Yue Minjun is a
leading figure in what became to be known as Cynical Realism.
The famous man figure in his art is probably the most well known
and representative icon of this early 1990's art movement.
is an artistic trend that evolved as an aftermath
of the 1989 student demonstrations in Tiananmen and the closing
of the “China Avant Garde” exhibition at the China national
Gallery in Beijing. These events which symbolize the climax of
the artistic aspirations that built up during the 1980’s
collapsed at once and created a void that Yue Minjun and others
filled with a new message full of irony and indifference to the
big forces that the individual is subject to. Yue Minjun
was one of the first artists to translate this new social
temperament onto the canvas. The idealism of the 1980’s gave
room to a more somber and realistic understanding of the role of
avant garde art under a one party regime. In this sense, Yue Minjun’s art
reflects the new artistic tendencies of contemporary Chinese art
in the 1990’s.
art with its humor, cynicism, emphasis of strong vivid colors
and the centrality of the individual displays all the common
of the movement of Cynical Realism.
art has been exhibited all over the world and has been a major
force in sparking the great international interest in
Contemporary Chinese art
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