Yue Minjun

Selected works

Born in 1962 in Daqing, China, Yue Minjun lives and works in Beijing. An iconic figure in contemporary art, he is the best known member of China’s cynical realism movement. He made his name with monumental works whose central theme is an examination of laughter in all its senses, enabling him to ‘mask his powerlessness’ and to caricature the uniformity of Chinese society. Yue Minjun’s paintings are ambiguous, the smiles of their open-faced subjects somehow unsettling.

Born in 1962 in Daqing, Heilongjiang province, China
Lives and works in Beijing


Yue Minjun, The Nightingale, Brandts, Odense, Denmark

Yue Minjun, Neo Idolatry, Macau Museum, Macau, China

Yue Minjun, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

Yue Minjun : L’Ombre du fou rire, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France
Yue Minjun, Galleri S.E, Bergen Norway

The Archaeological Discovery in A.D. 3009, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark
The Road, Pace Beijing, Beijing, China

The Spirit Scenes from Time Past : Yue Minjun Solo Exhibition of Paintings Series Landscapes with No One, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China

The Archaeological Discovery in A.D. 3009, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
Smile-isms, Arario Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Yue Minjun and the Symbolic Smile, Queens Museum, New York, New York, NY, USA
Yue Minjun : Looking for Art, Beijing Commune, Beijing, China
Yue Minjun : I Love Laughing, Asia Society, New York, NY, USA

Yue Minjun : Manipulation Series, Galerie Enrico Navarra, Paris, France
Reproduction Icons : Yue Minjun Works, 2004 –2006, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
Looking for Terrorists, Beijing, Commune, Beijing, China

Post Auratic Self Portrayal of Yue Minjun, CP Foundation, Jakarta, Indonesia


Yue Min Jun: Sculptures And Paintings, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong, China

Yue Min Jun: Beijing Ironicals, Prüss & Ochs Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Yue Min Jun, Meile Gallery, Switzerland

Soaking In Silly Laughter: One Of Art Singapore 2002, Soobin Art Gallery, Singapore
Yue Min Jun: Handling, One World Art Center, Beijing, China

Red Ocean: Yue Min Jun, Chinese Contemporary, London, United Kingdom

Yue Minjun, Klaus Littmann Gallery, Basel, Switzerland


Sèvres Outdoors 2015, Cité de la céramique, Sèvres, France
AsiaTime - 1st Asia Biennial and 5th Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Harmonie und Umbruch, MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany
Face To Face, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York City, NY, USA
Exhibition of Today Art Museum’s collections, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

West Says East Says, United Art Museum Wuhan, Wuhan, Hubei, China
Einblicke in die Sammlung Wemhöner, Sammlung Wemhöner, Berlin, Germany

Face : Exhibition, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Surreal Versus Surrealism in Contemporary Art, Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valence, Spain

The Construction Dimension : 2010, Chinese Contemporary Art International Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

Vancouver Biennale 2009–2011, Vancouver, Canada
China in Transition: George Legrady und aktuelle chinesische Malerei, Stiftung Ahlers Pro Arte und Stiftung Kestner Pro Arte, Hannover, Germany

Trans-Local-Motion : The 7th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China
The Revolution Continues: New Chinese Art, Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Energy : Spirit, Body, and Material— The First Today’s Document, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
China-Facing Reality, Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation, Vienna, Austria

Radar : Selections from the Collection of Vicky and Kent Logan, Art Museum, Denver, Colorado, USA

Mahjong : Sigg Collection of Modern Chinese Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Bern, Switzerland

Guangju Biennale 2004, Guangju, Korea
Shanghai Biennale 2004, Shanghai, China
20 Years Of Hanart, Tz Gallery, Hong Kong Art Center, Hong Kong, China
China, The Body Everywhere?, Marseille Museum Of Contemporary Art, Marseille, France
Art On The Beach, Enrico Navarra Gallery, Paris, France

From China With Art, Edwin Gallery & Indonesia National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Cp Open Biennale 2003, Indonesia National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
The Rest Of The World, Neuffer Am Park, Pirmasens, Germany
Neue Kunsthalle Mannheim 2, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
People And People: Chinese Modern And Contemporary Art Collections Of Gdma, Guangdong Museum Of Art, Guangzhou, China
Living Conditions: Selections From The Gdma Collection Of Contemporary Chinese Art, Guangdong Museum Of Art, Guangzhou, China

Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Red Land, China; Gwangju Art Museum, Korea
Korea And Chinese Painting 2002: New Expression, Seoul Culture & Art Center, Seoul, Korea
Chinese Contemporary Art, Rekjavik Art Museum, Iceland
A Point In Time-Changsha, Beauty Art Museum, Changsha, China
The First Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum Of Art, China
Inaugural Exhibition: Contemporary Terracotta Warriors, The Esplanade, Singapore
Golden Harvest: Chinese Contemporary Exhibition, Croatia National Art Museum, Croatia

Ornament And Abstractiono, Foundation Beyeler, Switzerland
Hotpot: Chinese Contemporary Art, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway
Towards An New Image: Twenty Years Of Contemporary Chinese Painting, National Art Museum, Beijing; Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai; Sichuan Art Museum, Chendu; Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China
Song Zhuang, Staedtische Galerie Im Buntentor Bremen, Bremen ; Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany

Between Chengdu Upriver Residence, Kunming Upriver Club, Kunming, China
Portraits Of Chinese Contemporaries, The Culture Center Of Francois Mitterrand, Périgueux, France
Our Friends, Bauhaus University Art Gallery, Weimar, Germany

Open Boundary : The 48th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Open Channels: The First Collecting Exhibition Of Dongyu Museum Of Fine Arts, Dongyu Museum, Shenyang, China
New Modernism For A New Millennium: Works By Contemporary Asian Artists From The Logan Collection, Linn Gallery, San Francisco, USA

The Grand Tour, Chinese Contemporary, London, United Kingdom
The First Exhibition Of The Upriver Gallery Collection, He Xiangning Art Gallery, Shenzhen, China
It's Me!-A Profile Of Chinese Contemporary Art In The 90s, Forbidden City & Tai Miao, Beijing, China
Beijing Prediction: Contemporary Art Of China, Beijing, China

Quotation Marks: Chinese Contemporary Paintings, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
China Now, Tokyo, Japan; Basel, Switzerland.

China!, Bonn Art Museum, Germany; Kuenstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria

Vision Of China: Contemporary Chinese Painting By Chinese Masters, Pacific City Club, Bangkok, Thailand
Contemporary Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition: From Realism To Post-Modernism, Theoremes Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Faces Behind The Bamboo Curtain: Works Of Yue Min Jun And Yang Shao Bin, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong

Yuan Ming Yuan Artists Exhibition, Yuan Ming Yuan, Beijing, China

Contemporary Modern Art Exhibition, Beijing Friendship Guest House, China

S, Art Exhibition, Hebei Museum, Hebei, China

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