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Born in Shanghai, China in 1955, currently resides in New York, USA

 United Nations (an ongoing global art project for the twenty-first century since 1993)

 Completed national monuments

   
1997 

"United Nations - Africa Monument: The Praying Wall", a site specific installation and performance with Nomsa Manaka, 2nd Johannesburg Biennale, South Africa.
 

1997

"United Nations - Hong Kong Monument: The historical clash", a site specific installation and a performance "blackness", Han Art Gallaery, Hong Kong.
 

1997 "United Nations - Hong Kong Monument: The historical clash", a site specific installation and a performance "Blackness", Han Art Gallaery, Taiwan.
 
1996

"United Nations - USA Monument 2: dreamerica, a site specific installation, Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, New York, Songe Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea.
 

1996 "United Nations - Britain Monument: The Maze", a site specific installation, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, Camerawork Gallery, London, England.
 
1996 "United Nations-Sweden & Russia Monument: Interpol", Center for Contemporary & Architecture, Stockholm, Centemporary Art Center of Moscow, Russia.
 
1995 "United Nations-Israel Monument: The Holy Land", a permanent landart in Mitzpah Ramon, Israeli Cultural Minister and the Artistsí Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel.
 
1995 "United Nations-USA Monument 1: Post-cmoellotniinaglopiostsm, a site-specific installation, Space Untitled Gallery, New York, USA.
 
1994 "United Nations-Holland Monument: V.O.C.-W.I.C., a site-specific installation, The Kroller-Muller Museum, The Netherlands.
 
1994 "United Nations-Italy Monument: God & Children", a site specific installation, Enrico Gariboldi Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy.
 
1993 "United Nations-Poland Monument: Hospitalized History Museum, a site specific installation, History Museum of Lodz, The Artistsí Museum, Poland.
 

 Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions:

Selected Solo Exhibitons
1997 Mythos of Lost Dynasties, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
1997 Dynasty, Benith Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
1996 Dreamerica, Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, New York, USA
1995 United Nations - American Dicision, Spave Untited, New York, USA
1994 United - Italian Division, Enrico Garibaldi Arte Contemporanea, Milan
1994 Contemporanea, Milan
1994 Enigma Beyond Joy and Sin, Berlin Sharfire Gallery, New York, USA
1992 Enrico Garabaldi Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
1992 Two Thousand Natural Deaths, Hatley Martin Gallery, San Grancisco, USA
1992 Red Black White Desert, Unicersity Art MUseaum, California State University, Long Beach USA
1985 The Dangerous Chessboard Leaves the Ground, University Art Gallery, York University, Toronto
Selected Group Exhibitions
1999-
1998
Inside Out, Asia Society, New York San Francisco MOMA; Museo de Arte Contemporneo, Monterrey, Mexico; Tacoma Art Museum and Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, USA
1998 4696/1998 Lehmnan Maupin Gallery, New York, YSA, Art Beatus, Vancouver Canada
1998 Jingnan, Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, UBC, Art Beatus, Vancouver, Canada
1997 2nd Johannesburg Biennale, Johannesburg, South Africa
1996 1st Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China
1995 New Art in China 1990-1994, Vancouver Art Gallery
1995 Tradition and Innovation - 20th Century Painting in China, Museum
1995 Ludwig, Cologne, Germany, British Museum, London, UK
1995 Mao goes Pop, China Post - 1989, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
1995 Silent Energy, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK
1989 China Avante Garde - No U turn, China National Art Gallery, Beijing, China
Other Exhibitions

 

 

University Art Museum, California State University, California, USA

Los Angelas Festival 1990, California, USA

Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England

HanArt Gallery, Hong Kong

Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, Canada

Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

Exit Art, New York, USA

Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, New York, USA

Angel row Gallery, Nottingham, England

The Kroller-Muller Museum, The Netherlands

The Binet Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

The Alternative Museum, New York, USA

Space Untitled Gallery, New York, USA

In-Khan Gallery, New York, USA

Main Gallery, University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island, USA

Enrico Gariboldi Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy

Berlin Shafire Gallery, New York, USA

Walace Anderson Gallery, Bridgewater State University, USA

Halley Martin Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA

DP Fong Gallery, San Jose, USA

Yangtze Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Xian Artistís Gallery, China

@nd Johannesburg Bienalle, South Africa

Hong Kong New Convention Centre, Hong Kong

Koln Art Museum, Germany

Ida Gallery, York University, Toronto, Canada

Salina Art Center, Santa Fe, USA

Artopia Gallery, New York, USA

San Jose Museum, California, USA

Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, USA

Center for Contemporary Art & Architecture, Stockholm, Sweden

Thread Waxing Space, New York, USA

The British Museum, London, England

The Kemper Museum, Kansa Cit, USA

The National Art Museum Singapore, Singapore

The University Art Museum,University of Oregon, Oregon, USA

Shanghai Museum of Art, China

National Museum, Singapore

Fort Wayne Museum, USA

Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Hong Kong Museum of Art , Hong Kong

The Artistsí Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel

Art Gallery of Western Austrailia, Perth, Australia

The Artistsí Project, England

The Discover Museum, Connecticut, Connecticut, USA

The Belcher Studio Gallery , San Francisco, USA

Here Foundation New York, USA

The Wexner Center for The Arts, USA

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

The Museum of Lodz, Poland

Melbourne International Festival 1993, Melbourne, Australia

ISE Foundation Gallery, New York, USA

SWA Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

Artspace, Toronto, Canada

Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong

Gallery Koerea, New York, USA

P.S. 1 Muse4um, New York, USA

Museum City Project, Fukuoka, Japan

China National Art Museum, Beijing, China

neodenfjeldske Kunstindstrinmudem, Norway

Saa Gallery, Connecticut, USA

La Gleris Dea Arts Lavalin, Montreal, Canada

Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland

Shanghai Exhibition Hall, China

Hanzhou Cultural Center, China

Wuhan Exhibition Center, China

National Academy of Arts, China

Shanghai Arts Museum, China

 

About:  
  Gu Wenda studied ink painting under the great modern master Lu Yanshao. In the early 1980ís he explored radical extensions of the traditional technique in a series of large semi-abstract works and environmental installations. His solo exhibition at York University, Toronto, in 1985 (organized by Bruce Parsons), was one of the first to take place outside China for an artist of the "new wave" movement. Since moving to New York he has embarked on an ambitious series of installation works that stress the essential unity of human experience and community. In the United Nations series, Gu Wenda uses contributions of human hair to "weave" monumental banners of unreadable text in various scripts, with the intention of having one work in every country of the world. When he completes the project in 2003, he expects to have received hair donations from over a million people. As well as installing the Canadian portion of United Nations at the Belkin Gallery, Gu Wenda began a new piece in Vancouver, called Confucius' Diary. This is a performance work that has the artist in the role of a Tran cultural Confucius, dressed half in Chinese ceremonial robes and half in tux and tails, leading a donkey through the city as he meets with leaders of business, politics and vulture to discuss matters of importance to humankind. Gu Wenda tells the Story.

"Once upon a time, when China was made up of many individual countries, Confucius wanted to publicize his doctrine throughout the land. He traveled around these various countries spreading his idea of how to govern until his beliefs were advocated. Coincidentally or not, in the histories of Western religion and literature, riding on a donkey has become symbolic of heroic human destiny: Jesus Christ riding on a donkey into Jerusalem, (though this trip gained him popularity, he was later killed and crucified); Cervantes' Don Quixote riding on a donkey becomes our ceaseless human quest for something larger than ourselves. This theme was repeated by Mao in his Red Army's famous military milestone known as ďthe 25,000 kilometer long march," which convinced thousands of peasants to support his resolutions. These historical references serve as important metaphors in today's bio/geo/cultural environments."

During the course of his peregrinations around the city of Vancouver, Fu Wenda spoke with Professor Jan Walls, Director of the David Lam Centre of International Communications, Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator and Associate Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery, and investment banker Milton K. Wong President and C.E.O. of M.K. Wong & Associates. Their conversations were videotaped and presented as part of the installation in the gallery.

During the course of his peregrinations around the city of Vancouver, Fu Wenda spoke with Professor Jan Walls, Director of the David Lam Centre of International Communications, Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator and Associate Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery, and investment banker Milton K. Wong President and C.E.O. of M.K. Wong & Associates. Their conversations were videotaped and presented as part of the installation in the gallery.

 


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