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b.1959  Fujian, China


Shen Yuan (b. 1959, Xianyou, Fujian Province) is an artist who lives and works in Paris. Shen Yuan’s work reflects broadly on cultural and political realities, covering issues such as workers (including women workers and childlaborers), slums, cultural conflict. When making art, she often employs sociological methods. In trips to Africa or rural China, she lives with local people and works together with them to create a work. Shen Yuan’s work also raises some of the thorny political issues of our time. Of the parties in a conflict, who is legitimate and who is illegitimate?
Her major solo exhibitions include "Without Wall" (Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, 2017), "Shen Yuan: Hurried Words" (UCCA, Beijing, 2009). Major group exhibitions include "Art and China After 1989" (Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2017), “Reactivation: Ninth Shanghai Biennale” (Shanghai, 2012), The 52nd Venice Biennale China Pavilion (Venice, 2007), Gwangju Biennale (Gwangju, 2006), “La Force de l'Art” (Grand Palais, Paris, 2006), "Sao Paulo Biennale" (Sao Paulo, 2002), “China / Avant-Garde” (National Art Museum, Beijing, 1989).


Hong Kong Foot

Huang Yongping & Shen Yuan

12.20, 2017 - 01.27, 2018

Hong Kong - H Queen's


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​Without Wall 

Shen Yuan

3.4 - 4.4, 2017


​View Exhibition

Shen Yuan


7.8 - 7.17, 2010


Tracing the Milky Way

Group Exhibition

3.26 - 4.30, 2011


Press / News

Stairway to Heaven - Beili Wang

Tang Contemporary Art Center will be holding Shen Yuan’s solo exhibition titled “Stairway to Heaven” in July 2012, showing installations from the artist’s latest series, with several recent works that have not-yet-been displayed in Beijing, to include: “Nanling History 1957 – 2005”, “Spice” and “Crust”. The subject of these works deals with people, architecture and nature based on the artist’s model of social development, reflecting her personal experiences and considerations of conflict, compromise, fusion and mutual support of having a fragmented social status.

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