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Yang Zhenzhong Honorary President of jury Aviff2014 – Biography

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

Collections (Selected)

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

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