1955 Born in China



2014 Xu Bing: A Retrospective, The Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei City, Taiwan

Xu Bing: t Begins with Metamorphosis, Asia Society, Hong Kong

2013 Xu Bing: Landscape Landscript, Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford, London

2012 Xu Bing: Square Word Calligraphy, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah NY

The Art of Rewriting China, Carlsten Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point WI

Tobacco Project 3, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield CT

2011 Square Word Calligraphy Classroom, MIRIAM and IRA D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York NY

Where does the dust itself collect? Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York NY

Tobacco project 3, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond VA

Living word 3, The Morgan liberary & Museum, New York NY

Background Story 7, British Museum, London

2010 Phoenix Project, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

Phoenix Project, Expo 2010, Shanghai, China

2009 Reading Space: The Art of Xu Bing, Clifford Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NewYork

The First Academic Contemporary China Printmaking Exhibition, Xu Bing Special Exhibition: The Path of Repetition and Print, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

Xu Bing Forest Project Exhibition, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

2008 Picturing Equality: Xu Bing’s New Ways of Seeing, Sawhill Gallery, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Xu Bing - Grossman Artist Solo Exhibition, Richard A. and Rissa W. Grossman Gallery, Lafayette College, Pennsylvania

Xu Bing, Albion Gallery, London

Xu Bing, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Vermont

2007 “Book from the Sky” to “Book from the Ground” – The Book Works of Xu Bing, Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas

2006 Xu Bing, Suzhou Museum, Suzhou, China

2004 Xu Bing: Three Installations, Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

Xu Bing: El Pozo de la Verdad/The Well of Truth, Sala La Gallera, Valencia

Xu Bing in Berlin, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Berlin, Germany

Xu Bing, Yokohama Portside Gallery, Yokohama, Japan

Xu Bing Tobacco Project: Shanghai, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai

Xu Bing: The Glassy Surface of a Lake, Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

2003 Book from the Sky installation, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey

Xu Bing, Eslite Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

Xu Bing, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan

Xu Bing, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester

2002 Xu Bing: Living Word 2, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Xu Bing, Commons Gallery, University of Hawai’i, Honolulu, Hawaii

Classroom Calligraphy, Daryl Reich Rubenstein Gallery, Sidwell Friends School, Washington D.C.

Myers School of Art: Faculty Exhibition: Xu Bing: Installation, Emily Davis Gallery, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio

2001 Xu Bing, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan

Xu Bing: Reading Landscape, North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina

Xu Bing: One-Man Show, Eslite Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

Xu Bing: Prints and Books, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Portland, Oregon

Word Play: Contemporary Art by Xu Bing, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

1999 Calligraphy for the People: A Site Specific Installation, Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, Maine

1998 Xu Bing: Recent Projects, California Institute for the Arts, Valencia, California

Xu Bing: Cultural Animal, Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Xu Bing, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York

Xu Bing: Introduction to Square Word Calligraphy, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

Xu Bing: Square Word Poetry, Ethan Cohen Fine Art, New York



2014 No More Art, The Page Gallery, Seoul, Korea

The Phoenix: Xu Bing at the Cathedral, The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, New York

Ink Art: Past as Present in contemporary China, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

2013 The Phoenix, Museum of contemporary Art, Nassachusetts

2010 The Question of Landscape, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey

Dead or Alive, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York

Courier, University at Albany, Albany, New York

Open Studio, Getty Artists Program, Los Angeles

Fresh Ink: Ten Takes on Chinese Tradition, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

2009 Out of Bounds: Art from the Collection of Driek and Michael Zirinsky, Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham, Washington

“WRITE NOW!”, Klingspor-Museum, Offenbach, Germany

Calligraffiti: Writing in Contemporary Chinese and Latino Art, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California

4th Fukuoka Asian Triennale, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan

The China Project - Three Decades: The Contemporary Chinese Collection, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Queensland, Australia

2008 Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary, Museum of Arts and Design, New York

Human/Nature: Arists Respond to a Changing Planet, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Traveled to University of California Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive

Half-Life of a Dream: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Logan Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie, the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase

Modern Chinese Art: The Khoan and Michael Sullivan Collection: A New Generation, Asia House, London

Synthetic Times: Media Art China 2008, National Art Museum of China, Beijing

2007 Acquired Tastes: 200 Years of Collecting for the Boston Athenaeum, The Boston Athenaeum, Boston

Metamorphosis: The Generation of Transformation in Chinese Contemporary Art, Tampere Art Museum, Tampere, Finland

Automatic Update, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Reboot: The Third Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu Contemporary Art Museum, Chengdu, Sichuan

Transliteration/’85 New Wave: The Birth of Chinese Contemporary Art, The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing

The Sixth Shenzhen Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition: A Vista of Perspectives, Hexiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

2006 On the Edge: Contemporary Chinese Artists Encounter the West, Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts

Found in Translation: An Exhibition of Artist Books and Multi-Media Work, San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco

Traveled to the New York Center for Book Arts, New York; the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Brush and Ink: the Chinese Art of Writing, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York,

Shu: Reinventing Books in Contemporary Chinese Art, China Institute Gallery, New York

Traveled to The Seattle Asian Art Museum, Seattle

2005 Collection Remixed, Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Bronx, New York

Critic’s Choice, FACT (Foundation for Art & Creative Technology), Liverpool

The Elegance of Silence: Contemporary Art from East Asia, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

Landmark: PICA’s 10th Anniversary Visual Exhibition, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), Portland, Oregon

The Wall: Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Art, Millennium Art Museum, Beijing

2004 Regeneration: Contemporary Chinese Art from China and the US, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Pennsylvania

Traveled to Jean Paul Slusser Gallery, School of Art & Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, providence, Rhode Island; Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles; Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona; Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts; Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee; University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville, Virginia

Artes Mundi: Wales International Visual Art Prize 2004, exhibition, National Museum & Gallery, Cardiff, Wales

Open House: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum, New York

Cyber Asia: Media Art in the Near Future, Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan

2003 Skowhegan Faculty Exhibition, Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine

The First Beijing International Art Biennale, National Art Museum of China

Chinese Printmaking Today, The British Library, London; in association with the Muban Foundation

2002 Biennale of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

CAFE in Mito (Communicable Action for Everybody), Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, Tokyo

Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane Australia

Harvest: Contemporary Art Exhibition, The National Agriculture Museum, Beijing

The 4th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai

Give & Take, Serpentine Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London

2001 Translated Acts: Performance and Body Art from East Asia, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

Traveled to Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York; Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico

Brooklyn!, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach, Florida

A Shriek from an Invisible Box, Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo

2000 EV+A 2000: Friends and Neighbours, Exhibition of Visual Art 2000, Limerick City Gallery Of Art, Limerick, Ireland

Delicate Balance: Six Routes to the Himalayas, Kiasma, Nykytaiteen Museo (Kiasma,Museum of Contemporary Art), Helsinki, Finland

1999 Transience: Chinese Experimental Art at the End of the Twentieth Century, The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, the University of Chicago, Chicago

Half a Century of Chinese Woodblock Prints: from the Communist Revolution to the Open-Door Policy and Beyond, 1945-1998, Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel

Traveled to The Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; University Art Gallery, University of Pittsburgh; Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University; Spencer Art Museum, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas; Pannell Gallery of Sweet Briar College, New York; Daura Gallery, Lynchburg College, Virginia; Fundacao Oriente, Lisbon, Portugal; Rietberg Museum Zurich, Switzerland; Rijksmuseum oor Volkenkunde, Lieden, The Netherlands; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, Seoul

CON(TEXT): Words, Text, and Meaning in the Permanent Collection, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, New York

Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin, 1950s-1980s, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York

Traveled to Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Miami Art Museum, Miami

Power of the Word (organized by Independent Curators International), Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung, Taiwan

The Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

Projects 70 (banners, cycle 1), Museum of Modern Art, New York

1998 Unreadable Books New Letters, The Mitaka City Art Center, Mitaka, Japan

Animal Anima Animus, Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland

Site of Desire, 1998 Taipei Biennial, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taiwan

Inside Out: New Chinese Art, The Asia Society Museum and PS1, New York

Cinco continentes y una ciudad, Museo de la Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Mexico,

Concerning Truth, Gallery 400, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago



The National Art Museum of China (Beijing, China)

The British Museum (London, UK)

The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA)

The Museum of Modern Art (New York, New York)

The Kent and Vicki Logan Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA)

Museum Ludwig (Köln, Germany)

Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia)

Queensland Art Gallery (Queensland, Australia)

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (Fukuoka, Japan)

Princeton University Art Museum (Princeton, NJ)

The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley, CA)



2010 Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Columbia University, New York

2006 Southern Graphics Council Lifetime Achievement Award

International Association of Art Critics Award for “Best Installation or Single Work of Art in a Museum, New England”

2005 The Youth Friends Award, NYC

2004 Artes Mundi Prize

American Academy in Berlin Coca-Cola Fellowship

2003 Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize

1999 MacArthur Award

1998 Pollack Krasner Foundation Prize

1996 ArtPace Foundation Resident Artist