Hong Hao (Chinese, b.1965) is a Contemporary photographer from Beijing. He attended the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, where he studied in the printmaking department, and has been exhibited internationally since 1988. After graduating in 1989, Hong created his first major series, a group of prints resembling Chinese maps, executed with a remarkable attention to detail. The artist began working with photography in 1999, and in 2001 began his most well-known series, My Things. In this collection of works, Hong individually scanned hundreds of common objects and arranged them into tightly-spaced compositions. The objects float among black space and appear to viewers as controlled chaos. This series explores Chinese consumer culture, and captures the artist reflecting on his own life of acquisition and materialism. Hong is one of China’s leading Contemporary artists, and his work reflects his careful observational skills and wit. His work has been featured in many group and solo shows around the world, and has been collected by leading arts institutions.

Timeline

1965
Born in Beijing, China
1989
Graduated from the Print-making Department, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
Currently working as a full-time professional print-maker/artist in Beijing

Exhibitions

2013
Hong Hao, Pace Gallery, Beijing, China
2012
Do a Book, White Space, Beijing, China
2011
Little Movements: Self-practice in Contemporary Art, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen, China
Image History Existencec, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
We Are Polit-Sheer Form, Shanghai Gallry of Art, Shanghai, China
Mappamundi, Museum Coleccao Berado, Lisbon, Portugal
2011 The Asia Pacific Contemporary Art Fair, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China
Art Taipei 2011, Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan
XianXiangZhiJing, CAFA Museum, Beijing, China
Art HK 2011, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, China
Hong Hao AS IT IS, Beijing Commune, Beijing, China (solo)
2010
Contemporary Drawing Fair 2010 in Paris, Paris, France
Erotic Exhibition, Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery, Beijing, China
Glass Factory-Chinese Art Under the New Financial Order, Iberia Center for ontemporary Art, Beijing, China
2011 Art Palm Beach, Miami, USA
Things-Hong Hao Solo Exhibition, Base Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2009
Inaugural Exhibition, Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery, Beijing, China (group)
Bottom, Beijing Commune, Beijing, China (solo)
Third Guangzhou International Photography Biennale, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
2008
Library, Beijing Commune, Beijing, China
People, History - Studies of Chinese Art of the 20th Century, Art Museum of CAFA, Beijing, China
Downtown Production - An Exhibition of Chinese Urban Art, Red Mansion Foundation, London, UK
Reason's Clue, Queens Museum of Art, New York, U.S.A.
Our Future, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
China Gold, Maillol Museum, Paris, France
Beijing—Athens: Contemporary Art from China, Technopolis of the city of Athens, Athens, Greece
Urban Mirroring – Contemporary Art Exhibition, Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
Building Code Violations II, Long March Space, Beijing, China
Book/Shelf, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, U.S.A
2007
Hong Hao's Elegant Gathering, Chambers Fine Art, New York, USA (solo)
Journeys: Mapping the Earth and Mind in Chinese Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, U.S.A
PASSION FOR ART, ESSL Museum, Vienna, Austria
Polit-Sheer-Form Office in Shanghai, BizArt Art Center, Shanghai, China
2006
Since 2000: Printmaking Now, Museum of Modern Art, New York, U.S.A
TWELVE-Contemporary Chinese Art Awards 2006, Shanghai Zendai MOMA, China
 CHINA NOW, ESSL Museum, Vienna, Austria
One Work: the Taikang Project of Hong Hao+Yan Lei,Taikang Top Space, Beijing, China
The 5th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
Only One Wall, Artspace, Sydney
Mahjong, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland; Hamburg Contemperory KunstMuseum, Hamburg, Germany
2005
FAIRY TALES FOREVER, AROS Arhus Kunstmuseum, Arhus, Denmark
Young Artists from China, Japan and Korea, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Dreaming of the Dragon's Nation- Contemporary Art Exhibition from China, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ireland
On the Edge-Contemporary Chinese Artists Encounter the West, Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, USA
Guangzhou International Photography Biennale Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou China
China: Contemporary Art Perspectives, Art Museum, Milan, Italy
Only One Wall, Beijing Commune, Beijing
2004
Dreaming of The Dragon's Nation - Contemporary Art Exhibition from China Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ireland
Hong Hao Base Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Hong Hao, Fotografias, LOFT Gallery, Barcelona, Spain, Paris, France (solo)
Hong Hao's Reading Room Chambers Fine Art, New York, USA (solo)
Young Artists from China, Japan and Korea, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
The Chinese Contemporary Photography and Video in China, Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg, Germany
Between Past and Future, International Center of Photography, New York, USA
Zooming into Focus: Contemporary Chinese Photography and Video San Diego Museum of Art, USA
Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2003
Hong Hao at Rencontres d'Arles 2003, Arles, France (solo)
A Strange Heaven: Contemporary Chinese Photography Gallery Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic
An Opening Era, China National Museum of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
Chinese Maximalism, Millennium Art Museum, Beijing, China
Prayer Beads and Brush Strokes, Tokyo art Projects, Beijing, China
2002
China Contemporary Art Exhibition - Red Continent, Kwangju Art Museum, Kwangju, Korea
First Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
2001
L' ALBUM DE LA FAMILLE CHINE, Nice Museum, France
CROSS PRESSURES - Contemporary photography and video from Beijing, Oulu Art Museum / the Finnish Museum of Photography, Finland
CHENGDU BIENNALE, Chengdu Modern Art Exhibition Hall, Chengdu, China
2000
Basel Art Fair 2000, Basel, Switzerland
Chinese Avant-Garde Artists Document, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
Shanghai Biennale>, Shanghai Art Museum, China
Suspended Disbelief, Art Beatus Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (solo)
Big Torino 2000, Biennial for Emerging Artists Torino, Italy
Scenes from the Metropolis, The Court Yard Gallery, Beijing, China (solo)
1999
Hong Hao - Selected Scriptures, Canvas International Art Amsterdam, Netherlands (solo)
A Whirlwind of 1999s, Beijing in London, ICA London United Kingdom
Beijing in London, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, U.K.
Five continents and one city, Museum of Mexico City, Mexico
Chinese Maze, OTSO Gallery, Espoo, Finland
Inside Out: New Chinese Art, Asia Society and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center New York
1998
Double Kitsch: New Paintings, Prints and Photos from Mainland China, Max Protetch Gallery New York
1997
Faces and Bodies of the Middle Kingdom, Chinese Art of the 90’s, Gallery Rudolfinum Praha, Czech Republic
Immutability and Fashion: Chinese Contemporary Art in the Midst of Changing Surroundings, Tokyo Osaka Fukuoka Japan
1996
China Arktuelles aus 15 ateliers, Performances Installation, Munich, Germany
1995
CHANGES: Modern Art from China, Art Museum of Gothenburg Sweden
New Anecdotes of Social Talk, Art Gallery of Beijing International Art Palace, Beijing, China
1993
China's New Art Post-1989, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Australia
1988
19'es Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France

Literature

2007
China Art Book. Uta Grosenick / Caspar Schübbe (Ed.), 680 pages, approx. 850 images, trilingual: Engl./Ger./Chin., Dumont Buchverlag, Cologne 2007. www.chinaartbook.de