Fang Lijun was born in 1963 in Handan, China. He lives in Beijing, where he attended the Fine Arts Academy. After the Tiananmen events he became famous as one of the most important members of the “Cynical realism” movement. These artists used their works to criticise the communist party in an ironical and cynical way; Fang Lijun's works dealt with issues such as human rights, morality and political oppression, using colorful and surrealistic images. One of his most recurring elements is a bald head, partly a self-portrait but mainly the symbol of the apathetic followers of the communist party. Among his numerous solo exhibitions: Today Art Museum in Beijing, The Japan Foundation in Tokyo, Berlin Staatliche Museum. His works can be found in renowned collections, both private and public. 

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EXHIBITIONS

1984

Sixth National Art Exhibition, Guangzhou, China

1989

China Avant- Garde Art Exhibition, China Art Gallery, Beijing, China

1992

Fang Lijun and Liu Wei Oil Painting Exhibition, Beijing Art Museum, Beijing, China

New Art from China / Post-Mao Product, Toured the Art Gallery of New South Sales, Sydney; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; City of Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat: Canberra School of Art Gallery, Canberra, Australia China Avant- Garde, Toured Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany; Kunsthal ttterdam, The Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, U.K.; Kunsthallen Brandts Klcedefabrik, Odense, Denmark

1993

China's New Art, Post'89, Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong

Passagio ad Oriente, 45th Biennale di Venezia, Italy

Mao Goes Pop, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

1994

The 4th Asian Art Show, Fukuoda Art Museum, Fukuoka, toured Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Welt- Moral, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland

Chinese Contemporary Art at San Paulo, 22nd International Biennale of San Paulo, Brazil

1995

Visions of Happiness-Ten Asian Contemporary Artists, The Japan Foundation, Tokyo, Japan

Couplet 4, Toured Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Netherland Unser Jahrhunder, Museum Ludwig Koln, Germany

Avantguardes Artistiques Xinesses, Centre d'Art Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain

The 1st Kwangju Biennial, Kwangju, Korea

1996

Beijing No, No Soap Opera?, MarstallTheater Munchen, curated by Alexander Ochs, Germany Begegnungen mit China, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany

China!, Kunst Museum, Bonn, Germany The 2st Kwangju Biennial, Kwangju, Korea

Die anderen Modernen, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin Chinese Walls, Gasunie's Kunstkomi- tee, Groningen, The Netherlands New Collection of Commissioned Works on the Theme : Hiroshima, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan

Fang Lijun, Human Images in an Uncertain Age, the Japan Foundation, Tokyo, Japan

1998

It's me, Forbidden City, Beijing, China Inside Out: New Chinese Art, Asia Society, New York, U.S.A.

5000+10, Chinese Contemporary, Castellbisbal, Spain

China!, Haus der Kulturen de Welt, Berlin

Black & White, Chinese Contemporary, London, U,K,

Fang Lijun, Stedeljik Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1999

The 5th Asian Art Show, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan

APERTO, The 48th Venice Bennial, Venice, Italy

Open Channels, Dong Yu Museum of Fine Arts, Shenyang, China

New Modernism for a new Millennium, Limm Gallery, San Francisco, U.S.A

2000

Visage: Painting and The Human Face in 20th- Century Art, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Japan Between, Upriver Residence, Kunming, China

The Collection of Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

The 20th Century Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition, China Arts Museum, Beijing, China

Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Portrait of China Contemporaries, Espace Culture Francois Mitterand, France

2001

China Art Now!, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Towards a New Image: Twenty Years of Contemporary Chinese Painting, National Art Museum, Beijing; Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai; Sichuan Art Museum, Chengdu; Art Museum Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

Bienal de Artes, Visuais do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil, Switzerland Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu Contemporary Art Museum, Chengdu, China Dream, Red Mansio, London, U.K.

In Holz Geschnitten-Durer, Gauguin, Penck und die Anderen, Museum Bochum, Germany

2002

A point in time, Changsha, Meilun Museum, Changsha, China

Guangzhou Triennial 2002, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

Fang Lijun & Jorg Immendorff, Shanghai Contemporary Albrecht, ochs&Wei, Shanghai, China

Image is Power: Wang Guangyi, Zhang Xiaogang, Fang Lijun, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

Fang Lijun Hong Kong Art Center, Hong Kong

2003

CP Foundation Biennale, National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

From China with Art, National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

Alors, la Chine, Pompidou Center, Paris, France

An Opening Era, China National Museum, Beijing, China

Chinese Printmaking Today, British Libtary& Muban Foundation, British Library, London, U.K.

2004

CHINA, THE BODY EVERYWHERE?, Museum of Contemporary Art, Marseilles, France

Dreaming of the Dragon's Nation: Contemporary Art Exhibition from China, Ministry of Culture of People's Republic of China & Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism of the Republic of Ireland, Irish Museum gf Modern Art in Dublin, Ireland

CHINA NOW, Tang Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

FACE TO FACE-CHINA, NOW, TAIWAN, Robert & Art Gallery, Tainan City, Taiwan

2005

China Contemporary Art, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, China

New Work/ New Acquisitions, MOMA, New York, U.S.A.

CP Biennale II 2005, CP FOUNDATION, Jakarta, Indonesia

Plato and His Seven Spirits, OCAT, Beijing, China

History of River-The Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition In New Era, China National Museum, Beijing, China

ALWAYS TO THE FRONT- CHINA CONTEMPORARY ART, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

Mahjong, Bern Museum, Switserland derszenen-Child's play, Wasserschlos GroB Luthen/ Spreewarld, Berlin, Germany

Clues- Fang Lijun| Wang Yin| Xiao Yu| Yang Maoyuan, WHITE SPACE BEIJING, Beijing, China

SKY OF LOT, Shenzhen Museum, Shenzhen, China

Beautiful Cynicism-ARARIO BEIJING Opening Exhibition, ARARIO BEIJING, Beijing, China

2006

A point in time- in Wuhan, Fine Arts Literature, Wuhan City Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan, China Hange, Taipei Museum, Taipei CHINA COUP, The Red Mansion Foundation, London, U.K

BSOLUTE IMAGES CHINESE CONTEMPORARY ART, Arario, Cheonan, Korea

Fang Lijun-Holzschnitte und Zeichnungen, S M B Kupfertstichkabinett Staatliche Museum zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany

LIFE IS NOW, CP Foundation, Jakarta, Indonesia

Fang Lijun:Today ! Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

2007

Chinese: Contemporary Sotsart, The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Post-Martial Law vs. Post '89- The Contemporary Art in TAIWAN and CHINA, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung City

China-Facing Reality, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Wien, Australia

Inferno in Paradise: 10 Years Alexander Ochs Galleries Berlin| Beijing, Alexander Ochs Galleries Berlin| Beijing, Berlin, Germany

Black White Gray, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

Red Hot, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, U.S.A.

China-Facing Reality, Museum Mod- erner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Wien, Ausrtia

THE POWER OF THE UNIVERSE- Exhibition of Frontier Contemporary Chinese Art, Asia Art Center, Beijing

Fang Lijun, Hunan Provincial Museum, Changsha, China

Fang Lijun Solo exhibition, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Fang Lijun Print Exhibition, dARTex (The Danish Art Exchange), Beijing, China

2008

Beijing- Athens, Contemporary Art from China, Greek Athens national contemporary art center, Athens, Greece Facing China, Akureyri Art Museum, Akureyri, Iceland

Half-Life of a Dream: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Logan Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco, U.S.A. Museum fur Asiatische Kuns Exhibition, Museum fur Asiatische Kunst, Berlin. Germany

Asia 3rd Nanjing Triennial, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, China

AVANT-GARDE CHINA: Twenty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan Cina XXL secolo, Arte fra identità e trasformazione, the Palazzo delle Espo- sizionz, Roma, Italy

Encounter, Pace Beijing, Beijing, China

Kunadu Biennale, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

The revolution continues: new art from China, Saatchi Gallery, London, England

Fang Lijun, The Galerie Rudolfnum, Prague, Czech Republic

Fang Lijun, Arario New York, New York, U.S.A.

2009

The Chinese Pavilion at the 53rd International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale See a World in Grain of Sand, Giardini, Arsenale, Venice, Italy

The First Academic Contemporary China Engraving Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

The Contemporary Art Achievement Exhibition in Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China, Beijing Hotel, Beijing, China

Open Vision- Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Art, Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art of the National Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic Collision- Cases of Contemporary China Art Experiment, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China

A Gift To Marco Polo, Island of San Servolo, Venice, Italy

CHINAMANIA, ARKEN MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, COPENHAGEN, Denmark Embrace Suzhou Exhibition of the Chinese Contemporary Arts, Suzhou Museum, Suzhou, ChinaThe Face of the Chinese Avant-Garde, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, U.S.A

Endlessness of life: 25 Years Retrospect of Fang Lijun: Living Like A Wild Dog 1963-2008 Fang Lijun's Archive, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan Fang Lijun,

Sea and Sky, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany

Fang Lijun: Thread of Time, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

2010

Three Decades of Contemporary Chinese Art: Painting (1979-2009), Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China Reshaping History- China Art 2000- 2009, CNCC, Beijing, China

The Constructed Dimension- 2010 Chinese Contemporary art Invitational Exhibition, China Art Gallery, Beijing, China

Clouds: Power of Asian Contemporary Art, Soka Art Center Beijing, Beijing, China

Western China International Art Biennale, Yinchuan, China

Negotiations The Second Today's Documents, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

Pure Views-New Paintings From China, Louise Blouin Foundation, London, U.K.

Fang Lijun, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

Fang Lijun Documenta Into University, Art Museum of Shanxi University, Taiyuan, China

2011

Pure Views: New Painting from China, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, U.S.A.

Future Pass Collateral Event of the 54th Venice Biennial, Abbey of San Gregorio, Palazzo Mangilli Valmarana, Venice, Italy

Image- History- Existence Taikang Life 15th Anniversary Art Collection Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

A New Horizon- Contemporary Chinese Art 1949 to 2009, National Gallery of Australia, Sidney, Australia

China- Xinjiang The 1st Contemporary Art Biennale, Xinjiang Art Center, Xinjiang, China

Go Figure! Contemporary Chinese Portraiture, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, and Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, Australia

Fang Lijun: From Symbol to Analysis, Xi'an Art Museum, Xi'an, China

Fang Lijun: Into University Documenta, Southwest Jiaotong University, Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, Fine Arts Campus, Art Museum of Jilin, Guangxi Art Institute Art Museum, China

2012

Western China International Art Biennale, TianYe Art Museum, Yinchuan, China

Through All Ages- Long Museum Opening Series Exhibitions, Long Museum, Shanghai, China FACE, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai ,China

OMEN2012-CHINESE NEW ART, Shanghai art museum, Shanghai, China Re-Link: Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Ink and Wash Painting 2000- 2G :2, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China

Fang Lijun: Into University Documenta, XinJiang Normal University, Qinghai University for Nationalities, BeiFang University Of Nationalities, China

The Breakthrough: A Solo Exhibition by Fang Lijun, CP Foundation, Jakarta, Indonesia

Fang Lijun: Documenta, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Singapore The Precipice Over The Clouds, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Turin, Italy

2013

Re-Link: Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Ink and Wash Painting 2000-2012, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

Those Leading Contemporary Art Practices A Juried Invitational Exhibition of AAC(the Award of Art China), Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

Evolvement, Avant-garde Contemporary Art Center, Nanjing, China

Dust and Glory, a joint exhibition of Fang Lijun and Yin Zhaoyang, at ART ONE Foyer, Hong Kong.

Portrait of The Times- 30 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China St. Moritz Art Masters, St. Moritz, Swiss

Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States

Re-Portrait: No.1 Sanguandian Art Exhibition 2013, Hubei Museum of Art, Hubei, China

Fang Lijun- A Cautionary Vision, Palazzo Marcello, Venice, Italy Fang Lijun 2013,Springs Center of Art, Beijing, China

Fang Lijun, HanartTZ Gallery, Hong Kong

Pigment: Fang Lijun solo exhibition, HUAYU Resort & SPA Yalong Bay Sanya, Sanya, China

Fang Lijun: Into University Documenta, Hunan Normal University, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, China

2014

Se- Context: 1984, Group Exhibition, 378 Art Lab, Beijing, China

China New Expression- Exhibition 1980- 2014, China Art Museum Shanghai, China

Academic New Art Season I, Luohu Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

3rd Documentary Exhibition of Fine Arts RE-MODRENIZATION, Hubei Museum of Art, Hubei, China

1960, Springs Center of Art, Beijing, China

8+1 Experimental Art Case, Guangdong Contemporary art center, Guangzhou, China

Great success- Fang Lijun exhibiton, Yibo Gallery., Shanghai, China

FANG LIJUN: The New Body of Work by Mr. Fang Lijun 1963, ART &PUBLIC - CABINET P.H, Geneva, Switzerland

Fang Lijun: Into University Documenta, Anhui Normal University, Nanjing University, China

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