YANG Zhenzhong Biography
Born in 1968 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, YANG Zhenzhong has been living and working in Shanghai for almost 15 years with a career closely related to the development of new media art around the area. Since the end of 1990s, he has been curating and organizing with artists including XU Zhen a dozen of highly influential contemporary art exhibitions. They have not only enlivened the atmosphere of the new media art industry in Shanghai, but also helped with the promotion of the artist himself onto an international stage. One of the recurring themes in YANG’s work is the urge to emphasize with an irreverent attitude the many contradictions and derangements of society while the other central in his research is the (mis)perception of space and its political and psychological appropriations. The artist has previously displayed in a string of prominent exhibitions including Venice Biennale, Shanghai Biennale, Asia Pacific Triennale of Contemporary Art, Lyon Biennale and so forth. His works can also be found in collection of significant public and private institutes such as MoMA New York, IKON Gallery (UK), Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Musée National d’Art Moderne and the UBS Collection.
Solo Exhibitions (Selected)
2013 Trespassing, YANG Zhenzhong Solo Exhibition, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shanghai
2012 Passage, YANG Zhenzhong Solo Exhibition, Bldg 11, SHANGHAI TOP, Shanghai
Video Bureau Archive 4: Yang Zhenzhong, Beijing
2011 Don't Move, Yang Zhenzhong Solo Exhibition, ShanghART Beijing, Beijing
2008 Overpass, Canvas International Art, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Yang Zhenzhong, Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, Denmark
2006 FOREPLAY, Yang Zhenzhong Solo-Exhibition, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai
YANG Zhenzhong, IKON Gallery, Birmingham, U.K.
2001 I Will Die, B Space of Kunsten Festival des Arts 2001, Brussels, Belgium
1998 Jiangnan, Access Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Group Exhibitions (Selected)
2013 La Biennale de Lyon 2013, Lyon, France
Portrait of the Times, 30 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, Power Station of Art, Shanghai
Contemplating Death, Media Art Lab, Moscow, Russia
Metropolis, Reflections on the Modern City, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, U.K.
2012 Fruits de la passion, Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris
The Unseen: Fourth Guangzhou Triennial, , The Grand View Project, Guangzhou Grandview Mall, Guangdong
Architectural Photography–Made in China, Guest Exhibition of the International Photography Scene in Koeln Museum of Applied Arts, MAKK, Cologne, Germany
Doppio Gioco – Double Game, The Ambiguity of the Photographic Image, Galleria di Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy
Super Bodies, 3rd Hasselt Triennial of Contemporary Art, Fashion and Design, Hasselt, Belgium
2011 GUANXI, Chinese Contemporary Art, Today Art Museum, Beijing
Moving Image In China: 1988-2011, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai
Play Van Abbe: Part 4: The Pilgrim, the Tourist, the Flaneur (and the Worker), Van Abbe museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2010 Uneven Geographies, Art and Globalisation, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, U.K.
Experimental Utopia Now, Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia
2009 TV TOWERS , 8,559 Meters of Politics and Architecture, DAM Deutsches Architektur Museum, Frankfurt, Germany
Third Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia
Useful Life, MuHKA, Antwerpen, Belgium
Shanghai Kino, Shanghai Kino, KUNSTHALLE BERN, Switzerland
Consumer, Salon 1.618, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
The China Project—Three Decades: The Contemporary Chinese Collection, Queensland Art Gallery, Australia
Until It Hurts, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, U.K.
2008 Asian Dub Photography, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio, Italy
Avant-Garde China: Twenty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, The National Art Center, Tokyo; The National Museum of Art, Osaka; Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japan
LIAF, Lofoten International Art Festival, Svolvaer, Norway
Shanghai Kaleidoscope, Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Toronto, Canada
Like Animals (Comme des betes), Musee cantonal des beaux-arts de Lausanne, Switzerland
Impertinence/Freedom, Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten, Graz, Austria
2007 China, Facing Reality, Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna, Austria
Global Cities, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London, U.K.
52nd International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale, Think with the Senses-Feel with the Mind, Venice, Italy
DEAF07, Interact or Die!, V2_, Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Three Viewpoints to Asian Contemporary Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma/The Finnish National Gallery, Finland
Of Beast and Man (Des bêtes et des hommes), Grande Halle de La Villette, Paris, France
2006 Nunca Salgo sin Mi Cámara / Never Go out without My DVcam, Video en China, Museo Colecciones ICO, Madrid, Spain
China Contemporary, Architecture, Art and Visual Culture, Netherlands Architecture Institute; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen; Netherlands fotomuseum, The Netherlands
The 5th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT5), Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
China Power Station: Part I, Battersea Power Station, London, U.K.
2005 The Second Guangzhou Triennial Self Organisation, BizART: How to Turn Guangzhou into Shanghai, Xinyi International Club, Guangzhou
Zooming into Focus, Contemporary Chinese Photography and Video from the Haudenschild Collection, National Art Museum of China, Beijing
Mahjong, Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Art Star 2, Video Art Biennial 2005, Galerie SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
Experimenta Vanishing Point, New Media Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, International, Melbourne, Australia
Biennale!, Film and Video Exhibition, Temporary Contemporary, London, U.K.
The 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial 2005, Parallel Realities: Asian Art Now, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
Follow Me!, Contemporary Chinese Art at the Threshold of the New Millennium, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2004 Between Past and Future, New Photography and Video from China, ICP and the Asia Society, NY, USA (traveling, Museum of Contemporary Art and the Smart Museum of Art, Chicago; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle; the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, USA; V&A, London, UK; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany)
The Monk and the Demon, Art Contemporain Chinois, Musee Art Contemporain Lyon, Lyon, France
Light as Fuck! Shanghai Assemblage 2000-2004, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway
Shanghai Surprise, Lothringer13 - Stadtische Kunsthalle München, Munich, Germany
China Now, Museum of Modern Art, New York, U.S.A.
Chine: génération vidéo, MEP - Maison Européene de la Photographie, Paris, France
A I'Ouest du Sud de l'Est, L'annee de la Chine, CRAC Centre Regional d'Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sete, France
Die Chinesen, Fotografie und Video aus China, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
2003 Fabricated Paradises, Chinese Contemporary Art, Le Parvis centre d'art contemporain, Pau, France
50th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale
The Dictatorship of the Viewer, Venice, Italy
Echigo- Tsumari Art Triennial 2003, Short Video Festival, Niigata, Japan
Alors la Chine?, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Prague Biennale 1, National Gallery, Prague, Czech
2002 The First Guangzhou Triennial - Reinterpretation: A Decade of Experimental Chinese Art (1990 - 2000), Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou
4th Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, Korea
4th Shanghai Biennale, Urban Creation, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
Phenomena and Image, C'est pas du Cinema, Le Fresnay--Studio National d'Arts Contemporains, France
Theater Formen 2002, Internationals theater festival, Hannover, Braunschweig, Germany
2001 Living in Time, 29 Contemporary Artists from China, National Galerie im Hamburger Bahnhof Museum fuer Gegenwartskunst, Berlin, Germany
The First Valencia Biennale, Valencia, Spain
2000 BIG Torino 2000, Torino Biennale, Torino, Italy
La Photograpjie Traversee Rencontres , Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France
Our Chinese Friends, Bauhaus, Weimar, Germany
1999 Art for Sale, Shanghai Plaza, Shanghai
Exchange, Paris, France
BM99, Bienal da Maya, Maya Art Center, Portugal
1997 Demonstration of Video Art'97 China, Beijing
Contemporary Photogrphic Art from China, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Germany
Chinese Video and Photography, Max Protech Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
1995 45 Degrees as a Reason, Conceptual Collaboration Work Organized by GENG Jianyi with Artists from Hangzhou-Shanghai-Beijing, Artist’s Private Home, Shanghai; Beijing; Hangzhou
1992 The First Biennale Art Exhibition, Guangzhou
M+Collection, Hong Kong
Yuz Foundation, Jakarta, Indonesia
Zabludowicz Collection, London, U.K.
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, U.K.
MuHKA Collection, Belgium
The UBS Art Collection, Zürich, Switzerland
Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
MOMA New York, New York, U.S.A
DSL Collection, Beijing
Guy & Myriam Ullens Foundation, Beijing
Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou
HAUDENSCHILD Collection, California, U.S.A.
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
Uli Sigg Collection, Switzerland
Last Updated in November 2013