Wang Qingsong (Chinese, b.1966) is a photographer best known for his humorous and ironic photographs of consumer culture in China. Born in Heilongjiang Province, he graduated from the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 1993. By the late 1990s, Wang transitioned from a Gaudy style of painting—a variation of Pop Art—to large-scale color photography that references classical Chinese art. His 31 foot long photomural Night Revels of Lao Li (2000)—based on a tenth century scroll painting—depicts a Contemporary Art critic who was fired from an official magazine for supporting Gaudy Art. Critical of the proliferation of Western consumerism in China, Wang’s Competition (2004) shows the artist standing with a megaphone in front of a city hall covered in advertisements for brands such as Citibank, Starbucks, and Art Basel. Bathhouse (2000) shows the artist sitting in a pool surrounded by women, plastic fruit, and Coca-Cola bottles. More recently, Wang has worked in video and performance art, including his Iron Man (2008), which shows fists punching the artist’s face, and symbolizes the endurance of social and personal obstacles. Wang’s work has been exhibited at many museums and institutions around the world, such as the International Center of Photography in New York, the Shanghai Art Museum, and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.


Born in Heilongjiang Province, China
Graduated from the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, China
Outreach Award from Renocontres de le Photographie, Arles, France
Lives and works in Beijing, China


55th Venice Biennale, Chinese Pavillion, Venice, Italy
Art Stage Singapore, Singapore
CAPITAL - Merchants in Venice and Amsterdam, Swiss
National Museum, Zurich, Switzerland
Beyond the Wall, Jeonju Photo Festival, Korea
Shades of Red , LDX Gallery, Hong Kong (solo)
The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art - First Kyiv International Contemporary Art Biennale, Kyiv, Ukraine
Zone, LDX Gallery Hong Kong Opening Exhibition, Hong Kong, China
Monanism, Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, Australia
Living Frontiers of Architecture III and IV, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
42nd Recontres de la Photographie, Arles, France
Surreal versus Surrealism in Contemporary art, Institut Valencia d’Arte Moderna (IVAM), Spain
Look East, Lucca Photo Festival, Italy
Towards the Social Landscape, Lianzhou Photo Festival, Guangdong Province, China
Wang Qingsong, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France
When Worlds Collide, International Center of Photography, New York, USA (solo)
Three Video Projects, Pékin Fine Arts (solo)
Jungle - A Close-Up Focus on Chinese Contemporary Art Trends, Platform China (Space A, B, C, inside and outside space), Beijing, China
Wang Qingsong – Fotografie, Stadtmuseum, Siegburg, Germany (solo)
Age, 17th Biennale of Sydney, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia
Never Equal Distance to the Moon: Power, Politics, and the Environment, Faurschou Copenhagen, Denmark
Never Equal Distance To The Moon, Stiftelsen 3,14, Bergen, Norway
Intimacy! Baden in der Kunst, Kunstmuseum Ahlen, Germany
International Contemporary Art Biennale in China West, Ningxia Contemporary Art Museum, Ningxia, China
History Lessons, Pekin Fine Arts, Beijing, China
Writing: Nanjing Biennale, Nanjing, China
Hereford Photography Festival, Trove Newhall Square, Birmingham, UK
Zeitgenössische chinesische Fotografie, Oldenburger Kunstverein, Germany
A Decade Long Exposure: History without Memories, the Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
21st Century: Art in the First Decade, Queensland Art Gallery/ Gallery of Modern Art, Australia
Photography from the New China, Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA
Great Performances, Pace Beijing, Beijing, China
The Beauty of Distance, Sydney Biennial, Sydney, Australia
Daegu Photography Biennial, Deagu, Korea
Western of China International Art Biennial , Tianye Contemporary art museum, Ningxia, China
New Chinese photography, Getty Museum, San Francisco , America
Wang Qingsong: Follow Me, Centro Andaluz de la Fotografia, Almeria, Spain, Feb 15-Apr 18, 2010 (solo)
Wang Qingsong, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
Action -Camera: Beijing Performance Photography, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Three Decades: The Contemporary Chinese Collection, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
China: Contemporary Art, Centro Hispanoamericano de Cultura, 10th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba
The 3rd Guangzhou International Photo Biennale, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
The Simple Art of Parody, Taipei MOCA, Taiwan
Gextophoto 2009 International Photography Festival, Gexto, Spain
The V VentoSul Biennial: Large Water: Maps Altered, Brazil
The Dark Science of Five Continents, Gallery BMB, Mumbai, India
Experimental Cases of Contemporary Chinese Art, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
Mise-en-Scene, Officina, Beijing, China
Wang Qingsong, Albion Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Caution, PKM Gallery, Beijing, China (solo)
Phantom China, Kunsthalle Nexus, Saalfelden, Austria (solo)
Wang Qingsong, Temporary Ward, Baltic Contemporary Art Center, Gateshead, UK (solo)
Wang Qingsong Solo Show, Panic, Fear and Violence, Marella Gallery, Beijing, China (solo)
Unparalleled Madness, Madhouse Contemporary, Hong Kong (solo)
CINA XXI Secolo, Arte fra Identitae Trasformazione, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy
Fabricating Images from History, Chinablue Gallery, Beijing, China
Body Language: Contemporary Chinese Photography, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
55 Days in Valencia -Chinese Art Meeting, Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno (IVAM), Valencia, Spain
China Gold, LiArt Contemporain Chinois, Musee Maillol, Paris, France
Adidas Sport in Art Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
Go Game, Beijing!, German Embassy, Beijing, China
Translocalmotion: 7th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Expenditure, Busan Biennale 2008, Busan, Korea
21: Selections of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
Christian Dior and Chinese Artists, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
China: Construction and Deconstruction, MASP, San Paolo, Brazil
ZHU YI Contemporary Photography from China, Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporaneo ARTIUM, Spain
Timer: Intimacy, The Triennale di Milano, Italy
China Songzhuang Contemporary Art Touring Exhibition, Circular Railway Times Museum, Beijing, China
Beyond Icons: Chinese Contemporary Art in Miami, Miami, USA
Wang Qingsong, PKM Gallery, Seoul, Korea (solo)
Between Nostalgia and Cynicism. ECCO Contemporary Art Center, Brasilia, Brazil (solo)
Thermocline of Art - New Asian Waves, ZKM Museum, Karlsruhe, Germany
Thinker, Chinablue Gallery, Beijing, China (solo)
China: Past, Present & Future, MEWO Kunsthalle, Memmingen, Germany (solo)
Timeline: Human Speed & Technology Speed, Korea Center, Beijing, China
Mirror Image of Diversity - Six Person Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Beijing Tokyo Art Projects, Beijing, China
Bitmap: International Digital Image Exhibition , Gallery Loop, Seoul, Korea (group)
Moscow International Photo Biennale, Moscow House of Photography, Moscow, Russia
Chaos --- The world of confusion, Bucharest, Romania (catalogue)
Acting the Part --- The History of Staged Photography, National Gallery of Art, Ottawa, Canada; Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (catalogue)
The 37th Recontres d'Arles --- Outreach Photography Award exhibition, France (catalogue)
C on Cities --- the 10th Venice Biennale of Architecture, Italy (catalogue)
Ecotopia --- the 2nd ICP triennial, International Center of PHotography, New York City, USA (catalogue)
Wang Qingsong, Albion Gallery, U.K. (catalogue) (solo)
Mahjong --- Chinese contemporary art collection of Dr. Uli Sigg , Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany. (catalogue).
Shifting Identity in Contemporary Art, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Wiscounsin, USA (group)
2nd Bucharest Biennale, Bucharest, Romania
Public Image, public project in the city of Liege, Belgium
Intersections - Shifting Identity in Contemporary Art, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Wisconsin, USA
2nd Bucharest Biennale, Bucharest, Romania
Public Image, public project in the city of Liege, Belgium
Intersections - Shifting Identity in Contemporary Art, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Wisconsin, USA
Between Past and Future: New Photography from China, Seattle Art Museum, USA (Traveling to V&A Museum, London, UK.)
Die Chinesen --- Contemporary Photography and Video from China, Museum Het Kruithuis, the Netherlands (catalogue)
PAAF - 1st Pocheon Asian Art Festival, Pocheon City Hall , South Korea (catalogue)
Baroque and Neobaroque --- The Hell of the Beauty, Domus Artium 2002, Salamanca, Spain. (catalogue)
Re-viewing the City --- Guangdong International Photo Biennale, Guangdong Museum of Art, China.(catalogue)
Over One Billion Served, Singapore Civilizations Museum, Singapore
Montpellier-Chine: 1st Biennale Internationale d'Art Contemporain Chinois de Montpellier, France.(catalogue)
Follow me! Contemporary Chinese Art at the Threshold of the Millenium, Mori Art Museum Japan. (catalogue)
Wang Qingsong in Arras, Arras, France (catalogue) (solo)
Beyond Delirious: Architecture in Selected Photographs form the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, Miami, USA
Always to the Front - Chinese Contemporary Art, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan
Grounding Reality - Chinese Contemporary Art, Seoul Art Center, Seoul, Korea
Wang Qingsong --- Romantique, Salon 94, New York City, USA (solo)
Wang Qingsong --- Romantique, Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China (catalogue) (solo)
Over One Billion Served, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, USA
Photosynkyria --- Photography as Narrative Art, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Greece (catalogue)
Spellbound Aura --- Contemporary Chinese Photography, MOCA Taipei (catalogue)
Officina, Galeria of Modern Arte, Bologna, Italy (catalogue)
Historia --- PhotoEspana, Madria, Spain (catalogue)
Between Past and Future: New Photography from China, International Center of Photography, New York City, USA (catalogue)
Die Chinese, Kunst Museum Wolfsburg, Germany (catalogue)
Exposure - Hereford Photography Festival, Herefordshire, Britain (catalogue)
Past in Reverse, San Diego Museum of Art, USA (catalogue)
Grotesque Reality - Young Artists from China, Japan and Korea 2004, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea. (catalogue)
Wang Qingsong: Present-day Epics, Saidye Bronfman Contemporary Art Center, Montreal, traveling to Cambridge Galleries, Ontario; Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto; South Alberta Art Gallery, Canada (solo)
China Art Now --- Out of the Red, Trevi Flash Art Museum, Italy (catalogue)
Fashion and Style, The Museum Moscow House of Photography, Moscow, Russia (catalogue)
Prague Biennale 1, Czech Republic (catalogue)
Global Detail --- Noorderlicht 2003 Photofestival, Groningen, the Netherlands (catalogue)
Now, Images of Present Time --- Mois de La Photo Montreal, Montreal, Canada (catalogue)
Contemporary Chinese Photography, Rudolfinum Art Museum, Prague, Czech Republic (catalogue)
A Strange Heaven - Contemporary Chinese Photography, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic
Noorderlicht Photo Festival, Groningen, the Netherlands
Golden Future --- Photography by Wang Qingsong, Galerie LOFT, Paris, France (catalogue) (solo)
Wang Qingsong Photographic Works Exhibition, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy (solo)
Wang Qingsong Photography, Foundation Oriente, Macao, China (catalogue) (solo)
Run, Jump, Climb and Walk, East Modern Art Center, Beijing
Money and Value/The Last Taboo, Basel, Switzerland (catalogue)
Special Projects, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, USA
Chinese Modernity, Museum of the Foundation Armando Alvares Penteado, Sao Paulo, Brazil (catalogue)
Satirizing the times, The 2nd Pinyao International Photography Festival, Shanxi Province, China (catalogue)
Paris-Pekin, Espace Cardin, Paris, France (catalogue)
CHINaRT, Museum Kuppersmuhle, Zeitgenossische Kunst, Duisburg, (touring to Rome, Budapest, Poland, Palma de Mallorca) (catalogue)
Constructed Reality --- Conceptual Photography from Beijing. Hong Kong Arts Center (catalogue)
Next Generation. Passage de Retz, Paris, France (catalogue)
Promenade in Asia-CUTE. Art Tower Mito, Japan (catalogue)
China Album. Nice Contemporary Art Museum, France (catalogue)
Cross-Pressures, Finnish Museum of Photography, Finland (catalogue)
16th Asian Contemporary Art Exhibition, Guangdong Art Museum, China (catalogue)
Man + Space, 3rd Kwangju Biennale 2000, Kwangju, Korea (catalogue)
Big Torino 2000 Biennale Arte Emergente, Turin, Italy (catalogue)
China Avant-Garde Artists Documenta. Fukuoka Museum of Art, Japan
Unusual and Usual. Yuangong Art Museum, Shanghai, China (catalogue)
Glorious Life, The Photographs of Wang Qingsong. Wan Fung Art Gallery, Beijing (catalogue) (solo)
Ouh La La, Kitsch! TEDA Contemporary Art Museum, Tianjin, China (catalogue)
Synergi: Fourteen Danish and Foreign Artists Exhibit, Udviklings Center Odsherred, Copenhagen, Denmark (catalogue)
Sites of Desire: 1998 Taipei Biennial, Taipei Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan (catalogue)
Wang Qingsong Painting Exhibition, Chinese Contemporary, London, UK (solo)
China! Kunst Museum, Bonn, Germany, traveling in other countries (catalogue)
Gaudy Life, Wan Fung Art Gallery, Beijing, China

Public Collections

The International Center of Photography. New York, USA
Queensland Art Gallery, Australia
JGS Foundation, New York, USA
Oriente Foundacion, Portugal
Art Tower Mito, Japan
Maison Europenne de la Photographie (MEP). Paris, France
Guy and Miriam Ullens Foundation, Switzerland
National Gallery of Art, Brazil
The Moscow House of Photography, Russia
Agnelli Foundation
David and Albert Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, USA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Williams College Museum Art, Masachusettes, USA
Cisneros Foundation, Miami, USA
MUMOK, Austria
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, USA
Billstone Foundation, Spain
New Orleans Museum of Art, USA
National Gallery of Victoria, Australia


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