Early Works...

Early Works...

Artists: Feng Lianghong, Li Di, Ma Kelu, Ma Shuqing, Meng Luding, Qin Yufen, Tan Ping, Yuan Zuo, Zhu Jinshi

Opening: Aug. 31, 2016    4 pm

Exhibition Duration: Aug. 31 - Nov. 30, 2016

Venue: Yuan Art Museum, 112 Lizexiyuan North Guangshun Street Wangjing Chaoyang District, Beijing


Exhibition View

The promotion and development of art throughout history, whether intended or unintended, active or passive, can undoubtedly be attributed to fortuitous collaborations between individual artists. Although in contemporary times the roles of art museums, galleries, critics, and collectors have been increasingly magnified, the artists’ practices and the lives they lead continue to be the driving force behind art.

Exhibition View

Since its formation at the end of the 1970s, Chinese abstract art has at various points adopted distinctive, characteristic styles as a result of loose connections between art groups or individuals. Even during the toughest times when this genre of art was marginalized in China, the exchanges and meetings between these artists fostered a revitalizing energy that would be key to its future rise.

Exhibition View

Yuan Art Museum, a Chinese art institution with a history of almost 10 years, keeps in close contact with a number of artists in Beijing. Through observation and collaborations, we have seen a complex phenomenon of de-stylization materialize after all the twists and turns and artistic departures and returns in this sector over the past 30 years.

Exhibition View

Under the theme of "Early Works…", the exhibition at Yuan Art Museum brings together masterpieces by nine artists created during the 1980s and 1990s in an attempt to build up a knowledge base for art criticism by carefully researching these early artworks. The biographies of the nine artists, explorations of the nine sets of masterpieces that correlate profoundly with the artists’ career developments and current practices, as well as behind-the-scenes background stories will be arranged and compiled into nine valuable case studies for future reference.

Gu Yan

Aug. 20, 2016 at Beijing


Feng Lianghong, 1996, New York

Feng Lianghong, Studio No.13 / No.14, 1995, Oil on Canvas, 142x112cm x2

Li Di, 1990, Braunschweig, Germany

Li Di, Night Visions, 1996, Oil on Canvas, 90x100cm

Ma Kelu, 1993, New York

Ma Kelu, Composition No.2, 1983, Oil on Canvas, 74x90cm

Ma Shuqing, 1992, Munich, Germany

Ma Shuqing, The Studies about the Stools 1-4, 1991, Tempera on Canvas, 51.5x51.5cm

Meng Luding, 1988, Beijing

Meng Luding, Primary State Series 1-5, 1988, Mixed Media, 140x120cm

Installed Situ.: Sound Installation " Spring in Jade Hall " Qin Yufen with Curator Prof. Gudrun Inboden, 1994, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany

Qin Yufen, Berlin Wall, 1990, Chinese Ink and Color on Ricepaper, 180x500cm

Tan Ping, 1989, Berlin

Tan Ping, Balance, 1993, Oil Media, 40x70cm

Yuan Zuo, 1987, Boston, U.S.

Yuan Zuo, Temporary Nature, 1987, Rocks, Sea Water, Branches and the Human Body, Size: Variable

Zhu Jinshi, Wuchang-Berlin, 1995, Installation, stones collected along the roads during World War II, ropes, water, 10 Kauezchensteig,  Berlin, Germany

Zhu Jinshi, Koan of Sojasoce, 1993, Soy Sauce, Iron Plate, 100x200cm