January 28th to February 28th, 2014
MCM gallery space, IAPM mall, Shanghai

Belgian artist Heidi Voet’s solo show “As Far As I Can See” presents one of her most widely known series, two tremendous craft works consisting of thousands of colorful digital watches made in China weaving into rugs. A new photograph pairing with an installation Stars & Constellations is placed in the store VIP room, echoing the intimacy and exclusivity of the environment. The exhibition is open to public from January 28th through February 28th, 2014. Details »


CHENG RAN and ITEM IDEM, "Joss", 2013, film still (video, 6 min 2 sec)

Artists Cheng Ran and Cyril Duval (Item Idem) create a video work “Joss” for the New York based magazine VISIONAIRE’s online project “30DAYS30ARTISTS” in 2013.

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LI QING, "Manuscript on Window", 2013, wood, glass, metal, oil color, 66 x 114 x 10.5 cm

November 30th, 2013 through February 13th, 2014

Artist Li Qing‘s solo show In the Vicinity comprises a new series of site-specific installations, videos, mixed media and poet etc. By creating visual illusions and juxtaposing or transforming different visual symbols, artist demonstrates us a dynamic cityscape of Shanghai: a complex web of various ideologies and notions coexisting and mingling. He opens up dialogues between the history and the present as well as between the past and the future.

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Leandro Erlich, "Changing Rooms", 2013. Photo by Justin Jin.

November 8th through 24th, 2013
Jing An Kerry Center, Atrium
1515 Nanjing Xi Lu, Jing’an District, Shanghai

Simply entitled Project Shanghai, the first solo project in China of internationally renowned artist Leandro Erlich comprises two large site-specific installations the artist has produced following his recent researches in Shanghai.

Leandro Erlich, born to an Argentine architecture family in 1973, is widely known for his intriguing optical illusions that allure his befuddled viewers to explore. His staged spaces can always turn the most assured situation upside down. With a single gesture to the architectural structure, Erlich transforms all sorts of everyday places into a baffling and deceptive visual maze, which challenge people’s common sense and further deliver an altered reality. The uncanny and sinister aesthetics of film directors Alfred Hitchcock, Roman Polanski, Luis Buñel and David Lynch directly influence Erlich’s artistic rendering. While the fictional world of the Argentine writer Jorge Louis Borges is thoroughly absorbed into the artist’s imagination.
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October 12th through November 17th, 2013

VIP reception: Saturday October 12th, 6-8pm

Artists: aaajiao, Chen Wei, Cheng Ran,Heman Chong, Simon Fujiwara, Ryan Gander, Guo Hongwei, Li Ran, Michael Lin, Henrik Olesen, Qiu Anxiong, Wang Taocheng, Werker Magazine (Marc Roig Blesa & Rogier Delfos), Ming Wong and Zhao Zhao.

LEO XU PROJECTS is pleased to present group exhibition “Reading”, featuring a selection of works from aaajiao, Chen Wei, Cheng Ran, Guo Hongwei, Heman Chong, Simon Fujiwara, Ryan Gander, Guo Hongwei, Zhao Zhao and Michael Lin among others. The show runs from September 9th through to November 27th.

Taking over both the gallery space and the Bund’s Le Space, the exhibition surveys the act of ‘reading’, exploring its role in history, in modern times as well as in present day. Throughout the development of mankind and human civilization, we have relied and depended on reading to gain, gather or communicate knowledge and information for all disciplines; for example, Chinese literati scholars required poetry to be shared through reading before it was considered a complete work, and reading became a means not only to express oneself but to understand others. Whether it be reading nature, reading the stars, reading technology, reading literature, reading performance, or reading art, the manner of reading has been vital not only for individuals, but for vital understanding of the people, objects, disciplines both closely and far away. Using this prompt, this exhibition displays the manifestations of reading in the selected artists’ practices, demonstrating the varieties of definitions and approaches to ‘Reading’.
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The symposium “Transcultural Visualities – Global Asian Art” presents an international inter-institutional effort to think through the space of Asian art within a global framework.

Part of a multi-year program taking place in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Sydney, Wollongong, Washington, and New York, this symposium is part of a series workshops, studio visits, and other forms of engagement with art theory and practices that pertain to transculturalism, identity, memory, and place. With participation by an international roster of scholars, curators, artists, and other art professionals, ‘Transcultural Visualities – Global Asian Art’ engages the art community and the wider public through the lens of the discourse and artistic production that comes under the rubric of Asian art on a global level.

Co-convened by Alexandra Chang and Francesca Tarocco, the symposium is presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and NYU in Shanghai, with participants including Zheng Bo, Mathieu Borysevicz, Dean Chan, Alexandra Chang, CYJO, Dipti Desai, Simon Kirby, Jacqueline Lo, Tom Looser, Mark Johnson, Oscar Ho, Nicholas Mirzoeff, Arthur Solway, Francesca Tarocco, Frank Vigneron, Leo Xu, Jian-Jun Zhang, and many others.
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GUO HONGWE, "Untitled (Perfect Lovers), 1991", 2013, Collage on paper, 44 x 63.4 cm

April 25th through July 15th, 2013


Dates: March 1st through April 10th, 2013

Venue: chi K11 Art Space, B3, K11 Art Mall
300 Huahai Zhong Road, by Huangpi Nan Road

Artists: Aaajiao (Xu Wenkai), Birdhead, Chen Wei, Cheng Ran, Ding Yi, Gao Mingyan, Gabriel Lester, Liang Yue, Liao Fei, MadeIn Company, Michael Lin, Liu Jianhua, MadeIn Company, Qiu Anxiong, Shi Yong, Song Tao, Xiao Jiang, Xu Zhen, Yang Fudong, Yang Zhenzhong, Zhang Enli, Zhou Tiehai

‘Shanghai Surprise’ is a 1986 British adventure comedy film directed by Jim Goddard, starring Sean Penn and Madonna, that is set in 1937 Shanghai during the Japanese occupation. Although the film was a notorious “box-office bomb” and “critical flop,” it nevertheless was able to retain a remote sense of glamour among the wider public. The title has been hailed as an inspiration and is often quoted by writers and artists when portraying Shanghai.

‘Shanghai Surprise’ is a project curated by Shanghai-based Leo Xu and Azure Wu who have experienced the city’s metamorphosis from 2000 to present. During this period both Leo Xu and Azure Wu worked as curators in local museums and more recently have held positions such as curator, art dealer, writer and editor. Inspired by the film’s title, this eponymous project is envisioned as a time and space capsule as opposed to an encyclopedic gesture. Its development is based on minute notes from the curatorial sketchbooks of Xu and Wu, which represent the forgotten and unforgettable moments in Shanghai’s contemporary art sphere that continually produces new ideas and surprises.

‘Shanghai Surprise’ comprises of two parts: a group exhibition featuring works by defining artists, young Chinese and expat authors who possess strong ties to Shanghai-geographically or culturally; and a mobile library that captures Shanghai’s transforming cultural landscape.

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CUI JIE, Office, 2012, Oil on canvas, 180 x 180 cm

November 25th through December 30th 2012

LEO XU PROJECTS is pleased to present the gallery’s first solo exhibition of Beijing-based painter Cui Jie. Featuring recent works from two different series, this exhibition explores the carefully composed elements of Cui Jie’s artistic sensibility. Comparing and contrasting both the artist’s architectural and figurative paintings, this exhibition presents the spectrum of painting she works across, to explore her means of creative production.

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MICHAEL LIN, '"Shanghai Daily", 2012, Exhibition invite card, collage on paper

September 7th through October 23rd, 2012

The first solo project of Michael Lin at LEO XU PROJECTS explores the artist’s interest in a dialogue between the graphic, medium and social context. Transforming his signature floral pattern painting typical of local aesthetics and tradition into extensive wallpaper covering contemporary gallery space, the show starts with ideas of artistic intervention with the architectural space and fengshui, and consequently evolves into a laboratory of print-making.

Raised in Taiwan, Lin (b. 1964 in Tokyo) lives between Brussels, Shanghai and Taipei. Lin creates paintings and site-specific installations that appropriate images and products from the regional cultures and histories, and reflect upon the quotidian reality shaped by today’s cultures and policies.

Michael Lin has been included in many international museum shows and biennales, for instance, “The Spectacle of the Everyday” (Biennale de Lyon, France, 2009), “Super Fengshui” (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2008), Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art (Moscow, 2007), “Notre Histoire” (Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2006), “Spring 2003″ (Palais de Tokyo, Site de Creation Contemporaine, Paris, 2003), “Bibliotherapy” (with Remy Markowitsch, Kuntsmuseum, Lucerne, 2003), “International:Liverpool Biennial” (Liverpool, 2002), “The Gravity of the Immaterial” (Total Museum, Seoul, 2002), 7th Istanbul Biennal (Istanbul, 2002), “The Gravity of the Immaterial” (Institute of Contemporary Art, Taipei, 2001), 49th Biennial of Venice, Taiwan Pavilion (Venice, 2001), “The Sky is the Limit” (Taipei Biennial, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, 2000), etc. His recent solo exhibitions include “Model Home: A Proposition by Michael Lin” (Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, 2012), “Michael Lin: A Modest Veil” (Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, 2010), “Michael Lin” (Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, 2005), among many others.

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin


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LIU CHUANG, Works #16-21, 2012, installation view

September 7th through October 23rd, 2012

Beijing-based conceptualist Liu Chuang’s first solo presentation in Shanghai, this exhibition presents Liu’s latest series of works titled successively from “No.16″ to “21″. Centerpieces of the exhibition are site-specific installations that create a show in limbo where the artist challenges the norms of exhibition-making and spectator’s anticipation. Other works include a set of found books with hand-written stories by random readers.

Born in 1978 in Hubei, Liu Chuang produces works with subtlety and sensibility, which brings together institutional critique and social intervention. Liu has exhibited extensively at various institutions and galleries, among many others, “Image-History-Existence: Taikang Art Collection” (National Art Museum Of China, Beijing, 2011), “51m2:16 Emerging Chinese Artists” (Taikang space, Beijing, 2011), “CAFAM Biennale: Super-organism” (CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, 2011), “Moving Image In China:1988-2011″ (Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, 2011), “China Power Station” (Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin, 2010), “Studies & Theory” (Kwadrat, Berlin, 2010), “The Generational: Younger Than Jesus” (New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, 2009).

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin.

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin.

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin.

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin.

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin.

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin.

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin.

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin.

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin.

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin.

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin.

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin.

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin.

Installation view, photo by Justin Jin.



CHEN WEI, "Ping Pong", 2011, archival inkjet print, 150 x 200 cm, edition of 6

June 3rd through to August 5th, 2012
VIP Reception June 3rd, 2012, 4-6pm

LEO XU PROJECTS is pleased to present “More” for the first solo presentation of Beijing-based photographer Chen Wei since 2009. Set across the gallery’s three floor, this exhibition features an extensive body of Chen Wei’s work from the recent few years. Exploring the development of his photographic practices, the show follows his previously complex cinematic and narrative pieces, to his present larger focus on the artist’s handcrafted quotidian objects within a more simplistic works evocative of theatrical sets and still life painting. Furthermore, this exhibition also provides a rare performative insight into Chen Wei’s experimental processes of artistic production.

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CHENG RAN, "1971 - 2000", 2012, Single channel video with sound, 7 min 47 sec, Edition of 6

April 22nd through May 27th, 2012

“Cheng Ran: What Why How” is the first solo exhibition in Shanghai of Hangzhou-based Cheng Ran, a young artist critically acclaimed for his distinctive visual language and style that connects the cinema with relevant cultures of the time. The show runs from April 22nd through May 27th 2012, and will be accompanied by a catalogue and off-site projects initiated and produced by the artist.

Titled after a video Cheng Ran made in 2010, the exhibition “What Why How” premieres four latest videos produced over the past year. “What Why How”, as the artist observes, refers to both a pattern for study and the analytical thinking adopted in the stock market. Parodying the way Western films’ titles are translated into Chinese in Hong Kong, Cheng Ran transliterated this three-word term and lends it identity of a fictional male character. As the video “What Why How” examines the significance of life and belief through the protagonist repeatedly questioning and conversing with himself, the show—with a deliberate absence of this eponymous video—continues the artist’s recent probe and narrows the focus onto his philosophy of motion pictures.

For this exhibition, the ground floor gallery is transformed into a cinema with presentation of two single-channel videos that mark the centerpieces of the show. “1971-2000” (2012) opens up a box of memories of the cinematic classics that have left enormous impact on Cheng and his peers who would access contemporary cinema through second-hand resources, bootleg products and much recently the internet. Appropriating iconic elements from “A Clockwork Orange” (Stanely Kubrick, 1971) and “The Million Dollar Hotel” (Wim Wenders, 2000), the artist created a new film of a young man throwing himself off the rooftop, which however reconciles the contradicting beliefs and viewpoints in these two classics.

The other video “Angels for the Millennium (#6)” (2012) filmed an unlikely rescue in deep water. When projected upside down, the whole process—the drowning man ascends peacefully and slowly, later attended by lifeguards—only makes for a tranquil and sacred rite. Mimicking Bill Viola’s historic video installation “Five Angels for the Millennium” (2001), the work voices the response of Cheng Ran as a young Chinese artist to the parameter of video art set by Western pioneers, whose works are more read and heard about among the Chinese. The video also references the British thriller “The Prisoner” (Patrick McGoohan, 1967), in which the protagonist a secret agent named “Number Six” makes every effort of escaping the mysteriously isolated dystopian “village” he is held captive in. Confessional and redemptive, Cheng’s Angel Number Six marks the line between belief and indoctrination.

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JÉRÔME BEL, "Cédric Andrieux", 2009, Video, 87 min 49 sec

February 19th through April 8th, 2012

Artists: Jérôme Bel, Cheng Ran, Guo Hongwei, Hu Xiangqian, Li Qing, Liu Chuang, Mei Yuangui, Wolfgang Tillmans, Fred Tomaselli, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Danh Vo, Yang Fudong, Zhou Haiying.

“Boy: A Contemporary Portrait” juxtaposes recent and commissioned new works by contemporary visual artists with a selection of works of contemporary dance, fashion photography and mid-20th century’s documentary photography, etc.

Boy, as Oxford Dictionary suggests, also refers to “a man, especially a young or relatively young one”. The first decade of the 21st century sees a transforming representation of men in different cultures, media and regions. This exhibition attempts to portray young men of the time and to redefine the manhood within a global context.

Since the early 1990s, celebrated German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans has been exploring—through his photographs and his involvement in publication—the range of gestures and physicality that have become the distinguishing characteristics of young men in visual culture. His wall installation on view comprises of eight representative photographs he made between 2000 and 2010. Through his signature way of display, the set of photographs constitutes a visual fiction in a first-person narrative that reveals the emotional, sensual and intellectual aspects of young men’s life. Intimate and earnest, French choreographer Jérôme Bel’s critically acclaimed “Cédric Andrieux” (2009) provides a choreographed account that portrays a contemporary dancer’s life and career and outlines the relationship between the performer and the dance as a medium.

The exhibition includes a series of male portraits that are multifaceted and conceptual. Beijing-based Liu Chuang’s “Buying Everything On You” (2007) assembles all the possessions he acquired from a passer-by, which are laid out on a plinth in a way reminiscent of taxonomical or criminal research. Danh Vo, a Vietnamese-born conceptual artist produced specifically for the show a gilded Bud Light beer packaging (“Bud Lite”, 2012) and makes it a metaphor for the experience of being a young man in the consumer culture. “Faith” (2006) a double-channel video installation commissioned for Liverpool Biennale 2006, continues the award-winning Thai filmmaker and video artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s experiment in visualizing a man’s innermost world. “Faith is a tender portrait of lost love and transformation. Surrounded by perpetual change and the fear of new memories replacing old, a man dreams for an eternal place, where the image of his loved ones can live on,” the artist comments. In his commissioned new work, Hangzhou-based video artist Cheng Ran filmed a lone man driving a car donned in flowers on a night journey. The piece references Derek Jarman’s film “Blue” and his diary “Modern Nature”, and pays homage to the late British filmmaker.

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CHENG RAN, Dark Red (The Deepest Red), 2012, Ten-channel video installation, dimension variable

LEO XU PROJECTS is pleased to announce its curatorial collaboration and off-site projects within Michael Lin’s solo exhibition “Model Home” at Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai. Gallery artist Cheng Ran is commissioned to produce a body of videos for the show and a sound project is curated by Leo Xu to extend the exhibition into a subtle soundscape.

Titled “Dark Red (The Deepest Red)”, Cheng Ran’s ambitious ten-channel video installation brings together video documentation of the production of Michael Lin’s “Model Home” and footages on the architectural environment and people involved. The ten videos are scattered within six floors of the entire museum space and presented in various forms.

The sound project includes a sound-and-music album and a commissioned new ambient sound installation by Shanghai-based artist Lou Nanli that takes up each gallery space. The album contains a multimedia application—a collaboration between Shanghai-based media artist Xu Wenkai (aka. aaajiao) and Lou Nanli—and a compilation of music and songs by musicians and artists reflecting on living experience in Shanghai.

As part of the exhibition’s program, Shanghai-based Dutch artist Gabriel Lester will be giving a talk on the time and space relationship. The talk takes place on March 16, 7pm at the Rockbund Art Museum. The talk will be delivered in English with a Chinese translation.

LOU NANLI & aaajiao, A Room in Stripes, 2012, Multimedia computer application

March 10th through June 3rd, 2012
Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai
20 Huqiu Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai

For further information, please contact the gallery and phone: +86-21-3461 1245.



Cui Jie, Bar, 2011, Oil on canvas, 100 x 130 cm

December 3rd 2011 through February 5th 2012

Artists: Cui Jie, Li Shurui, Zhang Jungang & Li Jie

“Cui Jie, Li Shurui, Zhang Jungang & Li Jie” features recent works by Beijing-based Cui Jie and Li Shurui and Harbin-based duo Zhang Jungang & Lijie, and gives a perceptive account of the relationship between their life and contemporary landscape.

Known for her early works that question the truth in reality through unlikely marriage of images on canvas (for instance, an astronaut walking in Forbidden City, or a group of beauty queens posing for photo shoot in the Moon), Cui Jie has steered her focus to the study of forms and figure-ground relationship by a body of new paintings that magnify architectural details. Inspired by the multiple exposures in Orson Welles’ films, Cui painted a world composed of fragments from urban landscape and, in a few cases, layers of grids, lines and other graphic patterns. Though set in Beijing, subjects in her landscape paintings look like elsewhere in any possible contemporary cities, representing a sense of déjà vu and alienation.

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image courtesy of Kick the Machine Films.

November 19th, 2011, 1 pm

Venue: Rockbund Art Museum, Auditorium
Associate Mission Building, 1F, No 169 Yuan Ming Yuan Road

Free of admission

Through a multimedia presentation, the talk explores the career of award-winning filmmaker and artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul and his works that cross over various disciplines including cinema, video, photography, installation, etc,

Born in 1970 in Bangkok, Apichatpong Weerasethakul was trained in architecture and went on to study filmmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He started making films and videos in 1994, and has since produced seven features, namely, “Mysterious Object at Noon” (2000), “Blissfully Yours” (2002), “Tropical Malady” (2004), “Syndromes and a Century” (2006), and “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” (2010), in addition to his video and installation works exhibited in museums, biennales and galleries. Mostly set in the depth of forests and rural areas of Thailand, Weerasethakul’s works are known for his idiosyncratic narrative and visual language that are inspired by Thai folklore, TV soap operas and Western cinema. Subtle and mysterious, they create intersections where the immediate reality and the surreal (at times utopian) collide, and address the personal politics and social issues.

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September 7th through 10th, 2011
Venue: ShContemporary Art Fair 2011, Video lounge program

Artists: Aaajiao (Xu Wenkai), Cheng Ran, Hu Xiangqian, Li Ming, Liu Chuang, Zhang Ding. etc.



Installation view. Photography: Justin.


September 9th through November 27th, 2011 VIP reception: Friday September 9th, 6-8pm

Artists: Chen Wei, Cheng Ran, Guo Hongwei, Gabriel Lester, He An, Liang Yuanwei, Liu Wei, Sun Xun, Wang Yuyang


LEO XU PROJECTS is pleased to present group exhibition “Sweet Dreams (are made of this)” for the gallery’s inaugural show, featuring a selection of commissioned works from Liang Yuanwei, Chen Wei, Cheng Ran, Guo Hongwei, Wang Yuyuang as well was pieces by Liu Wei and Sun Xun. Also on view are the re-staging of two classic pieces by He An and Gabriel Lester. The show runs from September 9th through to November 27th.

Referencing the 1983 hit from British music-duo Eurythmics of the same name, the exhibition takes the lyrics of “Sweet Dreams” as a foundation in which to explore and portray the oddities of both the utopian and dystopian-like elements of our everyday lives wherein “everybody’s looking for something”. In a time where the world feels increasingly small, this exhibition asks the presented artists to ponder the development of “relationships”, whether it be to themselves, to others, to society, from culture to culture or to their studio practices, especially with regards to the ever-changing visions of society, and of present reality.
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