Past Exhibition

Cao Fei: Live in RMB City October 27th through December 20th, 2009
  • Cao Fei / China Tracy
  • Live in RMB City, Video
  • © RMB City 2009
The Shiseido Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Chinese artist Cao Fei.

Born in Guangzhou, China in 1978, Cao Fei has emerged as one of China's most promising up-and-coming young female artists, with work spanning a variety of mediums including film, photography, performance, and installation.

As a girl Cao Fei first developed a strong interest in Japanese and Western pop culture brought in to China via Hong Kong. She began creating film works while enrolled at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, and during her school years became known as one of China's most pioneering digital video artists. Since then she has taken up conspicuous elements of modern youth culture (hip-hop music, "costume play," etc.) in works that cast a sharply insightful–and sometimes rather humorous–perspective on aspects of modern Chinese society, including its urban chaos and the explosive social changes resulting from economic liberalization.
Cao Fei has shown her work at numerous international exhibitions, including the Berlin. Biennale in 2001, the Korea Kwangju Biennale in 2002, the Venice Biennale in 2003 and 2007, the Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale in Japan in 2005, and the Yokohama Triennale in Japan in 2008.

The exhibition at the Shiseido Gallery will introduce Cao Fei's experimental "RMB City Project," which she has been developing since January 2009 via the online virtual reality platform "Second Life" (
"RMB City" is the name of a virtual city existing on Second Life, which Cao Fei created as a public platform for creative activity within a virtual space. It includes many of the distinctive constructions, buildings, scenes, and places seen in China today, and in this sense functions as a microcosm reflective of modern China.

At the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007, Cao Fei presented i. Mirror, a semi-documentary on her experiences and encounters over half a year in Second Life as her avatar (online personality) "China Tracy." Also in 2007, at the 10th Istanbul Biennale, she presented RMB City: A Second Life City Planning, a video exploration of RMB City's urban development planning. Following these, she made the rounds of exhibitions around the world to advance and promote the planning and construction of RMB City, which welcomed its grand opening in January 2009. This coincided with the launch of the "RMB City Project," which will spend two years traveling to art museums and international exhibitions around the world tracking the growth and changes occurring in RMB City.

This exhibition will also include a presentation of the new Live in RMB City, which is part of the larger RMB City Project. The Shiseido Gallery welcomes one and all to come enjoy this fascinating virtual world created by Cao Fei.

  • Cao Fei / China Tracy
  • Live in RMB City, Video
  • © RMB City 2009

Cao Fei

Born in Guangzhou, China in 1978. Lives and works in Beijing.

Selected exhibitions

2009 The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, The New Museum, NY
NO LAB on Tour, Savannah College of Art and Design Lacoste Campus, Lacoste, France
2008 Yokohama Triennale - Time Crevasse -, Yokohama, Japan
AVANT-GARDE CHINA: Twenty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art - The National Art Center Tokyo, National International Art Center Osaka, Aichi Prefecture Museum of Art, Japan
RMB City Project for one year in Serpentine Gallery, London
2007 10th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul
52nd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Whose Utopia, Orange Country Museum of Art, Newport Beach, New Port, UK; CCA Kitakyushu, Kitakyushu, Japan
2006 China Power Station, Serpentine Gallery, London
SIEMENS Art Project 2006: What Are You Doing Here? Fu Shan OSRAM Factory, Guangzhou
Busan Biennale, Busan, Korea
Singapore Biennale, Singapore
15th Sydney Biennale, Sydney
2005 The 2nd Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou
The 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial 2005, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
Emergency Biennale in Chechnya: A suitcase from Paris to Grosny, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2004 The 5th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
2003 50th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Alors, La Chine? Centre Pompidou, Paris
1st Guangzhou Triennale, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou
The 2nd Seoul International Media Art Biennale: media_city seoul 2002, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
2002 4th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea
2001 The 2nd Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, Berlin

Exhibition Details for Cao Fei: Live in RMB City

Organized by: SHISEIDO CO., LTD.
Dates: October 27 - December 20, 2009
Location: Shiseido Gallery
Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building, B1
8-8-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Tel: 03-3572-3901 Fax: 03-3572-3951
Hours: Weekdays 11:00 - 19:00
Sundays & Holidays 11:00 - 18:00
Closed on Mondays
Admission: Free
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