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Xue Mu (b. 1979 Nanjing, CN) is a Visual Artist based in Amsterdam NL and Nanjing CN. She is an alumni at de Rijksakademie Voor Beeldende Kunsten (2011-2012), Gerrit Rietveld Academie (2009) and Dutch Art Institute (2006). Between 2013 and 2015 her projects were presented in art institutions at de Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, de Appel Arts Centre, He Xiangning Art Museum Shenzhen and AMNUA Nanjing. Mu has been commissioned several times for public art projects in the Netherlands from 2009 to 2012.

Bypassing the conventional perception of value imposed by the modern world, Mu’s often abstract artworks are the result of a process of reflection that associates today’s existence. Through an almost synesthetic approach, Mu visualises the paradoxical co-existences between insignificance and value, to dispute the physical understanding of reality and its moral conventions. While facing the intensified ideological confusion and identity struggle at present time of globalisation, critical social events inspire Mu as a catalyst rather than a subject – they accelerate the revelation of the intertwined relationships between the stories surface (the image) and its concealed cause (the dynamical truth). Through art making she wants to revive a mind space exploring the, in fact, non-hierarchic and ever circulating being of things as a complex unity. 

Biography

Xue Mu (b. 1979 Nanjing, CN) is a Visual Artist based in Amsterdam NL and Nanjing CN. She is an alumni at de Rijksakademie Voor Beeldende Kunsten (2011-2012), Gerrit Rietveld Academie (2009) and Dutch Art Institute (2006). Between 2013 and 2015 her projects were presented in art institutions at de Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, de Appel Arts Centre, He Xiangning Art Museum Shenzhen and AMNUA Nanjing. Mu has been commissioned several times for public art projects in the Netherlands from 2009 to 2012.

Bypassing the conventional perception of value imposed by the modern world, Mu’s often abstract artworks are the result of a process of reflection that associates today’s existence. Through an almost synesthetic approach, Mu visualises the paradoxical co-existences between insignificance and value, to dispute the physical understanding of reality and its moral conventions. While facing the intensified ideological confusion and identity struggle at present time of globalisation, critical social events inspire Mu as a catalyst rather than a subject – they accelerate the revelation of the intertwined relationships between the stories surface (the image) and its concealed cause (the dynamical truth). Through art making she wants to revive a mind space exploring the, in fact, non-hierarchic and ever circulating being of things as a complex unity. 

Solo Exhibitions

  • On Stage, KARST, Plymouth, UK 

    2014
  • Art Rotterdam, NL

    2014
  • Théâtre de l'absurde, Gallery Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam, NL 

    2014
  • Performance: Portrait #2. IJbert Verweij_IJbert Verweij, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL

    2013
  • DRAWING, Expression and Limit, AMNUA, Nanjing, CN 

    2013
  • LOCAL FUTURE, He Xiangning Art Museum, ShenZhen, CN

    2013
  • In Holland Staat Een Huis, International Stilte Festival, Breda, NL 

    2013
  • Art Brussels, BE

    2013
  • The Armory Show, Gallery Gabriel Rolt, New York, US

    2013
  • Art Rotterdam, NL 

    2013
  • Art Stage Singapore

    2013
  • A Childish Nothingness & Black Diamond, Gallery Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam, NL

    2012
  • Art Stage Singapore

    2012
  • Art Rotterdam, NL

    2012
  • Art Amsterdam, NL

    2011
  • Rijksakademie OPEN, de Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL

    2011
  • Dead Darlings, Mediamatic Bank, Amsterdam, NL

    2011
  • Art Amsterdam, NL

    2010
  • Art Rotterdam, NL

    2010
  • IAMA1, A1 Project, Kunstlab Deventer, Kunstcentrum Hengelo, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, NL

    2009
  • GRA End-Exam, Gerrit Riteveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL

    2009
  • Ruhezeit Abgelaufen, Kunstfort, Vijfhuizen, NL

    2009
  • Live uitvoeringen uit Drawings on Writing, Perdu, Amsterdam, NL

    2008
  • KAAP/ De Keline Biennale, Fort Ruigenhoek, Utrecht, NL

    2008
  • NBF-China, YourSpace at VanAbbe Museum, Eindhoven. NL

    2007
  • Non Stroe Shopping, Uni-Mall Mega University, Guang Zhou, CN

    2007
  • Picnic 06, Mediamatic at Westgasfabriek, Amsterdam, NL

    2006
  • Kunst Vlaai 6, Westergastfabriek, Amsterdam, NL

    2006
  • WIMB sound & video festival”, Southen Sea Gallary, Taipei, TW

    2006
  • AV BBQ 2, IMPAKT Festival, Utrecht, NL

    2005
  • BIMRAB”, W139, Amsterdam, and Planet Art, Enschede,NL

    2005
  • COMMISSIONS

  • Golden Hours, Sketchopdracht, art in public space at Buishuis Tramplein, Purmerend, NL

    2013
  • Strange Light, art in public space at Houten Castellum, Houten, NL

    2012
  • Site specific project at Friesland Province House, Leeuwarden, NL

    2011
  • Sketch opdracht, Breukelen Station, ProRail and NS, Breukelen, NL

    2010
  • Sketch opdracht, Breukelen Station, ProRail and NS, Breukelen, NL

    2009
  • Contemplation, or MeditationSpace, Site-specific installation for KAAP, Utrecht, NL

    2008

Press

  • 'Zwierige en nerveuze houtskoolgolfjes', 25 July 2012 at Kunst Het Parool


  • 'A Childish Nothingness and Black Diamond', 15 July 2012 at Mister Motley

Awards

  • 2012

    Prof. Augustus Allebé Fonds/ Willem F.C. Uriôtfonds Fellowship, the Netherlands 

  • 2012

    Amsterdam Fonds voor the Kunst, the Netherlands

  • 2011

    Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Peter paul Peterich Fonds, the Netherlands

  • 2009

    Berlagefonds, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, the Netherlands

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