Li Hongbo
Born in 1974 in Jilin (CN) 

Lives and works in Beijing (CN)

 

Best known for his kinetic paper sculptures that reinvent traditional Chinese folk craftsmanship, Li Hongbo presents four new series of works that comment on pedagogical systems as economic and social currencies across different cultures. Giant binder clips, textbooks, and classroom materials create a site-specific immersive exhibition. The installations in the “Absorption” series hint at the influence of education in society, debating historical distortion and propaganda woven into classroom lessons across America and China. After collecting secondhand high school, middle school, and primary school-level textbooks, Li assembled stacks of literature in his studio in Beijing, China. From these towers, he hand-carved the busts

 

and effigies of school children, leaving the edges raw and unfinished. Uncharacteristically silent and stationary when crafted as statues, these pupils sit on battered, old, school desks which also tell stories of past lessons and conversations. Li creates a ghostly narrative in which education and impressionable vessels – youths who will determine our future – are inseparable.

Education

B.A. Fine Arts Depart. of Jilin Normal University, Jilin (CN) 
M.F.A. Folk Art Depart. of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CN) 
M.F.A. Experimental Art Depart. of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CN)

SOLO SHOW

2016

Textbooks, Klein Sun Gallery, New York (USA)

2014

Shadow of knives – Li Hongbo, Contemporary by Angela Li, Hong-Kong (CN)
Tools of Study, Klein Sun Gallery, New York (USA)

2013

Li Hongbo – Out of Paper, Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg (DE)

2012

Self, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong (CN)
A Tree, Mizuma & One Gallery, Beijing (CN)

2011

The World – Li Hongbo New Works Exhibition, Found Museum, Beijing (CN)
Modern Art Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan (TW)

GROUP SHOW

2014

Paper – Existence, Tianjin Art Museum, Tianjin (CN)
Chinese Contemporary Youth Sculpture Exhibition, Chinese Sculpture Institute Arts Department in Luodai, Chengdu (CN)
National Fine Arts Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing (CN)
Encountering: New Art on the Silk Road, Xinjiang Biennale,” Urumqi (CN)
Once Upon a Time in Asia: The Story Tree, Asian Civilizations Museum, Singapore (SG)

2013

Confronting Anitya, Palazzo Michiel, Venice (IT)
CODA Paper Art 2013, CODA Museum, Apeldoorn (NL)
PaperWorks: The Art and Science of an Extraordinary Material, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield (USA)
Hot Pot, Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro (USA)
Transformation – A Perspective of Contemporary Art, 53 Art Museum, Guangzhou (CN)
Freeze Frame Moments – 2013 Young Artist Invitational Exhibition, Nan Art Museum, Guangzhou (CN)
Insightful Charisma, Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai (CN)
Tan Wei Guan Zhi, Wu Niu Visual and Packing Institute Visual Arts Museum, Chengdu (CN)
Art Sanya, The Forbidden City at Yalong Bay, Hainan (CN)
Shenzhen Chinese Ink Painting Biennial, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen (CN)
Datong 2nd International Sculpture Biennial, He Yang Mueum, Datong, Shanxi (CN)
Evolution – Imagery, Jingren Paperlogue & Artron, Beijing (CN)

2012

Ctrl + N: Non-Linear Practice, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju (KR)
Material à Object, Eli Klein Fine Art, New York (USA)
Research Exhibition on Post-70’s Generation Artists Jianghan Star Plan, Wu Han Art Museum, Wu Han (CN)

2011

Start from the Horizon: Chinese Contemporary Sculpture Since 1978, Sishang Art Museum, Beijing (CN)
Material à Object, EK Projects, Beijing (CN)
Experimental Art, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing (CN)

2010

The Big Bang, White Rabbit Foundation, Sydney (AU)
Journey of a Thousand Miles, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing (CN)
Object Energy, Found Museum, Beijing (CN)
Tien Kung Kai Wu, Deshan Art Space, Beijing (CN)
I’m on the Road to…, Mizuma & One Gallery, Beijing (CN)

2007

The Desire for Material Welfare & No Wants, Jin Du Art Center, Beijing (CN)
Shared Time and Space, K Space, Beijing (CN)

FAIRS/EVENTS

2015

Art Central, Hong-Kong (CN)

2012

All our relations, 18th Biennale of Sydney (AU)
Arts (2009 – 2011), Art @ Golden Square, London (UK)
1st Xinjiang Biennale, Xinjiang International Exposition Centre, Urumqi, Xinjiang (CN)

COLLECTIONS

21c Museum, Louisville (USA)
53 Art Museum, Guangzhou (CN)
Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing (CN)
Found Museum, Beijing (CN)
White Rabbit Collection, Sydney (AU)