Wang Keping is a sculptor born in 1949 in Beijing, who currently lives and works in Paris. In 1979, Wang Keping was one of the founding member of the first non-conformist artist's group in China, «The Stars» (Xing Xing), together with Huang Rui, Ma Desheng, Li Shuang, Ai Weiwei, setting the stage for avant-garde art in China.


Wang's unique wooden sculptures, including one that featured a Buddha-like Mao figure, shock the art world in Beijing in the late 70s and early 80s. Wang Keping continues to create these signature sculptures that juxtapose vivid emotion with a marked sense of introversion. Wang is particularly interested in exploring and negotiating the possibilities of rendering the female body. Visually informed by an amalgamation of prehistoric ice-age statuettes and 20th century artists like Constantin Brancusi, he carves heavy thighs, enormous breasts and bulbous buttocks. This eroticism is countered by the solitary tone of these sculptures, as stoic and as subtly abstracted, as a Totem. His figures are of a powerful vividness although they also have a touch of melancholy. Many of the pieces show strangely torn, twisted and distorted shapes. Some seem to have lost limbs, lack eyes or mouths or have over-dimensional genitals. But there are also restrained and subtly abstracted forms in the same vein as Masque or Totem.



Historical Shows

Origin Point, The Stars group retrospective exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China


Authorized exhibition by the Stars group at the National Art Museum, Beijing, China


Unauthorised exhibition by the Stars group of artists on the fence of the National Art Museum, Beijing, China


Selected Solo Shows

Wang Keping, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, China


Wang Keping ? All Smiles, Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris, France and Magda Danysz Gallery, Shanghai, China


La Chair des forêts, Musée Zadkine, Paris, France


He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China


The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, China


Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt, Germany


Aidekman Arts Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Chinese Modern Art Center, Osaka, Japan


Museum of Modern Art, Taizhong, Taïwan


Selected Group Shows

Knock on wood, Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris, France


Vide et Plein, Maison Bleu Studio, Paris, France


Insight, Magda Danysz Gallery, Shanghai, China
Art and Fashion, Magda Danysz Gallery, Shanghai, China


Xing Xing : Wang Keping & Ma Desheng, Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris, France
Et la Chine s?est éveillée?, Chapelle de la Visitation espace d?art contemporain, Thonon-les-Bains, France


Overlook, Magda Danysz Gallery, Shanghai, China


Light Before Dawn, Asia Society Hong Kong touring to Houston, Texas, USA
Blooming in the Shadows, Unofficial Chinese Art (1974-1985), Chinese Institute in America, New York, NY, USA
Artistes Chinois à Paris, Musée Cernuschi, Paris, France
Lines & Figures : Conversations, Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, France


China Gold, l?Art contemporain chinois, Musée Maillol, Paris, France
Go China ? Writing on the Wall, Chinese New Realism and Avant-Garde in the eighties and nineties, Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands


China Contemporary Art : the long march of the Avant-Garde, Contemporary Art Museum, Genova, Switzerland


China Onward, The Estella Collection, Chinese Contemporary Art 1966-2006, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhague, Denmark


Mahjong - Chinesische Gegenwartskunst aus der Sammlung Sigg, Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland
The 2nd Annual China International Gallery Exhibition 2005, Beijing, China
Chine, le corps partout ?, Museum of Contemporary Art, Marseille, France

China without borders, Goedhuis Contemporary, Sotheby?s, New York, NY, USA


Le corps morcelé, Fondation d?art contemporain Daniel et Florence Guerlain, Les Mesnuls, France
At the New Century, 1979-1999, China's Contemporary Art Works, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu, China


Les Champs de la Sculpture, Champs Elysées, Paris, France
The Pu-Yeo International Modern Sculpture Symposium, Korea


Vision 2000, Chinesische Gemälde und Skulpturen der Gegenwart, Linden-Museum, Stuttgart, Germany


National Museum of Fine Arts, Beijing, China


Face à l?Histoire, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France


Sculptures - Frédéric Bleuet, Peter Briggs, Wang Keping, Hôtel de Ville, Paris, France


Tian an Men, 4 June - 4 December: Don't Forget Me, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France


International Sculpture Exhibition, Olympic Games, Seoul, South Korea


Painting the Chinese Dream. Chinese Art 30 Years after the Revolution, Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY, USA