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Yang Jiechang  1956, CN

(Yang Jie Chang, Yang Jjiechang)
Rank (2014): 2974 – 


Yang Jiechang, installation view at CONRADS
installation view at CONRADS, 2010
Galerie Conrads

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France 23
China 18
Germany 7
Italy 6

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  Galerie Jeanne Bucher, France 16
  Tang Contemporary Art - Beijing, China 5
  Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong 4
  Galerie Alice Pauli, Switzerland 3

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16.11.1956 Born in Foshan, Guangdong (CN)

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Excerpts from Hou Hanru´s text "Towards a World of Poets"* :

Yang Jiechang is probably the most unpredictable and chaotic artist in his generation. For the last thirty years, he has constructed an immense body of work. It covers a large span of media and languages from ink-wash painting, Chinese calligraphy, drawing, photography, installation, performance, sound, music, multimedia to simply everyday actions while the formats vary from huge and oversized to tiny and quasi immaterial. However, he has never tightened himself to any fixed and established style, norm and issue. Instead, he always reacts to the given context and momentum of each events in which he participates and produces new concepts and forms to put forward his systematically critical, provocative and even subversive thoughts and expressions. He simply comes up with a new surprise every time.I(...) In the last century, "reforming" Chinese traditional painting (ink painting) has been an unsolved and somehow unsolvable obsession for the Chinese art world. It has been widely considered as a part of the national mission of cultural modernisation. This issue became even more crucial and urgent in the Chinese avant-garde movement of the 1980s. Trained as an ink painter and calligrapher, Yang Jiechang started his artistic career in involving himself with the debate. After gaining perfect skills of traditional painting and calligraphy and a deep knowledge of Chinese art history and theory, he sought to escape from the double confinement of the academic rules and the norms of the dominant Socialist Realism still prevailing in the art world, in order to obtain the real freedom and joy that art can offer. He spent a considerable amount of time in a Taoist temple in Luofu Mountain in Guangdong province and learned Taoism with a master. Instead of any fixed form of "traditional expression", he has learned that the real spirit of the tradition is to be found in the actions of the everyday which is in infinite change. Unlike many of his contemporary avant-gardists who claimed the death of the Chinese ink painting, Yang Jiechang simply continues to merge himself in the field and explores exhaustively all possibilities that the tradition can offer and invent totally new ways to utilise it. Ink painting and calligraphy have hence remained the red string that conducts all his artistic adventures for the last three decades. And, it will continue to be so. In his numerous work, he incorporates all genres that ink painting contains and push them to the most radical degree of their possibilities.

(...) In addition, all these explorations of the expressions with ink are often expanded to take over the entire space of the exhibition as if their expansions could be totally beyond any boundary. Frequently, he incorporates any imaginable kind of media to bring this effort of expansion infinitely further: performance, installation, photography, video and even rock and roll!

Fundamentally, Yang Jiechang's work is seeking for a complete merge of art and life. It takes place, at first, in the real in a literal sense of the term: art is a process of living experience that can only be sensed through the body itself. (...)

In many of his recent works, he introduces human skulls and body parts. Rather than showing the terror of death, he manages to turn them into suspiciously playful and ironic forms that provoke astonishment and laughter. For him, putting the body in an "abnormal" state and catch the extraordinary experience is certainly the best way to understand the very reality of his existence. This can be understood in a particular perspective related to his own life experience, which is, to different extends, shared by a great number of his contemporaries. As one of the first generation of Chinese contemporary artists settled abroad since the late 1980s, the question of cultural identity has been a central concern in his life and work. Like many of his colleagues, Yang Jiechang has never been entirely relying on his Chinese background. Instead, he adopts a completely open attitude towards all kinds of cultural influences that he encounters in his new living conditions consisting of a multi-national family, global city life and transcontinental travels. It's in the very process of confronting, embracing and exchanging with other cultures and different living realities that he has been constantly trying to reinvent his own identity.

* Yang Jiechang - No-Shadow Kick, Beijing/Hong Kong/ Bangkok/ Shanghai 2008

Lives and works in Heidelberg (DE)

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Public exhibitions (Selection) 87  Please report missing Information

until 25.1.2015
   China's Changing Landscape - Nordiska Akvarellmuseet - The Nordic Watercolour Museum, Skarhamn Send message


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   Yang Jiechang: This Is Still Landscape Painting - Ink Studio, Beijing

   Yang Jiechang: King of Canton - Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

   Tale Of The Eleventh Day - Galerie Jaeger Bucher, Paris
   Yang Jiechang - Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
   Tale of the 11th Day - Tang Contemporary Art - Beijing, Beijing
   Stranger than Paradise - La Criée - Centre d'Art Contemporain, Rennes

Works of art Galerie Conradsyang jiechang - im rahmen der deutschlandpremieren - Galerie Conrads, Dusseldorf Send message
Works of art Galerie Conradsyang jiechang - deutschlandpremieren - Galerie Conrads, Dusseldorf Send message

   Yang Jiechang - On Ascension - Galerie Jaeger Bucher, Paris

   Yang Jiechang - No Shadow Kick - Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
   Yang Jiechang: Artists Continue to Try Hard - Chambers Fine Art - New York, New York City, NY

   The Most Beautiful Country of China - New Works by Yang Jiechang - Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
   Yang Jiechang - Grace Li Gallery, Zurich

   Yang Jiechang - Tomorrow Cloudy Sky - Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

   LOHKCHAT - Isola Art Center, Milan
   YANG JIECHANG - Mémorandums - Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris

   Lohkchat! - Centre A - Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Vancouver, BC

   Der längste Tag - Kunstverein Nürtingen e.V., Nürtingen

Description  YANG JIECHANG - Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris

   Yang Jie-Chang- Paintings on Rice Paper - Frith Street Gallery, London


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   Ink and the Body - Ink Studio, Beijing
   Advance through Retreat - Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai

Description  Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY
Description  From Gesture to Language - Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai
Description and image  Zizhiqu - Autonomous Regions - Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, Guangdong

   39 Steps up the Corridor - Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
   Moln/clouds - Skissernas museum - The Museum of Public Art, Lund
   Suspicion, Night breezes, Neverending Voyage - Tang Contemporary Art - Beijing, Beijing
Description ARNDTMigration - ARNDT, Berlin Send message
   Accrochage des artistes de la galerie - Galerie Alice Pauli, Lausanne

   Accrochage de groupe des artistes de la galerie - Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
Description and image ARNDTTHE EPHEMERAL - ARNDT, Berlin Send message
   Accrochage de groupe des artistes de la galerie - Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
Description  The World Belongs to You - Palazzo Grassi - Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice
   Tracing the Milky Way - Tang Contemporary Art - Beijing, Beijing

   James Ensor - Hareng Saur: Ensor et l'art contemporain - SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent
   The Vision of Contemporary Art - Artsonje Museum, Gyeongju Bomun
   Accrochage des artistes de la galerie - Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
   The Burden of Representation: Abstraction in Asia Today - Osage Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
   Erotic - Hadrien De Montferrand Gallery, Beijing

   Accrochage de groupe - Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
   Nachbarschaft - Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt
   Territoria 4, Il grande balzo - Centro per l´Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, PO
   10e Biennale de Lyon - The Spectacle of the Everyday - La Biennale de Lyon, Lyon
Description and image  3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art - Moscow Biennale of contemporary art, Moscow
   time versus fashion - Kunstverein Nürtingen e.V., Nürtingen

   Parcours des mondes - Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
   Our Future: The Guy & Myriam Ullens Foundation Collection - UCCA - Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
   Accrochage des artistes de la Galerie - Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
   Accrochage des artistes de la Galerie - Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
   OPEN / INVITED e v+ a 2008 - eva international, Limerick
   Accrochage des artistes de la Galerie - Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
   Accrochage des artistes de la galerie - Galerie Alice Pauli, Lausanne

   Festive - Art Beatus - Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
Description and image  ’85 New Wave - The Birth of Chinese Contemporary Art - UCCA - Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
Description  Le Corps et son double - Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
   Yan Pei-Ming, Gu Dexin, Yang Jiechang - Red Mansion Foundation, London
Description  10th International İstanbul Biennial - International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul
   le dessin d'esprit - Galerie Beatrice Binoche, Saint Denis
   Metamorphosis - The Generation of Transformation in Chinese Contemporary Art - Tampere Art Museum, Tampere

Description, image and works of art  La tentation de l´Orient - Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
   Who´s afraid of China? - - BizArt, Shanghai (closed)
   Accrochage de groupe - Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
   Liverpool Biennial 2006 - Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Liverpool
   Accumulation - Tang Contemporary Art - Beijing, Beijing
   Surplus Value - Tang Contemporary Art - Beijing, Beijing
   Microcosm - Chinese Comtemporary Art - Macau Museum of Art, Macao

   The 2nd Guangzhou Triennial - Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, Guangdong
   Emergency Biennal 2005 - Emergency Biennal, Bolzano
   Accrochage de groupe - Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
   Accrochage - Galerie Alice Pauli, Lausanne

   Open - Grace Li Gallery, Zurich
Description and image  À L'OUEST DU SUD DE L'EST / À L'EST DU SUD DE L'OUEST - CRAC - Centre Régional d'Art Contemporain de Sète, Sète
Description  À L’OUEST DU SUD DE L’EST / À L’EST DU SUD DE L’OUEST - Villa Arson, Nice
Description and image  All under heaven - China now! - MuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp

Description and image  50th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale / Biennale di Venezia - La Biennale di Venezia, Venice

   The 1st Guangzhou Triennial - Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, Guangdong
   Paysage, Vue de l´esprit - Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
   Variations of Ink: Abstract Ink Paintings of Five Chinese Artists - Chambers Fine Art - New York, New York City, NY
   4th Gwangju Biennale - PAUSE - Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju

   Fuori uso 2000 The Bridges - Fuori uso, Pescara
Description and image  Continental Shift - Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen

   Contemporary Art From China - Art Beatus - Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
Description  4696/1998 Group Show Contemporary Artists from China - Lehmann Maupin, New York City, NY

   Out Of The Centre- Pois Keskuksesta - Pori Taidemuseo / Pori Art Museum, Pori

   Magiciens De La Terre - Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris


 Dealer Directory  13


 Chambers Fine Art - Beijing, Beijing


 Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
 Galerie Jaeger Bucher, Paris


ARNDTARNDT, Berlin  eMail
Galerie ConradsGalerie Conrads, Dusseldorf  eMail

Hong Kong

 Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
 Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong


 Art Plural Gallery, Singapore


 Galerie Alice Pauli, Lausanne
 Grace Li Gallery, Zurich


 Tang Contemporary Art - Bangkok, Bangkok


 Chambers Fine Art - New York, New York City, NY
 Goedhuis Contemporary - New York, New York City, NY


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 UCCA - Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing


 Sammlung Wemhöner, Berlin
 MKG - Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg


 Isola Art Center, Milan


 Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Stanford, CA


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