Jin Shan
  • About
  • Biography
  • Exhibitions
  • Artworks
    • Sculpture
    • Installation
  • Publications
  • Jin Shan
  • Birthdate: 1977
    Birthplace: China |
    Gender: Male
    Lives and Works in: China | Shanghai
    A leading voice in an emerging generation of socially engaged contemporary artists in China, Jin Shan is an agent provocateur. Preferring wit and satire to aggression and conflict, his work uses humor and play to draw audiences into a confrontation with the social, cultural and political problems of the day.  While specifically describing aspects of contemporary China, his investigation of human motivation extends beyond national boundaries to the seemingly insatiable desire for power programmed into humanity’s DNA. 
    Jin Shan (b.1977, Jiangsu Province) graduated from Faculty of Fine Art of East China Normal University in 2000, currently works and lives in Shanghai. Jin Shan’s work has been exhibited at the Singapore Biennale, The Venice Biennale, The Groninger Museum, Netherlands, David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, among others. His works have been collected by M+ Museum, Hong Kong, China; White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, Australia; the Kadist Foundation, Paris, France; the DSL Collection, Paris, France and the Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas, USA.
    -1996    East China Normal University, Faulty of Fine Art
  • Biography
  • Jin Shan

    Born in Jiangsu Province, China  

    Currently lives and works in Shanghai 



    2000   East China Normal University, Faculty of Fine Art 


    Solo Exhibitions

    2015   “Divine Ruse”, Jin Shan Solo Exhibition, BANK, Shanghai
, China

    2012   “There is No End to This Road”, Masters & Pelavin Gallery, NewYork, NY, USA

    2012   “My Dad is Li Gang”, David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

    2011   “It Came from the Sky”, Spencer Museum, Lawrence, KS, USA

    2009   “Stephen the Speculator”, ddm warehouse, Shanghai, China

    2008   “Shoot”, ARCO, Madrid, Spain


    Selected Group Exhibitions

    2018  “Seed of the Silk Road: 2018 Young Artists Guest Exhibition”, Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai

    2017  “Blue”, 166 ART SPACE, Shanghai


    2016 – 2017   “Temporal Turn: Art and Speculation in Contemporary Asia”, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, USA

    2016   “Bagism – We are all in the same bag!”, chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, China

    2016   “WE – A Community of Chinese Contemporary Artists”, chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, China 

    2016   “We Chat: A Dialogue in Cotemporary Chinese Art”, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, CT, USA 

    2015   “Mi Casa Es Tu Casa/ My House is Your House”, SPSI Art Museum, Shanghai, China

    2015   “My Generation: Young Chinese Artist”, Orange County Museum of Art, CA, USA 

    2014   “My Generation”, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersbug, USA  

    2013   “Time Zone”, Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing, China

    2013   “PAINT(early)”, MAB Bank, Shanghai, China

    2013    Scope NY, Masters & Pelavin Gallery, New York, USA 

    2011   “Comfortable Auction”, Shanghai Gallery of Art , Shanghai, China  

    2010     Bucharest Biennial of Young Artist 4th Edition, Bucharest, Romania

    2010     SH Contemporary Art Fair, Shanghai, China

    2010   “There is Nothing You Can Measure Anymore” Aike Dellarco Gallery, Shanghai, China 

    2010   “Today, Tomorrow, But Not Too Far” Double Infinity, Van Abbe Museum in collaboration  with ArtHub Asia, Shanghai, China

    2010   “Like No Place Known”, Rmit School of Art Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

    2009   “Animamix Biennial 2009-2010”, Today Art Museum, MoCA Shanghai, Taipei MoCA and Guangdong Art Museum 

    2009   “There is No I in Team” program e.v., Berlin, Germany 

    2009   “History in the Making: Shanghai 1979 - 2009”, 436 Jumen Rd, Shanghai, China

    2009   “Exit Shanghai”, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA

    2009    SH Contemporary Art Fair, Shanghai, China

    2009   “The X Baltic Triennial of International Art 2009”, CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania

    2008     ART BEIJING 2008, Art Beijing Fair, Beijing, China

    2008     Comfortable Contemporary Art Exhibition,10 Tai An Road, No.1, 2 Floor, Shanghai,  China  

    2008   “Spring Training”, Pékin Fine Art , Beijing, China

    2008   “New World Order”, Groninger Museum, Netherlands

    2007   “Three Generations”, Pékin Fine Art, Beijing, China

    2007   “Rejected Collection”, Ke Center for the Contemporary Arts, Shanghai

    2007   “Migration Addicts”, 52th La Biennale di Venezia, Collateral Event

    2007   “Keep an Eye On”, NO Gallery, Milano

    2007   “Interventions”, Art Action, Shanghai, China 

    2006     Singapore Biennale, Singapore 

    2006   “Migration Addicts” Sculpture Square, Singapore

    2006   “Bitmap” International Digital Photo Project, Alternative Space Loop, Seoul,

    2005   “Ruse”, Contemporary Art Exhibition, TS1 Contemporary Art Center, Beijing, China

    2005   “Asian Traffic”, International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Zendai MoMA, Shanghai, China 

    2005   “Gbc-Diaspora and Return” Contemporary Art Exhibition, Advance Art Center, Shanghai, China

    2005   “Shanghai, Shanghai”, Contemporary Art Exhibition, Studio Rouge, Shanghai, China

    2005   “Migration Addicts”, Contemporary Art Exhibition, ddm warehouse, Shanghai, China

    2004   “Shadowing” Photography Exhibition, Shanghai Biennale Satellite Show, Mooma ART+DESIGN CO, LTD, Shanghai, China

    2004   “Wall”, Mooma ART+DESIGN CO, LTD, Shanghai, China

    2003   “Interior Design and Contemporary Art Exhibition”, Guan Da Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China

    2002   “Shanghai Carnival Art Exhibition”, Peoples Square, Shanghai, China

    2002   “Shanghai Young Artists Exhibition – City-In”, Zhu Qi Zhan Art Museum, Shanghai, China


    Residency programs:

    2011.  5 - 2011.6 HIAP, Helsinki, Finland 

    2005.12 - 2006.2 International Artist residency in Goyang, Seoul, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea



    M+ Museum, Hong Kong

    DSL Collection, France 

    Paul and Estelle Berg Collection, USA

    Tampa Museum of Art Collection, USA

    Kadist Art Foundation Collection, France/USA

    Spencer Museum of Art Collection, USA

    White Rabbit Gallery Collection, Australia

  • Exhibitions
    • ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair 2019
      Nov 7, 2019 - Nov 10, 2019
      Artists: Chen Zhe, Chen Tianzhuo, Jin Shan, Lin Ke, Michael Lin, Michael Najjar , Yanyan Huang
      • Art Fairs
    • ART 021 2018
      Nov 8, 2018 - Nov 11, 2018
      Opening: Nov 8, 2018 14:00 Thursday
      Artists: Chen Yujun, Jin Shan
      • Art Fairs
    • 2017 West Bund Art & Design
      Nov 9, 2017 - Nov 12, 2017
      Artists: Austin Lee, Chen Zhe, Chen Yujun, Geng Yini, Jin Shan, Lin Ke, Lore Vanelslande, Maryn Varbanov, Patty Chang, Polit-Sheer-Form Office, Xu Bing, Zheng Haozhong
      • Art Fairs
      Jul 14, 2017 - Aug 30, 2017
      Opening: Jul 14, 2017 06:00 Friday
      Artists: Austin Lee, Dan Er, Dubravka Vidović, Fang Wei, Geng Yini, Hadas Zucker , Heidi Voet, Jin Shan, Liao Guohe, Liu Yin, Ma Daha, Patty Chang, Polit-Sheer-Form Office, Rafael Rozendaal, Sun Daliang, Wang Qifeng, Wang Rui, Wang Xiaohui, Yang Fan, Zhang Xin, Zheng Haozhong, Zhou Ming
      • Group Exhibitions
    • 2016 West Bund Art and Design Fair
      Nov 9, 2016 - Nov 13, 2016
      Opening: Nov 5, 2016 Saturday
      Artists: Austin Lee, Chen Yujun, Chun Ouyang, Chun Ouyang, Heidi Voet, Jin Shan, Zheng Haozhong
      • Art Fairs
    • Divine Ruse
      Nov 20, 2015 - Jan 16, 2016
      Opening: Nov 20, 2015 02:00 Friday
      Artist: Jin Shan
      • Solo Exhibitions
    • The Body Poetic
      Jul 10, 2015 - Aug 30, 2015
      Artists: Fang Lu, Fang Wei, Fu Jingian, Jean-Christian Bourcart, Jin Feng, Jin Shan, Marc Lafia, umafang, Wang Jiaxue
      • Group Exhibitions
    • Paint(er)ly
      Sep 27, 2013 - Dec 1, 2013
      Opening: Sep 27, 2013 18:00 Friday
      Artists: Chun Ouyang, Fang Wei, Gang Zhao, Geng Yini, Jin Shan, Liao Guohe, Martin Murphy, Monika Bravo
      • Group Exhibitions
    • 2015 West Bund
      Sep 8, 2015 -
      Artists: Chen Tianzhuo, Chun Ouyang, Fang Wei, Jin Shan, Laurent Grasso, Marina Abramović, Wang Jiaxue, Xu Bing
      • Art Fairs
    • 2014 West Bund Art Fair
      Artists: Chen Tianzhuo, Chun Ouyang, Fang Wei, Gang Zhao, Jin Shan, Kendell Geers, Laurent Grasso, Marina Abramović, Matthew Brandt
      • Art Fairs
  • Artworks
    • Untitled | Jin Shan

      Installation | wire, steel wire | 140 × 50 × 40 cm

    • Mermaid | Jin Shan

      Installation | barbed wire | 52 × 34 × 31 cm

    • Resurgence? | Jin Shan

      Installation | Plastic, cardboard, gypsum, wood, wire, extruded boards | 173 × 85 × 70 cm

    • Construction | Jin Shan

      Installation | Plastic, silica gel, wire, wire mesh | 37.5 × 34 × 26 cm

    • Stacked | Jin Shan

      Installation | Plastic, stainless steel | 37.5 × 25 × 19.8 cm

    • Residue | Jin Shan

      Installation | Sand, high-strength gypsum, steel, cement | 218 × 160 cm

    • Residue | Jin Shan

      Installation | Sand, high-strength gypsum, steel, cement | 218 × 79 cm

    • Laid Bare | Jin Shan

      Installation | Plastic, stainless steel, silica gel | 181 × 90 × 65 cm

    • Evaporate | Jin Shan

      Installation | Wire mesh, jute, gypsum, plastic, steel bar | 155 × 117 × 95 cm

    • The Way it Goes | Jin Shan

      Installation | Aluminum, nutritious soil, grass | 30 × 25.5 × 17.5 cm

  • Publications
    • Jin Shan, Artist Catalog