Guan Wei's artwork The Classic of the Mountains and Seas
Guan Wei

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Guan Wei

Guan Wei (b.1957, Beijing, China) has a significant international reputation as a contemporary artist whose work crosses cultural and political borders, specifically between Australia and Asia. A Chinese national who migrated to Australia in 1989, his practice which spans more than 30 years draws on his personal experience of both Chinese and Australian culture, as well as an informed socio-political awareness and knowledge of art history.

Guan Wei has held more than 70 solo exhibitions internationally. He also has been included in important international exhibitions, including Shanghai Biennial, China (2010); 10th Havana Biennial, Cuba (2009); Osaka Triennial, Japan (2001); Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2000); Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Australia (1999), etc. In 2019, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) held Guan Wei MCA Collection show dedicated to the museum’s collection of Guan Wei’s work over 30 years.

*Guan Wei is represented by Martin Browne Contemporary Sydney

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1957 Born in Beijing, China
1986 Graduated from the Department of Fine Arts, Beijing Capital University
Present Lives and works in Beijing and Sydney
2021 “Guan Wei: A Digital Age”, ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2020 “Guan Wei: A Case Study”, Museum of Art & Culture Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia
2019 “Essence, Energy, Spirit”, Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture, Sydney, Australia
“Guan Wei: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Collection”, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, Australia
2018 “Chivalry”, ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
“Unexpected Histories”, The University of Chicago Center in Beijing, China
2017 “Cosmotheoria”, White Box Art Center 798 Art District Beijing, China
“Reflection”, Martin Browne Contemporary Sydney, Sydney, Australia
2016 “Guan. Perspective”, Scene Sense Art Gallery, Beijing, China
“Bird, Map, Shadow”, Heiser Gallery QLD , Queensland, Australia
“Salvation”, ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
“Off – See. An Ephemeral Coincidence of Past and Present Impression the Eminence”, Wah
Shun White Netherlands Academy of Arts, Beijing, China
2015 “Panorama, Art of Guan Wei”, Jia Pingwa Cultural Museum of Art Xi’an, Xi’an, China
“From Stars To Soul”, Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney, Australia
“The Great Southern World”, Nancy Sever Gallery, Canberra, Australia
“Guan Wei & Wayne Warren Crossing Lines”, ACME Project Space, London, UK
2014 “Archaeology”, ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
“How Far”, Heiser Gallery Brisbane, Australia
“From the water to the sky”, Glasshouse Port Macquarie Regional Gallery, NSW, Australia
2013 “Twinkling Galaxies”, Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney, Australia
“Enigma Space”, Moonlight 8 Gallery, Suzhou, China
2012 “The Enchantment”, ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2011 “The New Classic of the Mountains and Seas by Guan Wei”, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China
“Spellbound – Guan Wei 2011”, OCAT Museum, Shenzhen, China
2010 “Cloud in the Sky and Water in the Bottle”, Shuimu Art Space, Beijing
“Cloud”, ARC One Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2009 “Fragments of History”, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney, Australia
“Longevity for Beginners”, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong SAR, China
2008 “Great Journey”, Yonghe Museum, Beijing, China
2007 “A Mysterious Land”, ARC One Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
“Day After Tomorrow”, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China
2006 “A Mysterious Land”, ARC One Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
“Guan Wei”, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, Australia
“Other Histories”, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia
2005 “Secret Histories”, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2004 “Looking for Enemies”, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, Australia
2002 “Island”, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, Australia
2000 “Horoscope”, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, Australia
1999 “Floating”, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, Australia
“Nesting, or the Art of Idleness 1989 – 99”, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney
1998 “Internal Circulation”, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China
1997 “The Last Supper”, Tokyo Gallery, Japan
“Ex / Inspire”, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, Australia
1996 “Returns to Paradise”, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China
“Magic Garden”, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong SAR, China
2021 “Precious Treasures”, Incinerator Art Space, Willoughby City Council, NSW, Australia
2020 “Pulse of the Dragon”, Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, NSW, Australia
“Between Two Worlds”, Newcastle Art Gallery, NSW, Australia
“In one drop of water”, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, Australia
“Between the Moon and the Stars”, Museum And Art Gallery Northern Territory, Australia
2018 “Infinite Conversations: Asian-Australian artistic exchange”, National Gallery of Australia,
Canberra, Australia
“2018 On Paper. Supreme.”, 541 Art Space, Sydney, Australia
“The Exhibition of Annual of Contemporary Art of China”, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum,
Beijing, China
2017 “The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes exhibition”, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, Australia
“Collective Vision 130 Years”, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia
“Charming Confusion”, Vermilion Art, Sydney, Australia
2016 “Borders, Barriers, Walls”, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia
“2016 Archibald Prize”, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, Australia
“Foreshadow”, Vermilion Art, Sydney, Australia
“Review & Prospect”, NSW Parliament House, Sydney, Australia
2015 “ANZAC commemoration exhibition”, The Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, Sydney, Australia
“Clouds Intersected”, China Cultural Centre, Sydney, Australia
“Beijing Calling”, Vermilion Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia
“Recombination and Mutation of Gene”, The 1st International Biennial of Contemporary
2014 “Melbourne Art Fair”, ARC ONE Gallery, Royal Exhibition Building.
“Myh /History”, Yuz collection of Contemporary Art Shanghai
“Conflict Contemporary Responses to War”, The University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia
2013 “Snake, Snake, Snake”, Sydney Town Hall, Australia
“MCA Collection exhibition Volume one part two”, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, Australia
2012 “Negotiating This World Contemporary Australian Art”, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
“Contemporary Australian Drawing 2: Drawing as Notation, text and discovery”, Wimbledon Gallery, University of the Arts, London, UK
“Volume One”, Museum of Contemporary Art Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
2011 “Journeys, Plimsoll Gallery”, Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart, Australia
“Collaborative Witness: Artists responding to the plight of the refugee”, The University of Queensland Art Museum, Queensland, Australia
“20 Years – Two Generations of Artists at Red Gate”, Red Gate Gallery
2010 “Shanghai Biennial”, Shanghai Museum China, Shanghai, China
2009 “Coming Home: Chinese Australian Artists Works”, Linda Gallery, Beijing, Australia
2008 “Red Gate Stars”, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China
“Handle with Care Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art”, Art Gallery of South Australia, South Australia, Australia
2007 “Down Under DenHaag Sculpture”, 07 Hague Sculpture, the Netherlands
2006
“To the Watchtower: Red Gate Gallery’s 15th Anniversary Between River and Lake”, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, USA
2005 “The Nature Machine – Contemporary Art Nature and Technology”, Queensland Art Gallery
2004 “Cycle Tracks Will Abound in Utopia”, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne, Australia
“Face Up: Contemporary Art from Australia”, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Berlin, Germany
2003 “Creating Paradise on Earth”, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, New South Wales, Australia
2002 “Deeper Places”, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, NSW, Australia
2001 “Asia in Australia Beyond Orientalism”, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia
“Clues to the Future – Red Gate Gallery’s 10th Anniversary”, Beijing, China
2000 “Kwangju Biennale 2000, Kwangju, South Korea
1999
“The Rose Crossing: Contemporary Art in Australia”, Sherman Galleries; Brisbane City Gallery; Hong Kong Arts Centre; Singapore Art Museum
“3rd Asia – Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art”, Queensland Art Gallery, Australia
1998 “Skin / Culture: Eight Australian Artists”, George Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
1997
“In-Out: Contemporary Chinese Art from Mainland China and Overseas”, LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore
1996
“Above and Beyond”, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
“24 HR ART”, Darwin; Contemporary Art Centre of SA, Adelaide, Australia
1995 “Perspecta”, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, Australia
1993 “Mao Goes Pop: China Post – 1989”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
1992 “Chinese New Wave”, Chameleon Contemporary Art Space, Tasmania, Australia
1990 “Three Chinese Artist Show”, Plimsoll Gallery, Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart, Australia
“Lun Exhibition”, (six artists works), Beijing, China
“90 International Youth Art Show”, Paris
Contemporary Chinese Young Artists works, Twin Cranes Gallery, Seattle, USA
1989 Second Party of the Survivors Poet Club Exhibition, Beijing Central Drama Institute
Individual Paintings, Beijing Teachers Institute, Beijing, China
1988 Alumni Painting Exhibition, Beijing Teachers Institute, Beijing, China
Four Artist Show, Jian Gou Men Wai Foreign Department, Beijing, China
1987 “Guan Wei and Ah Xian Paintings”, Beijing University, Beijing, China
1986 Autumn Salon Exhibition, Paris, France
Exhibition of Four Artists, Beijing University, Beijing, China

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia, SA, Australia
Australian Art Bank, Australia
Australian Embassy, Beijing, China
Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Contemporary Art and Culture Centre, Osaka, Japan
Casula Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Deutsche Bank’s collection
Ian Potter Gallery, Melbourne University, Australia
Monash University VIC, Australia
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia
Parliament House Canberra, Australia
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Tokyo Gallery Japan, Tokyo, Japan
University of Queensland
University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
University of Tasmania, Australia
University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
University of Western Sydney, Nepean, Australia
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Beijing, China.
Western Australian Art Gallery, Perth, Australia
Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China

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