He An

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Born in Wuhan in 1970, He An now lives and works in Beijing.

He An is one of China’s foremost conceptual artists with a practice that includes installation, sculpture, photography and performance. His works largely reflect the physical and psychological emotional shock brought about by dramatic changes in Chinese cities. Combining light-boxes, billboards, neon lights and other materials, He An turns urban symbols into a new artistic language.

He An’s works have already been exhibited in galleries and institutions including Tate Liverpool, Australia Centre for Contemporary Art, London’s Saatchi Gallery, Carnegie Museum of Art, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) etc.


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

  • Currently lives and works in Beijing


  • Born in Wuhan, Hubei, China

Solo Exhibitions


  • Birthmark, HdM GALLERY, London, U.K.


  • Jade Branch, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China


  • Dark purple, Made in Gallery, Shanghai, Beijing

  • Do You Think That You Can Help Her Brother?, Australia Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia


  • Armenia, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

  • He An—Jade Branch, Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery, Hangzhou, China


  • Tough Guys Don’t Dance, Madein Company, Shanghai, China

  • The Wind Light as a Thief, Daniel Templon Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

  • It’s Forever Not, Magician Space, Beijing, China


  • Who Is Now Alone Will Stay Alone Forever, Top Contemporary Art Center, Shanghai, China


  • A Mole on Each Breast and Another on the Shoulder, Magician Space, Beijing, China

  • He An Solo Show, Daniel Templon Gallery, Paris, France

  • I Am Curious Yellow I Am Curious Blue, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

  • The Wind Light as a Thief, Arrow 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?, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, China


  • Cheap Way of Loving Souls, Bizart Center, Shanghai, China


  • He An, Chinese Arts Center, Manchester, U.K.


  • He An:Photography Exhibition, Galerie Loft, Paris, France

Selected Group Exhibitions


  • As A Reason for December 12th, Hangzhou

  • Love Long-Robert Indiana and Asia, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Hong Kong, China

  • Entropy, Faurschou Foundation, Beijing, China

  • New Expression of Beijing, N3 Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

  • NOW, Alternative Culture Making Shenzhen, Shenzhen, China

  • Extending Space- 108 Dongguan Sculpture and Installation Art Festival, Dongguan Art Center, Dongguan, China


  • Ever Since, Cheng Project, Beijing , China

  • Art Shenzhen 2017, Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery, Shenzhen, China

  • Refocusing | Opening Exhibition of Fine Arts Literature Art Center’s New Space, Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan, China

  • Compounds of Aura, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

  • Detour In, Times Museum, Guangzhou, China

  • Boundless Realities, Multiple Nows——Contemporary Art From Hubei As A Sample, Wanlin Art Museum, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China

  • 2017 Bi-city biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, Shenzhen, China

  • Mirroring, Aegean Place, Shanghai, China

  • Fantasy Curator, K11 Foundation Shanghai, Shanghai, China


  • OVERPOP-New Art from Yuz Collection and beyond, Yuz Museum West Bund, Shanghai, China

  • Information Sculpture Superhighway, Madein Gallery , Shanghai ,China

  • Community of Celibates, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Three on the Bund, Shanghai, China

  • nán kàn——Inexplicit Ethics and De-ranking Perspective, Surplus space, Wuhan, China

  • Linguistic, Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

  • The Suggestive Wheel:An Era of Metaphors, Boxes Art Space, Shenzheng, China


  • Land, Devil and Night, Art Program of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, JNBY Concept Store, Beijing, China

  • Rims and Reasons, Blackbridge OFF space, Beijing, China

  • Stereognosis Zone, Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art(RMCA), Guangzhou, China

  • Concert of Form:Art without Text, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

  • The Civil Power - Special Section, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China


  • Post Pop:East Meets West, Saatchi Gallery, London, U.K.

  • The 2nd CAFAM Biennale - The Invisible Hand:Curating as Gesture, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China


  • Once, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

  • Art Basel 2013 - Unlimited, Basel, Switzerland

  • The Garden of Diversion, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, China

  • 2013 Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, U.S.A


  • Pulse Reaction - An Exchange Project on Art Practice, Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, China

  • 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

  • COART Asian Youth Art Scene - 2012 Autumn, Shuhe Ancient Town, Lijiang, China

  • Neon, Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow And Blue?, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France

  • Neon, MACRO Museum, Rome, Italy


  • Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, China

  • Gallery Hotel Art Project, Gallery Hotel, Beijing, 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

  • Work in Spreading:Images of Circulation and Retranslation, Iberia Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

  • Erotic, Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery, 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, U.K.

  • Rendez-Vous 2008, Mac-Lyon, Lyon, France


  • Art in Motion:Chinese Contemporary Art Meets The BMW Art Cars, Long March Space, Beijing, China

  • The Real Thing:Contemporary Art from China, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, U.K.

  • NONO:Self-Curated Exhibition of Latest Artworks by 11 Individual Artists, Long March Project, Beijing, China


  • Paining for Joy, Beijing Tokyo Art Projects, Beijing, China

  • Solo Exhibition, 2577 Creative Garden, Shanghai, China

  • Art Game:An Experience of Agency in Contemporary Art, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

  • City in Progress:Live from Zhangjiang, Zhangjiang Development Zone, Shanghai, China

  • It’s All Right:Contemporary Art Exhibition, Hu Qing Yu Tang Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hangzhou, China


  • Something is Happening, Liu Lang Wen Ying Park, Hangzhou, China

  • Interval, Hi-Shanghai Creation Loft, Shanghai, China

  • True to Life, Taikang Top Space, Beijing, China

  • The Other Shore of This Shore:The 5th Pingyao International Photography Festival, Shanxi, China


  • The Exhibition of Young Artists, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China

  • Dial 62761232 (Express Delivery Exhibition):Contemporary Art Exhibition, Bizart Center, Shanghai, China

  • China, The Body Everywhere?, Marseille Museum of Contemporary Art, France


  • Ctrl + Z, Taikang Top Space, Beijing, China

  • Distance:The Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China


  • Run, Jump, Crawl, Walk, The East Modern Art Centre, Beijing, China

  • Chinese Contemporary Arts, St. Paul, Brazil

  • Paris-Beijing:Pieces from the Ullens Collection, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris, France

  • Contesting Meaning in Public Space:Labor Community and Public Art, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan


  • Next Generation, Galerie Loft, Paris, France

  • In Contradiciton, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland

  • Disorientation:Photography and Video in China Today, Chambers Fine Art, New York, U.S.A.

  • Visibility, China Art Archives & Warehouse, Beijing, China

  • Weightlessness, Volker Diehl Gallery, Berlin, Germany


  • Documentary Exhibition of Chinese Avant-Garde Art in the 1990s, Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan

  • Lovely, Modern Museum, Beijing, China

  • The 3rd Annual Sculpture Exhibition, He Xiangning Museum, Shenzhen, China

  • Fuck Off, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China