Xiang Jing
Born in Beijing in 1968, Xiang Jing graduated from Chinese Academy of Fine Arts Sculpture Department in 1995. She was lecturer of sculpture studio at Fine Art College of Shanghai Normal University from 1999 to 2007. Xiang Jing founded Xiang Jing + Qu Guangci (X+Q) Sculpture Studio in 2007, and later the art brand X+Q Art in 2010, with her husband and artist Qu Guangci. Xiang Jing now works and lives in Beijing. 


Born in Beijing in 1968, Xiang Jing graduated from Chinese Academy of Fine Arts Sculpture Department in 1995. She was lecturer of sculpture studio at Fine Art College of Shanghai Normal University from 1999 to 2007. Xiang Jing founded Xiang Jing + Qu Guangci (X+Q) Sculpture Studio in 2007, and later the art brand X+Q Art in 2010, with her husband and artist Qu Guangci. Xiang Jing now works and lives in Beijing. 

"Speaking through the body" used to be one of Xiang Jing's trademarks. Ever since her two solo exhibitions Keep in Silence (2003-2005) and Naked Beyond Skin (2006-2007), Xiang Jing has been thinking and creating works around the subject of female body. Her artistic language has matured through "The Virgin series", "The Body series", and "Naked Beyond Skin series", as manifested in some of her most important works such as Your Body (2005), The Open (2006), and Are a Hundred

Playing You? Or Only One? (2007). Boldly experimenting with her sculptural language, Xiang Jing is also mindful about engaging space and mirror images when creating and installing her works. Eventually, Xiang Jing's artistic concerns go beyond the female identity and sex – for her, the body is used as a premise to explain and explore how a certain group is related to the greater world. Xiang Jing's solo exhibition Will Things Ever Get Better? in 2011 uses the acrobats series and the animal series to explore the topic of "predicament" and "human being"s fate', opening many new possibilities in Xiang Jing's art.

Works of Xiang Jing have been exhibited in art centres in Asia, Europe and North America, and collected by significant galleries, institutes and collectors. Her work Mortals-Endless Tower was permanently collected by 2010 Shanghai Expo. And her work Are a Hundred Playing You? Or Just One? also fetched the highest price a Chinese sculpture has ever been sold for, at over CNY 6 million. And in 2012, Xiang was named as 2012 Martell Artist of the Year. "She uses natural forms to investigate issues essential to the world and humanity. Her works focus on direct experiences.Through meticulous observation and emotional rendering of humanity, the artist rediscovers an original human purity and reflects on the complicated impact the environment places on human beings."

Public Collections

Shanghai EXPO Permanent Collection, Shanghai 
Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai
Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai
Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu
The Saatchi Gallery, London



Selected Exhibitions

Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu, Lisson Gallery, London

Through No One's Eyes But My Own, The Long Museum, Shanghai, China

Utopias·Heterotopias - Wuzhen International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Wuzhen·North Silk Factory and West Scenic Zone, China
Echo of Civilization - Crossing Dunhuang, The Imperial Ancestral Museum of China, Beijing, China
Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, China
Unrealities in the Reality: the Intellectual Dimension of Daily Life, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

Juergen Teller | Xiang Jing, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Hong Kong
The Vivid Spirit - Chinese Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition, The Confucius Temple of Anxi, Quanzhou, China
Fervent China - Contemporary Monumental Sculptures, The Former Slaughterhouse, Anciens Abattoirs, Mons, Belgium
China 8 - Contemporary Art from China at Rhine & Ruhr, Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany
Tradition and Innovation - The Human Figure in Contemporary Chinese Art, Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, United States

Re-Sculpture:1 Sanguandian Art 2014, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China
West Says East Says - Chinese Contemporary Art Research Exhibition, United Art Museum, Wuhan, China
Us and Them - Existential Dialectic of Selves and Others, How Art Museum (Wenzhou), Wenzhou, China
Re-View: Opening Exhibition of Long Museum West Bund, Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai

Will Things Ever Get Better? - Xiang Jing @ MoCA Tp2013, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei
I·Us, MOT/ARTS, Taipei
Bridging: Important Female Artists of Our Time, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
The 4th Biennale of Art Changsha, Changsha Municipal Museum, Changsha, China
Portrait of the Times - 30 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China

Will Things Ever Get Better? - Xiang Jing and Guangci Joint-Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China
Birdcalls in the Floating World, Xiang Jing vs. Qu Guangci, MOT/ARTS, Taipei; Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
Xiang Jing: The Center of Quietude, Gao Magee Gallery, Madrid, Spain
Future Pass World Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China.
Real Life Stories - Contemporary Chinese Art Exhibition, KODE Art Museums of Bergen, Bergen, Norway.

Will Things Ever Get Better?, Today Art Museum, Beijing
I Have Seen Happiness, Park Hyatt, Beijing
Gallery Hotel Art Project, Gallery Hotel, Beijing Worker’s Stadium, Beijing
The Clear Horizon – Chinese Contemporary Sculpture Since 1978, Si Shang Art Museum, Beijing
Half the Sky: Women in the New Art of China, Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA
Collecting History: China New Art, Opening Exhibition of Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu
Future Pass — From Asia To The World, Venice Biennale, Abbazia di San Gregorio, Venice
The Missing Identity, The Art Museum of Fujian Province, Fuzhou GuanXi in Contemporary Chinese Art, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou
Cannot Be Absent, Opening Exhibition of Wenxuan Art Museum, Chengdu
Love and Hope: The Art World Assisting Children Affected by the Disasters in Japan, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
The Way is Not Merely Between Two Points, Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei Fabriqué en Chine, Beyond Art Space, Beijing
Rabbit Art Show, Jinqiao International Plaza, Shanghai  

Self –Portrait: Female Art in China (1920-2010), Chinese Academy of Fine Art Art Museum, Beijing
Absolute Distance, White Space Beijing + MK2 Art Space, Beijing
Next Heritage 2010, Opening Exhibition of Longmen Art Projects, Shanghai
Six + Six: Energy, Pass On, Gallery Yang, Beijing China
Reshaping History -China Art from 2000 to 2009, China National Convention Center, Beijing
What is Art?, Times Art Museum, Beijing
Mind > Touch?, Times Art Museum, Beijing It’s Not Sculpture, Linda Gallery, Beijing  

Translucence – Female Contemporary Art from China, National Art Museum of China & Contemporary Art of European Center, Brussels, Belgium
Animamix Biennial, Today Art Museum, Beijing Collision
Experimental Cases of Contemporary Chinese Art, Chinese Academy of Fine Arts Art Museum, Beijing
Tribute to the Motherland — 60 Years of Chinese Fine Arts, National Art Museum of China, Beijing
Thoughts > Hands, Today Art Museum, Beijing
19 Games in Aids, Art, Life Exhibition Series, organized by UNDP / UNESCO / UNICEF etc.
Reflection, West Lake Art Museum, Hangzhou, Wall Art Museum, Beijing
The Body, Nanjing Shangdong Art Center, Nanjing
The Tale of Angels, the Red Mansion Foundation, London, UK  

Naked Beyond Skin, Asia Touring Project, Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong / Bangkok / Beijing
Couples in Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Shanghai
The Revolution Continues – New Chinese Art, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
“People and China” – The Humanism in 20th Century Chinese Art, Chinese Academy of Fine Arts Art Museum, Beijing
Case Studies of Artists in Art History And Art Criticism, SZ Art Center of Hunan Fine Arts Publishing House, Beijing
The World of Others, Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Shanghai Artificial Nature @ Art Lab, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai
Source: The 1st Moon River Sculpture Festival, Moon River Contemporary Art Museum, Beijing
Happy Together, Aura Gallery, Beijing Deep Breathing - Contemporary Chinese Women Art, Suhe Art Centre, Shanghai  

Are One Hundred Playing You? Or Just One?, Eslite Gallery, Taipei
China – Facing Reality, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria.
Post Avant-Garde Contemporary Chinese Art, Anting Gallery, Hong Kong
The First Today’s Documents 2007-- Energy: Spirit · Body · Material, Today Art Museum, Beijing
Calling a Stag a Horse: Guangci, Xiang Jing, Chen Wenling, Cao Hui Four-Person Sculpture Show, San Shang Art, Beijing China
Now, the Cobra Museum of Modern Art Amstelveen, Netherlands
She & I – Xiang Jing and Guangci’s Sculpture Works, China Square, New York, USA
The 10th Edition of OPEN- the International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations, Venice Lido, Italy
What Next: Art in Contemporary China, Hong Kong Convention Center, Hong Kong
Ten Artists in Contemporary Chinese Sculpture Art, Asia Art Center, Beijing
Art Lan @ Asia, ZAIM Yokohama, Japan
Tanah Air: Seni Patung dan Lingkungan, Pakuwon City Complex – Surabaya, Indonesia  

Your Body – Xiang Jing 
Women in a Society of Double Genders, Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok, Thailand
Soliloquy: China-Indonesia Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, National Art Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia
China Now, ESSL Collection of contemporary Art, Vienna, Austria
MoCA Envisage – Entry Gate: Chinese Aesthetics of Heterogeneity, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai
Jiang Hu, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, USA

Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
Keep in Silence – Xiang Jing 
China Art Seasons Gallery, Beijing
TS1 Contemporary Art Center Opening Exhibition, TS1 @ No.1 Song Zhuang, Beijing
Sculpture of a Century, Shanghai Sculpture Space, Shanghai  

Dreams of the Dragon’s Nation - Chinese Contemporary Art, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland MMAC Art College / Performance Festival 2004, Fukushima / Tokyo, Japan Witness
Sculpture of Xiang Jing And Guangci, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen
Stroll exhibition series, Doland Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai China  
Imagination: Chinese Contemporary Sculpture. Jardin de Tuileries, Paris, France  

Women In the Mirror, Chinese European Art Center, Xiamen, China
Art of Xiang Jing, Mead Art (Tuan Cheng) Gallery, Beijing, China
New Zone - Chinese Art, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warzaw, Poland
Sculpture by Xiang Jing And Guangci, Casas-Museu da Taipa, Macau
XII Inner Spaces, Multimedia Festival, CCA Inner Spaces, Poznan, Poland
A Difference Choice – Born in 1960s, The Peninsula Art Museum, Shanghai
An Open Age – The 50th Anniversary of National Art Museum of China, National Art Museum of China, Beijing

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