Guan Xiao (b. 1983) lives and works in Beijing. Her practice focuses primarily on sculpture, video, and installation. Combining a wide array of visual references, Guan Xiao continuously reinvents her biographical details such as identity, personal history, geographical background and the experience of her daily life by inscribing them into her exuberant works. Guan Xiao takes her sculpture and installations as virtual characters or “species” which she imbues with a new, literalized identity. The artist attempts to emphasize the importance of difference by creating purposeful contradictions between the materiality and the concept.


Guan Xiao graduated from the Communication University of China and has exhibited internationally. Her work has been featured at Hua International, Berlin (DE); Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paolo (2023); Mercedes Benz Museum, Stuttgart (2022); Kunsthalle Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2022); MUDAM, Luxembourg (2021); the 34th Bienial de Sao Paulo (2021); Belgrade Biennial (2021); Antenna Space, Shanghai (solo; 2020); Skulpturenpark Cologne (2020); X Museum Triennial (2020); Kunstmuseum Sankt Gallen (2020); Sharjah Art Foundation (2020); Bonner Kunstverein (solo; 2019); Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (solo; 2019); Fellbach Triennial, Fellbach (2019); Honolulu Biennial (2019); Migros Museum, Zürich (2019); Anyang Public Art Project, Anyang (2019); Kunsthalle Winterthur (solo; 2018); High Line, New York (2017); the 57th Venice Biennale, Venice (2017); Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin (2017); M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp (2017); 9th Berlin Biennale, Berlin (2016); Jeu de Paume, Paris (solo; 2016); the K11 Art Foundation, Shanghai (2016, solo); ICA, London (solo; 2016); ZKM, Karlsruhe (2016); Shortlist for Hugo Boss Asia Art Award at Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2015); the 13th Biennale de Lyon: La vie modern, Lyon (2015); Antenna Space, Shanghai (solo; 2015); 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience, New Museum, New York (2015); Daimler Contemporary Berlin (2015); Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna (2015); M HKA Museum, Antwerp (2014); Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin (solo; 2014); 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen (2012) and National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul (2007).


Her work is in the collections of:

Museum Ludwig, Cologne

M+ Collection, Hong Kong

Boros Collection, Berlin

Daimler Collection, Stuttgart

DSL Collection, Virtual Museum

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin

Fosun Foundation, Shanghai

Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf

K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong

Kadist Collection, Paris, France; San Francisco

Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland

Long Museum, Shanghai

New Century Art Foundation, Beijing

Pond Society, Shanghai

Rubell Family Collection, Miami

Shanghai Museum of Glass, Shanghai

Start Museum, Shanghai

Tiroche DeLeon Collection, Tel Aviv-Jaffa

White Rabbit Collection, Chippendale

X Museum, Changsha

Zabludowicz Collection, London

Installation shots