Huang Rui Chinese, b. 1952

Born in Beijing in 1952, Huang Rui is one of the pioneers of contemporary Chinese art that emerged in the 1980s with the artist collective «Xing Xing» («The Stars»), of which he is a founding member alongside Ma Desheng and Wang Keping. In the years following the Cultural Revolution, these artists were the first to publicly claim freedom of artistic expression.


In September 1979, having been unable to obtain an official exhibition space, the Stars decided to materialise their project and hung more than 150 works on the street, on the grids of the National Museum of China in Beijing. This exhibition is a key milestone in the history of contemporary art in China. Ephemeral (1979-1983), the Stars Movement paved the way for Chinese artists and allowed a new wave of art to emerge in the late 1980s.


Integrating at first the influences of the Western avant-garde (cubism, fauvism, abstract expressionism), Huang Rui’s work then develops and distinguishes itself by exploring the relationships between color, space and language. For this intellectual and man of letters (he cofounded the literary magazine Today in 1978), text is not an accessory: the text is the image, the nexus of the work, and its content and form.


Huang Rui is one of the first Chinese painters of the post-Mao era to explore the paths of abstraction (from 1979). Whether it takes a geometric direction or an expressionistic one (Space Structure, Space and more recently Zen Space series), his work on abstraction relies on an understanding influenced by Taoist thinking about space, volumes, textures and colors, in order to explore the complexity of the human soul.


Huang Rui’s work regularly refers to the duality of Yin and Yang and to his research of the Book of Changes. « In my view, the Book of Changes is not a theory, it is about the way you see the world/the way the world sees you/and the interaction between you and the world.»


Huang Rui expresses himself through many mediums, from painting to sculpture and installation to performance. Back in China in 2000, after living in Japan for 15 years, Huang Rui again played a leading role by creating the 798 Art District in Beijing in 2002 and the Dashanzi International Art Festival (DIAF).


Huang Rui lives and works in Beijing. His work has been exhibited all over the world and is present in many public and private collections.


Selected Solo Shows
Huang Rui - Stars Flag | Fire in Water, Danysz Gallery, Shanghai

Huang Rui Ink Painting (1980s-1990s), Huang Rui Cloud House, Beijing

Huang Rui: Completion Ceremony of Snake Nest, Huang Rui Cloud House, Beijing
The Sketched Drafts of Huang Rui Cloud House, Huang Rui Cloud House, Beijing

Huang Rui: Space - Japan Period, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing
Huang Rui: Space - Japan Period, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong
Huang Rui: 1976, Zürcher Gallery, Paris
In Search of Trigrams, Performance Art, Zürcher Gallery, Paris

Huang Rui: Language-Color, Zürcher Gallery, New York

Huang Rui Solo Show, Gallery Magda Danysz, Shanghai, China

Woman, exposition de sculpture à l'extérieur, Ambassade Allemande, Beijing, China

Ping-Pong, Shanghai Tang, Hong Kong, China
Czechina, Embassy Art Gallery, Embassy of the Czech Republic, Beijing, China
Huang Rui Exhibition, Space Hongjee, Seoul, South Korea

Animal Time : 1204-2009, Coudenberg Museum, Brussells, Belgium
Comerchina, Chinese Contemporary, Beijing, China

Animal Time in Chinese History II, Shao Foundation, Beijing, China
Animal Time in Chinese History, Museo delle Mura, Roma, Italy

Huang Rui - The Stars' Time 1977-1984, Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
Chai-na/China, Les Rencontres Photographiques d'Arles, Arles, France
Texts are the Legacy of Great Thought!, Chinese Contemporary, New York, New York, United States

Chairman Mao 10,000 RMB, Chinese Contemporary, Beijing, China

Non-existent Journey III, KCAL Kansai Contemporary Art Laboratory, Amagasaki, Osaka, Japan
Non-existent Journey IV, Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Osaka, Japan

Gold Fish + Planned road, Nishetenma Area, Osaka, Japan

Water + Wood + Paper, Ruine der Kunst, Berlin, Germany
Ergoutou Spirit + Ruin, performance, Guan Yuan area, Beijing, China

Water + Fish, Huang Rui Studio, Beijing, China
Water + Bamboo, Huang Rui Studio, Beijing, China

Chairman Mao 100's Anniversary, Ai Weiwei Studio, Beijing, China

Huang Rui Exhibition, International Art Museum, Pékin, Chine (annulé)
Water + 40 Faces, September Gallery, Beijing, China (annulé et déménagé dans son propre studio, Pékin, Chine)

Huang Rui Exhibition, Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Osaka, Japan

Huang Rui Exhibition, Chinese Modern Art Center, Osaka, Japan

Selected Group Shows

Traces of Actions: Asian Abstract Art from Long Museum Collection, Long Museum, Shanghai
Duration: Transformation in Chinese Art, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing
When Speed Become Form, Live in Your Screen, Wind H Art Center, Beijing
The Stillness Within, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong
CLEAN, SPURS Gallery, Beijing
We Will Meet Again: Tokyo Gallery + BTAP 70th Anniversary Special Exhibition, Tokyo Gallery + BTAP, Beijing
El Lissitzky's Rooms, Surplus Space, Wuhan, China

A Beast, A God, and A Line, Kunsthall Trondheim, Trondheim, Norway
Stars 1979, OCAT Institute, Beijing
2019 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture Sub-venue - Coordinates: Theatre, Qiaotou Community of Baoan District, Shenzhen, China
River Flowing without a Beacon, 1979, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing
Summer Show, Boers-Li Gallery, New York

Asia Now, Danysz gallery, Paris, France

40×40: From 1978 to 2018 - Art History Shaped by 40 Artists, Powerlong Museum, Shanghai
Exchange and Practice: An Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
On Paper, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing
Yukihito Tabata with Chinese Contemporary Art 1989-2018, Tokyo Gallery + BTAP, Beijing


Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, Guggenheim Museum, New York
798 Archives, Jeju Biennale, Jeju, South Korea
Shanghai Project, Himalayas Art Museum, Shanghai
Salon Salon: Fine Art Practices from 1972 to 1982 in Profile - A Beijing Perspective, Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing
Anren Biennale: Rhotic of Genealogy, OCT Anren, Anren, China
Referencing Alexander Calder: A Dialogue in Contemporary Chinese Art, Klein Sun Gallery, New York
Huang Rui and Rong Rong: Photo Symbiosis, Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing 

M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art, M+ Museum, Hong Kong
Freeman - Performance, Three Shadows Xiamen Photography Art Center, Xiamen, China
China in Search of Words - Beijing LIVE International Performance Art Festival, Danish Cultural Center, Beijing
China Beyond Action, Kylin Contemporary Center of Art, Beijing
9817711: Regional History and Zeitgeist of Northeast Asia, U-Find Infinity Contemporary Art Gallery, Xi’an, China
Beijing 798 Genesis (2002-2006), Song Zhuang Art Center, Beijing
I-CHING: Performance Art at 11th Edition of Live Action, Gothenburg/Boras, Sweden
Punch Punch Punch - Enduring Magnetism: Huang Rui, Gao Brothers, Zhang Dali, 1 × 3 Gallery, Beijing

CHINA 8, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
Agitprop!, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York
Focus Beijing, Museum Van Boijmans Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Under the Surface: Chinese Contemporary Art Re-enlightenment: From 1979 to 1984, Xi’an Art Museum, Xi’an, China
The Civil Power, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing
Commemoration 85, Xinhua Art Museum, Shanghai
Black and White Cats: Huang Rui and Wang Keping Duo Exhibition, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong, China

CHOICES², Gallery Magda Danysz, Shanghai, China

Right is Wrong / Four Decades of Chinese Art from the M+Sigg Collection, Ridmuseet, Umea, Sweden
INSIGHT, Gallery Magda Danysz, Shanghai, China
Meaning Matter, Gallery Magda Danysz, Shanghai, China

Chai-na/China Signs: Works by Huang Rui & Ko Siu Lam, Slought Foundation and University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Blooming in the Shadows: Unofficial Chinese Art, 1974-1985, China Institute, New York, New York, United States
LOVE and HOPE, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
Black White, Zero Field Art Center, Beijing, China
Documentation of Chinese Performance Art Exhibition, Songzhuang Art Museum, Beijing, China

Reshaping History: Chinese Art from 2001 to 2009, National Convention Center, Beijing, China
Let's Do I-Ching, Czech Republic Pavilion Day, Shanghai World Expo, Shanghai, China (canceled by Expo Security Council)
Warm Winter Arts Project, Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing, China (canceled by Chaoyang District Public Security Bureau)
Kollowitz and Chinese Artists, Artmia Art Center, Beijing, China
Warm Winter Arts Project, Zhengyang, 008, and Dongying Art Districts, Beijing, China

Warm Winter Arts Project, Zhengyang Art District, Beijing, China
Berlin Wall Memorial Exhibition Twentieth Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall Ceremony, Berlin, Germany
Berlin Wall Memorial Exhibition, Garden, Ambassade Allemande, Beijing, China
Images of China: The City Flag, Qujiang District Art Center and Dayan Pagoda Square, Xi'an, China
International Performance Show-Ceramic Passion, Expo park, Icheon, Korea
Xian Qujiang International Contemporary Art Festival, Xian, China Xian Qujiang International Contemporary Art Festival

Christian Dior & Chinese Artists, UCCA, Beijing, China
China Avant-Garde, Groninger Museum, The Netherlands
Case Studies of Artists in Art History, SZ Art Center, Beijing, China

China Action, Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
Made in China-Contemporary Art Exhibition, Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
International Asian Antique and Art Fair Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Chine
ShContemporary 07 Art Fair, Shanghai, China
China Now, Reincarnation of Chinese Contemporary, Art Cobra Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

China Now, Reincarnation of Chinese Contemporary, Art Sammlung Essl Museum, Vienna, Austria
Dadao International Performance Festival, 798 Art District, Beijing, China
Transborder Language 4th edition, DIAF, 798 Art District, Beijing, China
Create History, Commemoration Exhibition of Chinese Modern Art in 1980's, Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
Soldiers at Gate, DIAF, 706 Space, 798 Art District, Beijing, China

2nd Dashanzi International Art Festival: Language/Fable, Beijing, China
Convergence Art exhibition, Dashanzi Art District, Beijing, China
Transparent Box, Jianwai Soho, Beijing, China
Cubism Painting in Asia, National Museum of Modern Art of Japan, Tokyo, Japan
Forge The Fable, Zero Factory, Beijing, China

1st Dashanzi International Art Festival: Radiance and Resonance / Signals of Time, Dashanzi Art District, Beijing, China
Transborder Language 2nd edition, DIAF, 798 Art District, Beijing, China
Multiple Definition Imaginary Community, Crystal City, Tianjin, China

Transborder Language: Live Poetry/Performance Art, Beijing Tokyo Art Project, Beijing, China
Blue Sky Exposure - Anti SARS Exhibition, Dashanzi Art District and Yi Zhuang, Beijing, China
Left Hand, Right Hand, Dashanzi Art District, Beijing, China
Reconstruct 798-798 Art District United Activity, 798 Art District, Beijing, China

Beijing Afloat, Beijing Tokyo Art Project Opening Exhibition, Beijing, China
The 1st Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou Museum, Guangzhou, China
CIPAF 02, Banpe Museum, Xi'an, China
1st International Contemporary Photograph Exhibition, Ping Yao, China
Theater of Our Lives, Hyogo Prefecture Museum of Art, Kobe, Japan Dream 2001, Contemporary Chinese Art Exhibition, Red Mansion Foundation, London, United Kingdom

Documentation of Chinese Avant-Garde Art in 90s, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan
Choi Suk Ho and Huang Rui, Gallery Gu, Seo-Cho Visual Art Institut, Seoul, Korea
Theater of Our Lives, Hyogo Prefecture Museum of Art, Kobe, Japan

Memories of 100 Years, Huang Rui Studio, Osaka, Japan
True Hirano, Osaka, Japan
New I-Ching, 64 Divination of 6.4, Central Park, Hong Kong, China
NIPAF' 99 Nippon Performance Art Festival, Nagano etc., Japan

NIPAF' 98 Nippon Performance Art Festival, Nagano etc., Japan
NIPAF a Paris, Ambassade du Japon, Paris, France
Art Performance, Art Action, Fringe Club, Hong Kong / Tribo, Macao, China
Today 20 Years, Japan China International Art Festival, Hamarikyu Aashi Multipurpose Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Modern de Hirano, Kumata Shino Shrine, Osaka, Japan

Chinese Abstraction and Beyond, Hong Kong Arts center, Hong Kong, China
Modern de Hirano, Kumata Shino Shrine, Osaka, Japan
The 4th Rokko Island Water Front Open Air Play, Marine Park, Kobe, Japan
Imaginery trip, Eiji Okubo, Huang Rui, two-person Exhibition, Huang Rui Studio, Osaka, Japan

Origin and Myths of Fine New Art from Japan, China and Korea, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan

The Xing Xing - China Modern Art & Cultural, Kunsterhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany
Asian Art Now, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan

The Xing Xing, 15 years, Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Asian Wave, Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Art Now, '92; Twelve Artists: New Horizon in the 90's, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Japan

The Xing Xing 10 years, Salpetriere Church, Paris, France

Documentation of Xing Xing Exhibition, Harvest University Cultural Center, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Ma Desheng and Huang Rui exhibition, Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Osaka, Japan

Ma Desheng, Huang Rui, Wang Keping Exhibition, Beijing Elementary School, Beijing, China

China Contemporary Art Exhibition, New York, New York ; Boston, Massachusetts, United States

The 2nd Xing Xing Exhibition, China Art Museum, Beijing, China

The 1st Xing Xing Exhibition, outside of the China Art Museum and Hua Fang Zhai Gallery, Beijing, China