Yu Youhan

1943, Shanghai China

Introduction

A key figure in the Chinese Political Pop movement, Yu Youhan is equallyknown as a majorfigure in the Shanghai Minimalist movement. Born in Shanghai in 1943, he graduated from the Central Institute of Technology in Beijing in 1970. Presently he teaches at the Shanghai Institute of Industrial Arts. His influence on Chinese avant-garde art has been felt since the mid-80s. Later he started to paint abstract works. With his famous Circles series starting in 1983, he adopted the circle as the best form to articulate his concept. The circle as an abstract form results from the idea of "grasping things as a whole". He tried to use the relationship between dots and lines to illustrate the flow and changes within the matter of the universe. With the Taoist diagrams-like dots and lines as the form of abstraction, it demonstrates the deeply implanted Chinese culture in the works. This masterful rendering of the bright folksy patterns and his whimsical compositional approach create an unique style. 

BIOGRAPHY
1943        Born in Shanghai, China

1970        Graduated from the Central Academy of Art & Design, Beijing, China

1973        Taught at the Shanghai Institute of Industrial Arts, China

1985        After visited Zao Wou-ki exhibition in Hangzhou and an abstract art exhibition organized by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in China, he began painting abstract art in the 1980s

2012        For the first time in his illustrious career, he took up the challenge of extending his artistic expression to lithography

Currently living in Shanghai

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018       
  • Yu Youhan: The Representational and the Abstract, Long Museum, Shanghai, China
1998       
  • Yu Youhan, Gallery Sonne, Berlin, Germany
1996       
  • Yu Youhan, Maison de la Chine, Paris, France 


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018
2017                         
  • Crisscrossing East and West: The Remarking of Ink Art in Contemporary East Asia, MOCA Yinchuan, Ningxia, China
2013                         
  • Essence of Contemporary Chinese Art, Art Basel in Hong Kong, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
2012                         
  • Important Contemporary Chinese Artists, ART HK 2012, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
  • Cultural Shanghai- A Return Oriented Towards the Future, Shanghai Gallery Alliance, Shanghai, China
  • 2×Helbling in Shanghai, G Halle, Kunst(zeug)haus, Rapperswil, Switzerland
  • Face, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2010                         
  • Made in Popland, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
  • “Reshaping History: Chinart from 2000-2009”, Special Documenta, China National Convention Center, Beijing, China
  • “San Sheng Wan Wu”, Opening Program of Zendai Contemporary Art Exhibition Hall, Shanghai, China
2009                         
  • “Out of Shanghai”, Museum Gegenstandsfreier Kunst, Otterndorf, Germany
  • “Shanghai History in Making from 1979 Till 2009”, Shanghai, China
  • “Warm Up”, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • “Yi Pai: Century Thinking, A Contemporary Art Exhibition”, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
  • “Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection”,                  
  • Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass, United States
2008                         
  • “Five Years of Duolun: Chinese Contemporary Art Retrospective Exhibition”, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
  • “Writing on the Wall, Chinese New Realism and Avant-Garde in the Eighties and Nineties”, The Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands
  • “Red Aside, Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection”, The Joan Miró Foundation, Barcelona, Spain
2007                         
  • “85 New Wave, The Birth of Chinese Contemporary Art”, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, China
  • “Strategy on Paper, Works on Paper Invitational Exhibition”, Square Gallery of Contemporary Art, Nanjing, China
2005                         
  • “Mahjong, Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection”, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland
  • “Study Practice”, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
2004                         
  • “Chine, le corps partout? (China, the body everywhere?)”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Marseilles, France
2002                         
  • “Paris-Pekin, Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition”,Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris, France
2001                        
  • “Shanghai Star”, Casula Art Centre, Sydney, Australia
2000                        
  • “Futuro, Chinese Contemporary Art”, Contemporary Art Centre, Macau
1997                        
  • “15 Contemporary Chinese Artists”, National Art Association, Portugal
  • “Faces and Bodies of the Middle Kingdom, Chinese Art of the 1990”, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech; OTSO Gallery, Espoo, Finland
1996                         
  • “Reckoning with the Past, Contemporary Chinese Painting”, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, U.K.
1995                        
  • “Change - Chinese Contemporary Art”, Konsthallen Goetaplatsen, Goeteborg, Sweden
  • “Des Pais del Centre, Avantguardes Artistiques Xineses”, Santa Monica Art Centre, Barcelona, Spain
1994                         
  • “22nd International Biennial of Sao Paulo”, Brazil
1993                         
  • “45th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale - Cardinal Points of the Arts”, Venice, Italy
  • “The First Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art”, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
  • “Mao Goes Pop, China Post '89”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Victoria National Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
  • “China Avant-garde, Touring Exhibition”,Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin;
  • Kunsthall, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Brandts Klaederfabrik, Odense, Denmark;
  • Hildesheim Art Gallery, Germany;
  • Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • “China's New Art, Post-1989”, Hong Kong Arts Centre; City Hall, Hong Kong
1991                        
  • “Materials”,Beijing; Nanjing; Chongqing, China
1989                        
  • “China/Avant-Garde Art Exhibition”, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
1988                        
  • “Today”, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
1986                        
  • “First Shanghai Concave-Convex Exhibition”, Xuhui Cultural Centre, Shanghai, China
  • “Inauguration Exhibition of the Shanghai Art Museum”, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

 

Selected Public Collections

Denver Museum of Arts, Denver USA

HAUDENSCHILD Collection, USA

Queensland Art Gallery, Australia,

Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK

Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Ullen's collection, Beijing, China

M+ Museum, Hong Kong

Yuz Foundation,    Jakarta, Indonesia

Sylvain & Dominique Levy DSL collection