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Cang Xin


Cang Xin

Cang Xin (b.1967, Inner Mongolia, China) is one of China’s most celebrated performance artists and a bona fide shaman currently based in Chengdu, China. Cang holds the profound belief that all things have spirit – both animate and inanimate objects – and is a member of an order of enlightened holy men who have the ability to enter various forms at will. He approaches his work as a means to promote harmonious communication with nature. His works have included bathing with lizards, adorning the clothing of strangers, and prostrating himself on icy glaciers: each act representing a ritual of becoming the other.

Cang studied at Tianjin Academy of Music, Nankai University, and Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts. He has exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum, New York; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Centro de Historias Zaragoza, Spain; OzAsia Festival, Adelaide; Sydney Biennale, Sydney; International Performance Art Festival, Tokyo and Whitebox Art Centre, Beijing. His works are in numerous important collections, including the White Rabbit collection in Australia.


1967 Born in Baotou, Inner Mongolia, China
1986 Studied at Tianjin Academy of Music
1988-89 Studied at Nankai University and Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts
1991 Self-directed study in painting
1993 Moved to Beijing and lived at the “East Village”
2015 “Spiritual Crystals”, Whitebox Art Center, Beijing
2014 “The Extra-Dimensional Becoming”, Tian Ren·He Yi Art Center, Hangzhou
“Metamorphosis”, Leo Gallery, Shanghai
2013 “ A Tale of Two Cities ” New Painting Series Exhibition of China
Cangxin’s Hidden Consciousness Tian Ren·He Yi Art Center, Hangzhou
2012 “Cangxin and He yunchang Double solo exhibition” Belgium
2011 “The Spirit of Translation”, The Gallery of Chinese Cultural Arts, San Diego
2009 “Rites of Nature”, C-SPACE, Beijing
“Cang Xin’s Shamanic Vision”, Space Can, Seoul
2008 “Cang Xin’s Mythology”, Today Art Museum, Beijing
“Cang Xin’s Mythology”, Mook Gallery, Beijing
“Cang Xin’s Mythology”, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong
“Man and Sky as One”, Z-Art Center, Shanghai
“Cang Xin’s Works Exhibition”, Square Gallery of Contemporary Art, Nanjing
2007 “Cang Xin”, solo exhibition, Vanessa Art Link, Jakarta, Indonesia
“Existence in Translation: Cang Xin Solo Exhibition”, Espace Cultural Ample, Barcelona, Spain
2006 “Existence in Translation: Cang Xin Solo Exhibition 1993-2006”, Xin Dong Cheng Space for Contemporary Art (II), Beijing
“Existence in Translation: Cang Xin Solo Exhibition 1993-2006”, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong
“Identity Exchange”, The Red Mansion Foundation, London
“Different Life”, East Link Gallery, Shanghai
1997 “Program for the Patient: Auto-write”, dongsibatiao #52, Beijing, Curated by Gao Ning.
1996 “Communication”, solo art performance, Beijing
1994 “Virus Series: Trample the Face”, solo art performance, Beijing
1993 “Virus Series—Self-Healing”, solo art performance, Beijing
2016 “The 1st Hainan international coastal Sculpture Exhibition” Sanya, Hainan
“Beyond Action” Qinlin Contemporary Art Gallary, Beijing
“Parabiosis International contemporary Art Exhibition” Chongqing Changjiang Contemporary Gallary, Chongqing
2015 “The Exhibition of Annual of Contemporary Art of China” Beijing Minsheng Contemporary Art Museum
“InwardGazes—Documentaries of Chinese Performance Art 2015” Macao
“Brother·Manhood Contemporary Art Exhibition 2015” ZoomArt Gallary, Beijing
“Not just the process, the result alos counts Art Now Live Tour 2” Tianjin,China
“Qiyunshengdong” Anxi Confucious’s temple, Anhui
“2522II in this multifariousness” Shanghai mingyuan garllary, Shanghai
“Beijing Calling” Vermilion Art, Sydney, Australia
“Across the ocean :The beauty of east_Chinese contemporary art exhibition” Chile
“Asia Contemporary Art Exhibition 2015” Jeonbuk, Kroea
“Tentative_Contemporary Art Invitation Exhibition”Guangzhou 1000 Art Zone
“2015 The 3rd He Shun International Villege Art Festival__Depict Our Metting In Xucun”Shanxi Province
“Hetero -Entity:myths、narration、imagination ” EMoCa Shenzhen
“Yuan Vision-Seven Biographies with Unique Languages” Beijing rainbowwallart gallery
“Vision art exchange exhibition of China” Erhai legend club Dali Yunnan
“China 8-Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition Osthaus Museusm Hagen Germany
“Biennale China-Italia” Torino, Italia
“Sudden change of idea_An exhibition on comparative study between Chinese and German Conceptual Art”, United Art Museum Wuhan
“AMNUA Drawing Show Series/Drawing·Art of Re-Zuo”, Nanjing
2014 “The 30th Korea Namboo International Contemporary Art Festival”, Busan, Korea
“Exhibition of Donated Sculpture in Bengbu”, Benbu
“Chengdu Blue Roof Art Festival Theme Exhibition”, Chengdu
“New Asia Sympathy and Difference”, Korea
“START-International Exhibition of the Chinese Contemporary Ceramic Art”, Beijing
“PVGA 2014 – Parkview Green Art Festival 2014”, Beijing
“Biennale China-Italia”, 798, Beijing
“Hans van Dijk: 5000 Names”, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
“FUSION CONVERGENCE”, Tian Ren·He Yi Art Center, Hangzhou
“Nanjing International Art Festival”, Nanjing [September]
“We—The Contemporary Painting Exhibition of 8 Artists”, Summit Cross, Hangzhou
2013 “Bi Ran Zhong De Ou Ran”, Four Faces of Space, Beijing
“Like Thunder out of China”, Arsenal Montréal, Montréal
“Why Not! Auction Biennale”, Hosane, Shanghai
“Bai Ju Guo Xi”, Being 3 Gallery, Beijing
“Modern Art Recovery Plan—The Birth of the Great”, Samtan Art Mine, South Korea
“Voice of the Unseen”, 55th Venice Biennale exhibition collateral, Venice
“Something Old, Something New”, Cheongju International Craft Biennale, South Korea
“Portrait of the Times- 30 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art”, The Power Station of Art, Shanghai
“Extension·The Orientation of Contemporary Sculpture”, 2013 Datong International Sculpture Biennale, Datong
2012 “Cang Xin: Hidden Consciousness”, Tian Ren·He Yi Art Center, Hangzhou
“Stepping In Nature: MAM Collection of Chinese Conceptual Photography”, Macao Museum of Art, Macau
“Incarnations”, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris
“Visible/Invisible Sino-Italy Contemporary Art Exhibition”, Expo 2010 Shanghai China Italy Pavilion, Shanghai
“First Life-Unworldly Encounters”, 24HR Art NTCCA, Darwin
“Daydreaming with…The Hong Kong Edition”, Future Industries, Hong Kong
“Biennale Italia—Cina 2012”, Monza
“Harmony in Divergence”, Schema Art Museum, Seoul
“Google”, @Pierre Cornette de St. Cyr’s Paris, France
“MEDIA VARIEGATIONS”, Asian Art Works, Beijing
“Conceptual Renewal: A Brief History of Chinese Contemporary Photographical Art”, Sishang Art Museum, Beijing
“Oriental. New Noah’s Ark Contemporary Art EXHIBITION”, Lifestyle Gallery, Beijing
2011 “Den Haag onder de Hemel: Hedendaagse beeldhouwkunst uit China”, The Hague
“Performance Art of Chinese Literary-1985-2010”, Songzhuang Art Museum, Songzhuang
“Biennale Alessandria”, Milan
“The Folded Plane”, Shanghai Mingyuan Art Center, Shanghai
“Black White”, Beijing 798 Zero Art Museum, Beijing
“LOVE AND HOPE”, art world assisting children affected by the Japanese Disasters, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
“A First Life Residency Project in Landscape”, Xin Dong Cheng Space for Contemporary Art, Beijing
“BUMP INTO—15 ARTISTS FROM CHINA, JAPAN, KOREA”, Four Faces of Space, Beijing
“Shadows of The Mind”, Caochangdi, C-Space, Beijing
“Picked Exhibition of Contemporary Art”, Zhongshan Art Gallery, Dalian
“Artistes Marseillais/Artistes Chinois/Correspondances?”, Alcazar_Bibliothèque de Marseille à Vocation Régionale, Marseille
“Mid-Autumn Moon”, 10 Chancery Lane Galley, Hong Kong
“SURREALIST POP”, Injoy Museum of Art, Beijing
“Chinese New Paintings Annual Exhibiiton”, Zhejiang Tian Ren He Yi Art Center, Hangzhou
“ Returning”, Shanghu Mobile Art Museum, Beijing
2010 “Photo Exhibition of Contemporary Artists”, Today Art Museum, Beijing
“‘Incarnations’A Photograpy Exhibition of Performance Art”, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Beijing
“‘Beijing Time. La hora de China.’ Chinese contemporary art exhibition”, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego
“Homeward Bound I Go” The 1st Contemporary Painting Exhibition at Pudong International Airport, Shanghai
“‘RESHAPING HISTORY’ Chinart from 2000 to 2009”, China National Convention Centre, Beijing
“Chinese contemporary Art”, Galerie Ralph Schriever, Köln
“Zhengda Art Museum Repository Show”, Shanghai Zhengdai Art Museum, Shanghai
“The New Center and the Future”, Korea-Japan Modern Art Exhibition, Schema Art Museum, Cheongju
“The 25th Asian International Art Exhibition”, National Museum of Mongolia, Mongolia
“Rencontre internationale d¹art performance de Québec (RIAP) 2010, Quebec City
“5th Biennale of Performance Art”, Montreal
“‘Chop’ Contemporary Wood Carving Show”, The Other Gallery, Beijing
“39° Number of different”, Contemporary art exhibition, LDX-Contemporary art center, Beijing
“East/West: Visually Speaking”, Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (Jacksonville), Colorado State University Art Museum (Fort Collins)
2009 “Action-Camera-Beijing Performance Photography”, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver
“Chinese Contemporary Renaissance Art Exhibition” Milanneili Palace, Palace of Naples, Italy
“Reflection”, The Wall Museum, Beijing/Xihu Museum, Hangzhou
“Originaire—Installation Exhibition”, Deshan Art Space, Beijing
“Yi Pai Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition”, Today Art Museum, Beijing
“Selected Works from The White Rabbit Collection”, The White Rabbit Musuem, Sydney
“Room Service”, Textile City Art District, Xian
“Experience/Gorgeous”, Chinese contemporary art exhibition, Beijing
“‘Beijing Time. La hora de China.’ Chinese contemporary art exhibition”, Matadero, Madrid
2008 “ZHUYI ! CHINA Contemporary Photography from China”, The Museum La Virreina, Barcelona
“Hanging in Sky Drifting on Surface”, Linda Gallery, Beijing
“Virtual City: New Power-China Contemporary Art Biennale 2008”, Yuan Gong Art Museum, Shanghai
“Guangzhou International Photo Festival 08”, Guangzhou
“Chinese Fantasies”, Found Museum, Beijing
“Beijing—Athens Contemporary Art from China”, Technopolis of the city of Athens, Athens
“Inward Gazes”, Documentaries of Chinese Performance Art 2008, Macao Museum of Art, Macau
“The revolution Continues: New Art from China”, The Saatchi Gallery, London
“China Gold—Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition”, Musee Maillol, Paris
“Liberation Feet”, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, The University of New South Wales, Australia
2007 “Chinese Contemporary Sotsart”, The State Treyakov Gallery, Moscow
“Festival de Performance Pasage de la Paz”, Off Ample Espace, Barcelona, Spain
“ZHUYI ! CHINA Contemporary Photography from China”, ARTIUM Basque Centre and Museum of Contemporary Art, Victoria, Spain
“Made in China: Works from the Estella Collection”, Louisiana, Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen
“Timer.01: Intimacy”, Triennale Bovisa, Milan
2006 “Transfashion lad”, CCCB Contemporary Museum, Barcelona
“Beyond Experience: New China!” Arario, Beijing
“China Gate”, Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Seoul
“Bologna International Art Expo”, Bologna
“A Forest”, Space Other, Boston
2005 “Vehicle and Mirror”, Beijing New Art Projects, Beijing
“Photography Group Exhibition”, London Red Mansion Foundation, England
“Out of The Red-2 The photographic Session”, Marella Gallery, Milan
“Living in Interesting Times: A Decade of New Chinese Photography”, The Open Museum of Photography, Haifa
“A Strange Heaven: New Chinese Photography”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
“100 Artist for A Museum”, Casoria Contemporary Museum, Casoria
“Body Scape”, Contemporary Chinese Photography and Performance Documentation, Red Gate Gallery, Melbourne
“Uunsual Scene Five Chinese Contemporary Artists’ Case Analysis”, Today Art Museum, Beijing
“Beauty Chinese Contemporary Art”, Xin Dong Cheng Space for Contemporary Art, Beijing
“Bad Girls, Good Girls”, Red Foundation, London
“‘Inward Gazes’ Documentaries of Chinese Performance Art”, Macao Museum of Art, Macau
2004 “2004 At Chengdu”, Bule Roof Art Center
“Spellbound Aura: the New Vision of Chinese Photography”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei
“Me ,Me ,Me”, Chinese contemporary art, Courtyard gallery, Beijing
“‘Sens Interdits? ’ Sensuality in Contemporary Chinese Art”, Perigueux
“Chinese contemporary Art”, The National Museum of Slovenia, Ljubljana
“Between Past and Future”, New Photography and Video from China, New York International Center of Photography; Asia Society; Chicago David Alfred Smart Museum of Art; University of Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art; Seattle Art Museum; London Victoria and Albert Museum; Berlin Haus der Kulturen der Welt; Santa Barbara Museum of Art
“Shadow”, Chinese Contemporary Photography, MUMA Design Center, Shanghai
“The 9th Nippon Asian Performance Art Series ’04”, Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Nagano
“China, The Body Everywhere”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Marseille
“Moving on”, Contemporary Art Museum, National University of Singapore, Singapore
“The 4th Pingyao International Photography Festival”, Pingyao
“Public Territory:, the 1st Architectural Biennial, Beijing
“Public Space and Urban Environment”, Australia Melbourne Art Exposition, Red Gate gallery, Beijing
“Chinese contemporary art photograph exhibition”, Cologne photograph equipment Exposition, Alexandria gallery, Berlin
2003 “Asian Art Festival”, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka
“‘Cross-border language’ Poesy and Performance art”, Tokyo art project, Beijing
“The blue sky is undefended”, Contemporary Photography, Beijing
“‘Fade In’ contemporary art show”, Beijing Time Gallery, Beijing
“Bare Androgyny”, Beijing
“A Strong Heaven”, Contemporary Chinese Photography, Vienna National Museum; France National Museum, Czechoslovakia National Museum
“Public Space and Personal Eyes—New Vision in China”, Kampnagel Artist Center, Hamburg
“Bu Yi Yang De Yi Yang”, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
2002 N Identity”, Nanjing
Biennale of Sydney—The World May be Fantastic”, Sydney
Mask Vs.Face”, Redgate Gallery, Beijing
Photography Group Exhibition”, Courtyard Gallery, Beijing
Ke Li Lang Over-Interest Contemporary Art Exhibition”, Singapore
Pingyao International Photography Festival”, Pingyao
Making Dreams”, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai
Paris & Beijing Contemporary Art”, Paris
Bridge-Contemporary Art Exhibition, Changchun
The First Guangzhou Triennial”, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou
2001 “Charming China”, Bangkok, Thailand
“The 8th International Performance Art Exhibitio”, Tokyo, Japan
“Hot Pot”, Kinesisk Samtidskunst, Chinese Contemporary Art, Norway
“Virtual Future”, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou
“Hong Kong Chinese Contemporary Photography”, Hong Kong Art Center, Hong Kong
“Contemporary Chinese Photography”, Galerie Loft, Paris
“Uprising”, Singapore, Kualu Lumpar, Taiwan, Beijing, Macau
“Annual Exhibition of Chinese Photography”, Shandong
“Nice Chinese Photography Festival”, Nice
“Dialogo”, Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Mantova
“Chinese Contemporary Performance Photography Exhibition”, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
“Dialogo-others”, Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Chiesa Santa Teresa dei Maschi, Bari
“Knowledge is Power”, Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Beijing
2000 “Xieyang Island Performance Art Festival”, Guangxi
“2000 Image and Net Art Festival”, Changchun
“Home: Contemporary Art Project”, Shanghai
“Man and Animals’ performance Art show”, Beijing
“International Contemporary Art Interflow Exhibition”, Nanjing
“Photographs of Four Artists”, Chinese contemporary art gallery, London
“International Performance Art Festival”, Beijing
“Asian Art Festival performance art photo exhibition”, Paris
“Documentation of Chinese Avant-Garde Art in the 90’s” Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka
“China’s Human Landscapes Land Art Exhibition”, Guilin
“Amazing China”, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai
“Unusual and usual”, Contemporary Art Exhibition, Shanghai
1999 “Modern Photography of Four Artists”, Q Gallery, Tokyo
“Out of Control”, New Art Exhibition, Bei Jing She Ji Bo Wu Guan, Beijing
“Start from China’ New Art Exhibition”, Beijing
“Unusual Way of Writing”, Art Academy of Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing
“Traditional Visual Image”, Fine Art Academy of Shanghai University, Shanghai
“Documentation of Chinese Installation Art Exhibition”, Hong Kong
1998 “431 Video & computer Art Exhibition”, Changchun, China
1997 “Huan Zhe Gang Ling”, dongsibatiao #52, Beijing
1996 “Cage: A Three Men Show”, Xibahe residence, Beijing
1995 “Heighten the Nameless Mountain by One Meter”, performance art, Beijing
“Original Sound”, performance art show, Beijing
“Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition”, Changchun
1994 “Asia Contemporary Art”, Tokyo, Osaka
“Post Eleven”, Zhaoyao Gallery, Beijing
2015 “Yuan Vision-Seven Biographies with Unique Languages” Beijing rainbowwallart gallery
2013 “The Accidental in the Inevitable”, Four Faces of Space, Beijing
“OF HUMAN CONDITIONS”, Pao Galleries, Hong Kong
“Kiss—Wang Ning Solo Exhibition”, Four Faces of Space, Beijing
2011 “BUMP INTO—15 ARTISTS FROM CHINA, JAPAN, KOREA”, Four Faces of Space, Beijing

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