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Artchina Gallery: Exhibitions


3rd – 18th September


Opening hours:
Tuesday- Friday 12.00-19.00 h
Saturday  11.00-15.00 h

Focusing primarily on the first decade of the new millennium, the exhibition will take a
closer look at prevalent movements and styles in contemporary Chinese art. The spotlight
is thus on both the political and social change the country is experiencing, as well as the
influence the West has had on shaping the Chinese art world.

The exhibition is a tour of more than 60 paintings and prints by renowned masters such
as Feng Zhengjie, Liu Ye, Pu Jie, Wang Guangyi, Xue Song, Zhao Bo, Zhang Gong,
Zhang Xiaogang and Zhou Chunya, as well as several promising young artists.

images from the opening exhibition

images of some of the artworks included the exhibition

“99-09 - Contemporary Chinese Art“

The gallery currently houses more than 60 original works and approx. 80 signed prints from more than 50 artists. The heart of the collection is a selection of contemporary pieces that chronicles the whirlwind development art has taken in China, shining the spotlight on political and social discussions of the day.

The gallery is not open all of the time but is relatively flexible regarding
arranged viewings.To schedule an appointment with us, please use the
following contact details:

Telephone: +49 (0) 40-48 29 42
E-mail : info(at)artchina-gallery.de


China Today. Print Art.

This Exhibition is extended till 13.06.09
9.4 - 13.06. 2009

About 20 prominent Artistst above 40 signed Edition Prints

He Duo Ling, Chen Ke, Huang Yan, Shan Fan,
Wang Guangyi, Zhang Xiaogang, Xue Song,
Feng Zhengjie, Liu Ye, Yue Minjun, Guo Yin,
Zeng Hao, Zhou Chunya and more.

Du Yiyao. Solo Exhibition

Acryl - Paintings from 2005-2009
February 19th  -  March 28th

Picture of the Vernissage:

Images in Motion

04.12 - 07.02.2009
Liu Fei, Shen Jingdong and Zhang Hui

Liu Fei’s series of paintings: Liu Fei blends styles and expressions of different time periods. All the girls in his pictures are dressed in traditional student's clothes from China of the 1930s, yet with their facial expressions, shaved scalps and wide-mouthed laughs they betray an entirely different outlook on life. In the same way, their scarlet lips stand out against the otherwise black and white colorings of the pictures. The artist explains that it was in the 1920s and '30s that Chinese women in high numbers began to embrace modern ideas and strive towards a new life of freedom.

Shen Jingdong (b. 1965 in Jiangsu, China) started his career as an artist
with the Chinese military. But rather than glorifying the triumphs of warring
soldiers in his series “Hero,” Jingdong has chosen to celebrate an army of
everyday heroes who he shows in the uniforms of their respective professions.
Bakers, musicians and members of the military wear blank yet slightly optimistic
expressions and have a cutesy way about them that gives you goose bumps.
The little button noses and big round eyes, as well as the thin smiling or rigid
mouths have been stripped of a sense of individuality making them almost
more Playmobil than human. With his original and humorous portrayal of
people who literally look like they’ve stepped off the conveyor belt, the
artist astutely comments on change in Chinese society. 

As regards the human figures in her works, Zhang Hui’s Beijing Girls have short and curly hair, with a dense reminiscent color, and they look like people from the calendar posters of the Republic of China period. The combination of this hair style with dance skirts, business suits, college dresses and cat suits of total different periods, on one and the same person, give people a feeling of recognition and confusion. High eyebrows and bedroom eyes, with four eyelashes, a drawing method used exclusively by this artist; make up a unique expression of the human figures. When we look down to the lower part of the character’s face, we are immediately attracted by the high upper lip. All facial characteristics occur in a huge head which is in imbalance with the body.
Maybe we can see many of these figures with such big heads in work of many young artists. And we can say that such figures relate to the cartoons of Korea and Japan. This is, of course, the result of the ongoing assimilation of Asian cultures. But the hair style of the Republic of China period, is a typical characteristic of Zhang Hui.

Another difference with the creations of other artists, is that the figures in Zhang Hui’s work, whether it concerns clothes, props, or behaviors, all clearly show the marks of the artist’s objective construction. These marks are consciously brought together or faked, out of various elements of different time, space and cultural circumstances. The selection and abstraction of cultural elements are obvious. In other works, in Zhang Hui’s works, we can see the rebirth of an art image in current society’s popular cultural background. This kind of image comes from creation, however , the audience can easily find things from daily life, such as a bag, a small firecracker and a bounded wound. In comparison, the human figures of many other artists stick too much to reality or too much derive from the image itself, and so have no independent and intact individualized refiguring. In addition, Zhang Hui often uses cold such as black, white, and brown for canvas creations. This is not seen among many young artists of the same era. Generally speaking, cartoon artists always prefer to use color, especially the original colors. But in Zhang Hui’s works, we always see the consciously resistance to color. This marks that her pictures give the audience a feeling of reason and distance.

We can’t simply think that only cold colors can convey the feeling of criticism and reason, because we see from the works of many artists that bright colors can also convey the same effect. However, when we return Zhang Hui’s work, we can understand the real reason for the artist’s using of cold colors, besides the props and behaviors, like the bounded wound, the thin cigarette, the blowed up pupils, the stoned sleepy looks and the doll-like drawing style…--she wants to express the lonely and easily-hurt of little girls, who look like stupid guys, but actually are very clever. Just as Zhang Banqiao has said,” it is hard to be muddled. ” Facing a changeable social life, how can these urban moppets shoulder their heavy heads? How can they carry the weight of life on their tiny feet?

Refusing to grow up, refers to the repulsion of successful temptation and intrusion seen in the social lives of many people. This is a lesson for all youngsters and does not directly lead to a cultural art issue. From art’s point of view, in order to from an artist issue, the artist must use his own way to create a unique art solution. Only once the artist has found an approach to the issue, then the artist can influence the problem. However it is the audience who has to understand the answer. The recent efforts of Zhang Hui enable us to see a valuable art from showing the real contradictions that young people are facing.

Pictures of the Vernissage:

Pu Jie & Shen Fan

24.10 - 29.11.2008
Pu Jie & Shen Fan
Contemporary chinese Art. Acrylic and oil on canvas and paper.
Originals fom 1996 - 2008

Pictures of the Vernissage

Made in China. Print Art.

Made in China. Print Art. 2nd part

Opening 4th of September till 11th of October
Additional to the artists of the first part of this exhibition
of which partly other works will be shown (e.g. Guo Wei, Li Jun,
Liu Ye, Luo Brothers, Tang Zhigang, Wang Guangyi, Xue
Song, Yue Minjun, Zeng Fanzhi), Ding Yi and Liu Dahong will be
shown along with other artitsts for the first time.

Overall about 50 works will be shown.

Made in China. Print Art.

Made in China. Print Art.

More than 30 of the most important contemporary Chinese artists
with more than 80 graphic prints.

This special comprehensive exhibition of Chinese
graphic prints is focused on the current
contemporary art since 2000.
The 80 different works will be presented
seperately: 27.6.- 19.7. and 4.9. - 11.10. 08
Including most of the current most important
Chinese artists partly shown for the first time
in Germany.

Fang Lijun, Liu Ye, Luo Brothers, Shan Fan,
Tang Zhigang, Wang Guangyi, Xue Song,Yang Shaobin,
Yue Minjun, Zhang Xiaogang and many more.

The second part of the exhibition takes place during the
China Times in Hamburg.

Pictures of the Vernissage:


Contemporary Chinese Art
8th. Mai - 14th. June 2008


Speech of the Exhibition ”Untitled“ , by Stumpfeldt (PDF Download, German)

Pictures of the Vernissage:

4th Triennal of Photography (Hamburg, Germany)

Angel. Shoot by Cui Xiuwen

and Golden Man. Shoot by Ye Deer

10th. - 26th. April 2008


(Cui Xiuwen, Angel No. 4, 2006)

Cui Xiuwen’s work focuses on women in today’s China. Since the late Nineties her series of digital photos are filled with references to her own childhood, adolescence and sexuality.Her current works – as our example „Angel No.4“ from 2006 – feature an actress, who is duplicated in a number of different poses.The „Angel“ series addresses the problems of young pregnant women who can only picture abortion as a solution to their situation. It is the backdrop of the Forbidden City and the ostensibly graceful and traditional way in which the women are depicted that welcomes the spectator. Posture and gesture however reveal their doubts and fears.



(Ye Deer, Specimen of Fairytale, 2004)

The conceptual artist and photographer Ye Deer places himself as „Golden Man“ in the most various of environments. Sometimes these are natural ones (in the woods or in the water) but he also chooses industrial landscapes (sitting on a chimney or on a roof). This „Golden Man“ is meant to depict the narcissism of the Chinese Nouveau Riche, who are only guided by materialistic values, having grown completely oblivious of spiritual ones. They themselves are the „shining“ centre and their self-absorption does not admit any other people beside them. Unless it’s themselves – as their own clones. 

Moreover ArtChina Gallery will be showing the exhibition World of Vision with photographs by Wang Lang and Liu Xinhua.

Pictures of the Vernissage:

The Rising of the Cartoon Generation in China.

14.2.08 – 29.3.08 in ArtChina Gallery, Hamburg


Participating artists: Cui Ying, Deng Yu,  Du Chunfeng, Fang Yixin, Huang
Shipeng, LiLi, Wang Qian, Woody Lee, Zhang Hui
You can find the works among particular names.

The generation of artists who were born after 1970 or in the early 80s brought
a new self-conception and a new style into Chinese art. Central themes are
egotism and youth culture with all its implementations.

Partly started with a photo-realistic painting in the later 90s, now young artists
approach more and more the cartoon style, which is characterized by the
means of the illustrations, animations and the elements of comics.
This new pop world is loud and active, but sensitive and naïve as well.

A Chinese origin isn't almost noticeable anymore in this new cartoon trend.
Hereby the connection to international level of the contemporary art is
taken for granted.

Parallel to this exhibtion different prints will be shown by the Japanese
superstar Takashi Murakami.

Pictures of the Vernissage


New works and Prints

14th December - 2nd February 2008

Xue Song lives and works in Shanghai, where he primary studied stage design at the Theatre Institute. Traditional painting and calligraphy play a major role for his work. He often connects these elements as the background with scenes and topics nowadays. The background of his pictures is often a collage ofscraps of paper; scraps of magazines and photos alternetely with characters. A lot of this scraps has been burnt. Fire, smut and ash have a special meaning for Xue Song. "In 1991 a fire in his art room destroyed almost his whole archive. He started with his new work with the help of the saved rests of his pictures and his collected media material. These mean a special plan of the contemporary Chinese painting: "Political Pop". Xue Song became famous through his variety of his "Mao" and "Coca Cola" motifs. Shapes and silhouettes, which he filled in and illustrates with scraps of paper are very typical for those motifs as well. He confronts the traditional values and historical News of China with icons of the west. for example: The Shanghai Girls of the 30s and the US Diva Mariliy Monroe.

„Vom Teehaus zum Coffee-Shop” ("From the tea house to the coffee shop")


Exhibition: 16th. November bis 8th. December 2007

A new generation of artists enter the artistic contest.

This contest took concretely place because of the arrangement of the ArtChina Gallery with the JinCai Gallery in Hangzhou.
Besides the date of birth (from 1970) other conditions for the participation were two required works for two specified topics of the exhibitions in both cities. For Hamburg: "China in Change" - „Vom Teehaus zum Coffee-Shop” ("From the tea house to the coffee shop"). After a couple of critics the jury of Hamburg has shortlisted 15 young Chinese artists out of 85 artists with 170 works.


The conspicuity of these works was the self-evident integration of the political subversive and satirical approach of the previous artists- like these who were born in the 50s and 60s such as Wang Guangyi or Zhang Xiaogang. These visual worlds, which emanate from the satirical realism, expressionism and the political Pop Art, and the artistic techniques have already passed into the iconographic visions of the younger artists.They are also charged through a new internationalized and globalized visual knowledge about the US American and European image conceptions.The own idea and the associated resistant concept between sculptural assertion, accomplishment and presumptive staying power became an essential criterion.An own signature between concept, consistency and humorous approach build the background of the question towards the new quality.





Bilder der Vernissage

Tusche & Design Biennale


10th. October – 9th. November 2007
9th. October 2007, 19.00 h

One of the most traditional Chinese painting technique,
the india ink painting, is presented in a modern way.
Chosen works of the “Tusche und Design Biennale 2006”
by Shenzen Guan Shanyue Art Museum are presented.
A delegation of the museum and the artist Shan Fan will be present .
State Council Dr. Detlef Gottschalck and Prof. Gunnar F. Gerlach
will address an assembly.



Vernissage Pictures

Schuldt - Sichuan Portraits

Sichuan Portraits
China. Dorfstraße. Begegnungen.

1th September – 29th September 2007
Friday  31th August 2007, 19.00 Uhr


Tl: Red Beret on Porcelain - Foto - von 2003 - 80cm x 120 cm
Bl: Hollow Mask - Foto - von 2003 - 80cm x 120 cm
Tr: Mauve Thistle Collar - Foto - von 2003 - 80cm x 120 cm
Br: Xiao Beibi - Foto - von 2003 - 80cm x 120 cm

Artist and Work

[Translate to English:] Bilder der Vernissage


10th May from 7 pm.

Fashion, media and culture trends. Life in the metropolises and themselves –
a lot is being cloned. Commercialization provides globalization.
Chinese artists visualise this topic in a very fresh and provoking manner.

We exhibit works by Shi Yong, Zhang Tin Jun,
Tsang Kin-Wah, Liu Xiaoshu, Liu Yin Jun and Liu Fei.

Time of exhibition: 11th May until 30th June, 2007
Thursday and Friday from 12 until 7 pm.
Saturday from 12 until 3 pm.

Pictures of the Vernissage:

„berührt und unberührt ... Landschaften in Bildern”

("affected and unaffected ... landscapes in form of pictures")

Vernissage ... Thursday, 15th March, 2007, from 7 p.m.

Works by Shan Fan, who will be present, take center stage, as well as those by the young
artist Huang Qing. Paintings, whose aesthetics both derive from the untaffected nature and
the landscape which was changed and influenced by humans, will be directly faced.
At the inaugural evening the art critic Gunnar Gerlach will appreciate the works.

Period of exhibition: 15th March - 21st April, 2007
Thursday and Friday from noon - 7 p.m.
Saturday from noon - 3 p.m.

Overview of all artists of the exhibition:


Shan Fan

Industrie, Oil on Canvas, 80 x 100 cm, 2006
click the name of the required artist for more pictures

Huan Quing

Eternity, Oil on Canvas, 130 x 260 cm 2006
click the name of the required artist for more pictures

Xue Song

Upstair Dusk Horse Dusk 128x108cm, mixed media, 2006
click the name of the required artist for more pictures

Han Lei

Han Lei - Shan Shui (12) 1998-2003 handcolored black/w-Photo,
50x60cm Edition 15 Pieces
click the name of the required artist for more pictures 



„The Red Shadow”

Exhibition: 12th Janurary - 10th March, 2007
Speaker “ The controller of the Design Factory Hamburg and artist Shan Fan”

The title of the first exhibition of ArtChina stands for the examination of the chinese presence-artists with the whole political corporative system of the after-Mao-era since the eighties.

Phases of liberalization, but also of instructions, evoke tendencies, which are characterized with expressions such as "Cynical realism", "Political Pop" or "Consumption-kitsch-culture" for instance. In general there is a specific charisma, according to the global proximity to the western world, which can be called "Red shadow" - the current past. 

According to that background it is no coincidence  that almost every artist includes the father Mao in all their works, still nowadays. The official contact with Mao could be explained by a so-called "Think-formula." 70% of his behaviour  were good and 30% were bad for China.

This approach points out the topicality of the "Red Shadow" as well.                       

Opening hours:
Thursday, Friday: 12:00 - 19:00h
and Saturday: 12:00 - 15:00h, on appointment


Exposed Artists:

Hui Xin, Ji Wenyu, Liu Shiyo, Liu Xinhua + Wang Lang, Luo Brothers, Luo Brothers, Qi Zhilong, Shanfan, Wei Guanqing, Xiao Hong, Xue Song, Ye Deer, Yin Kun, Yue Min Jun (click the name of the required artist for more pictures).

© ArtChina