Yang Maoyuan

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Yang Maoyuan is a Chinese contemporary artist producing sculptures, installations, drawings and paintings. He is principally interested in the combination and transformation of different aesthetic genres, often mixing western and eastern objects or forms and approaching one with the other's perspective. Fond to quote freely from art history, Yang frequently stirs his audience to come to grips with their own certainties by fundamentally altering the both the context of famous icons and the manner in which they are perceived. This often results in idiosyncratic pieces that are both humorous and meditative. Eschewing the application of any overarching "concept", Yang Maoyuan's artistic practice consists in practical experiments that are conducive to more profound questions.

Besides, Yang Maoyuan maintains a keen interest in history and in the visual heritage of traditional communities. Having directed documentaries himself, he likes to conduct his research himself and to experience different environments first hand. Once again, he abstains from any judgement on this heritage, but instead absorbs it as the starting point of further artistic experiment, adapting and bending its generic constraints to his own style and technique.

Born in Dalian in 1966, Yang Maoyuan graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and currently lives and works in Beijing. He has been exhibited in important institutions within China and abroad, representing China at the 54th Venice Biennale and participating in exhibitions at the National Gallery in Warsaw, Poland, Pompidou Centre in Paris, Dresden Art Center, Hunan Provincial Museum, Today Art Museum, Martin Gropius Museum, Ordos Art Museum, VILLA BREDA Museum in Padua, Medici Ricardi Palace, etc.
Biography

1989

  • Graduated from the Printing Department, Central Institute of Fine Arts, Beijing, China


1966

  • Born in Dalian, China; Now lives and works in Beijing, China

Solo Exhibitions

2019

  • Datura, Art Intervention and Zhong Liang Zhi Di, Beijing, China

  • Experience and Strategy:the Art Changsha 2019, Hunan Museum, Changsha, China

  • Daily - Yang Maoyuan, Songzhuang Art Museum, Beijing, China


2018

  • DAILY-Yang Maoyuan, Platform China Contemporary Art institute, Beijing, China


2016

  • Yang Maoyuan-Eidos, Platform China Contemporary Art institute, Beijing, China


2015

  • GOBI, 55 Gallery, Shanghai, China

  • FORM---Yang Maoyuan’s Secret, chi art space, HK

  • Mandala, Platform China Contemporary Art institute, Beijing, China


2014

  • Trace of Time, Gallery IHN, Seoul,Korea


2013

  • The Temperature in the North, Jolie Art Gallery Shenyang, China


2012

  • THERMALUX, PIN Gallery, Beijing, China


2011

  • A LOULAN CITIZEN, ABC-ARTE, Genova,Italy


2010

  • Yang Maoyuan2010, Today Art Museum,Beijing, China


2009

  • LOOK INSIDE, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence, Italy


2008

  • SILENCE! 88 BUDDHAS FOR SHANGHAI, ShContemporary 08, Shanghai, China

  • THE ARCHETYPE, THE HORSE & THE QI, ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES BERLIN I BEIJING, Berlin, Germany

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018

  • GROUP EXHIBITION IN SUMMER COMMON OBJECTS, Platform China Contemporary Art institute, Beijing, China


2017

  • Frontier,Re-assessment of Post-Globalisational Politics. OCAT, ShangHai, BeiJing, China

  • TROPOSPHERE , Minsheng Art Museum Beijing, China

  • STRESS FIELD, 4TH DOCUMENTARY EXHIBITION OF FINE ARTS, Wuhan, China


2016

  • Scarcity&Supply, Baijia Lake Museum, Nanjing, China

  • CLUES-3, Minsheng Art Museum Beijing


2014

  • CONSCIOUS:TWELVE VIEWS ON PAINTING, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

  • Xiangjiang River Running North, Tan Guobin and Chinese Contemporary Art, Changsha, China

  • BY THE NAME OF DAILINESS, 2014 Chengdu Blue Roof Art Festival Theme Exhibition, Chengdu, China

  • LESSER LOGIC-LINGUISTIC ENCODING AND DISCURSIVE EXPERSSION IN CONTEMPORARY ART, PARKVIEW GREEN ART, Beijing, China

  • Time, ShangShe Space, Beijing, China


2013

  • We, Songzhuang Art Musem, Beijing, China


2012

  • Western China International Art Biennale, Yinchuan Culture&Art Center, Yinchuan,China

  • Slow Live, Li Space, Beijing,China

  • Venation of New Art History, Qinhuangdao Contemporary Art Center, Qinhuan gdao, China

  • The First Session of Xinjiang Contemporary Art Biennale, Xinjiang

  • International Conv ention&Exhibition Center ,Urumqi,China

  • 7.5 Percents, Soka Art Center, Beijing,China


2011

  • In the Heat of the Sun, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul,Korea

  • I Believe that, Songzhuang Art Center, beijing, China

  • Four People Four Ways, Pin Gallery, beijing, China

  • MICRO LIFE, soka art center, beijing, China

  • PERVASION, 54rd Venice Biennial, Chinese Pavilion, Venice, Italy


2010

  • GREAT PERFORMANCES, pacebeijing, China

  • AND THERE WAS LIGHT MICHELANGELO LEONARDO RAPHAEL, ERIKSBERGSHALLEN, Goteborg , Sweden


2009

  • “Taswir”-Islamische Bildwelten und Moderne, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany

  • CHINA-Ein anderer Blick, Kunstverein Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany

  • ART SUMMER 2009, Hellerau-European Center for the Arts, Dresden, Germany

  • Mahjong:Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, USA.

  • Facing China, Haugar - Vestfold Museum in Tonsberg, Norway / Kuopio Art Museum, Finland / Salo Art Museum, Finland / Ystads Konstmuseum, Sweden