About Yue Minjun - 关于岳敏君

 

Yue Minjun was born in 1962 in northeastern China, and lives and works in Beijing. Growing up during the Cultural Revolution whetted his interest in the cultural codes in modern China, where Mao, despite criticism and thanks to the strength of propaganda, is still popular in many places.

Yue Minjun works with painting, sculpture and installation art and has become famous internationally for his characteristic paintings of hysterically laughing pink men who are all portraits of Yue Minjun himself. Yue was one of the leading artists of the styl­is­tic movement that has been called ‘cynical realism’ and which arose in Beijing after the massacre on Tienanmin Square in 1989. The many silent bouts of laughter have become Yue Minjun’s hallmark and can be seen as an ironic, powerfully political appeal for freedom of speech and democracy. 

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岳敏君1962年生于中国东北,现生活工作于北京。文化大革命期间的成长经历激起他对现代中国文化密码的兴趣。直到今天,借助于高度的宣传,毛泽东在这个国家仍然是十分流行的符号。


岳敏君的创作涵盖绘画、雕塑、装置艺术,以歇斯底里大笑的粉色自画像国际闻名,80年代末“玩世现实主义”风格运动的领军艺术家之一。沉默的大笑已经成为岳敏君标志性的符号,被视为对民主和言论自由极具政治性的诉求

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