A Bridge Between Two Worlds: Works by Wu Jian’an is the first major museum exhibition featuring the artist’s incredibly meticulous work in the United States. Operating across a variety of media, Wu Jian‘an is a unique figure in the contemporary Chinese art world. Although the artist’s primary medium is cut paper, over the course of his career, he has expanded his practice to include working in painting and sculpture. The exhibition features a variety of objects demonstrating the artist’s creative evolution over two decades. Frequently, the artist’s complex and multi-layered compositions include thousands of elements that reference contemporary, mythological, and obscure folklore. Wu Jian’an work has been referred to as a hybrid of past and future, figure and abstraction, and tradition and innovation.
Wu Jian’an was born in Beijing in 1980. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Beijing Broadcasting Institute in 2002. In 2005, he earned a Master’s degree in Fine Art at Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), then joined the faculty of CAFA. Wu Jian’an’s Works can be found in several museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Los Angeles County, Museum of Art, and Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University.