Date of Exhibition: December 2, 2017-January 3, 2018


Opening: 3:30 pm, December 2, 2017


Address: Renke Art Gallery (No. 1, North Zhongshan Road, Hangzhou City)

The RENKE ART GALLERY is very honored to present Chen Haiyan's exhibition - the dream on knife tip. The exhibition selected 30 of the most representative works of the artist from the 80s of last century to the present. Dream is the source of the artist's creation, and she has recorded the dream diary from 1981 and continued this habit for 37 years. The diary manuscripts that record dreams have accumulated hundreds of books. Chen Haiyan turned something very mysterious and romantic into a picture, telling the world the beauty of beauty. Chen Haiyan's dream is a huge dream, life is more than a broad free dream, and the dream is also a kind of life, a real life.






Born in Fushun, Liaoning, China









BA Department of Printmaking, Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now China Academy of Art), Hangzhou








Department of Printmaking, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou









Lu Xun Engraving Award, granted by the Qingdao Engraving Artists Association, Qingdao, China







Pave the Road (copperplate), silver award, Art Exhibition in Zhejiang Province Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China, Hangzhou, China

Dream–Butterfly (copperplate), bronze award, The 12thNational Chinese Printing Works Display, Shenzhen, China




Love is Red (copperplate), excellence award, National Fine Arts Exhibition of Three Types of Printing, Nanjing, China




Horizon (copperplate), Third Class Prize, Exhibition of the Works of Fine Arts by the Progressive Chinese Youth, Beijing, China








Lignin Gold Sound:Chen Haiyan Art Exhibition, Fujian Art Museum, Fuzhou, China






In Every Flower a World: An Exhibition of Chen Haiyan’s Prints, Art Gallery No. 2, Hangzhou, China

Ink Studio at the Armory Show 2014: Works by Chen Haiyan, Pier 94: The Armory Show 2014, New York, USA



Chen Haiyan: Carving the Unconscious, Ink Studio, Beijing, China



A Week's Dreams, Artone Center, Hangzhou, China



Works by Chen Haiyan, 798 Art District, Beijing, China




Chagall & Chagall: The Artworks of Chen Haiyan, Asia Museum, DaeJeon City, South Korea




Exhibition of Woodblock Prints by Chen Haiyan, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA




Contemporary Prints by Chen Haiyan, Clotworthy Arts Centre, Antrim, UK

Prints by Chen Haiyan, The Elmwood Gallery, Ulster Arts Club, Belfast, UK




Dreams: Woodblock Prints by Chen Haiyan, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California, USA








Ink and the Mind, Ink Studio, Beijing, China



Last Summer: Artists’ European Trip ExhibitionJueshe Gallery, Hangzhou, China








Ink and the Body, Ink Studio, Beijing, China

Myriad Beings: Works by the Teachers and Graduate Students of the First Studio of the Department of Printmaking at the China Academy of Art, Ideallart Gallery, Hangzhou, China

Reading People: Shanghai International Printmaking Exhibition 2014, China Art Museum, Shanghai












Burden and Rediscover: Woodblock Prints from the China Academy of Art, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou

The Face of Lu Xun — Exhibition Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of China's New Woodcut Movement and the 130th Anniversary of Lu Xun’s Birth, Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China

The 19th National Print-making Exhibition, Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China


Trace, Invitational Exhibition of Chinese Print Art Masters’ Works, Lingnan Fine Arts Museum, Dongguan, China

2011 Guanlan International Print Biennial, Guanlan Original Printmaking Base, Shenzhen, China




Ecology and Home, Fourth Beijing International Art Biennale, National Art Museum of China, Beijing






Post-Mao Dreaming: Contemporary Art, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA

Three Decades: The Contemporary Chinese Collection, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia



Vision Féminine—Six Chinese Artists in Venice, Fondaco dell’Arte, Venice, Italy



Dream: In Black & White, Art Beatus, Vancouver, Canada



Techniques of the Visible, Shanghai Biennale 2004, Shanghai Art Museum, China






An Opening Era: Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Founding of the National Art Museum of China, National Art Museum of China, Beijing

Parallel Time: Asian Contemporary Art Exhibition, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou






Chinese Printmaking Today: Woodblock Printing in China 1980–2000, British Library, London, UK

Female Vision: Exhibition of Chinese Female Artists, Western Australian Museum, Perth







Art Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, USA

Five Professors’ Exhibition, Haining Museum, China

The 1st Fine Art Exhibition, Jinmao Tower, Shanghai, China

The West Lake Gallery Exhibition, West Lake Gallery, Hangzhou, China

Shanghai Invitational Exhibition of Print Making, M50, Shanghai, China



Korea-China Professors' Exhibition, Dongduk Women's University, Seoul, Korea





Eastlink: Grand Opening of Shanghai's New Contemporary Art Gallery Showing Work by Selected Chinese Artists, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China

1999 Art China, LIMN Gallery, San Francisco, USA







Die Hälfte des Himmels: ChinesischeKünstlerinnen, Frauenmuseum, Bonn, Germany


Jiangnan: Modern and Contemporary Art from South of the Yangzi River, The Art Institute of Vancouver, Canada

The Other Shore of the Sea: Engravings Exhibition, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, USA





Exhibition by Asian Women Artists, Regional Workshop on Plastic Arts for Women in Asia, Tehran, Iran

Exhibition by Women Artists, Aichach Art Association, Aichach, Germany






Fine Arts Exhibition by Chinese Women Artists, Reed College, Portland, Oregon, USA


The People’s Progress: Twentieth Century Chinese Woodcuts, Art Gallery of South New Wales, Sydney, Australia

China —Aktuelles aus 15 Ateliers, Räumen der Heßstraße, Munich, Germany







Images of the Western Lake: The Revival of the Colour Print in Contemporary China, British Museum, London, UK

Spaces: Sino-Austrian Exhibition of Female Artists’ Works, Vienna Parliament, Austria; Meerscheinschloss, University of Graz, Austria; Zhejiang Provincial Museum, Hangzhou, China






New Art from China: Post-1989, Marlborough Fine Art, London, UK

Voices from the Edge: Paintings, Installation and Video Art by Ten Chinese Women Artists, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, China








China Avant-garde: Counter-currents in Art and Culture, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany; Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands; The Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK; Kunsthallen Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense, Denmark

New Art from China: Post-1989, Pao Gallery and Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, China





New Art from China: Post-Mao Product, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane; City of Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat; Canberra School of Art Gallery, Australia





I Don't Want to Play Cards with Cézanne" and Other Works: Selections from the Chinese "New Wave" and "Avant-Garde" Art of the Eighties, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California, USA





China/Avant-Garde, National Art Museum of China, Beijing

Contemporary Asian Art Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Japan






Beyond the Open Door: Contemporary Paintings from the People’s Republic of China, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California, USA


Modern Chinese Painting Exhibition, Marlborough Fine Art, London, UK

Print Exhibition, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, UK





British Museum, London, UK

China Art Museum, Shanghai

Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

Muban Educational Trust, London, UK

Museum of Sydney, Australia

National Art Museum of China, Beijing

Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California, USA

Portland Museum of Art, USA

Qingdao Art Museum, China

Shenzhen Art Museum, China

Shenzhou Engraving Museum, Chengdu, China

White Rabbit Contemporary Chinese Art Collection, Sydney, Australia

The World Bank, Washington, DC, USA







Text/Xu Jiang


Dream on knife tip

 ——Reading Chen Haiyan's works


What is the dream?

Dream is a kind of wrong, a kind of disorder, dream is a kind of grasping and uncertain vision. The dictionary says that dreams are the active activity of the active cerebral cortex during sleep. Modern science proves that dream is not a psychological process, but a psychological expression of physical stimulus. Freud insisted: there are many factors to the dream, the dream is in the human subconscious to show some kind of desire to meet.

Why tell dream from both psychology and psychiatry, but never dream is another realm of people's attention. It is absurd but recognizable, abrupt but with a realistic hook. People's daily anxiety, the thoughts of repression and neglect, the hidden idea of deep diving, change in the dream and some kind of image. This phenomenon is so complicated and bizarre, so lively and extraordinary, become a subconscious recourse come again in sight, become the special perspective of the creation of this life, men of literature and writing from ancient to modern times in Sri lanka.

Chen Haiyan is such a live in a dream, and to let the dream woodcut knife visible prominent artists.

Crisp short tone

When do you start dreaming?

Chen Haiyan narrowed his eyes as if in a dream.

She must be a day dreaming person. "Dream is a kind of life, a very real life."." The earliest dream, or the dream that has long been caught, was in 1985. Then the small dreams, like the seal, the black majority, in a hurry to write down the erratic "dream", carved with a knife. It was a period of "dream", the knife running on the board, the writing running, and running around a few symbols - shape symbols. The characters and characters are wrapped together and connected to each other. The word, the picture, is presented in the same way as many scenes appear in the dream. The dream is full of time and jumping, no front and back, no first place, just anxiety. A knife's desire and hope. Now it really becomes a knife, bright and sharp, and the tool point is dancing like a dream. The blade is lively and pure, let the shape symbol, character clearly revealed, like the dream itself, elegant, lingering.

That is a fairy tale dream, no end, only fragments, only the crisp short tune.

Extensive pastoral

"I dragged my son up a huge high wall, and there were deep roads, trees, and snow. I told my son I jumped first, and I heard the call of the car down the road, swimming in the air......." (January 2, 1999) "I planted flowers in pots, and dug in a hollow tree with spades to grow flowers."......." (March 22, 1999) a peacock appeared on the window and grew green leaves on its head." (May 19, 1999)"...... But the green reeds grow so strong and there is no trace of dust,......" (June 19, 1999)

The dream of 90s became more touching, more beautiful, but it was a knife, but deeper plowing into the black board, plowing into the night. The glyph becomes extensive, as if with black, with the night merge. The knife between the traces of a knife, do not modified, with night continued tension, with the dream of "dream" of the atmosphere. It marks a piece to stick together, the graphics made it full of tension. The shapes are black and white, and they are free and easy. The knife to boldly operating, farming run in the chart, the strong flavor, and bold, so deep, has map itself into the dream itself.

The night is deep, and the dream is deep.

Wonderful Arias

At the beginning of twenty-first Century, Haiyan began to dream in ink on rice paper. The dream as if all of a sudden the illuminated, indulge color, have passion and dreams but to say goodbye to the clouds, short tone and pastoral, show a more "vision of life". Washing machine in the bicycle, the Academy of fine arts, the old pond black car and white flower curtain, hot barrel, 1938 temple...... We seem to enter a fantasy City, a bit absurd, but a bit familiar. The pen and ink is bold and resolute, with a kind of knife like indulgence and male sink. The simple shape and magnificent color run freely, interwoven into a dream deep sigh yin. We found the word, the word that records the dream, the dream word disappeared, fell down. We recognize the dream in the dream of the picture, in the dream we freely with her in a dream, or that we in a dream and dream to confirm the existence of non.

Finally, we stood in front of these tall people. The light flashed by, turned into candlelight, the flickering candlelight. Here, the dream like word comes back with the knife. The knife becomes open and bold, sharp and indulgence, with dreams of hunger, it can cut the knife ax, let the word profiling, the shapes of clouds and graphics stack together. Knife in the form of visible moment disappeared, leaving a spirit, a kind of natural. It is such a pity, rhyme filled with dreams, dispersed in the plate, with a knife edge induced. The knife to stay in the atmosphere as the shadow follows the form, the knife knife point, and myself in this dream.

The petrel flies on the wing of dream, or the dream flies on the wing of petrel?

Petrel dream is a dream, life is more than a broad free dream: the dream for the knife and thriving, and magnificent. Here just gently opened the dream in a hurry or yarn, hold the knife light shadow dream. We do not disturb this kind of dreamland, but the heart is always unforgettable, but the dream on the tool point is always unforgettable, but this another special life situation.


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