He An

Selected works

Born in 1971 in Wuhan, Hubei, China, He An lives and works in Beijing. His light sculptures are made up of characters stolen – with the complicity of the local mafia – from the signs that light up his native city of Wuhan. Using these stolen ideograms, which are often damaged, the artist recreates the names of people who are dear to him. He An's work is autobiographic and obsessive, straddling the line between illegality and investigation and exploring the prohibitions and taboos of contemporary Chinese culture.

Born 1971 in Wuhan, Hubei, China
Works and lives in Beijing, China


Hubei Academy of Fine Arts, BFA in Painting, Wuhan, Hubei province, China


He An : Dark Purple, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, China
He An: Do You Think That You Can Help Her Brother? Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne, Australia

Redtory, Guangzhou, China

Yuzhi, HDM Gallery, Hangzou, China
Armenia,Tang Contemporary Art Center, Beijing, China

Wind Light as a Thief, Galerie Daniel Templon, Brussels, Belgium
It's Forever Not, Magician Space, Beijing, China
Though Guys Don’t Dance, Madein Company, Shanghai, China

Who is alone now will stay alone forever, TOP Contemporary Art Center, Shanghai, China

He An Solo Show, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
I am curious yellow I am curious blue, Tang Contemporary Art, China
A mole on each breast and another on the shoulder, Magician Space, Beijing, China
The wind light as a thief, Arrox Factory, Beijing, China

I Believe Someone Will Take Me There, But That's for Tomorrow, Magician Space, Beijing, China

What Makes Me Understand What I Know, UCCA, Beijing, China
What Makes Me Understand What I Know, Tang Contemporary Art, CIGE, Beijing, China
Just Because I'm Superficial Doesn't Have to Mean You Can't Love Me, UCCA, CIGE, Beijing, China

Cheap Way of Loving Souls, BizArt Art Center, Shanghai, China

HE AN, Chinese Arts Center, Manchester, UK

He An Photography Exhibition, Loft Gallery, Paris, France


Being of Evils, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

A Stitch in Time, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
Entropy in Venice, Faurschou Foundation, Venice, Italy

Voguez, Volez, Voyagez –Louis Vuitton, Centre d’exposition de Shanghai, curated by Olivier Saillard, Shanghai, China

Asia TOPA +Program, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia
Compounds of Aura, Tang Contemporary Art, Pékin, Chine
Fantasy Creator, K11 Gallery, Shanghai, China

China Overpop, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China
The suggestive Wheel : An Era of Metaphors, Boxes Art Space, Shenzhen, China
Nan Kan- Inexplicit Ethics and De-ranking Perspective, Surplus Space, Wuhan, China
Community of Celibates, Shangai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
New Image-2016 New Media Exhibition & screening, Chengdu Hong Museum, Chengdu, China
Linguistic Pavillion, Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

La Chine ardente, Contemporary Monumental Sculptures, Les anciens abattoirs, Mons, Belgium
Exposition annuelle d’art contemporain chinois, Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China
A modern Adventure-The Renault Art collection, Today Art Museum, Beijing, Wuhan, China
Art 021, Public Program, Centre d’exposition de Shanghai, China
Land, Devil and Night, Ullens Centre for contemporaray Art XJNBY, Beijing, China
Inventing Ritual-A contemporary Art Pattern, Moscow Biennale, Biennale de l’Oural, Graz Museum, Pimao, China
Rims and Reasons, Blackbridge OFFspace, Beijing, China
Stereognosis zone, Redtory Museum of contemporary art (RMCA), Guangzhou, China
Concert of form : Art without Text, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
Expo Chicago 2015, Expo Chicago, Chicago, USA

CAFAM Biennale - The Invisible Hand: Curating as gesture, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
Post Pop East Meets West, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA
Once, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
Archipelago, V-Art Centre 1 Space, Shanghai, China
The Garden of Diversion, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, China

Neon. Who’s afraid of red, yellow and blue ?, Maison Rouge, Antoine de Galbert Foundation, Paris, France
Pulse Reaction-An Exchange Project on Art Practice, Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, China
Frieze Art Fair, New York, USA
EDIT: Image Fetish and Phobia, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai, China
The Theme Exhibition of the Fourth Guangzhou Triennial-The Unseen, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

ART HK, Tang Contemporary Art Booth, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Hong Kong, China
The Armory Show 2011, Stand Galerie Daniel Templon, New-York, USA
Gallery Hotel Art Project, Gallery Hotel, Beijing, China
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, China
SH Contemporary 2011, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China
Top Events 3rd Session - Poster Exhibition, TOP Contemporary Art Center, Shanghai, China
Remote Ten Years of White Rabbit—Contemporary Chinese Art Collection, White Rabbit Museum, Sydney, Australia

Great Performance, Pace Beijing, Beijing, China
Erotic, Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery, Beijing, China
A Close-up Focus on Chinese Contemporary Art Trends, Platform China, Beijing, China

Bourgeoisified Proletariat (Contemporary Art in Songjiang), Songjiang Creative Studio, Shanghai, China

Homesickness - Memory and Virtual Reality, T-Space, Beijing, China
Off-site project, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK
Rendez-Vous, Mac-Lyon, Lyon, France

Art in Motion, Long March Project, Beijing, China
Individual Artists, Long March Project, Beijing, China
The real thing, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
Nono, Long March Project, Beijing, China

It's All Right, Hangzhou, China
City in Progress/Live form Zhangjiang, Shanghai, China
Solo Exhibition, 2577 Creative Garden, Shanghai, China
Art Game, Hexiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
Paining for Joy, Beijing Tokyo Art Projects, Beijing, China

Something is happening, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
The Nirvana of Temporality (The Other Shore of This Shore),the 5thPingyao International Photography Festival,Pingyao, China
After 1970s, Beijing Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
True to Life, Top Space Gallery, Beijing, China
Interval, Creation Loft, HI-SHANGHAI, Shanghai, China

The Exhibition of Young Artists, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
China, the Body Everywhere?, Museum of Contemporary Art, Marseilles, France
Arts-in-residence, Chinese Arts Center, Manchester, UK

Distance, The Guangdong Museum of Arts, Guangzhou, China
Ctrl + Z, Top Space Gallery, Beijing, China

Contesting Meaning in Public Spae: Labor Community and Public Art, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
He An, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France
Chinese Contemporary Arts, St. Paul, Brazil
Run, Jump, Crawl, Walk, The East Modern Art Centre, Beijing, China

Weightlessness, Volker Diehl Gallery, Berlin, Germany
In Contradiction, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland
Next Generation, Loft Gallery, Paris, France
Chinese Photography, Chambers Fine Art, New York, USA

The 3rd Annual Sculpture Exhibition, He Xiangning Museum, Shenzhen, China
Fuck Off, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China
Lovely, Modern Museum, Beijing, China
Documentary Exhibition of Chinese Avant-Garde Art in the 1990s, Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan

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