PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY
PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY
Liu Ding

Liu Ding

born in 1976 in Changzhou (China)

“Self-awareness is a key feature of Liu Ding’s work — in many cases incessantly so. When you look at Liu Ding’s work, it is as if it is winking back at you, slyly implicating you in its investigations.” Edward Sanderson
Liu Ding pursues a research-based practice that manifests in a range of media, from painting to theatre production, as well as curatorial and theoretical work. Liu Ding’s works investigate the various mechanisms and rules of the art system. Through contrasts and comparisons between past and present archetypes, Liu Ding examines shifting ideas of the model citizen, the role of artists and intellectuals in society, and conditions of cultural production and historical knowledge.
Born in 1976 in Changzhou, the Chinese Jiangsu Province. In 2001 he moved to the South of China to establish Pink Studio in Nanjing, where he continued his artistic practice. Among his achievements there is the foundation of Complete Art Experience Project (2004-2005) and his designation as the artistic director of Beijing’s JoyArt. He currently lives and works in Beijing as an independent artist. His main exhibitions count both solo and group shows in China and Europe, especially Italy, Germany, UK, The Netherlands, Norway as well as Russia and Australia.

Solo Exhibitions (selected)

2016
Rice, Mango, Pork... and Ghosts, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, IT
Li Jianguo Born in 1952, Antenna Space, Shanghai, CN

2015
Reef: A Prequel, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, NL

2014
Three Performances, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing, CN

2013
BMW Tate Live: Liu Ding Almost Avante-garde, Performance Room, Tate Modern, London, UK

2012
Liu Ding’s Store: Take Home and Make Real the Priceless in Your Heart, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, US

2011
Gravestone for Rumour Mongers/Grabstein für Verleumder, L.A. Galerie, Frankfurt, DE

2010 
Liu Ding’s Store, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing, CN
Liu Ding: Conversations, Moscow Biennale for Young Art, Aftergallery, Moscow, RU

2009
Special project: Chen Ke, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, IT

2008
Traces of Sperm, L.A. Galerie, Frankfurt, DE

2007  

The Ruins of Pleasure, Marella Gallery, Milan, IT
Tiger, Universal Studios Beijing, Beijing, CN

2006 

Samples from the Transition – Products, L.A. Galerie Frankfurt, DE

2005
Samples from the Transition – Treasure, Long March Project Room, Beijing, CN

2004
Noah’s Living Room – The Power of the Mass, China Unlimited, Berlin, DE
Image Beyond Image – Liu Ding’s Photography, Rooseum, Malmö, SE

2001 

White Ecstasy – Liu Ding’s Installation, KEYI Gallery, Nanjing, CN

1998
Unbalance – Liu Ding’s Paintings, FEIFAN Art Center, Nanjing, CN

Group Exhibitions (selected)

2018
The Szechwan Tale: China Theatre and History, FM Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea, Milan, IT

2016
Chinese Whispers, Kunstmuseum, Bern, CH
Discordant Harmony, Guandu Museum of Art, Taipei, TW

2015
Discordant Harmony, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, JP
Do Disturb, MOMA PS1, New York, US
8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, AU
The 14th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, TR
Do Disturb, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR
Discordant Harmony, Art Sonje Center, Seoul, KR

2014
Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai, CN
Prospect3 Notes for Now, New Orleans, US
5000 Names: Hans van Dijk, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art , Rotterdam, NL
5000 Names: Hans van Dijk, UCCA Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, CN

2013

Chen Shaoxiong and Liu Ding, Primae Noctis Art Gallery, Lugano, CH

2012
Taipei Biennial 2012, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, TW
Pulse Reaction: An Exchange Project on Art Practice, Times Museum, Guangzhou, CN
The Tanks – Art in Action, Tate Modern, London, UK

2011
A Museum That is Not, Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, CN
Marker, Art Dubai Projects (non-profit curated programme), Madinat Arena, Dubai, UAE
The Global Contemporary. Kunstwelten nach 1989, ZKM - Zentrum für Kunst und
Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, DE

2010
Lianzhou International Photo Festival 2010, Lianzhou, CN
The Third Party – An Exhibition in Three Acts, Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, CN
EAA (Emerging Chinese Artists), KDJ Convention Center, Gwanju, KR
Zeitgenössische chinesische Fotografie, Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, DE
Liberation – and its Relative Meaning, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, UK
Personal Frontier – An Inaugural Exhibition by ia32 Space, ia32 Space, Beijing, CN
Reshaping History – Chinart from 2000 to 2009, China National Convention Center, Beijing, CN
Glass Factory – Art in the New Financial Era, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, CN
Mush-room, Aftergallery, Moscow, RU
Jungle – A Close-Up Focus on Chinese Contemporary Art Trends, Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, CN

2009
Chinese Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennal, Venice, IT
that obscure object of desire, offiCina, Beijing, CN
The Big World: Recent Art from China, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, US
The 2009-2011 Vancouver Biennale, Vancouver, CA
5th Latin-American Biennial of Visual Arts – VENTO SUL, Instituto Paranaense de Arte, Curitiba, BR

2008
China: Construction Deconstruction, Museum of Art San Paulo, San Paulo, BR
Aurum – Gold in Contemporary Art, Centre PasquArt, Bienne, CH
Down Town Prodution – Exhibition of the Artists Who Live in the City, Red Mansion Foundation, London, UK
Far West, Arnolfini Arts Center, Bristol, UK
Art Multiple, Ke Center for Contemporary Arts, Shanghai, CN
New World Order, Groningen Museum, Groningen, ND
Global Eurasia, special exhibition in Art Cologne, Cologne, DE
Community of Tastes, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, CN

2007
China Power Station II, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, NO
Forms of Concepts – The Second Documentary Exhibition of Fine Arts, Center for Documentary
Exhibition of Fine Arts, Wuhan, AU
Thermocline of Art – New Asian Waves, ZKM Center for Art & Media, Karlsruhe, DE

2006
AllLookSame? Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, IT
Dual Realities – The Fourth Seoul International Media Art Biennale, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, KR
China Power Station I, Battersea Power Station, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
Beijing Biennial of Architecture 2006, The National Museum of China, Beijing, CN
Chaos City, Universal Studios Beijing, Beijing, CN
The Poetic Reality – A Reinterpretation of Jiangnan, RCM Art Museum, Nanjing, CN
Fiction @ Love, MOCA, Shanghai, CN

2005
Renovation – Relations of Production, Long March Space, Beijing, CN
Beyond - the Second Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, CN
Limitation and Freedom, Wuhan Art Archives and Center, Wuhan, CN
Complete Art Experience Project No. 5 – 24 Hours, Beijing Film Studio, Beijing, CN
Archaeology of the Future – The Second Triennial of Chinese Art, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, CN
Complete Art Experience Project No. 1 – Incest, Platform China, Beijing, CN

2003
Illusion, Artist Commune, Hong Kong, CN
Aphrodisiac, Hai Shang Shan Art Centre, Shanghai, CN
Space – Guangdong Museum of Art Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition, Guangdong, Museum of Art, Guangzhou, CN
Lustre – Two-Man Exhibition of Yu Fan & Liu Ding, China Art Archives and Warehouse, Beijing, CN

2002
Death is Silence, Yan Club, Beijing, CN
New Urbanism – Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Guangdong Museum Of Art, Guangzhou, CN

2001
Money Funny Honey, Taikang Top Space, Beijing, CN
Inauguration of the New Gallery, China Art Archives and Warehouse, Beijing, CN

1999
Aesthetes and Vagueness – Performance Art Exhibition, Qinliang Park, Nanjing, CN
The Feeling of Floating, Nanjing Normal University Museum, Nanjing, CN

Liu Ding - Twilights
Twilights
2016
Mixed media (3D print)
Cm 6,5 x 28 x 15
Liu Ding - Twilights
2016 - Mixed media (3D print) - Cm 6,5 x 28 x 15
Liu Ding - Course (as in political course)
Course (as in political course)
2016
Mixed media
cm 60 x 130 x 150 (podium), cm 21 x 9 x 9 (flower pot), cm 100 x 45 x 32 (plaster relief)
Liu Ding - Course (as in political course)
2016 - Mixed media - cm 60 x 130 x 150 (podium), cm 21 x 9 x 9 (flower pot), cm 100 x 45 x 32 (plaster relief)
Liu Ding - Ghost 9
Ghost 9
2016
C-print on photographic paper
Cm 60 x 80
Liu Ding - Ghost 9
2016 - C-print on photographic paper - Cm 60 x 80
Liu Ding - Ghost 8
Ghost 8
2016
C-print on photographic paper
Cm 60 x 80
Liu Ding - Ghost 8
2016 - C-print on photographic paper - Cm 60 x 80
Liu Ding - Ghost 7
Ghost 7
2016
C-print on photographic paper
Cm 60 x 80
Liu Ding - Ghost 7
2016 - C-print on photographic paper - Cm 60 x 80
Liu Ding - Ghost 6
Ghost 6
2016
C-print on photographic paper
Cm 60 x 80
Liu Ding - Ghost 6
2016 - C-print on photographic paper - Cm 60 x 80
Liu Ding - Ghost 4
Ghost 4
2016
C-print on photographic paper
Cm 60 x 80
Liu Ding - Ghost 4
2016 - C-print on photographic paper - Cm 60 x 80
Liu Ding - Ghost 3
Ghost 3
2016
C-print on photographic paper
Cm 60 x 80
Liu Ding - Ghost 3
2016 - C-print on photographic paper - Cm 60 x 80
Liu Ding - Ghost 2
Ghost 2
2016
C-print on photographic paper
Cm 60 x 80
Liu Ding - Ghost 2
2016 - C-print on photographic paper - Cm 60 x 80
Liu Ding - Ghost 1
Ghost 1
2016
C-print on photographic paper
Cm 60 x 80
Liu Ding - Ghost 1
2016 - C-print on photographic paper - Cm 60 x 80
Liu Ding - Rice
Rice
2016
Oil on canvas
Cm 180 x 160
Liu Ding - Rice
2016 - Oil on canvas - Cm 180 x 160
Liu Ding - Pumpkin
Pumpkin
2016
Oil on canvas
Cm 180 x 160
Liu Ding - Pumpkin
2016 - Oil on canvas - Cm 180 x 160
Liu Ding - Potato
Potato
2016
Oil on canvas
Cm 180 x 160
Liu Ding - Potato
2016 - Oil on canvas - Cm 180 x 160
Liu Ding - Pork
Pork
2016
Oil on canvas
Cm 180 x 160
Liu Ding - Pork
2016 - Oil on canvas - Cm 180 x 160
Liu Ding - Onion
Onion
2016
Oil on canvas
Cm 180 x 160
Liu Ding - Onion
2016 - Oil on canvas - Cm 180 x 160
Liu Ding - Mango
Mango
2016
Oil on canvas
Cm 180 x 160
Liu Ding - Mango
2016 - Oil on canvas - Cm 180 x 160
Liu Ding - Corn
Corn
2016
Oil on canvas
Cm 180 x 160
Liu Ding - Corn
2016 - Oil on canvas - Cm 180 x 160
Liu Ding - Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum
2016
Oil on canvas
Cm 180 x 160
Liu Ding - Chrysanthemum
2016 - Oil on canvas - Cm 180 x 160
Liu Ding - A Story Told to Me by Wang Luyan
A Story Told to Me by Wang Luyan
2012
Cotton, rope and paper
Cm 240 x 160
Liu Ding - A Story Told to Me by Wang Luyan
2012 - Cotton, rope and paper - Cm 240 x 160
Liu Ding - Experience and Ideology No. 9: 04June,1994
Experience and Ideology No. 9: 04June,1994
2012
Photography
Cm 105 x 128
Liu Ding - Experience and Ideology No. 9: 04June,1994
2012 - Photography - Cm 105 x 128
Liu Ding - We always fail to describe this chaotic world of ours
We always fail to describe this chaotic world of ours
2012
Wood, rope and mirror
Variable dimensions
Liu Ding - We always fail to describe this chaotic world of ours
2012 - Wood, rope and mirror - Variable dimensions
Liu Ding - Untitled
Untitled
2012
Video installation. Tv set and a stainless steel water basin
Variable dimensions
Liu Ding - Untitled
2012 - Video installation. Tv set and a stainless steel water basin - Variable dimensions
Liu Ding -  Grey from Small Gardens and Small Marketplaces
Grey from Small Gardens and Small Marketplaces
2009
Mixed media
Cm 170 x 130 x 32
Liu Ding - Grey from Small Gardens and Small Marketplaces
2009 - Mixed media - Cm 170 x 130 x 32
Liu Ding - The Curvature of Matter ( A blank road sign)
The Curvature of Matter ( A blank road sign)
2009
Black steel
Variable dimensions
Liu Ding - The Curvature of Matter ( A blank road sign)
2009 - Black steel - Variable dimensions
Liu Ding - The Curvature of Matter (Black box)
The Curvature of Matter (Black box)
2009
Black steel and neon lights
Variable dimensions
Liu Ding - The Curvature of Matter (Black box)
2009 - Black steel and neon lights - Variable dimensions
Liu Ding - The Curvature of Matter (Fences with graffiti-strip-shaped neon lights)
The Curvature of Matter (Fences with graffiti-strip-shaped neon lights)
2009
Black steel and neon lights
Variable dimensions
Liu Ding - The Curvature of Matter (Fences with graffiti-strip-shaped neon lights)
2009 - Black steel and neon lights - Variable dimensions
Liu Ding - Experience and Ideology n°1
Experience and Ideology n°1
2008
Photography
Cm 50 x 105
Liu Ding - Experience and Ideology n°1
2008 - Photography - Cm 50 x 105
Liu Ding - Experience and Ideology n°3
Experience and Ideology n°3
2008
Photography
Cm 50 x 105
Liu Ding - Experience and Ideology n°3
2008 - Photography - Cm 50 x 105
Liu Ding - Liu Ding
Liu Ding' s Store - Take Home and Make real the Priceless in Your Heart
2008
Oil on canvas
Cm 60 x 90
Liu Ding - Liu Ding' s Store - Take Home and Make real the Priceless in Your Heart
2008 - Oil on canvas - Cm 60 x 90
Liu Ding - Liu Ding
Liu Ding' s Store - Take Home and Make real the Priceless in Your Heart
2008
Oil on canvas
Cm 60 x 90
Liu Ding - Liu Ding' s Store - Take Home and Make real the Priceless in Your Heart
2008 - Oil on canvas - Cm 60 x 90
Liu Ding - Liu Ding
Liu Ding' s Store - Take Home and Make real the Priceless in Your Heart
2008
Oil on canvas
Cm 60 x 90
Liu Ding - Liu Ding' s Store - Take Home and Make real the Priceless in Your Heart
2008 - Oil on canvas - Cm 60 x 90
Liu Ding - Liu Ding
Liu Ding' s Store - Take Home and Make real the Priceless in Your Heart
2008
Oil on canvas
Cm 60 x 90
Liu Ding - Liu Ding' s Store - Take Home and Make real the Priceless in Your Heart
2008 - Oil on canvas - Cm 60 x 90
Liu Ding - The Remaining Landscape 2
The Remaining Landscape 2
2007
Nail colour, mirror acrylic
Cm 122 x 183
Liu Ding - The Remaining Landscape 2
2007 - Nail colour, mirror acrylic - Cm 122 x 183
Liu Ding - The Remaining Landscape
The Remaining Landscape
2007
Nail colour, mirror acrylic
Cm 122 x 183
Liu Ding - The Remaining Landscape
2007 - Nail colour, mirror acrylic - Cm 122 x 183
Liu Ding - A man kissing a wolf
A man kissing a wolf
2007
Marble, taxidermy
Cm 220 x 70 x 150
Liu Ding - A man kissing a wolf
2007 - Marble, taxidermy - Cm 220 x 70 x 150
Liu Ding - A man fucking a chicken
A man fucking a chicken
2007
Marble, taxidermy
Cm 60 x 80 x 120
Liu Ding - A man fucking a chicken
2007 - Marble, taxidermy - Cm 60 x 80 x 120
Liu Ding - Hero
Hero
2007
White and black marble
Cm 210 x 30
Liu Ding - Hero
2007 - White and black marble - Cm 210 x 30
Liu Ding - Sketches in the Garden
Sketches in the Garden
1994
Mixed media
Cm 210 x 85
Liu Ding - Sketches in the Garden
1994 - Mixed media - Cm 210 x 85