Liu Bolin 
Born 1973 in Shandong, China. Lives and works in Beijing. 

 

EDUCATION

2001        
M.F.A., Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing

1995         
B.A., Shandong University of Arts, Jinan, China 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2019         
Liu Bolin: Visible/invisible, Museo delle Culture, Milan
Liu Bolin, Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland 
Liu Bolin: The Invisible Man, The Gaviria Palace, Madrid 
Liu Bolin: Continuous Refle(a)ction, Riverside Art Museum, Beijing
The Bigger Picture – Liu Bolin, Kunstlinie Almere Flevoland, Almere, The Netherlands 

2018        
Liu Bolin: The Invisible Man, Erarta Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia 
Liu Bolin: The Imperceptible, Il Faut Le Faire, Goussainville, France 
Liu Bolin. The Invisible Man, Complesso Del Vittoriano, Rome
Liu Bolin: L'homme caméléon, Le DIDAM, Bayonne, France 

2017        
Liu Bolin: Ghost Stories, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
Galerie Party, Centre Pompidou – Acte II with Liu Bolin, Centre Pompidou, Galerie des enfants, Paris 
Liu Bolin: Migrants, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Ramacca, Catania, Italy 

2016        
Liu Bolin: Art Hacker, Klein Sun Gallery, New York
Liu Bolin Solo Exhibition, Hadrien De Montferrand Gallery, Hangzhou, China 

2015        
Liu Bolin: Desapareciendo, Museo de Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina 
Liu Bolin: Hiding in the City, Edwynn Houk Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland 
Liu Bolin: Hiding in the City, Boise Art Museum, Boise, Idaho 
Liu Bolin: Hiding in Plain Sight, Dennos Museum, Traverse City, Michigan
Liu Bolin: Hiding in the City, Cyrus M. Running Gallery, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota
Liu Bolin: CAMALEON, Centro Roberto Garza Sada, Universidad de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico 
Liu Bolin: The Distance to The Eyes, Magda Danysz Gallery, Shanghai
Liu Bolin Solo Show, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris

2014        
Liu Bolin: A Colorful World?, Klein Sun Gallery, New York
In Plain Sight: Photographs by Liu Bolin, University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, Connecticut 

2013        
Liu Bolin: Mask, Eli Klein Fine Art, New York
Liu Bolin – ein Meister der Tarnung, Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, Germany 
Liu Bolin, Camouflages Urbains, Fondation d’Entreprise Espace Écureuil Pour l’Art Contemporain, Toulouse, France 
Liu Bolin: The Invisible Man, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, Vermont 

2012        
Hidden Meaning: Contemporary Chinese Art by Liu Bolin, The Longyear Museum of Anthropology, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York 
Liu Bolin: A Secret Tour, Museo H.C. Andersen, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome
Liu Bolin: Lost in Art, Eli Klein Fine Art, New York
Liu Bolin: The Invisible Man, Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, Moscow
Liu Bolin: The Sociology of the Invisible Body, California State University Northridge Art Galleries, Northridge, California 

2011         
Liu Bolin: The Invisible Man, Vänermuseet, Lidköping, Sweden 
Liu Bolin: The Invisible Man, Eli Klein Fine Art, New York
Liu Bolin: The Invisible Man, Fotografiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden 

2010        
Liu Bolin: Hiding in Italy, Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia, Milano
Liu Bolin: Hiding in the City, El Museo de Bellas Artes de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela     
Liu Bolin, Sunshine International Art Museum, Songzhuang, Beijing
Liu Bolin: On Fire, Eli Klein Fine Art, New York

2008        
Liu Bolin, Bridge Art Center, Beijing
Liu Bolin: China Report 2007, Eli Klein Fine Art, New York

2007         
Liu Bolin: Sculpture, Hotsun Art Space, 798 Art Zone, Beijing
Liu Bolin: Distortion, Hotsun Art Space, 798 Art Zone, Beijing

2001        
Liu Bolin’s Sculpture, Passage Gallery, Beijing

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019        
I eat, therefore I am, Musée de L’Homme, Paris 
Humans, Bernard Magrez Cultural Institute, Bordeaux, France 
Art Eats Art, Musée Regards de Provence, Marseille, France 
Colors of Contemporary China. A passion of collectors, Saint-Remi Museum, Reims, France 
The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida [itinerary: University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Depaul Art Museum, Chicago]
Time Frames: Contemporary East Asian Photography, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland 
Chinese Whispers: Recent Art from the Sigg Collection, The MAK, Vienna
UrbanArt Biennale 2019, The World Cultural Heritage Völklinger Hütte, Völklingen, Germany 
ImageSingulières, Maison de L’Image Documentaire, Sète, France 
Surrealness (Performance), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. 
The Bigger Picture, Kunstlinie Almere Flevoland, Almere, The Netherlands 
The Gaze of History – Contemporary Chinese Art Revisited, The Jupitar Museum of Art, Shenzhen, China 

2018          
Every Body Talks, Mattatoio Roma, Roma
40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Photography, OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen, China 
The World to Come, Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall, Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Florida
Hybridizations: The ghost of painting, Whitebox Art Center, Beijing
Replace with Fine Art, Pearlman Gallery, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
Evidence: A New State of Art, Castel Sant’Elmo, Naples, Italy 
Liu Bolin: Liu Bolin X Ruinart, KYOTOGRAPHIE 2018, Kyoto 
C'était Demain! La Fabrik, Espace d'art contemporain, Monthey, Switzerland

2017        
Biennale Archipelago Mediterranean, Cultural Shipyards alla Zisa - Palermo Dusseldorf Pavilion, Palermo, Italy 
The First Shandong Youth Contemporary Art Documents Exhibition, JiaJian Art Museum, Jinan, Shandong, China
Portrait(s) Festival 2017, Ville de Vichy, Vichy, France 
40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Photography (1976 - 2017), Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing
Forty Years of Sculpture, Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition, Shenzhen, China 
Long Island Collects: New Photography, Nassau County Museum of Art, New York

2016        
Sublimina, Museo Delle Mura, Rome
Long Island Collects: New Photography, Nassau County Museum of Art, New York
Chinascape: From Rural to Urban, Spazioborgogno, Milan
Art From The Streets, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing
Camouflage: In Plain Sight, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, Alaska 
Up in Arms: Taking Stock of Guns, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, Vermont
We Are What We Eat, Main entrance lobby of United Nations Visitor Center, United Nations Headquarters, New York
Invisible Threads: Technology and its Discontents, New York University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE 
21C at 10: A Global Gathering, 21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky
Seeing Now, 21c Museum Hotel, Cincinnati, Ohio
TAKE ME OUT, chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai

2015         
Camaleón, Centro Roberto Garza Sada, Universidad de Monterrey, Cuauhtémoc, Mexico 
A Touch of Classics: 100 Chinese Contemporary Works - Charles Jing Collection of Original Photo Prints, China Millennium Monument World Art Museum, Beijing
L’uomo Nel Paesaggio, San Pietro in Atrio, Como, Italy
Immortal Present: Art and East Asia, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Target, Bienal de Performance 2015, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Focus on the Future – What Makes Us “Us”, Tokyo International Photography Festival, Art Factory Jonanjima, Tokyo
Psycho/Somatic: Visions of the Body in Contemporary East Asian Art, John N. Stern Gallery, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio
INTERACT: Deconstructing Spectatorship, North Wing of The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, London

2014        
The Camera’s Eye, PHOTOJAX 2014, Jacksonville, Florida
Pho-to-graffs: Images of Hip Hop, Grafitti, and Urban Culture, Gold Coast Arts Center, Great Neck, New York
Intersection: Painting, Drawing, and Photography, Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pennsylvania
Challenge the Tradition – 20th Century Western Classical and Chinese Contemporary Photography, Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing
Seeing the Unseen, The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida
Les Esthétiques d’un Monde Désenchanté, Le Centre d'art Contemporain de Meymac, Meymac, France
East by South East, OBS Gallery, Tonbridge School, Kent, UK
Chinese Contemporary Photography: 2009–2014, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai

2013        
TED 2013, The Long Beach Performing Arts Center, Long Beach, California
Portrait(s) Festival, Culture Centre Valery-Larbaud,  Vichy, France 
Inner Journeys, Maison Paticulière Art Center, Brussels 
Religion, Ritual, and Performance in Modern and Contemporary Art, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
Skin Trade, PPOW Gallery, New York
10 Years of Wooster Collective: 2003–2013, Jonathan LeVine Gallery pop-up space, New York
War Zone Home, John Jay College of Criminal Justice Art Gallery, New York
Incarnations, Photographie-Performance de Chine, Institut Confucius des Pays de la Loire d’Angers, Angers, France 
Aura and Post Aura, The First Beijing Photography Biennale, China Millennium Monument World Art Museum, Beijing
Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China

2012        
Changement de Décor, Festival des Arts Visuels de Vevey, Vevey, Switzerland
Bienne Festival of Photography, Bienne, Switzerland 
Harper’s Bazaar: Inside the Magazine, Yermilov Center, Kharkiv [itinerary: Korobchinskiy Center, Odessa; Izolyatsia, Donetsk; Museum of Modern Art, Kiev, Ukraine] 
Abwehr. Überlebensstrategien in Natur, Wirtschaft, Politik und Alltag, Vögele Kultur Zentrum, Pfäffikon, Switzerland 
Performing for the Camera, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona 

2011        
Exhibition of the Neuflize Collection, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Marseille, Marseille, France 
Urban Play, Landgent Center, Beijing
Scenes from Within: Contemporary Art from China, Blackbridge Hall Gallery, Georgia College, Milledgeville, Georgia
Biennale della Fotografia, Bogotá, Colombia 
Black and White, Zero Art Center, 798 Art District, Beijing

2010      
The Right to Protest, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem
Reflection of Minds - MoCA Shanghai Envisage III, Shanghai MoCA, Shanghai
Passing China, Sanatorium, Istanbul
HomeLessHome, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem
Armed & Dangerous: Art of the Arsenal, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
HIDEntites, mc2, Milan

2009        
Animamix Biennial, Today Art Museum, Beijing
Shore – Contemporary Academy Sculpture Exhibition, Moon River Art Museum, Beijing
Blank – Making Life, Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing
International Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition, Seoul Art Museum, Seoul
Erotic – Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition, DadiRui City Exhibition Center, Jinan, China 
The Big World: Recent Art from China, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago
Passing By China, Eli Klein Fine Art, New York
Camouflages, La Casa Encendida, Madrid

2008        
Stairway to Heaven: From Chinese Streets to Monuments and Skyscrapers, Bates College Museum of Art, Olin Arts Center, Lewiston, Maine 
Mixed Maze – Group Photography Exhibition, Red Mansion Foundation, London
New Middle Kingdom, Royal Liver Building, Liverpool, UK
Force-Form, International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Bridge Art Center, Beijing
International Exhibition, Rome International Contemporary and Modern Art Center, Rome
Sunshine International Art Museum International Exhibition, Songzhuang, Beijing

2007        
China Now: Lost in Transition, Eli Klein Fine Art, New York
Since…Contemporary Art Exhibition, Gao Brothers Beijing Art Center, Beijing
Olympic Landscape Sculpture Exhibition, China Millennium Monument World Art Museum, Beijing
Memory: Contemporary Art Exhibition, New York Art Center, 798 Art Zone, Beijing
Les Rencontres d'Arles, Arles, France 
Made in China - Chinese Contemporary Art, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
Union - Exhibition of Chinese and Chile Artists, No. 1 China Art Base, Beijing
Union in June: Chinese Performance Art Exhibition, Songzhuang, Beijing
Resettling - SuoJia Village Modern Art Exhibition, Beijing International Arts Camp II Ka Tsuen, Beijing
The First “Breathing” - Shandong Modern Art Exhibition, Shandong Museum, Shandong, China 

2006        
Songzhuang Art Festival, Songzhuang Art Zone, Beijing
Qingzhou International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Qingzhou Museum, Shandong, China 
Third Contemporary Art Exhibition, Sunshine International Museum, Beijing
Contemporary Art Exhibition of Dismantle, Xiyuantianlu Business Hotel, Beijing

2005        
Beijing Calligraphy Exhibition, Maside Art Center, Beijing
Luxury Times, Chang Chau Chinese Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, Tianjin Harbor Plaza, Tianjin
Dismantle - Dismantle - Dismantle, Beijing International Arts Camp II Ka Tsuen, Beijing
Considerable, West Lake International Sculpture Exhibition, Hangzhou Fine Art Museum, Hangzhou, China 

2001        
The Second Invitational Sculpture Exhibition of Contemporary Young Sculptors, Hangzhou Fine Art Museum, Hangzhou, China 

2000        
Works Exhibition, The First China Sculpture Competition, China 

1999        
The Second Metals Work Exhibition, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

21c Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
88-MOCCA, Vaduz, Liechtenstein 
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
ARTantide Museum, Verona, Italy 
AT&T Art Collection, Dallas, Texas
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
Banca Aletti, Milan
Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, Maine 
Biblioteca Capitolare, Verona, Italy 
Collection SOCIÉTÉ GÉNÉRALE, France 
Collection NEUFLIZE VIE, Paris 
DSL Collection, Paris
The Fidelity Corporate Art Collection, Boston, Massachusettes 
Fist Art Foundation, Dorado, Puerto Rico 
FMAC, Paris
Fondation Ariane de Rothschild, Madrid
Fondation Frances, Senlis, France 
Fotografiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden 
The Gold Museum, Bogotá, Colombia 
HBC Global Art Collection, New York
Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
M+ Sigg Collection, Hong Kong 
MART, Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy 
Museo Enzo Ferrari, Modena, Italy 
Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem
Pérez Art Museum, Miami 
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey
The Red Mansion Foundation, London
Teutloff Photo & Video Collection, Bielefeld, Germany 
Unicredit Group, Milan