Yuan Gong (born Shanghai, 1961) is an established artist in China where he is known as a pioneer of forms of cross-disciplinary work that critique cultural, social, and political development. He graduated in fine art printing from the Shanghai Publishing and Printing College in 1980, at a time when, after the severe restrictions of the Cultural Revolution (1966-76), the whole country was opening itself to new cultural influences. This led to an incredible burgeoning of the arts as well as to the development of a previously non-existent art market. Like that of many of his contemporaries, Yuan Gong’s early development as an artist entailed an exhumation and digestion of submerged collective memories as well as a search for new and truthful forms of personal expression.
Yuan Gong’s work has been exhibited in the Chinese Pavilion, The 54th Venice Biennale, 2011; Voice of the Unseen, The 55th Venice Biennale collateral event, 2013; Mechanism, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China, 2013; The 3rd Asia Triennial, Manchester, UK, 2014; Secret Signs, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany 2014; Belle Haleine - Scent of Art, Tinguely Museum, Basel, Switzerland, 2015; 3rd Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art, Yekaterinburg, Russia, 2015; Bitterness, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China, 2015; The Adventures of JOJO, Chelsea College of art and Design, London, UK, 2016; I am Hamlet!, Bluecoat Contemporary Art Centre, Liverpool, 2016; Momentos [Moments or Mementos?], Dunhuang Museum, Gansu, Chinese National Academy of the Arts, 2017; This is Shanghai, Cunard Building, Liverpool, 2018. His works are in the collections of the Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou; the Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan; the Arthur Sackler Museum, Peking University, Beijing; The White Rabbit Collection, Sydney; and the Uli Sigg Collection of Contemporary Chinese Art in Castel Mauensee, Switzerland.
Scented Air · The Stroll
Yuan Gong, 2012-2018