b.1961, Shanghai, China
Yuan Gong is a contemporary Chinese artist born in Shanghai in 1961. He obtained his PhD degree in the Theory of Art at the Chinese National Academy of Art in 2012, but has involved himself in various aspects of contemporary Chinese art since the 1990s. Both a creator and researcher, designer and planner, Yuan Gong is a multifaceted artist playing at the interface of conceptual, performance, and fine art. Working with a large variety of media, his works address a number of philosophical questions – reflecting his concerns for Chinese society and impugning the art system, including the exhibition format and the status of the artwork.
In recent years he has participated in major exhibitions including China8 at the Muelheim Art Museum, Belle Haleine – The Scent of Art at Museum Tinguely, Secret Signs at the Deichtorhallen Museum, Voice of the Unseen - a collateral event at the 55th Venice Biennale, the China Pavilion exhibition at the 54th Venice Biennale, the Copenhagen Art Festival, the 6th Prague Contemporary Art Festival, and the inaugural Beijing 798 Biennale. His artworks have been collected by the Guangdong Museum of Art, the Hubei Museum of Art, the Arthur Sackler Museum of Peking University, the White Rabbit Collection, and the Sigg Collection of Switzerland.