Li Binyuan


Li Binyuan was born in Yongzhou, Hunan Province, China in 1985, graduated from the Department of Sculpture, Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2011. Li’ s work has exhibited throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, also had work in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art.

Li explores physicality, material, conceptual cognition, and social values through actions-based film works and performances that intervene in the social fabric of everyday Chinese society. His experiments occupy urban and rural spaces, from public scenery of the streets to natural sites, or remote post-industrial locations. Using his body as a sculptural material to enact creative investigation. He uses ruptures and repetition to manifest how sculpture and performance can intertwine. Rearticulating social conduct while interrogating our experiences of the everyday. Li is the winner of The Merit Award by Documentaries of Chinese Performance Art (2015),The Golden Key Award nomination at the 37th Kassel Documentary Festival (2020),The Chinese Youth Artist Award of the 14th AAC Art (2020).

Solo Exhibitions (selection)


Cinema Paradiso, Pingshan Art Museum, Shenzhen, China.
The Last Letter,  Observation Society, Guangzhou, China.


Li Binyuan, HOW Art Museum, Shanghai, China.
Breaking Point, Ren Space, Shanghai, China.
Absorb, MU Artspace, Eindhoven, Netherlands.


Land: Zhang Huan and Li Binyuan, MoMA PS1, New York, USA.*


Buffering, Black Sesame Space, Beijing, China.


Headwaters, Gallery Yang, Beijing, China.
Social Behaviours, CFCCA, Manchester, UK.


Whose Dreams, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China.


I Have Issues, Gallery Yang, Beijing, China.
2013   Spring In The Sewer, Gallery55, Shanghai, China.

Group Exhibitions (selection)


59th Ann Arbor Film Festival,Ann Arbor, USA.
On Behalf Of, QIAO SPACE, Shanghai, China.


37th Kassel Documentary Festival, Kassel, Germany.
With/Against the Flow, G Museum, Nanjing, China.
Yeosu International Art Festival, Yeosu,  Korea.
Embodied Mirror:Performances in Chinese Video Art, New Century Art Foundation, Beijing. China.


Agrotopia – When life becomes art through local agriculture,  Aomori Museum of Art,  Japan.
GREENLICHTDISTRICT, Telemark Kunstsenter, Skien, Norway.
Berlin-Peking Visual Exchange ,  Museum für Fotografie ,  Berlin , Germany.
Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu , Lisson Gallery, London, UK.
Symbiosis: The Intertextuality of Art and Poetry, OCAT Shenzhen, China.
The Curation Workshop , OCT Art and Design Gallery, Shenzhen, China.
5 crowd Exhibition, Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo, Norway.
The Street. Where the World Is Made, La Panacée-MoCo ,  Montpellier , France.
Body Search 1,  Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig , Leipzig , Germany.


The Street. Where the World Is Made,  National Museum of 21st Century Arts, Rome, Italy.
Flowing Books, OCAT Nanjing, Nanjing, China.
Altering Home, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan.
Ghost:2561 Film Screening Program, Bangkok CityCity Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand.
2nd Yinchuan Biennale, MOCA Yinchuan, Yinchuan, China.
XIE-SHENG, Bonacon Gallery, Guangzhou, China.
Arrogation, Organhaus Art Space, Chongqing, China.
PRESENCE,  St Georges Hall Heritage Centre, Liverpool, UK.
Gangwon International Biennale, Gangwon,  Korea.
Heterotopia On the Route, The Galaxy Museum of Contemporary Art, Chongqing, China.


Autostrada Biennale, Prizren, Kosovo.
0:00, BANK, Shanghai, China.
Stress Field, Hubei Museum Art, Wuhan, China.
7nd Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, Shenzhen, China.
Round Table Discussions, Lin&Lin Gallery, Taipei,  China.
2nd Asian Film & Video Art Forum, MMCA, Seoul,  Korea.
Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand.
What’s in Store?, Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Manchester, UK.
2nd Changjiang International Photography&Viedo Biennale, CMCA, Chongqing, China.
Visual Questions, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China.
Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs, Para Site Art Space, Hong Kong, China.
Intermediary – Video Art from China, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, USA.
FLOW, Basilica Palladiana, Vicenza, Italy.


Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs, MCAD, Manila, Philippines.
Pulse Reaction, Times Museum, Guangzhou , China.
China Since 2000, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China.
This Future of Ours, Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing, China.
Utoplas· Heterotoplas, Wuzhen, China.


Playback, OCAT Shanghai, Shanghai, China.
Inward Gazes: Documents of Chinese Performance Art , Macao Museum of Art, Macao, China.
Sub Free, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China.
OpenArt Biennale, Orebro, Sweden.
Don’t on Site, AMNUA-CN, Nanjing, China.
Beyond Control, Tong Gallery + Projects, Beijing, China.
MONA FOMA, Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, Australia.


Unlived by What is Seen, Tang Contemporary Art Center, Beijing, China.
Orientation of Shape, Museum of Fine Arts College of Shanghai University, Shanghai, China.
Another Leap, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China.
Polyphony, AMNUA-CN, Nanjing, China.
A Room Not of One’s Own, Space Station, Beijing, China.
The 8 of paths, Uferhallen, Berlin, Germany.


Any Rugged Stuff will Vanish, Kabuso Art Museum, Bergen, Norway.
Crossroads – Another Dimension, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China.
Fuck Off 2, Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands.


Logic Being Discussing, Organhaus Art Space, Chongqing, China.
Chinese sculpture: Chinese sculpture since 1918, CAFA art Center, Beijing, China.
Also World, T Art Center, Beijing, China.
Busan Flower village International Nature Arts Festival, Busan,  Korea.


Representation of Realistic Art, 5nd Cheng Du Biennale, Cheng Du, China.
Hypnotized, International Visual Arts Center, Taipei,  China.
Hypnotized, Other Gallery, Beijing,  China.

Selected works



Selected articles


李佳 | 关于厉槟源:行动与身体的寓言

August 10th, 2021

Selected presses

Press release

Li Binyuan: BLOCKING

June 6th, 2021