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Nicolas Cheng holds a PhD in artistic research from HDK-Valand, University of Gothenburg and an MFA from Konstfack. His practice is interwoven with studio-based work, artistic research, long-term collaboration (Conversation Piece) and self-organised exhibitions. He has participated in group exhibitions at institutions such as Die Neue Sammlung, Triennale di Milano, The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), The Dowse Art Museum and Z33 - House of Contemporary Art, among others. Some of his recent works are included in public collections such as Pinakothek der Moderne, Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Stichting Françoise van den Bosch, among others. Nicolas was artist in residence at the Blumhardt Foundation's inaugural International Residency hosted by Objectspace (2020), Dunedin School of Art Residency (2020) and Fabrica Research Centre (2007-08). Recent publications include a critical craft anthology: "Earth, Wind, Fire, Water" (Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2020), "World Wide Workshop: The Craft of Noticing" (ArtMonitor, 2019), "Cheongju International Craft Biennale: Craft City Lab" (Beumduk Han Publisher, 2021) and "The Studio 5th Wall" (Konstfack, 2022).



2020  Animacy; Objectspace, Auckland, NZ

2019  World Wide Workshop: The Craft of Noticing; RIAN Designmusuem, Falkenberg, SE

2019  Craft Remediation; Barklund & Co., Stockholm, SE

2017  Gold Rush; Maurer Zilioli Contemporary Arts, Munich, DE

2017  Friction - Resonance; Konsthantverkarna, Stockholm, SE

2015  Terrior; Cultural Embassy, Amsterdam, NL

2014  dé·cor dé·cor; Galerie de Zaal, Delft, NL

2014  Beyond Repair; Bukowskis, Stockholm, SE

2013  Chinoiseries; Galerie Caroline Van Hoek, Brussels, BE

2011  Façades; Design Miami/Basel, Basel, CH

2011  On The Doorway; Ventura Lambrate - Salone del Mobile, Milan, IT


2023  Konstfack Research Week 2023, SE

2022  Hochschule Düsseldorf, University of Applied Sciences, DE

2022  Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, IL

2022  FJW Preziosa Conference, Florence, IT

2020  Linköping University, Linköping, SE

2020  The Wallace Arts Foundation - Pah Homestead, Auckland, NZ

2020  Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, NZ 

2020  Otago Polytechnic - Dunedin School of Art, Dunedin, NZ 

2020  Massey University, Wellington, NZ 

2020  Objectspace, Auckland, NZ

2019  RIAN Designmusuem, Falkenberg, SE

2017  Central Saint Martins, London, UK

2017  The JMGA Biennial Conference, Melbourne, AU

2017  RMIT University, Melbourne, AU

2017  Sint Lucas School of Arts Antwerpen, BE

2016  Akademie der Bildenden Künste München, DE

2015  Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm, SE

2015  Schmucksymposium Zimmerhof, Bad Rappenau, DE 

2014  Akademie der Bildenden Künste Nürnberg, DE

2013  HDK - Academy of Design and Crafts, Gothenburg, SE

2013  Asia Society Hong Kong Center, HK


2023  Gone Astray, Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Pforzheim, DE

2023  Schmuck und Gerät, Galerie Handwerk, Munich, DE

2023  Human-Nature, Taidekeskus ITÄ, Lappeenranta, FI

2022  Consume By, Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, NL

2022  DETOX - Clean it up, Östergötlands Museum, Linköping, SE

2022  The Studio 5th Wall at Platina, Stockholm, SE

2022  Preziosa FJW 2022, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence, IT

2022  Schmuck 2022, Internationale Handwerksmesse, Munich, DE

2022  Schmuck - Jewelry 2012 - 2022, Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum, DE

2020  DETOX - Clean it up, Rejmyre Art Lab, Rejmyre, SE

2019  21 Grams, CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, NL

2019  MasterMakers, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, AU

2019  21 Grams, BeCraft - World Crafts Council, Mons, BE

2019  Schmuckismus, Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum, Munich, DE

2019  Non-Stick Nostalgia, The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), New York, US

2019  Group Show, Maurer Zilioli Contemporary Art, Munich, DE

2019  21 Grams, Galerie Handwerk, Munich, DE
2019  Everyone Says Hello, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, NO

2018  Chi ha paura - Device People, Droog Design, Amsterdam, NL

2018  These are a few of her favorite things, Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim, NO

2018  Mari Funaki Award Exhibition 2018, Gallery Funaki, Melbourne, AU

2018  Chi ha paura - Device People, ALCOVA, Milan, IT
2018  The Language of Things: Meaning and Value in Contemporary Jewellery, The Dowse Art Museum, NZ

2018  21 Grams, Hangzhou Contemporary International Jewelry and Metalwork Triennial, CN

2018  From Walter to Valerie, Valerie Traan Gallery, Antwerp, BE
2017  Some Like it Hot, Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins, London, UK
2016  CULT, Stedelijk Museum‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL

2016  Koru 5, Kuopio Art Musuem, FI
2016  The Imminent Domain: Designing the Life of Tomorrow, Singapore National Design Centre, SG

2016  (IM)PRINT, Easy!Upstream Contemporary Art Space, Munich, DE

2016  Schmuck 2016, Internationale Handwerksmesse, Munich, DE
2016  Chest of Drawers, Galerie Phoebus, Rotterdam, NL

2015  Body Alchemy, Hangzhou Contemporary International Jewelry and Metalwork Triennial, CN

2015  HAND+: Expansion & Co-existence, Cheongju International Craft Biennale, KR
2015  Koru 5, Vaasa Art Musuem, FI
2015  Tool - Jewelry - Weapon, part of The 8th Annual International Deleuze Conference, Konstfack, Stockholm, SE

2015  Koru 5, Imatra Art Museum, FI
2015  Le Rolling Club, Saint-Étienne Design Biennale, FR
2015  From The Coolest Corner, Galerie Handwerk, Munich, DE
2015  Lagomland, Bayerischer Kunstgewerbeverein, Munich, DE

2014  Confrontations - New Traditional Jewelry, Museum of Modern Art Arnhem, NL

2014  A Sense of Place, Konstfack, Stockholm, SE
2014  From The Coolest Corner, Röhsska Museet, Göteborg, SE

2014  Confrontations - New Traditional Jewelry, SIERAAD Art Fair, Amsterdam, NL
2014  Mari Funaki Award Exhibition 2014, Gallery Funaki, Melbourne, AU
2014  Jewellery Session 2/13, Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design, Jerusalem, IL

2014  From The Coolest Corner, Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Tallinn, EE

2014  Autarchia, Austerità, Autoproduzione, Triennale Design Museum, Milan, IT

2014  Kino, during Schmuck 2014, Galli Theater, Munich, DE
2013  Bucks 'N Barter, SIERAAD Art Fair, NL
2013  From The Coolest Corner, Design Museum Helsinki, FI
2013  The Wilde Things. The so contemporary jewellery collection of Mrs. Wilde, Z33 - House of Contemporary Art, Hasselt, BE

2013  Design Miami/Basel, Galerie Caroline Van Hoek, Basel, CH

2013  This End Up, SNAG - Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, CAN

2013  From The Coolest Corner, Design Museum Denmark, Copenhagen, DK

2013  Dialogue, Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h and SNAG - Harbourfront Centre, Montreal/Toronto, CAN

2013  Tendenser 2013 ·Tenderness, Galleri F15, Moss, NO

2013  Bucks 'N Barter, during Schmuck 2013, Munich, DE
2013  From The Coolest Corner, Nasjonalmuseet, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, NO

2013  The Imminent Domain, Asia Society, HK

2012  Design Miami, Galerie Caroline Van Hoek, Miami, US

2012  Creative Ecologies+, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, HK

2012  PAD London, Galerie Caroline Van Hoek, UK
2012  This was 2007, Brussels Art Days, BE
2012  Object of Vertu, VILLA Knokke, BE
2012  Design Miami/Basel, Galerie Caroline Van Hoek, Basel, CH

2012  A Matter of Act, Cultural Embassy, Amsterdam, NL
2012  Nordic Masters 2012, organised by ArtShortcut, Helsinki, FL
2012  The State of Things, Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum, Munich, DE

2012  PAD Paris, Galerie Caroline Van Hoek, FR
2011  HKYDTA, Inno Design Tech Expo 2011, HK
2011  Design Miami, Galerie Caroline Van Hoek, Miami, US

2011  WOODS, Gallery Libby Sellers, UK

2011  Open Design Italia - Selected, Bologna, IT

2011  WOODS & GOODS, Brussels Art Days, BE

2011  True Colours - New Traditional Jewelry, The Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem, NL

2011  AMBERIF 2011 - Story Telling, Gdańsk, PL

2011  LOOK, Galerie Caroline Van Hoek, Munich, DE

2011  Talente 2011, Internationale Handwerksmesse, Munich, DE
2010  True Colours - New Traditional Jewelry, Villa Bengel, Idar Oberstein, DE

2010  Open Design Italia 2010, Modena, IT
2010  True Colours - New Traditional Jewelry, SIERAAD Art Fair, Amsterdam, NL

2010  Galerie Marzee Graduation Show, Nijmegen, NL

2010  BROOCHMANIA, Galerie Rob Koudijs, Amsterdam, NL
2010  The Savage Mind, Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Milan, IT

2010  Creative Flow, Formex Spring 2010, SE
2009  Collection/Selection, Spazio Rossana Orlandi, IT

2009  Made@home by ATcasa, Spazio Rossana Orlandi, IT

2007  The 60th anniversary of Design Academy Eindhoven, Museo Luciano Minguzzi, IT
2006  Tabula Rara 2006, Spazio Rossana Orlandi, IT

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