Wang Du  (Chinese/French, 1956) 

Wang Du (Chinese, b.1956) is a Contemporary artist who creates three-dimensional painted objects and uses them to show how science, media, and technology are taking over humanity. He was born in China in Uhan's Hubei Province, and is the son of a factory worker. Even as a very young boy, he loved to paint, sketch, and draw. He went to work for the Chinese government's Cultural Revolution when he turned 16, working in a steel company and in the mines while privately honing his artistic skills. In 1976, when he was 20 years old, the artist had his first exhibition. He took the entrance exams to university after moving to Guangzhou. He passed on his second try and entered the Guangzhou Institute of Fine Arts in 1981. He left the university in 1985 without graduating, after becoming disillusioned with curriculum, which he felt was overly traditional.

Wang went on to found a collective called Southern, which consisted of artists and intellectuals from China's growing artistic community who came together to support each other's creative endeavors. They held performances and talks on a regular basis until a government official warned him to stop. Wang complied, but was arrested two years later and imprisoned for nine months when he spoke out against corruption.

After his release, the artist left for Paris, and married a French journalist. His new wife's connections helped his art career take off. He was greatly influenced by the work of artist Jeffrey Deitch (American, b.1952), which highlighted the impact that science and technology would have on humanity. Wang's first works consisted of modern, three-dimensional objects that highlighted the difficulties he faced adjusting to Western culture. Another of Wang's exhibits in 1997 mimicked Deitch's themes by exploring the ability of people in the future to transform their bodies at will via the use of science and technology.

Wang's art has been shown in solo and group shows since the mid-1990s. In 2004, Wang's most famous work, Défilé , was exhibited at a wide variety of galleries, including La Criée in Rennes and Palais de Tokyo in Paris. It was exhibited at the Vancouver Art Gallery in Canada in his first show outside of Europe. Défilé consisted of 13 large-scale military subjects. The images were copied from Chinese magazines and set up on a platform so that the whole structure resembled a military float. Another famous Wang piece is Tapis Volant. In this piece, Wang took the February 10, 2003 cover of Time magazine, which showed the picture of the exploding Columbia space shuttle, and copied it onto very large, flying carpet. Wang currently lives and works in Paris, France.

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Wang Du, Design and Simulation No.1


Wang Du
Design and Simulation No.1

Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery
Wang Du, Design and Simulation No.14


Wang Du
Design and Simulation No.14

Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery
Wang Du, Paysage International


Wang Du
Paysage International

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Wang Du, “2008/8002” Réalisme noctambule


Wang Du
“2008/8002” Réalisme noctambule

Arario Gallery
Wang Du, “2008/8002” Réalisme noctambule


Wang Du
“2008/8002” Réalisme noctambule

Arario Gallery
Wang Du, “2008/8002” Réalisme noctambule


Wang Du
“2008/8002” Réalisme noctambule

Arario Gallery
Wang Du, “2008/8002” Réalisme noctambule


Wang Du
“2008/8002” Réalisme noctambule

Arario Gallery
Wang Du, “2008/8002” Réalisme noctambule


Wang Du
“2008/8002” Réalisme noctambule

Arario Gallery
Wang Du, “2008/8002” Réalisme noctambule


Wang Du
“2008/8002” Réalisme noctambule

Arario Gallery
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Wang Du, Untitled


Wang Du
Untitled, 1985
oil on canvas


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Wang Du, Herald Tribune


Wang Du
Herald Tribune, 2005
bronze w/patina


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Wang Du, Image gratuite (in 2 parts)


Wang Du
Image gratuite (in 2 parts), 2013
polyester resin


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1956   Born in Wuhan, province of Hubei, China
1990   Lives and works in Paris
1997 - 1999   Directed a course at the Université de Paris VII, Département des arts plastiques
1998 - 1999   Professor at the Ecole Supérieure d'art de Brest
2013   Electric Fields: Surrealism and Beyond - Collection du Centre Pompidou, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
2008   Post-réalité, B.P.S. 22, Charleroi, Belgium (solo)
2007   Shcontemporary, Galerie Laurent Godin, Shanghai (solo)
2007   Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris, France (solo)
2007   Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover, Austria (solo)
2007   Arndt & Partner, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2007   2ème été culturel : La Méditerranée, Saint Tropez, France
2007   Stopover, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Bielefeld
2006   Wang Du - The Space-Time Tunnel, BALTIC The Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
2006   DIE OBERE HÄLFTE. Die Büste von Rodin bis Wang Du, Museum Liner, Appenzell
2006   Notre histoire - une scène artistique française émergente, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2006   Wang Du, Baronian Francey, Brussels
2006   Take a walk on the wild side, de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich, Switzerland
2006   Notre Histoire…, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2006   FIAC, Galerie Laurent Godin stand, Paris, France
2006   Tous les chemins mènent à Rome ou au contraire, Space Edicola Notte, Roma. (solo)
2006   Défilé, Musée de Picardie, Amiens, France (solo)
2006   Artforum, , Galerie Laurent Godin stand, Berlin, Germany
2006   VOLTAshow02, Galerie Laurent Godin stand, Basel, Switzerland
2005   Yerba Buena Art Center, San Francisco (solo)
2005   Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (solo)
2005   Lieu Unique, Nantes, France (solo)
2005   Die obere Hälfte - Die Büste von Rodin bis Funakoshi, Kunsthalle in Emden, Emden
2005   8e Biennale de Lyon - Expérience de la durée - Experiencing Duration, La biennale d’art contemporain de Lyon, Lyon
2005   Die obere Hälfte - Die Büste von Rodin bis Funakoshi, Städtische Museen Heilbronn, Heilbronn
2005   Mahjong - Chinesische Gegenwartskunst, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern
2005   Populism, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt/Main
2005   Populism, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam
2005   Populism, Contemporary Art Center Vilnius (CAC), Vilnius
2005   On the Edge - Contemporary Chinese Artists Encounter the West, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Stanford, CA
2004   À L’OUEST DU SUD DE L’EST / À L’EST DU SUD DE L’OUEST, Villa Arson, Nice
2004, Galerie Roger Pailhas, Marseille
2004   La Criée, Rennes (solo)
2004   Le Rectangle, Lyon (solo)
2004   Les Abattoirs, Toulouse (solo)
2004   Palais de Tokyo, Paris (solo)
2003   Arte all’ Arte San Gimignano, Italy (solo)
2003   Phalanstère, CAC - Centre d’art contemporain de Brétigny, Brétigny s/Orge
2003   Science Fictions, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, Singapore
2003   Attack! - Kunst und Krieg in den Zeiten der Medien, Kunsthalle Wien (Halle 1, Halle 2 im MQ), Vienna
2002   We’re smoking them out, Galerie Baronian-Francey, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2001   Luxe Populaire, Le Rectangle, Centre d’art de la Ville de Lyon, Lyon, France (solo)
2001   Réalité jetable, Rodin Gallery, Seoul, Korea (solo)
2001   ARS 01, Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
2001   FRI-ART, Fribourg, Switzerland
2001   Tokyo TV, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
2000   Défilé (Parade), Deitch Projects, New York, USA (solo)
2000   Mon Kiosque – 15 juillet, FIAC 2000, Galerie Art & Public, Paris, France (solo)
2000   Réalité jetable, Le Consortium, Dijon, France (solo)
2000   The Sky is the Limit, Taipei Biennial, Taiwan
2000   Négociations, Centre Régional d’art contemporain, Sète, France
2000   Bruits de Fond, Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, France
2000   Art 31 Basel, Galerie Art & Public, Basel, Switzerland
2000   Paris pour Escale, Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris, Paris, France
1999   D’APERTutto/APERTO over ALL, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
1999   14èmes Ateliers du F.R.A.C des Pays de la Loire, France
1999   Cities on the Move 6, Bangkok, Thailand
1999   Cities on the Move 5, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
1999   Cities on the Move 4, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark
1999   Expander 1.0, Blocnotes, Galerie Jousse-Seguin, Paris, France
1999   Salon 3, Londres, Grande Bretagne
1999   Dial M for…, Kunstverein, Munich, Germany
1999   Il y a des jambes qui en disent long, Art dealers, Galerie Art & Public, Marseille, France (solo)
1999   Stratégie en chambre, Art 30 Basel/Art sculpture, Galerie Art & Public, Basel, Switzerland (solo)
1999   Marché aux puces – mise en vente d’informations d’occasion, Galerie Art & Public, Genève, Switzerland (solo)
1999   La Famille – Les Travaux du corps, Galerie Albert Baronian, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
1997   Les travaux du corps, Gate Foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands (solo)
1994   Reliques, Galerie Anne de Villepoix (organized by the Association Vices & Vertus), Paris, France (solo)
2007    China Art Book. Uta Grosenick / Caspar Schübbe (Ed.), 680 pages, approx. 850 images, trilingual: Engl./Ger./Chin., Dumont Buchverlag, Cologne 2007.