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.
Les Extatiques - Group Show
For the third edition of ‘Les Extatiques’ curated by Fabrice Bousteau, Iván Navarro presents an original artwork untitled ‘Mélusine’ commissioned by la Défense (Hauts-de-seine). Yue Minjun also joined the group show by lending his bronze sculpture, ‘The Tao Laughter n°4’
For ‘Les Extatiques’, eleven artists will take over the esplanade of Paris La Défense, from the Takis basin to the Grande Arche, playing with the unique architecture of the place. The great novelty is the dual locations : the exhibition takes place on the esplanade of La Défense, but also in the gardens of La Seine Musicale, creating an unprecedented dialogue with the environment.
Paris La Défense (Hauts-de-Seine)
From June 25 to October 4
On the 9th of March 2017, the Cultural Institute Bernard Magrez, leading centre for arts and culture in Bordeaux, pays tribute to Daniel Templon through an important exhibition organised at the Château Labottière.
With over 600 exhibitions and 250 artists, the world-renowned French galerist, always knew to pay particular attention to the artistic avant-garde.
The exhibition, portrays Daniel Templon, pioneer and major figure of the art world, featuring five major artists of his gallery, offering different artistic styles: Philippe Cognée, Jan Fabre, Pierre et Gilles, Yue Minjun and Chiharu Shiota.