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Li Jin

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A master of Chinese ink painting, Li Jin has received worldwide praise as an important contemporary artist whose work preserves tradition whilst defining present and future art scenes. He has exhibited throughout Europe, Asia and the USA in museum and gallery exhibitions. Most notably, in 2010 his work was an integral part of "Fresh Ink: Ten takes on Chinese Tradition" at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, in 2015 his work was exhibited as part of a 30 year retrospective at the Long Museum in Shanghai and in 2012 a solo exhibition dedicated to his work was on view at the Today Art Museum in Beijing.

Li Jin has the confidence to portray persons and things simply, so that their significance, beauty and worth speak for themselves. Replete with humor and his unmistakable "joie de vivre" Li Jin translates the usually mundane quotidian of life into a colorful and eloquent narrative of the moment using the tools of tradition. As an artist his perception of beauty and detail blossom from his appreciation as an active observer and partaker in life. Whether it be a table abounding with epicurean delights, a moment of quiet contemplation, or the enticing passions of love his graceful and masterly brushstrokes tell stories that are common to all, for they are the simple pleasures of life.


Renommé pour sa maîtrise de la peinture à l’encre traditionelle, Li Jin est salué dans le monde entier comme un artiste contemporain de premier plan dont les œuvres préservent la tradition tout en influençant fortement les scènes artistiques actuelle et future. Ses œuvres ont été exposées dans de nombreux musées et galeries en Europe, en Asie et aux États-Unis. En 2010 en particulier, il a participé à l’exposition intitulée « Fresh Ink: Ten takes on Chinese Tradition » organisée par Hao Sheng au Musée des beaux-arts de Boston. Il a également exposé en 2012 au Kunsthaus de Hambourg, et au Today Art Museum de Pékin. En 2015 le Long Museum à Shanghai lui a consacré une rétrospective de 30 ans et en 2012 ses œuvres étaient exposées lors d'une exposition individuelle au Today Museum à Pékin.


1958 Né à Tianjin, Chine
1983 Diplomé en peinture de la Painting Department of Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts
        Associate Professor, Art Education Department Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts

Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA, USA
Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, China
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, MA, USA
National Arts Museum, Beijing, China
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA
Olenska Collection, Geneva, Switzerland
Wesleyan University, Middletown, USA

Séléction d'expositions individuelles - Select Solo Exhibitions
2017     “A Devout Foodist's Journey to the West” Sotheby's S2, Los Angeles, USA
2016     “The Rose Tattoo/A Month of Sunday's” Dubner Moderne, New York, USA
2015     “L'Aquarium de Li Jin” Dubner Moderne, Lausanne, Switzerland
            “The Sensory Life of the Mass: 30 years of Li Jin” Long Museum, Shanghai
2014     “Roots of Pleasure” Sotheby's, Hong Kong
2012     “Li Jin-Today-Banquet” Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
2010     “Les Amours de Li Jin” Dubner Moderne, Lausanne, Suisse
2008     “One Side, One Side,” Moronokiang Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA
2007     “Struggle for Elegance,” Artside, Beijing, China
            “A Feast, Food & Sex,” Artside, Seoul, Korea
            “A Penchant for Pleasure,” Goedhuis Contemporary, New York, USA
2006     “Li Jin,” Art Landscape Gallery, Shanghai, China
2005     “Eat Drink Man Woman,” Haines Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
            Tang Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
            “Li Jin Freuden des Lebens,” Galerie 99, Aschaffenburg, Germany
            “Simple Pleasures - Passing Time with Li Jin,” Asian Art Options, Singapore
2004     “Li Jin New Works,” CourtYard Gallery, Beijing, China
2003     “Li Jin - A Feast,” Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, USA
2002     “Eat Drink Man Woman - Li Jin Ink-Wash Paintings,” Yan Gallery, Hong Kong
            “Food, Sex and Human Nature Li Jin’s Works,” Li Dong Zai Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2001     “Li Jin New Works,” Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China
            “Li Jin,” Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2000     “Li Jin Figurative Ink Wash Paintings,” Stockholm Art Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

Séléction d'expositions collectives - Select Group Exhibitions
2012     “Eine andere Moderne Zeitgenössische chinesische Tuschemalerei” Kunsthaus Hamburg, Germany
2010     “Fresh Ink, Ten Takes On Chinese Tradition” Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
2008     “Chinese Contemporary Ink Art,” National Art Museum of Germany, Berlin, Germany
2007     “7 Characters - New Art from China,” The Mayor Gallery, London, U.K.
2005     “The Difference Between You and Me,” The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, Australia
2004     “New Freehand Ink-Wash Painting,” National Arts Museum, Beijing, China
2003     “International Paper,” UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA
            “China Art,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy
            “Chinese Art Today,” Millennium Monument Museum, Beijing, China
            “The Open Era,” National Arts Museum, Beijing, China
            “Freehand Ink Painting Invitational,” Yan Huan Art Center, Beijing, China
2002     “China Art,” Museum Kuppersmuhle, Duisburg, Germany
2001     “First Chengdu Biennale,” Chengdu Contemporary Art, Museum, Chengdu, China
            “All about Dreams: Chinese Art for the 21st Century,” ICA, London, UK
            “20 Years of Chinese Ink Experiments,” Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China