Liu Jianhua is one of China’s best-known contemporary artists who experiments with comprehensive materials. Liu was raised in Ji'an, Jiangxi Province. He spent 14 years living, learning and working in Jingdezhen, a city renown for its porcelain industry. After graduating from college in 1989, and within a contemporary context, he started his own experimental practices. Liu’s porcelain and mixed media works reflect the economic and social changes in China as well as the problems that follow suit. His Regular Fragile series, first shown at the Chinese Pavilion, Venice Biennale in 2003, is composed of porcelain replicas of daily that privilege appearance and symbolism over function. In 2008, he shifted his previous close and direct attention on the problems emerged in China from globalization and sharp social changes to “no meaning, no content”, which declared the fairly new exploration of his creation with works Untitled in 2008 and therefore has developed his own system of expression for contemporary art.
Liu Jianhua’s works have been exhibited at a tour exhibition at Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2019, a solo exhibition at Fondazione Made in Cloister, Naples, Italy in 2018 and a Minimalist exhibition at National Gallery Singapore in 2018, Minimalism: Space.Light.Object at National Gallery Singapore, the international art exhibition VIVA ARTE VIVA of the 57th Venice Biennale 2017, The 1st Kiev Biennale of Contemporary Arts, 14th international Sculpture Biennale of Carrara, 17th Biennale of Sydney, Vancouver Biennale 2009-2011, The 3rd Nanjing Triennial, 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, The 1st Singapore Biennale, The 6thShanghai Biennale, Busan Biennale 2006, China Pavilion of the 50th Venice Biennale and exhibitions held by institutions including Tate Modern (London, UK), Center Pompidou (France), Asian Art Museum (San Francisco, USA), ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum (Aros , Denmark), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, Japan), Tate Liverpool (Liverpool, UK), Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing, China), Power Station of Art (Shanghai, China), Kunstmuseum Bern (Bern, Switzerland), Today Art Museum (Beijing, China), Shanghai Art Museum (Shanghai, China), MoCA Shanghai (Shanghai, China), OCT Art and Design Gallery (Shenzhen, China), Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden, Germany), Shenzhen Art Museum (Shenzhen, China), Guangdong Museum of Art (Guangzhou, China), National Art Museum of China (Beijing, China), Groninger Museum (Groninger, The Netherlands), Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (Austria), Cobra Museum of Modern Art (The Netherlands), Kunst Der GegenwartSammlungEssl (Vienna, Austria), Hamburg Art Center (Hamburg, Germany), Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin, Ireland), Marseilles Museum of Contemporary Art (Marseilles, France), etc.
Liu Jianhua’s works have been collected by MOMA (New York, USA), Tate Modern (London, UK), Victoria&Albert Museum (London, UK), Asian Art Museum (San Francisco, USA), USC Pacific Asia Museum (Los Angeles, USA), White Rabbit Gallery (Sydney, Australia), Dior Paris Headquarter (Paris, France), LVMH Art Foundation (Paris, France), Salvatore Ferragamo Museum (Florence, Italy), K11 Art Foundation (Hong Kong, China), Bergen Art Museum (Bergen, Norway), M+ Sigg Collection (Hong Kong, China), YUZ Museum Shanghai (Shanghai, China), OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (Shanghai, China), Towada Art Center (Towada, Japan), Guggenheim Museum (New York, USA), The Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), Shanghai World Expo National Organizing Committee (Shanghai, China), Shanghai Lujiazui World Financial Center (Shanghai, China), Santander Bank Art Center (Santander, Spain), Today Art Museum (Beijing, China), Shenzhen Art Museum (Shenzhen, China), Guangdong Museum of Art (Guangzhou, China), Queensland Art Gallery (Brisbane, Australia), Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo, Japan), China Club (Hong Kong, China), He Xiangning Art Musem (Shenzhen, China), etc., and by private collections.
The artist now lives and works in Shanghai, China.