Shen Shaomin


Shen Shaomin (b.1956, Beijing) is a multi-disciplinary and cross-media artist based in Shenzhen and Sydney. His artistic practice spans across installation, video, documentary, conceptual painting, poetry, and public art. He is the Director of the Public Art Research Institute in Shenzhen University BenyuanDesign and Research Centre; and the Art Director of the Science + Art Joint Laboratory.

Shen Shaomin has held numerous solo exhibitions across Australia and internationally, including 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney; Eli Klein Fine Art, New York; Mucciacci Contemporary, Rome; Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing; and Today Art Museum, Beijing. He has exhibited at influential group exhibitions, including Sydney Biennale, Sydney; Liverpool Biennale, UK; Busan Biennale, South Korea; Kiev Biennale, Ukraine; Shanghai Biennale, China; Guangzhou Triennial, China; and the Shenzhen-Hongkong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, Hong Kong, and Shenzhen. His works are in numerous important collections worldwide.


1956 Born in Heilongjiang Province, China
Present Lives and works in in Beijing and Guangzhou, China and Sydney, Australia
2019 Shen Shaomin Project: Chinese Carp”, Shenzhen Yanhan Highland 404 Space, Shenzhen, China
2018 “This Side Up: Fragile”, Mucciacci Contemporary, Roma, Italy
2017 “Keep Upright”, Klein Sun Gallery, New York, USA
2015 “There is no problem”, Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art, Guangzhou, China
“Handle With Care”, Klein Sun Gallery, New York, USA
2014 “So What, Breeze”, White Box Museum of Art, Beijing, China
2013 “I Touched the Voice of God”, Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, USA
2011 “The Day After Tomorrow”, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, Australia
2010 “Distortion”, Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, USA
“One Monk Temple”, ARTCHANNEL, Beijing, China
2008 “Experimental Studio”, Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, USA
“Shen Shaomin: Unassailable (Activated Organism)”, Osage Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
2007 “Project No.1—Solo Exhibition of Shaomin SHEN”, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
“Kowtow Pump”, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
“Bonsai”, Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China
“Fighter-X”, Platform China, Beijing, China
2006 “Scary Monsters”, Osage Contemporary Art Space, Hong Kong
2005 “Creature Factory”, Urs Meile Gallery, Lucerne, Switzerland
2001 “Transplantation”, Asia-Australia Art Centre, Sydney, Australia
1995 “Dialogue”, East & West Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2019 “Even the Trees Bleed”, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel
“Ascending City”, Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, Shenzhen, China
“Now is the Time”, 2019 Wuzhen International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Jiaxing, China
“Chinese Whispers: Recent Art from the Sigg Collection”, The MAK, Vienna, Austria
2018 Art Basel, Hong Kong: Encounters 2018
“Capital@Art.International”, Ost-Stern, Frankfurt, Germany
2017 “Almost There”, Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
“This Connection: Sharing a Future Public Space”, Shanghai Urban Space Art Season, Shanghai, China
“OutLook”, Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art, Guangzhou, China
“Conversation”, Whitebox Art Center, Beijing, China
Second Changjiang International Photography and Video Biennale, Chongqing, China
“Very Sustainable – Environmental Revelation”, MOCA Yinchuan, Ningxia, China
“Fields of Communion – The 4th Shenzhen Public Sculpture Exhibition”, Shenzhen Central Park, Shenzhen, China
Art Busan, Busan, South Korea
2016 “East Bridge 2015-2016: Plastic Garden, Korean & Chinese Contemporary Art”, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea
“I never thought you were like that”, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
“Chinese Whispers: Recent Art from the Sigg and M+ Collections”, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland
“The Layered Image”, Institute for Curatorial Practice at Hampshire College, Hampshire College online exhibition
“The Archer of Autumn Grove Crossing”, The Decameron – BMCA Documenting Art, Wenyu River, Wenyu, China
 2015 “East Bridge 2015-2016: Plastic Garden; Korean & Chinese Contemporary Art”, 798 Art Factory, Beijing, China
“Immortal Present: Art and East Asia”, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, USA
“Civilization Round III: Jiang Ling”, Hubei Institute of Fine Arts, Hubei, China
“Peers”,k Shan Hai Museum, Beijing, China
“Open Sea”, MusŽe d’art contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France
“After Utopia: Revisiting the Ideal in Asian Contemporary Art”, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
“Go East”, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
 2014 Xinjiang Biennale, Urumqi, China
“Fusion Convergence”, T Museum, Hangzhou, China
“ International Exhibition of the Chinese Contemporary Ceramic Art”, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
 2013 “Serve the People”, White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, Australia
“Hot Pot: A Taste of Contemporary Chinese Art”, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, USA
“Creases of Memory”, T-Museum and Surroundings Art Center, Hangzhou, China
“Individual Growth – Momentum of Contemporary Art”, Tianjin Art Museum, Tianjin, China
“A Better Tomorrow”, Yan Club Arts Center, Beijing, China
2012 “Go Figure! Contemporary Chinese Portraiture”, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Paddington, Australia
The 9th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China
The 4th Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong, China
Busan Biennale, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, South Korea
The First Kiev International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Kiev, Ukraine
2011 “An Ode to Discernment”, Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, USA
“Mutation”, 798 Art Bridge Gallery, Beijing, China
“Flora and Fauna: MAD about Nature”, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA
“Scenes from Within: Contemporary Art from China”, Blackbridge Hall Art Gallery, GeorgiaCollege, Milledgeville, USA
An Exhibition Tour, Shanghu Art Museum, Beijing, China
“Nature Contrast – From 125 years to the next 125 years”, Shanghai Time Square, Shanghai, China
Retrospection and Deviation, “Heart Outside Body” Series, Horizon Times Art Museum, Beijing, China
“New Age, New Media”, New Media Art Exhibition in China & Exhibition, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
“BAD Exhibition”, Pin Gallery, Beijing, China
2010 “Absolute Distance”, White Space, Beijing, China; MK2 Art Space, Beijing, China
“Myriad Things”, Himalayas Art Museum, Shanghai, China
“Last Words”, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, Australia
17th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
“Dead or Alive”, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA
2009 “Nature Nation”, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel
“Human Nature”, Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria
“The Home Court: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art”, White Box Museum of Art, Beijing, China
“Hey Market”, Songzhuang Art Gallery, Songzhuang, China
SH Contemporary 2009, Shanghai Art Fair International Contemporary Art Exhibition
“Zhong Jian (Mid Way)”, Fine Art College of Shanghai University 99 Creative Center, Shanghai, China
“Coming Home – 37 Chinese Australian Artists”, Linda Gallery, Beijing, China
“A Conversation with Chicago: Contemporary Sculptures from China”, Millennium Park, Chicago, USA
“I Want Talk to You: Film & Video Show”, T. Art Center, Beijing, China
“China China China!!! – Contemporary Chinese Art Beyond the Global Market”, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
“Zhong Jian: Midway”, Wollongong City Gallery Traveling Exhibition, China and Australia
“Re-Imagining Asia: A Thousand Years of Separation”, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, UK
19GAME”, T. Art Center, Beijing, China
2008 “Shen Shaomin and Zhang Dali”, Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, USA
“Intrude: Art & Life 366”, Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
China Independent Film Festival, South Visual Art Museum, Nanjing, China
“Hunting Birds”, Tang Contemporary Art Center, Beijing, China
“The Revolution Continues: New Art From China”, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
“The Inside & Outside Art History”, Found Art Museum, Beijing, China
“Shanghai MoCA Envisage II-Butterfly Dream”, MoCA Shanghai, Shanghai, China
China Contemporary Art Triennial, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, China
China Contemporary Art Biennale 2008, Yuangong Museum, Shanghai, China
“2D/3D Negotiating Visual Languages”, PKM Gallery, Beijing, China
“Kowtow Pumps”, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China
SH Contemporary 08 Shanghai Art Fair International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Shanghai, China
“Beyond Reminiscence”, Beijing Center for the Arts, Beijing, China
“Chinese Gardens For Living”, National Art Collection Museum, Dresden, Germany
“Portraying Food”, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, USA
“Critical Moment”, OV Gallery, Shanghai, China
“New World Order”, Groningen Museum, Groningen, Netherlands
“Re-imagining Asia”, House of World Culture, Berlin, Germany
“China China China-Contemporary Chinese Art Beyond the Global Market”, Museo di Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy
“Let’s Consume”, Xin Dong Cheng Space for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
“New Vista”, White Space, Beijing, China
“Die Wahren Orte III Alexander”, Ochs Galleries, Berlin, Germany
“Reasia”, Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin, Germany
“Inter Electrode Horizon”, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China; Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
2007 “The Power of the Universe-the Frontier of Contemporary Chinese Art”, Asia Art Center, Beijing, China
“Destination-Installation Art Exhibition”, Oriental Vista Art Collections, Shanghai, China
“Wild Beast,” Gallery Mook, Beijing, China
“To Get Down to Brass Tacks”, Osage Art Space, Shanghai, China
“Thermocline of Art: New Asian Waves”, ZKM Museum, Karlsruhe, Germany
“A Vision of the Future”, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong
2006 “Floweriness”, Song Zhuang Art Museum, Beijing, China
“Double-kick cracker”, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
“Susi: Key to Chinese Art Today”, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Manila, Philippines Liverpool Biennial 2006, Liverpool, UK
“From Polar Region to Tie Xi Qu –Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Northeast”, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong, China
“Endless Clone”, Space Leum, Beijing, China
Singapore Contemporary Art Show, Esplanade, Singapore
2005 The Second Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China
“Grounding Reality – Chinese Contemporary Art”, Seoul Art Center, Seoul, South Korea
“Two Asias, Two Europes”, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
“Ten Thousand Years”, Postmodern City, Beijing, China
Hanover Art fair, Kunsthalle Faust, Hanover, Germany
“Unusual Scene”, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
“City Net Asia 2005”, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
“Mahjong Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection”, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland
2004 “Is it what?”, Shaanxi Provincial Art Museum, Xi’an, China
The 1st Architectural Biennial, Beijing, China
“Asian Traffic”, Asia-Australia Art Centre, Sydney, Australia
2003 “Open Sky”, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
“Left Wing”, Left Bank Community, Beijing, China
“Alternative Modernity”, X-Ray Art Centre, Beijing, China
“Düsseldorf Art Exhibition”, Museum Kunst Palast, Ehrenhof, Düsseldorf, Germany
“Science Fictions”, Earl Lu Gallery, Singapore


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Beijing Shan Hai Art Museum, Beijing, China
Droga 8 Collection, Sydney, Australia
Heilongjiang Art Museum, Harbin, China
Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, USA
M+ Sigg Collection, Hong Kong
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA
Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
The Red Mansion Foundation, London UK
The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, Australia
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
White Rabbit Collection, Sydney, Australia

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