Lu Chunsheng

Chinese, b. 1968


Lu Chunsheng’s photography and video art straddle documentary and fiction. He creates absurd narratives in which characters find themselves in surreal situations, such as riding a broom or standing motionless in a nightgown while seawater gathers at their feet. The scenarios have been described as bizarre, but Lu professes interest “in the mysterious, not the strange,” believing, “in this world there should be some extremely mysterious things.” Change, a nearly omnipresent theme in contemporary Chinese art, is equally present in Lu’s work, yet unlike many of his contemporaries he makes no comment on the alienating effects of rapid urbanization. Rather, evoking a Surrealist aesthetic, he films long, uninterrupted shots and mixes traditional photographic landscape compositions with a study of human behavior, lending his work a sense of theatricality.

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Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Included in a major biennial
Istanbul Biennial