yue minjun exhibition at fondation cartier
aug 09, 2012
yue minjun exhibition at fondation cartier

yue minjun, isolated island, 2010
oil on canvas
collection of the artist, beijing
© yue minjun

yue minjun
fondation cartier pour l’art contemporain, paris
november 14 to 2012 to march 17, 2013

from november 14, 2012 to march 17, 2013 the fondation cartier pour l’art contemporain will present the first major
european exhibition dedicated to the chinese artist yue minjun. in the early 1990s yue minjun began developing an
iconography consisting of figures frozen in enigmatic expressions of laughter that recur almost obsessively throughout
his works.

immediately recognizable for their large formats, vivid colors and grotesque style, his paintings express an
ironic and disillusioned vision of the social and political situation in contemporary china and of the human condition
in the modern world. even though he is one of the most imitated artists in the world today and extremely successful
on the art market, yue minjun’s works are rarely exhibited.

featuring nearly 50 paintings from collections around the world, a significant selection of sculptures from the garden at his studio in beijing,
as well as a wide array of drawings that have never been shown to the general public, this exhibition offers a unique opportunity to
discover the work of this artist who, in spite of his celebrity status, continues to keep a very low profile.
imagined in collaboration with yue minjun, the exhibition will reveal the complex, idiosyncratic aesthetic of an oeuvre that defies all interpretation.

yue minjun, memory-2, 2000
oil on canvas
collection of the artist, beijing
© yue minjun

yue minjun, bystander, 2011
oil on canvas
collection of the artist, beijing
© yue minjun

portrait of yue minjun in his studio, beijing, may 2007
© yue minjun
photo courtesy yue minjun studio

portrait of yue minjun in his studio, beijing, 2007
© yue minjun
photo courtesy yue minjun studio

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