Lot Content

Global notice COVID-19 Important notice
Yue Minjun (b. 1962)
No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VA… Read more
Yue Minjun (b. 1962)

Untitled

Details
Yue Minjun (b. 1962)
Untitled
signed in English and Pinyin, inscribed and dated 'Yue Minjun 1996-006' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
15¾ x 15¾in. (40 x 40cm.)
Painted in 1996
Provenance
Galerie Serieuze Zaken, Amsterdam.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
Special notice

No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.

Lot Essay

Yue Minjun, one of the most important artists of the Chinese avant-garde and one of the key figures of the Cynical Realist movement, was born in 1962 in Daquing in the Heilongjiang Province. Yue's work is influenced by the aftermath and effects of the Cultural Revolution. He has become very well-known internationally for his paintings and sculptures of identical figures with wide grins presented in cynical poses. The repetition of these seemingly comical figures, which are all self-portraits, acts as a metaphor for the dated principles of collectivism and egalitarianism, and comments on the superficiality of modern society and the empty spiritual world of present day China. Yue Minjun, along with other painters from the Cynical Realist movement, uses his art to deconstruct the Cultural Revolution, but does so in a light-hearted and happy manner, mocking or parodying, and ultimately turning everything into a laughing matter. Minjun says that at the very heart of his silly man you can find traces of the philosophy of Lao Zhuang, recounting that "all problems can be resolved with a laugh, and disappear painlessly. In this way one attains an incomparable peace within."

More from Post-War and Contemporary Art

View All
View All