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Xie Nanxing - Artists - Petzel Gallery

Xie Nanxing (b. 1970, Chongqing, China)

Xie Nanxing lives and works in Beijing and Chengdu, China. He has exhibited widely internationally with solo exhibitions at Petzel (2022), Galerie Urs Meile (2020, 2015, 2008); Thomas Dane Gallery (2019); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2018); Kunstverein Hamburger Bahnhof (2005); Manchester Art Gallery (2003); and Pulitzer Gallery, Amsterdam (1998).

Recent and notable group exhibitions include: Beijing Bienniale (2022); Art Museum of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, China (2021); Song Art Museum, Beijing (2020); Hive Center For Contemporary Art, Beijing (2020); The Warehouse Dallas (2020); Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (2019); MAK Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna (2019); Casa Cavazzini, Italy (2017); Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing (2016); Museum of Contemporary Art Chengdu (2016); Today Art Museum, Beijing (2106); Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum (2015); OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT), Shenzhen (2014); Gerhard Richter and the Disappearance of the Image in Contemporary Art, Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina (CCCS), Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy (2010); Painting on the Move, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland (2002); Documenta XII, Kassel, Germany (2007); and d’APERTutto, La Biennale di Venezia, 48. Esposizione Internationale d’Arte, Venice, Italy (1999).

“To me, the process of painting is more like that of an invention. It may sound funny, but I believe they share common characteristics. A painting is like a sketch for a building. It carries many ideas and intentions of the artist. I think it’s a revolution in the simplest and most direct sense. A painting can never be produced in a factory.”

Xie Nanxing in conversation with Ai Weiwei, Xie Nanxing Works 1992-2008, 2008

Career Highlights

Xie Nanxing - Artists - Petzel Gallery

Installation view, Painting on the Move, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 2002

1970 Born Chongqing, China

1999 Included in the 48th Venice Biennale

2000 Begins showing with Galerie Urs Meile

2002 Painting on the Move, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland

2005 Xie Nanxing Paintings, Kunstverein Hamburger Bahnhof, Hamburg, Germany

2007 Documenta 12, Kassel, Germany

City-net Asia 2007, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2008 Xie Nanxing Works 1992-2008 (catalogue) published by Timezone 8 Ltd

Xie Nanxing - Artists - Petzel Gallery

Installation view, Time-Slip, Petzel, 2021

2010 STEPFATHER HAS AN IDEA! – Xie Nanxing, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing, China & Lucerne, Switzerland

2012 Omen – Chinese New Art, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2015 Xie Nanxing Works 2009 – 2015 (catalogue) published by Galerie Urs Meile

2017 PARADOXA Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea - Casa Cavazzini, Udine, Italy

2018  Spices, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

2019  Chinese Whispers - Recent Art from the Si Collection MAK Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna, Austria

2020 Racket of Cobwebs: Chinese Contemporary Art, Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong

2021 Begins showing with Petzel
Time-Slip, Petzel

2022 Adverb High Command, Petzel


Curator Gavin Delahunty talks to artist Xie Nanxing about his work in Psychic Wounds: On Art & Trauma on view February 6, 2020 – November 28, 2021 at The Warehouse, Dallas.