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Pu Jie

Pu Jie, however, draws a clear distinction between himself and most other Beijing artists who were lured by easy money, devoting himself to an artistic practice centered on his own individual worldview. He depicts a social structure that wavers between China’s past history and its present-day contemporary developments, condensing his unique insights onto his canvases.
Focusing on the urban context of the city of Shanghai, Pu Jie’s paintings portray stories of contemporary residents of the city who live in the shadow of China’s newly emerging histories.

The extraordinarily overheated Chinese art scene skipped over the modern era and spilled right over into the present without warning. Chinese contemporary art, which is said to date from 1985, slipped through a series of dramatic upheavals, such as the Tiananmen Square incident, while opening up the way to modernity. Against a backdrop of extreme social conditions characterized by an imbalance between economic development and personal freedom, coupled with an immature art market, excessive speculation in China’s art market took root, creating a bubble that has now burst. The inexperienced Chinese and Asian markets, with their tenuous understanding of art as investment, led to the manipulation of many artists through a game of money and the demise of the art bubble.


1959 Born in Shanghai
2000 Graduated from Fine Arts College of Shanghai University (Master Degree)
1986 Graduated from the Fine Art Department of the Shanghai Normal University
Solo Exhibitions
2012 Space-Time Reconstruction, Ausin Tung Gallery, Hong Kong

2009 Now Shanghai, Pu Jie Solo Exhibition, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai

Look Ahead, Look Back——Pu Jie's Solo Art Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing

Memory and Witness, Pu Jie's Solo Art Exhibition, Museum at Tamada Projets, Tokyo, Japan

2006 We Are the Newcomers• We Are the Future, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai

2004 A Retrospective with Art Works from Pu Jie, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai

2003 Changing (1989-2003), Pu Jie: A small retrospective with works from the last 14 years , ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai
2002 Speed of Culture, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai

2001 Pu Jie.com, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Shanghai

1999 Right Here, Right Now, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai

1997 Shanghai Calling, Devon House, Taikoo Place, Hong Kong

1996 Let's Play Chess, Solo Exhibition, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai

1994 Pu Jie, Ningxia Art Museum, Ningxia

1991 Pu Jie, Art Museum, Guangzhou

Group Exhibitions
2009 Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection , Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass, U.S.A.
2008 Pu Jie and Shen Fan, ArtChina, Hamburg, Germany

ChinaTime 2008, Shanghai (Urban Public) Space , Lands End, Hamburg, Germany

Red Aside, Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, The Joan Miró Foundation, Barcelona, Spain
2007 Red Hot, Asian Art Today from the Chaney Family Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA

2006 Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany

Contemporary Chinese Art , Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2005 Mahjong, Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland

Munich International Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition, Munich Art Museum, Germany

Hamburg•Shanghai—Topics on City, Hamburg Art Museum, Germany

2004 Shanghai Biennial Periphery Art Exhibition, Artlinkart

2003 The 42nd England Contemporary Artist Invitational Exhibition, London Finance Building, U.K.

Singapore International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, National Art Museum,Singapore

The Dream of the City by the Sea—International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte, Hamburg, Germany
Urbanart 2003 , City of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2001 Visual Connection, Perth; Garden City, Australia

Poster Exhibition of Chinese Avant-Garde Artists, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing; Haus Der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany etc.
As Long as They Catch Mice... , Munkeruphus Gallery, Mumkerphus, Danmark

1999 Over 200 Young Artists from18 Countries, P-House, Tokyo, Japan

BM99, Bienal da Maya, Maya Art Center, Portugal

1998 Neo Lagoon - Contemporary Art of North East Asia, Niigata Prefecture Centre, Japan

Michelin Art Competition, Paris, France

1997 Asia Modern Art Exhibition, Singapore Art Museum (SAM), Singapore

4eme Biennial d'Art Contemporain, Lyon, France

1991 Modern Oriental Art, Tokyo, Japan