1962

On 16 April (Lunar calendar: jiazi hour, 12th day of the 3rd month, renyin year): Xiao Lu was born at the Province Hospital, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China. Xiao Lu was named after Shandong, her mother being of Shandong ancestry and Lu being an alternative name for Shandong. The family lived in No 1, Jingyun Cun, Nanjing Street, Hangzhou. Xiao Lu’s father was Xiao Feng, her mother Song Ren. Both were teachers in the Oil Painting Department of the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Art. 

1965-1966

Xiao Lu go to kindergarten at 3 years old. Adress in the "Orioles Singing in the Willows" (柳浪闻莺 ) by Culture bureau in Hangzhou.

1967

Xiao Lu go to Nanjing with her aunt. On the way she got viral diarrhea, almost dead, then back to Hangzhou.

1968-1969

Xiao Lu was taken in by her maternal grandfather in Beijing to escape the oppression in Hangzhou.  And attended kindergarten in Beijing, where she began to like dancing.

1970

During the Cultural Revolution, Xiao Lu’s father was almost beaten to death by rebels. Xiao Lu returned to Hangzhou from Beijing, and attended Nanshan Street Primary School. Later the family moved to Hongchun Qiao, where she attended West Lake Primary School. While at school, she was a member of the school dance troupe.

1971

Xiao Lu went with her parents to Shanghai, staying in female writer Hanzi’s house. She attended Maoming Road Primary School, Shanghai. Her younger sister Xiao Ge was born.

1972

Xiao Lu lived in the hostel of the Shanghai Theatre Academy. She attended Huashan Road Primary School, participating in the school’s dance group. When the Beijing Central Dance Academy came to Shanghai to recruit students, she was selected, but gave up the opportunity due to her mother’s determined opposition to it.

1973

Xiao Lu’s parents were transferred to work at the Shanghai Oil Painting and Sculpture Institute. The family lived at 1477, Fuxing Zhong Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai. Xiao Lu attended Yongjia Road Primary School, Shanghai and participated and trained in its dance group.

1975

Playing at home, Xiao Lu sustained a comminuted fracture of her right ankle-bone. The prognosis according to Western medicine was that she would be disabled, but she was healed by a course of Chinese medicine treatment. Giving the idea of a career in dance, she began to paint.

1976-1979

Xiao Lu attended Shanghai Second High School, participating in its painting group.

1979

Xiao Lu attended the Subsidiary Arts High School of the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing. This is the first time after cultural revolution, and four years of schooling, Class of 79. Classmates have: Na Dongyan(那东燕), Chen Shuxia(陈淑霞), Chen Xiaohong(陈晓荭), Wei Rong(韦蓉), Li Chen(李辰), Zu Tianli(祖天丽), Ten Fei(滕菲), An Liaojia(安廖葭), Zhang Yuemei(张月妹), Zhou Bin(周彬), Ni Jun(倪军), Meng Luding(孟禄丁), Cheng Fei(成非), Zhang Ga(张嘎), Guo Jiqiang(郭继强), Zhu Yan(朱岩), Li Yi(李益), Yuan Jia(袁加), Yin Qi(尹奇), Ju Yi(居奕), Wang Di(王迪), Duan Haikang(段海康), Zhang Qun(张群), Yan Qingyi(闫庆毅), jiang Yan(蒋岩), Ma Gang(马刚), Xiao Li(肖立).

1980

Physical discomfort caused by emotional problems, Xiao Lu took a year off during her second year.

1981

Go back to school and the class of 80. Classmates have: Lu Qing(路青),Yu Hong (喻红), Lv Yue(吕越), Wang Yiqin(王艺勤), Li Xiaodong(刘小东),Li Jun / Li Tianyuan ( 李军/李天元),Li Ming(李明),Li Guijun(李贵君),Zhao Yumin / Zhao Bandi (赵玉民/赵半狄),Hao Zhiqiang(郝智强),Zhu Jia(朱嘉),Fan Jun(凡俊),Cheng Kemei(程可槑),Zhai Ying(翟英),Wu Jinghan(吴静涵),huang Huasan(黄华三),lin Bin(林彬).

1982

Be not good state, female classmate in a special way for xiao Lu celebrate 20 years old birthday.

1983

Xiao Lu's condition improved. Her father Xiao Feng be president of Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts.This year, Xiao Lu was sexually assaulted. 

1984

Xiao Lu choose oil painting to learn, and then was accepted into the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Art (now the China Academy of Art) in Hangzhou. Classmates have:Jing Shijian (井士剑)、He Hongzhou (何红舟)、Chen Hongqing (陈宏庆)、Shang Pingjun (尚平君)、Yin Xiong (殷雄)、Zhang Qizhuang (张起壮)、Lv Qinzhi (吕勤智)、Fan Jun (樊俊)、Xu Guizhong (徐贵忠),Qi Haifeng (祁海峰).

1986

Inspired by the Bulgarian tapestry artist Marin Varbanov, Xiao Lu began to use various materials in her artworks, producing the representative work Contemplation (installation).

1987

Xiao Lu explored various artistic styles. Representative work: Woman, Old Man & Old woman (installation).

1988

Xiao Lu from March to July created her graduation work Dialogue (installation). Due to opposition from a majority of the teaching staff in the Oil Painting Department, she at the same time created Red Wall (oil painting). Her graduation class supervisors were Zheng Shengtian, Hu Zhenyu and Wang Chengyi. In September, Xiao Lu was assigned to work at the Shanghai Oil Painting and Sculpture Institute.

1989

On 5 February 1989, Xiao Lu participated in the China Avantgarde Exibition with her installation and performance work Dialogue. At the opening, she fired two shots at Dialogue. Tang Song was arrested by mistake, and Xiao Lu gave herself up. The exhibition at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing, was temporarily closed down. On 8 February, Xiao Lu and Tang Song were released from the Dongcheng Detention Centre in Beijing. On 10 February, the National Art Museum of China, Beijing, reopened after five days of closure. Major news organizations across the world (such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time Magazine, and the Hong Kong-based Asia Week) reported this event. On 14 December, Xiao Lu arrived in Sydney, Australia.

1990

For survival, living Rose Bay.

1991

To participated in the exhibition "12 Chinese Contemporary Artist" at University of Sdney in July. Tang Song arrived to Sydney, with Xiao Lu live in Bondi.

1993-1997

Live in Rose Bay and Arncliffe, NSW, Australia.

1997

End of 1997, back to Hangzhou of China.

1998-2002

Live in No. 222 Nan Shan Road, Hangzhou, China.

2003

Xiao Lu with some friends rented a studio in the 798 Arts Precinct in Beijing. In October, she created the work Fifteen Gunshots 1989-2003 ( photography / performance ). In December, she completed a replica of her work Dialogue (installation).

2004

2 February: Xiao Lu wrote the first draft of Explanation of Dialogue, the work which was shot with a gun at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing in 1989. At about the same time, she sent this Explanation to Gao Minglu and to Li Xianting. 12 April: the Beijing contemporary art website Art Alliance (Meishu Tongmeng) published Xiao Lu’s new work Fifteen gunshots 1989-2003. 20 April, 2004: the Art Alliance website published Xiao Lu’s correspondence with Gao Minglu. 23 April, 2004: the Art Alliance website published Xiao Lu’s Explanation of the Gunshot Work Dialogue at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing 1989 in draft. 2 May: Xiao Lu took part in the exhibition "Transborder Language 2004: Volume Control” (curated by Huang Rui and others). At the closing ceremony, Xiao Lu realized her performance: A Dialogue About Dialogue. In July, Xiao Lu moved out of 798 Art District to Hujialou in Beijing. In December, she began to write her autobiographical novel Dialogue.

2006

The first draft of Xiao Lu’s autobiographical novel Dialogue was completed in March. In May, in response to an invitation from the Long March Space, Xiao Lu went to Yan’an to take part in the “Yan’an Forum on Arts and Education”, and presented her work Sperm (installation). In July, Archibald McKenzie commenced the translation into English of the novel Dialogue. On 22 November, China Guardian Auctions Co. Ltd. (Beijing ) held a special auction: ‘Twenty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art’. Xiao Lu’s work Dialogue (installation) was sold at auction for RMB 2,310,000 yuan.

2007

On 28 April, the “Wen Pulin File Distribution Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art: Wang Deren, Xiao Lu, Zhang Nian” opened at the Zero Space . For the opening ceremony, the photograph of the performance Dialogue was withdrawn, but the installation remained. From April to July, Xiao Lu designed her new studio in Dongying, Beijing and moved in. 5 November: the installation Dialogue was included in the exhibition “The New Wave of ’85: he First Contemporary Art Movement in China”, curated by Fei Dawei and held at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing.

2008

Xiao Lu created her work X (installation). Wen Zai composed music for it.

2009

5 February: Gao Minglu curated the documentary exhibition “Twentieth Anniversary of Chinese Modern Art Documentary Exhibition” at the Wall Art Museum. Xiao Lu realized the performance work Wedlock. April: Wen Zai composed and recorded music for Wedlock. May: Xiao Lu created the work: Bullet (installation), and took part in the exhibition “School of Notion” (Yipai) curated by Gao Minglu. From June to August, Xiao Lu designed the Gao Minglu Contemporary Art Research Center. In October, she went to Belgium and Slovenia to take part in the movement “Women and Performance Art” curated by Berenice Angremy, and realized the performance works: What Is Love? and Drunk. In December, the Dongying Art Precinct was forcibly demolished, and Xiao Lu moved to Xiedao Art Precinct. Xiao Lu supported the “Warm Winter” project and realized the performance work Nine Fires.

2010

Xiao Lu created her Love Letters series, which was exhibited in the "Daxiang Art Space" in Taiwan. She collaborated with Wang Lixin in designing her Skew House in the "T3 International Art District". In July, the Xiedao Art District was forcibly demolished, and Xiao Lu moved to Huantie Art Precinct. In November, Xiao Lu’s autobiographical novel Dialogue was published in Chinese and English by Hong Kong University Press, Translated by Archibald McKenzie. The Australian Embassy in Beijing held the launching ceremony.

2011

In May 2011, Xiao Lu went to Hong Kong to take part in the exhibition "Red" held at the 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, and realized her performance work Science and Democracy. In June, Xiao Lu commenced a course of Daoist energy circulation massages given at the Medicine God Temple in Hangzhou under the supervision of Master Liu Qingyuan. In October, she began the Toxin series. In July, Beijing Skew House began construction in the "T3 International Art District". On 20 August, the work Dialogue returned after 22 years to the "National Art Museum of China" Beijing as part of the Taikang Collection Exhibition "Image/History/Existence" curated by Tang Xin. Before the opening ceremony, the video recording and performance photograph were withdrawn, but the installation remained.

2012

3 March 2012: Xiao Lu’s works What is Feminism? (installation) and Flowers of Evil (installation) took part in the exhibition Bald Girls curated by Yong Xian and held at the Iberia Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. At the opening ceremony, Xiao Lu in collaboration with Li Xinmo and Lan Jing realized the performance work Bald Girls. During the Exhibition, the viewer-interactive work What is Feminism? Please leave your answer was realized. On 12 December, Xiao Lu took part in the exhibition “Dust of the Heart-Mind” at the Pearl Lam Gallery in Hong Kong.

2013

May:Xiao Lu travelled to Italy with her work Toxins which was included in the 55th Biennale di Venezia Collateral Exhibition The Grand Canal curated by Xiao Ge. May 31: at the Museo Diocesano, Venice, Xiao Lu spontaneously produced the performance Purge. June: Xiao Lu’s performance work Purge provoked a debate on Art International (www.artintern.net). September: Xiao Lu moved into her new residence and studio at T3 International Arts Precinct in Beijing. October 28 – November 3:  Xiao Lu took part in the WHY NOT? Auction Biennale Shanghai exhibition curated by Shi Jinsong, creating her performance work Bast Paper Room over seven days. December 28 – 5 January 2014: Xiao Lu took part in DIGITALIVE curated in Guangzhou by Jonas Stampe, creating her work YinYang Calendar 2013-2014 over nine days.

2014

On 13 March, Xiao Lu participated in the Exibition "Bold Girls: Time"(April 13 - November 11)with her work Black Series, curator by Juan Xu. July: Xiao Lu go to Bogota, Colombia, and took part in the "Bold Girls: Pink clours" ((July 31 - August 28) with her work Infiltration and Open Fire, a curator by Juan Xu.