, Palau De La Virreina, Barcelona, Spain

2007
VIE PRIVEE, Musée de Jurmala, Musée de Ventspils, Maison des Expositions, France
Explorations Narratives / Replaying Narrative, Le Mois de Photo a Montréal, Maison de la Culture, 2007
Thermocline – New Asian Waves, ZKM, Karlsruhe , Germany
China Now, Cobra Museum Museum of Modern Art, Amstelveen, the Netherlands
ZHUYI! Actual Photography from China Atrium Art Museum, Madrid, Spain
Chinese Contemporary Sotsart, the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Collective Identity Chinese Arts Centre Manchester, UK, University Museum and Art Gallery of the University of Hong Kong,  Hong Kong
Made in China: Contemporary Chinese Art, Israel Museum, Dragon's Evolution-Chinese
Contemporary Photography, China Square, New York

2006
Asia-Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Australia
China Now-Art in Times of Change, Sammlung Essl Museum, Austria
Seduced and Abandoned, 2006 Chinese Contemporary Sociological Icons, 798 Factory, Beijing; Vanessa Art Link, Jakarta, Indonesia
Post.Doc, Photosynkyria 06, International Festival of Photography Thessaloniki,
Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki, Greece
“Xianyin” Twenty Years of Chinese Contemporary Photography, Sifang Contemporary Art Museum, Nanjing, China
don’t misbehave!, SCAPE 2006 Biennial , Christchurch, New Zealand
Spread in Prato 2006, Prato, Italy
Signes d’Existence, Exposition Photographique & Video, CAFA gallery, Beijing, China
Transformations: New Chinese Photography, The City of Fremantle Arts Centre, Australia
Beyond Foreordination, contemporary photography exhibition, China Art Seasons, Beijing, China

2005  
Artrise, Toronto Art Fair, Canada
A Strange Heaven - Contemporary Chinese photography, Tennis Palace, City Art Museum Helsinki, Finland
Mahjong, Chinesische Gegenwartskunst aus der Sammlung Sigg, Bern Art Museum, Switzerland
Follow me! Contemporary Chinese Art at the Threshold of the Millenium, Mori art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Contemporary Art from Greater China, Geodhuis Contemporary Gallery, USA
Nouveautés sans Limites, Beijing, China
Collective Space-Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, 1a Space, Hong Kong
BANANA SUFER, IEUM Gallery, Beijing, China

2005
Rome international Photography Festival, Rome, Italy
2005 Guangzhou Photo Biennial, Guangdong Art Museum, China
Living in Interesting Times—A Decade of New Chinese Photography, the Open Museum of Photography, Israel
Beauty Berlin: Beijing—Alexander Ochs Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Beijing Contemporary, Galerie Kampl, Munich, Germany

2004
Techniques of the Visible—2004 Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Fine Art Museum, China
Past in Reverse: Contemporary Art of East Asia, touring exhibition in San Diego Art Museum; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri; Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. (2004-2006)
Performing the Body—Photography and Performance from China, Alexander Ochs Gallery, Berlin, Germany
798 Group Exhibition, Pingyao, Shanxi; Time Space, Beijing
FIAC: Paris International Contemporary Art Fair 2004, Paris, France (Chinese Contemporary)
Contemporary Chinese Photography, Beaux Arts Museum, Nancy, France
Contemporary Chinese Photography, Visual Gallery Photokina, Koln, Germany Berlin Art
Fair 2004, Berlin, Germany (Alexander Ochs Gallery)
The Logbook: An Art Project about Communication and Culture Exchange, Long March Foundation, Beijing
People Used to Dream About the Future, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, UK
Chinese Eyes, Goedhuis Contemporary, New York, USA
Chine, Le Corps Partout?, Marseille Contemporary Art Museum, France (Shao Yinong)
Palm Beach Contemporary 2004, Florida, USA (Goedhuis Contemporary)
Asia Art Week, New York, USA (Goedhuis Contemporary)
The Armory Show 2004, New York, USA (Courtyard Gallery)
Art Chicago 2004, Chicago, USA (Goedhuis Contemporary)
Between Reality and Memory, Tishman Gallery, New York, USA

2003
Alors La Chine? , Pompidou Center, France
The Strange Heaven, Prague Rudolfinum, Czech Republic
Direction of Living—Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition of the Selected Works Collected by Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China
Chinese Art Today, The Art Museum of China Millennium Monument, Beijing
FIAC: Paris International Contemporary Art Fair 2003, Paris, France
Spread in Prato 2003, Prato, Italy
Face and Body – Chinese contemporary art exhibition, Taikang Top Space, Beijing, China
Shuidaoqiege, 706 Art Space, Beijing, China
W, Beijing Seasons Gallery, Beijing, China
On the Wall—Chinese Contemporary Art, The Regional Museum, Kristianstad, Sweden
Contemporary Chinese photography, Galerie Enrico Navarra, Paris, France

2002
2002 Taipei Biennial—Great Theatre of the World, Taipei, Taiwan
Paris—Pekin, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris, France
Money and Value/the Last Taboo, Swiss National Bank, Biel, Switzerland (Shao Yinong)
New Photography From China, Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China
Dreaming—Group Portraits, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China
Splendid Splendor—2002 National Metropolitan Touring Exhibition, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei (Shao Yinong)

2002
Chinese Photography Exhibition, Beijing, China

2001
Chinese Plan: Rotate 360, Paragold Int’l Art Centre, Shanghai, China
Phenomenon Exhibition, FUN Gallery, Beijing, China
Facing Contemporary Art, Xidan Bookshop Building, Beijing, China
Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Bari Art Museum, Italy
“Virtual Future”, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou
Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, Shanxi, China
Yipin International Photography Festival, Dongying, Shandong, China

2001
Chinese Photography Exhibition, Beijing , China
“Art Bash” Exhibition, Beijing, China

2000
International Art Fair of Taipei, Taipei (Shao Yinong)
Lights are on, but nobody at home, ddm Warehouse, Shanghai, China

1999 
Ouh, La, la, Kitsch!, TEDA Contemporary Art Museum, Tianjin (Shao Yinong)
The Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Arts, Zurichsee, Switzerland (Shao Yinong)
The First Documentary Exhibition of Chinese Installation Arts, Art Commune in Hong Kong

1996
Reality: Today & tomorrow---China’s Contemporary Art Exhibition, Beijing (Shao Yinong)

1994
The Painting Exhibition of Chinese Avant-Garde Artists, Cultural Center, Hong Kong (Shao Yinong)

1993
China Oil Painting Biennial Exhibition, National Art Museum, Beijing (Shao Yinong)

1992
Modern Art Exhibition in 1990’s, Beijing University (Shao Yinong)
’92 Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition, Hong Kong (Shao Yinong)

1991
Chinese Ethnic Art Exhibition, Beijing, China (Shao Yinong)

1987
The First Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition, Shanghai Art Museum, China (Shao Yinong)

1984
The Sixth National Art Exhibition, Liaoning Museum, Shenyan, Chinag (Shao Yinong2014
Confronting Anitya – Oriental Experience in Contemporary Art, Kunstwerk Carlshutte, Germany
Hanart 100: Idiosyncrasies, Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong