THE POWER OF LAUGHTER Yue Minjun


(Free Sky No.1, 2012)

(Free and at Leisure series no.12, 2004)

(Hat series, 2005)

('Handgun', 2003)



Wonderfully contorted and almost grotesque and maniacal pink-skinned, grinning caricature-like faces of the artist himself - giving us an "inventive take on self-portraiture" - frozen in laughter, often submerged in compositions based on well known European masterpieces and iconic Chinese art. That and much more is Beijing-based contemporary Chinese artist Yue Minjun. Theorist Li Xianting as described his work as “a self-ironic response to the spiritual vacuum and folly of modern-day China.”


“My work is to do with the fundamental agony of being human and the sense of confusion that comes with living in our society. A smile doesn’t necessarily mean happiness; it could be something else.”


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